HMS Ulysses

HMS Ulysses

by Alistair MacLean

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Overview

The novel that launched the astonishing career of one of the 20th century’s greatest writers of action and suspense – an acclaimed classic of heroism and the sea in World War II. Now reissued in a new cover style.The story of men who rose to heroism, and then to something greater, HMS Ulysses takes its place alongside The Caine Mutiny and The Cruel Sea as one of the classic novels of the navy at war.It is the compelling story of Convoy FR77 to Murmansk – a voyage that pushes men to the limits of human endurance, crippled by enemy attack and the bitter cold of the Arctic.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780007289318
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 11/12/2009
Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 81,779
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Alistair MacLean, the son of a minister, was brought up in the Scottish Highlands. In 1941 he joined the Royal Navy. After the war he read English at Glasgow University and became a teacher. Two and a half years spent aboard a wartime cruiser gave him the background for HMS Ulysses, his remarkably successful first novel, published in 1955. He is now recognized as one of the outstanding popular writers of the 20th century, the author of 29 worldwide bestsellers, many of which have been filmed.

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HMS Ulysses 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
ICUinICU More than 1 year ago
With a BA in English, I have read my share of the good, the bad, and the "why didn't someone take his pen away" books. This book will appeal to history buffs, people who like sea stories, and people who love stories with excellent characters -- characters who are flawed, fall short, but still keep trying to do the right thing. HMS Ulysses is one of the top 5 books I have ever read. The setting -- the convoys of materials into Archangel during WWII -- is described so vividly that you can feel the cold wind and the icy spray. The men of the ship, HMS Ulysses, have been pushed past their limit, and have quietly mutinied while in port -- not a "seize the ship" kind of thing, they simply couldn't face going out into the German wolfpacks again. As punishment, the ship is essential placed in a situation where the crew will work the convoys until they are killed. The story is about how men function when they are pushed to their limits and beyond. It is a story about the loyalty of the men to the Captain, and how he loves a crew he cannot save. It will be one of the books that stays with you after you read it for the rest of your life. I an thrilled I can have it on my NOOK!
siempre More than 1 year ago
Alistair MacLean's writing is timeless. If you've not read MacLean, start here and then keep going through his body of work. You will be intrigued, challenged and entertained. Enjoy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down. Not to many novels kill off this many participants.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mr. MacLean was a truly gifted writer. As you read this book, you feel as if you are trapped on this hellacious journey with the crew of HMS Ulysses. You experience their desperation, anger, fear, and sadness. At times, I had tears in my eyes. MacLean is a master at combining fact with fiction in order to create a compelling story!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first read this twenty years ago and have recently read it again. It is one of the few books that truly has more impact and seems to get better with each reading. MacLean shows without embellishment that the bottom line of war remains that ordinary people are trapped in extraordinary circumstances and expected to perform. This should be a requirement for all of the service academies first classmen.
MikeBrough on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of the first grown-up books I read as a teenager (along with numerous Desmond Bagleys). I must have read it once every couple of years since!It can be a bit mawkish at times but, overall, it's a great study of men being pushed to their limits and beyond. Yes, it's the story of everything that can go wrong going wrong - and then some - but it also shows men rising above their limitations and exhibiting real love for their fellow crewmen. The ending brings tears to my eyes every time.One of my top 3 war novels of the last century.Apparently, there's a BBC radio adaptation starring Derek Jacobi and Donald Sinden - 2 knights of the boards. I must try to find that.
othersam on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Although not quite as well known now as he was in his heyday, Alistair Maclean was once the undisputed king of thriller-writers. Even now, titles like The Guns of Navarone and Where Eagles Dare are still famous as films, creaky and (endearingly!) old-fashioned though those look today. However, HarperCollins in the UK has recently been reissuing the books, and here's a surprise: the books stand up /just fine/.HMS Ulysses was Maclean's debut: to my mind, it's one of his absolute best. Although the book takes a couple of chapters to get going, once the Ulysses sets out on her fateful mission to the Arctic Seas, to protect vital supply-carrying convoy-ships from the predatory attacks of German U-boats, it's almost impossible not to find oneself taken along for the ride. A passionate, desperate story about the horrors of sea warfare and the incredible bravery and endurance of those who took part, this is a truly thrilling and engrossing read. Highly recommended.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've just finished reading this book for the 4th, maybe 5th, time since the early 60s... it's as exciting as the 1st time... more of a classic than you would think... MacLean's personal experiences as a young seaman on the North Atlantic Convoy runs in WW2 lends reality and credibility to this well-told tale.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fanrastic! A gripping WWII book of men pushed beyond their limits and how they find the courage to keepgoing on. It kept me up reading long into the night. A book that will stay in your memory long after it's finished.
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topat More than 1 year ago
An outstanding, extremely well-written book that paints magnificent word pictures, is filled with wonderful characters and tells a story that is filled with courage, stamina, loyalty, friendship and unbelievable endurance. I read this many years ago and it was even better than I remembered. A "must-read"!
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