The Good Shepherd: A Novel

The Good Shepherd: A Novel

by C. S. Forester


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The Good Shepherd: A Novel by C. S. Forester

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780143134121
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/02/2018
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 779,514
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

C. S. Forester was born in Cairo in 1899. After studying medicine, he rose to fame with tales of naval warfare. On the outbreak of World War II he worked for the British Ministry of Information in America writing propaganda. His most notable works were the twelve Horatio Hornblower books, depicting a Royal Navy officer during the Napoleonic era, and The African Queen. His novels A Ship of the Line and Flying Colours were jointly awarded the 1938 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction. He died in 1966.

Date of Birth:

August 27, 1899

Date of Death:

April 2, 1966

Place of Birth:

Cairo, Egypt

Place of Death:

Berkeley, California


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Good Shepherd 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
dustyreader More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous 4 months ago
As an old DD sailor I enjoyed the book very much.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
BryceH More than 1 year ago
A good yarn, though not Forester's best.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good book on World War II naval warfare.