The New Lieutenant

The New Lieutenant

by Philip McCutchan
     
 

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Tom Chatto leaves the merchant marine for the Royal Navy Reserve. After a brief period of training in gunnery school, Chatto is appointed Lieutenant RNR and navigating officer of the Q ship Thornton, a vessel luring German U-boats to their demise in the Mediterranean. The drama of capture, destruction, and rescue escalates when the ship's captain and first lieutenant…  See more details below

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Tom Chatto leaves the merchant marine for the Royal Navy Reserve. After a brief period of training in gunnery school, Chatto is appointed Lieutenant RNR and navigating officer of the Q ship Thornton, a vessel luring German U-boats to their demise in the Mediterranean. The drama of capture, destruction, and rescue escalates when the ship's captain and first lieutenant are shot down by enemy gunfire - and Chatto must assume full command.

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Third volume in the adventures of the redoubtable Tom Chatto (Apprentice to the Sea, 1993; Second Mate, 1996), who, having experienced the last days of sail and the early years of steam in the British merchant marine, now plunges headfirst into modern warfare, as the commander of a ship serving as a decoy in the Mediterranean in the early years of WW I, intended to lure German U-boats into the open. Few write as well as McCutchan about the specifics of wind and weather, and about the homely details of life aboard ship. His narratives have always placed some emphasis on character development, and there are some lively plot threads here involving the lives of Tom's clearly delineated crew. Tom himself remains a salty, appealing character, not a superhero but a man given to bouts of self-doubt, driven by a belief in duty and a continuing fascination with the lethal beauty of the sea. McCutchan's naval fiction (he's written a number of novels about British sailors at war) also stands out because of its emphasis on believable action—there are some first-rate descriptions of battles at sea here, and fascinating discussions of naval strategy. Altogether, a robust, lively narrative, refreshingly frank and convincing.

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ISBN-13:
9780312156046
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
06/01/1997
Edition description:
1st U.S. Edition
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.77(w) x 8.54(h) x 0.72(d)

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