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The ship is the British light cruiser Artemis, the time is half way through WW II, the location is the Mediterranean, where the Artemis is enroute to Malta. An uneventful afternoon turns into a lethal night action when a major strike force of the Italian fleet moves in to attack.
"The book is an excellent description of a fighting ship and of the complex mechanism, trained manpower and careful organization necessary in combat. The graphically detailed account leads to a dramatic climax." (Booklist)
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C.S Forester was born in Cairo in 1899, where his father was stationed as a government official. He studied medicine at Guy's Hospital, and after leaving Guy's without a degree he turned to writing as a career. His first success was Payment Deferred, a novel written at the age of twenty-four and later dramatized and filmed with Charles Laughton in the leading role. In 1932 Forester was offered a Hollywood contract, and from then until 1939 he spent thirteen weeks of every year in America. On the outbreak of war he entered the Ministry of Information and later he sailed with the Royal Navy to collect material for The Ship. He made a voyage to the Bering Sea to gather material for a similar book on the United States Navy, and it was during this trip that he was stricken with arteriosclerosis, a disease which left him crippled. However, he continued to write and in the Hornblower novels created the most renowned sailor in contemporary fiction. He died in 1966.
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