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A Sailor of Austria

In Which, Without Really Intending to, Otto Prohaska Becomes Official War Hero No. 27 of the Habsburg Empire

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Description

In this ironic, hilarious, and poignant story, Otto Prohaska is a submarine captain serving the almost-landlocked Austro-Hungarian Empire. He faces a host of unlikely circumstances, from petrol poisoning to exploding lavatories to trigger-happy Turks. All signs point to the total collapse of the bloated empire he serves, but Otto refuses to abandon the Habsburgs in their hour of need.

From Publishers Weekly

Aug 01, 1994 – The Austro-Hungarian submarine service during WW I is the unusual setting for first-time author Biggins's exciting debut, a retro techno-adventure story that falls somewhere between Tom Clancy and Patrick O'Brian. In an extended flashback, centenarian Ottokar Prohaska, ending his life in a Welsh nursing home, recalls his participation in the earliest days of undersea war, commanding U-boats so primitive that every dive was an adventure. Biggins brilliantly reconstructs the turn-of-the-century Hapsburg Empire, where situations might be hopeless but never serious. Prohaska is a well-rounded, sympathetic character whose point of view perfectly reflects the navy's officer corps. He and his crew sink ships, kill men and endure depth charging. They carry a pretender to the Albanian throne and transport a camel from North Africa to Crete. Underlying the picaresque adventures of these pioneering submariners is the ever-present prospect of dying in a steel coffin, whether from enemy action, asphyxiation, engine failure or mud. Prohaska's war has no glory--only the satisfaction of duty in a cause they believed in. This is top-notch military fiction with a literary flair, must reading for fans of the genre.

Customer Reviews

Great book, but where is the editor?

This is a good book, I have thoroughly enjoyed it, however, who did the editing? The lack of proper capitalization throughout the entire book is so very bad and is so distrating that it actually takes away fron the enjoyment of reading it. It’s a great story and very well-written, but could somebody please clean up the text?

A sailor of Austria

What an unexpected gem. A wonderful combination of historical and cultural insights, humor and military adventure. Once you get past the initial set up of the old man telling his war stories, the book transports you to an amazing world.

Good Read

This is a good book but should have been 2 books.Great characters and plenty of humor. I definitely recommend it to all.

A Sailor of Austria
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  • $9.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Fiction & Literature
  • Published: Sep 01, 2005
  • Publisher: McBooks Press
  • Seller: Chicago Review Press, Inc. DBA Independent Publishers Group
  • Print Length: 376 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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