Of course, Travis was in for a rude awakening. He joined the MTB's (Motor Torpedo Boats) squadrons fighting in the Channel and the North Sea and was immediately faced with death and destruction, winning the DSO from the King himself. Yet Travis was a survivor too. After proving himself in combat, he is transferred to the Mediterranean and took command of his own MTB based out of Alexandria, Egypt. In this theatre of operations, his crew fight Germans and Italians, constantly faced with overwhelming odds and the constant threat of Rommel.
These are the adventures of MTB 545, from 1940-1945, spanning the desperate years to the days just prior to the D-Day invasion.
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Not only was I totally involved in the great love story in Element of Surprise, but it has so many historical moments that were enlightening. Travis Kelland, the main character, was only 20 years old when he has to fight in World War II and he learns how to grow up quickly. As in many of Derek Hart's books, it gave me an education in history and showed me the trials and tribulations of the men and women that fight for our country. Clearly this book showed the impact that war makes on a personal level.