Somewhat of a twist on The Caine Mutiny, but enough differences to leave you wondering what is going to happen and who is going to be left standing.
This novel takes place some 20 years after World War II when the Americans were fighting the Viet Nam war and Britain was trying to prevent the same kind of war in Malaya.
With allegiances uncertain, U.S. and British politics plays a bigger role than in Reeman's WW II novels.
In any case, the HMS Terrapin is due to be paid off and probably sold to a third world country. Two men, the captain and the executive officer, their professional and personal lives in a mess, are assigned to her due to some problems on their previous ships. Is this punishment? Or a test? Where do their loyalties lie?
The HMS Terrapin ably served Britain in the Battle of the Atlantic. How will this ship do in the backwaters of the southwest Pacific.
Like some of Reeman's novel, this one seemed to wander a bit as the plot developed, but in the end it all comes together in a rousing naval action.
British Navy story, takes place in 1970.