Commanding a useful frigate, Kydd is claimed by the Leeward Islands station, exchanging the harsh situation in South America for the warmth and delights of the Caribbean. It’s a sea change for Kydd, who revisits places and people that figured in his time as a young seaman. Some are nostalgic and pleasing, while others bring challenges of a personal nature.
1942. Lieutenant-Commander David Howard’s orders were chillingly clear. There could be no mercy. To the men who fought to protect the vital, threatened Merchant Navy convoys in the Western Approaches, the Battle of the Atlantic was full-scale war.
Kydd returns to sea and has just pulled off a daring reconnaissance into the inner harbour of Cadiz when he is summoned to urgently carry despatches to Admiral Louis in Malta. Word has come from the British ambassador Arbuthnot that the neutral Turks are being wooed by the French; if the ancient city of Constantinople falls into their hands Napoleon’s route to India will be completely unfettered and his plans for world domination a reality. Concerned for his safety, Arbuthnot is demanding a large fleet presence to take him off and bring the Turks to their senses.
Malta,1941. To Captain Richard Chesnaye, HMS Saracen is more than an obsolete ship with an ugly recent past. As the war enters a new phase Chesnaye recalls the Saracen of the First World War and the Gallipoli campaign and imagines a significant new role for them both.
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George Jepson interviews Sim Comfort (A Yank in Pursuit of British Naval History), P. T. Deutermann (author of three WWII naval adventures) and John J. Gobbell (author of the Todd Ingram naval thrillers).
Reviews of recent nautical and historical works released in the US and UK.
Adam, an American, and Natalia, a Pole, join in a desperate hunt for the 1940 Soviet order authorizing the murders of 20,000 Polish army officers and civilians. If they can find the Katyn Order before the Russians do, they just might change the fate of Poland.
Sally Ketchum comes from dirt-poor farm folk. Then she enrolls in the U.S. military’s WASP program. At the special school known as Avenger, she learns to fly the biggest, fastest, meanest planes the military has to offer.
A novel based on the true World War II story of America's first female military pilots.
Quick, healthy meals for vegetarian family cooking. The recipes are kid-tested. The vegan information has been expanded in this revised edition.