The novel that launched the astonishing career of one of the 20th century's greatest writers of action and suspense - an acclaimed classic of heroism and the sea in World War II. Now reissued in a new cover style. The story of men who rose to heroism, and then to something greater, HMS Ulysses takes its place alongside The Caine Mutiny and The ...
The novel that launched the astonishing career of one of the 20th century's greatest writers of action and suspense - an acclaimed classic of heroism and the sea in World War II. Now reissued in a new cover style. The story of men who rose to heroism, and then to something greater, HMS Ulysses takes its place alongside The Caine Mutiny and The Cruel Sea as one of the classic novels of the navy at war. It is the compelling story of Convoy FR77 to Murmansk - a voyage that pushes men to the limits of human endurance, crippled by enemy attack and the bitter cold of the Arctic.
I'm not normally a fan of adventure books with a lot of suffering and grave doubts as to whether the hero will live through it. But I had a family member who was a ship's officer on one of the ship convoys going around the North Cape of Norway to deliver arms to Russia in World War Two, so I had a personal interest in knowing what it was about and what it was like. This book recreates it remarkably well, and is very useful for understanding naval history of the war.
Jul 5, 2007
A Harrowing Read
This has been a favourite book of mine since I first read it in the early 1970's. It is a thumping good novel that harrowingly depicts the horror and terror suffered by those very brave sailors on the Russian relief convoys in the freezing sub-Arctic waters during the Second World War. It is a classic, and I would say MacLeans very best story. It should have been a blockbuster film! Anybody with an interest in the war and the sea cannot but fail to 'enjoy' this story, but be prepared to come out of your warm comfort zone - it's worth it. A testimony to those very brave men in the Royal Navy.
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