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It's the year: 1943. Now there was to be no more retreat for Britain and her Allies. At last the war was to be carried into enemy territory. And, from captured bases and makeshift harbours in North Africa, The Royal Navy's Special Force was to be the probe and the spearhead of the advance. To this unorthodox war came the corvette H.M.S. Thistle and her commanding officer, John Crispin. Both were veterans, she from the Atlantic, he from the trauma of seeing his last command and her company brutally destroyed. Soon they would be fighting amongst remote Adriatic islands, helping the partisans and guerrillas with whom they had little in common, except an overwhelming common hatred of the enemy who had attacked and destroyed their countries. Ship and crew had to be welded into a single fighting unit. And it had to be done, not in training, but on active duty.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780099055709
ISBN-10: 0099055708
Format: Paperback
(178mm x 110mm x 18mm)
Pages: 320
Imprint: Arrow Books Ltd
Publisher: Cornerstone
Publish Date: 1-Feb-1972
Country of Publication: United Kingdom


US Kirkus Review » With objectionable "temporary" Captain Scarlett calling the shots, career man Crespin (Lt. Cmdr., British Royal Navy) has few hopes for his "special duty" corvette Thistle, and her crew. They've been consigned to do the dirty work preparatory to the Allied invasion. All 200 feet of Thistle down to the dregs entails a succession of suicide missions, for Captain Scarlett is a glory glutton who believes that Crespin and his other "failures" are expendable. An Admiral disagrees, hopes to replace Scarlett with Crespin, but dies in a plane crash along with Crespin's girl while the Thistle goes on to sink a German floating fortress. . . . In this case, the risks are obvious. (Kirkus Reviews)

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Author Biography - Douglas Reeman

Douglas Reeman did convoy duty in the navy in the Atlantic, the Arctic, and the North Sea. He has written over thirty novels under his own name and more than twenty best-selling historical novels featuring Richard Bolitho under the pseudonym Alexander Kent.

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