C.S. Forester's name on a novel gives promise of excellent entertainment, but always something more--the development of character, the flow of history, and the stress of events. THE GOOD SHEPHERD is in this genre.
A convoy is ploughing through icy, submarine-infested North Atlantic seas during the most critical days of WW II. In charge is Commander George Krause, an untested veteran of the U.S. navy. He faces 48 hours of desperate peril.
THE LAST NINE DAYS OF THE BISMARCK is one of the most dramatic sea stories of all time: the death of Hitler's proudest, deadliest battleship, at the moment when it might have turned the course of history.
|Publisher:||Kensington Publishing Corporation|
|Series:||Classics of Naval Literature Series|
About the Author
Cecil Scott “C.S.” Forester was the pen name of Cecil Louis Troughton Smith (27 August 1899 – 2 April 1966), an English novelist who rose to fame with tales of naval warfare. His most notable works were the 12-book Horatio Hornblower series, depicting a Royal Navy officer during the Napoleonic era, and The African Queen (1935; filmed in 1951 by John Huston). His novels A Ship of the Line and Flying Colours were jointly awarded the 1938 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction.
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.
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.