While the author is more known for his fiction, this is a collection of short accounts of actual events at sea, with what seems to be a small amount of fiction added in.
The Sinking of the Bismark has been covered in longer accounts (and also a motion picture) so the account here could be considered an abridged version of the action.
He also includes accounts of other ships which are fairly well known, e.g., the Lancastria and the Jervis Bay, and many not as well known. It is of some interest to people studying the history of such events (it provides a quick reference with an overview of the action), as well as interesting to the general reader.
Overall, an enjoyable and easy read.
Collection of stories by Alister.
This is a collection of sea stories by the master story teller Alistair Maclean. There are stories of wartime battles, of rescues from sinking ships, of gunboat espionage. This is a treasury of vintage Maclean, the only problem being the length of the stories. One wants them to go on and being short stories, they end way too quickly.
An oldy but a goldy. No gore, explicit sex (I'm not a prude but neither am I a voyeur) Just good story telling.