HMS Ulysses


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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. Constant patrols have pushed the crew of the HMS Ulysses beyond the limits of endurance. And now they must be put to sea again, to escort a vital supply convoy heading for Murmansk. As they head deep into the frozen waters they are faced not only with the fierce arctic weather, but a swarm of airborne attacks, German ships, ...

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Aug 21, 2009

Important WWII naval history (fictionalized)

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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