Tangier, 1941 -- for Eric DeHaan, Captain of the Dutch tramp freighter Noordendam, life at sea has always been his great, but not his only, love affair. Recruited by Dutch Naval Intelligence while in the port of Tangier, DeHaan steers his ship, disguised as a neutral Spanish freighter, through a series of secret missions for British Naval ...
Tangier, 1941 -- for Eric DeHaan, Captain of the Dutch tramp freighter Noordendam, life at sea has always been his great, but not his only, love affair. Recruited by Dutch Naval Intelligence while in the port of Tangier, DeHaan steers his ship, disguised as a neutral Spanish freighter, through a series of secret missions for British Naval interests, which include taking British commandos on raids against a German observation station in French Tunisia; floating in emergency convoys; transporting bombs from Alexandria to the beleaguered British forces in Crete; and installing a listening post on the southern coast of Sweden, across from German bases on the Baltic Slowly, the Noordendam becomes a ship of fugitives -- a former lieutenant in the Polish navy, a Greek stowaway from Crete, a Jewish refugee medical student recruited as ship's doctor, and Maria Bromen, a Russian maritime journalist -- all on the run and trapped on the seas until the war ends. Secret operations, romance, battles in port alleys and at sea, DARK VOYAGE takes us with nail-biting suspense through the spy-saturated world of 1941. Magnificent historical espionage complete with a fighting hero -- a good-hearted man battling against an evil world.
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Dark Voyage is a departure from Furst's usual genera of story. It is a nautical tale that relates the nerve-wracking and perilous chronicale of a minor merchant ship caught up in the periphery of WWII which sucks the ship into a frightful world the ship and her crew are only marginally prepared to endure. The essential role that the merchant fleets of the belligerent nations played in the war is well documented; and the savagery of the war at sea that was inflicted on the merchant ships of the world is well known. The intimate aspects of its effects on one ship and her crew are told with an insight that transports the reader to deck of the ship and alternately washes the reader with cold seas, stinging salt spray and the fright of being powerless in the grip of events and the attacks of a ruthless aggressive enemy.
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