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The Convoy Commodore [Audiobook] [Audio Cassette]

Philip McCutchan

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Product Details

  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Chivers Audio Books (July 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 074516160X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0745161600
  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 16.5 x 3.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g

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The prolific McCutchan begins a new series of World War II naval adventures with this story of Commodore Mason Kemp and his convoy duty between Scotland and Halifax. On the difficult North Atlantic route, Kemp must deal with German surface and submarine raiders, Luftwaffe attacks, unfriendly natural elements, and the difficult personalities of crew members and military passengers alike. In a story replete with action at sea, McCutchan also manages to portray a variety of characters and to picture the effects of war strain on them all. His book pays eloquent tribute to the sailors whose convoys kept Britain supplied while winning the Battle of the Atlantic. Recommended. William C. McCully, Park Ridge P.L., Ill.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Good sea story, from a different perspective Feb. 28 2002
By Andrew S. Rogers - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio Cassette
During World War II, the convoy commodore was the man who commanded all the merchant ships in a trans-Atlantic convoy. He did not command the naval ships that might (or might not) be guarding the convoy, but was responsible for keeping the tankers, troopships, cargo carriers, and other ships in line and on schedule. It was a heavy, and at times nerve-wracking, responsibility. And it's upon this man that Philip McCutchan focuses in what became the first of a series of convoy novels.
Not having looked at the Battle of the Atlantic from the merchantman's side very often before, I found this book a very interesting and entertaining change of pace. Though the commodore is not a navy man, his story has its share of battle scenes -- often reminiscent of Douglas Reeman's stories. Main and supporting characters are drawn well, and the narration on the audiocassettes was competently done. Tracking down and reading (or listening to) other McCutchan titles is definitely on my to-do list, and I encourage any fan of World War Two-at-sea stories to do the same.

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