- Paperback: 264 pages
- Publisher: TouchWood Editions (Sept. 30 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1771510811
- ISBN-13: 978-1771510813
- Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 1.8 x 18.8 cm
- Shipping Weight: 227 g
- Average Customer Review: 18 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #432,524 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A gripping adventure in the grand tradition of sea sagas, Mackay takes us one hundred fathoms deep into the life–and–death reality of submarine warfare. Terror on the Alert had me holding my breath and compulsively turning the pages." —Ian Weir, author of Will Starling and Daniel O'Thunder(2014-09-30)
"Mackay has woven a gripping yarn with his crisp prose and talent for description. His characters are well developed. He is a master of contextual integrity that sets the plot neatly in time and place. Sailors and naval enthusiasts will appreciate the technical accuracy in every aspect of the narrative ... Terror on the Alert is a rollicking good read in the best traditions of sea stories. " —Lead & Line, newsletter of the Naval Officers' Association of Vancouver Island(2014-09-25)
"I found [Terror on the Alert] difficult to put down . . . [Robert] writes with the authority of a naval officer who has lived and worked in the world of the submariner . . . I recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in a story with a naval setting, and drama on the high seas." —Dog Watch, newsletter of the Naval Officers' Association of British Columbia(2014-08-30)
"Robert Mackay’s book is a triumph of well-paced action, fascinating characters and patient, loving attention to persons and nautical detail ... This is as satisfying a tale of the sea as any I’ve read. A sailor’s book to be enjoyed by anyone." —The Vancouver Sun(2014-10-10)
"It’s an adventure, as any story should be, but there’s also history in the fiction." —Surrey Leader(2014-11-10)
"Mackay has given readers, naval and civilian alike, a tale that opens some hatches to life in a submarine. With 2014 being the centennial of the Canadian submarine service, Terror on the Alert is a most welcome read." —The Lookout, newsletter of CFB Esquimalt(2014-10-27)
"Without doubt, Mackay exhibits a compeling writing style and brings his experience as a submariner to bear with great effect… [The story] makes for a really good ride and delivers thrills aplenty." —Warships International Fleet Review(2014-12-01)
Terror on the Alert awarded the Silver Medal for Military / Wartime Fiction by the 2015 Independent Publisher (IPPY) Awards.(2015-05-06)
About the Author
Robert W. Mackay is the award-winning author of Soldier of the Horse, a historical novel set during the First World War, which won the Gold Medal for Military/Wartime Fiction at the 2012 Independent Publisher Book Awards. His interest in military history is deep in his roots. His father was in the Canadian Cavalry in the First World War, and his brother was a career naval officer. Robert is a former naval officer, submariner, teacher, and lawyer. He has lived above and below water on the west and east coasts of Canada, the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, and the North and Mediterranean Seas. He lives in Surrey, BC. Terror on the Alert is his second novel. Please visit robertwmackay.ca, or follow him on Twitter at @RobertWMackay.
Top customer reviews
It's 1962 and Canadian naval officer Ted Hawkins is stationed in Portsmouth where the Canadian and British navies are working together.
Things go downhill fast when Ted is ordered aboard the HMCS Alert for a few days of routine maneuvers. Unfortunately he and his wife Anne Marie have just had words. He calls home but there's no answer; he can't contact her before the ship sails.
Once aboard, Ted finds that the angry and emotionally unstable Anton Rijker is his superior officer on this tour of duty. He also discovers that he is now subject to worsening attacks of claustrophobia.
When a routine submarine patrol becomes a call to active service, Ted finds himself in the middle of the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Will the damaged and undermanned HMCS Alert escape the encounter with a Soviet sub and make Gibraltar? Will the crew survive? I read this exciting book in a single day, because I couldn't wait to find out.
Author of the cavalry story Soldier of the Horse (2011), Robert W. Mackay has written another accomplished work of military historical fiction that brings the past alive. A veteran submariner himself, Mackay easily supplies the verisimilitude that brings any reader, even a landlubber, into the midst of the nautical adventure.
For readers who want to know a bit more about Canada and the Cold War, he also provides some background notes at the end of his gripping tale.
Robert W. Mackay has joined Tom Clancy and Clive Cussler on my favorite authors list. I think that he has surpassed them in many respects.
Mackay 's first book SOLDIER OF THE HORSE, is already on my Christmas list. I am not sure I can wait that long.
Robert W. Mackay has drawn on this own experience as a submariner to craft a suspenseful and compelling tale. This is a thoroughly enjoyable book and a real page-turner.
"Terror on the Alert" is his second novel and it's a cracking good read. It's a thriller set on an A class submarine during the Cold War with a Canadian protagonist. During the 1950s and '60s a squadron of these RN boats was based in Halifax and about 200 Canadians trained as submariners in the UK. Bob was one of them, and the authenticity of this book flows from his experience.
I enjoyed the accuracy and attention to detail regarding submarine operations, but I admit to finding the story of the conflict between the two officers a bit far-fetched, but it certainly made for excitement and tension — it's page-turner alright!. To say more would constitute a spoiler.
Ideal read for those who love a rip-snorting thriller at sea - recommended.
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