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As 1941 draws to a close, brave young men are fighting for freedom in countries across the globe. But for Sub-Lieutenant Harry Gilmour, washed up in neutral Spain alongside ‘interned belligerents’ from both sides of the war, hostilities have come to a pause.
Before long, his unlikely comrades must once again become his enemies, and he is back at the frontline of the battle for the Mediterranean. But aboard the submarine HMS Umbrage, operating in the waters off Malta, Harry is soon reminded that allies can be more dangerous than foes. When his volatile skipper is lost at sea, it falls to Harry to take charge of the boat—and of the lives of the men who now depend on him.
Ashore, there is another lesson: how war drives its wedge between more than just nations. Shirley is waiting for him back in Scotland, but the world offers many distractions for a young man…As Malta is besieged from the air and home seems ever further away, Harry must summon all his courage not only to stay alive—but also to forge in himself the nerve and the wisdom necessary to shoulder the responsibility of command.
My Own Thoughts On This Book:
I had been waiting for this book since reading book two in the series The Skippers Dogs Called Stalin which I reviewed back in October 2016. I am pleased to say I was not disappointed. At the time of writing this review there are only 21 reviews on Amazon and all of them 5 stars!
The author has a writing style that draws you into the characters. I have a clear picture of Harry Gilmour in my minds eye from the last two books. This book allows his character to grow under some of the most stressful periods of the war in the Mediterranean.
I had a good understanding of the siege of Malta but only from the war in the air. I had absolutely no knowledge of the role of submarines at all. Like all good fiction writers David Black weaves his characters around the historical facts to make this book a compelling read.
Without giving any of the plot away the story embraces wartime, its waste, its cruelty, the humanity, and the humour in one fascinating and addictive novel.
I just hope there is more to come. Another good read.
About The Author:
David Black is a former Fleet Street journalist and television documentary producer. He spent much of his childhood a short walk from the Royal Navy Submarine Memorial at Lazaretto Point on the Firth of Clyde, and he grew up watching the passage of both US and Royal Navy submarines in and out of the Firth’s bases at Holy Loch and Faslane. As a boy, the lives of those underwater warriors captured his imagination. When he grew up, he discovered the truth was even more epic, and so followed the inspiration for his fictional submariner Harry Gilmour and a series of novels about his adventures across World War Two. David Black is also the author of a non-fiction book, Triad Takeover: A Terrifying Account of the Spread of Triad Crime in the West. He lives in Argyll.
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