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H.M.S. Ulysses
HMS Ulysses
Author: Alistair MacLean
The order flashed from the command ship: "Scatter and proceed independently." — Ahead of the convoy, lying in wait in the Arctic storm, was a German cruiser and battle squadron. The Allied ships wheeled and zig-zagged away from each other.? All except the H.M.S. Ulysses. She did not change course. She was sheeted in ice and her bow leaped clear o...  more »
ISBN: 101127
Publication Date: 1955
Pages: 320
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Publisher: Fawcett
Book Type: Paperback
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As a U.S. Marine, I served on several ships - mostly transports and LSTs - in the Pacific. As a result, I would never freely choose to go on a cruise again - even if all expenses were paid for me.

Yet, for some reason, I love naval fiction. I have read many of the great authors of naval fiction, those whose novels are still in print today or only available second hand. In my opinion, "H.M.S. Ulysses" is one of the greatest naval stories ever written.

If you read this book, and agree with me, then I suggest you also read "73 North: The Battle of the Barents Sea" by Dudley Pope, which tells the true story of the war in that far northern theater. This books relates the terrible trials that men and ships had to undergo. After which, you might just wonder if "H.M.S. Ulysses" wasn't a true story after all.