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Soon to be the major motion picture Greyhound, a WWII naval thriller of "high and glittering excitement" (New York Times) from the author of the legendary Hornblower series
The mission of Commander George Krause of the United States Navy is to protect a convoy of thirty-seven merchant ships making their way across the icy North Atlantic from America to England. There, they will deliver desperately needed supplies, but only if they can make it through the wolfpack of German submarines that awaits and outnumbers them in the perilous seas. For forty eight hours, Krause will play a desperate cat and mouse game against the submarines, combating exhaustion, hunger, and thirst to protect fifty million dollars' worth of cargo and the lives of three thousand men. Acclaimed as one of the best novels of the year upon publication in 1955, The Good Shepherd is a riveting classic of WWII and naval warfare from one of the 20th century's masters of sea stories.
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.00(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.70(d)|
About the Author
Date of Birth:August 27, 1899
Date of Death:April 2, 1966
Place of Birth:Cairo, Egypt
Place of Death:Berkeley, California
Education:AlleynGuy's Medical School of the University of London
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
C.S. Forester gives us an exceptional study of military command leadership in a critical wartime situation. He presents the reader with a career navy officer, not perfect, but nonetheless tremendously dedicated and capable, challenged not only to command his ship in the grave threat of submarine warfare in the WWII Atlantic, but also to escort and guide convoy vessels through the dangers of the submerged hunters. The book is full of excellent detail of destroyer combat operations, the tactics of anti-submarine warfare, and command leadership afloat. Quickly building to a thrilling pace and narrative, Forester's The Good Shepherd is hard to put down. Highly recommended to anyone looking for a well written thriller, and especially for those with an interest in military reading.
As an old DD sailor I enjoyed the book very much.
This was an unexpected surprise as the title is the same as a movie released just a few years ago but of a total different setting and plot altogether. This book is a very good read and a surprisingly fast read at 575 pages. Foresters main character rarely travels farther than a 100 feet from the main setting and then for just a minute or two. And yet this book is so fast paced and visually packed you fly along from chapter to chapter eventually letting go of where you think it's going to happily ride out the storms and battles trusting to a safe haven at long last. You are two thirds into it before you see the hero's personal hell and internal anguish and yet admire his senses of right and wrong both to junior ranked Americans under his direct command to representatives from a number of different nations who are his charge alike. As to it being somewhat personal C S Forester went through a nasty divorce in real life and I have no idea who or what was the cause but you sure can feel it in his story lines.
A good yarn, though not Forester's best.
A good book on World War II naval warfare.