It is the summer of 1940 and Andy Holt has signed on as 2nd mate in the SS Barranquilla, sailing in ballast from the Clyde for Nuevitas in Cuba. From there she'll be routed up the US seaboard to Halifax, Nova Scotia, assembly-point for homebound convoys. The homebound ones are the worst - U-boats preferring their victims to be deep-laden, full of cargo. Andy has joined Quilla at the last minute and not with an easy mind. He's just heard from his girlfriend Julia that she's pregnant - two months gone - and in Newcastle in 1940 this means wedding bells. Which in itself is OK - he loves her. Only he'll be away from her now for ten weeks or more, so it will be five months before they can marry. That's if he makes it back, because this is what the U-boat people are calling their Happy Time - easy targets and lots of them, convoys with hardly any escorting warships. There have been heavy losses off Norway and Dunkirk - the vital priority at this time is for destroyers to counter the invasion that seems imminent. At the moment it is odds against any individual ship getting over 'the pond' and back...
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Alexander Fullerton has been regarded as one of Britain's premier adventure novelists since his first book SURFACE! was a bestseller in 1953. Apart from the acclaimed Everard series he is the author of an SOE trilogy featuring Rosie Ewing.Review:
'His action passages are superb, and he never puts a period foot wrong' - Observer; 'You don't read a novel by Alexander Fullerton. You LIVE it' - South Wales Echo; 'The research is unimpeachable and the scent of battle quite overpowering' - Sunday Times
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Book Description Little, Brown Book Group, 2005. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110316729574
Book Description Little, Brown Book Group, 2005. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0316729574