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Publisher's Summary

Brought to you by Penguin.

Film tie-in originally published as The Good Shepherd.

Soon to be a major motion picture starring Tom Hanks.

It's 1942. America have just joined the war.

Greyhound, an international convoy of 37 allied ships, is in operation. As Captain Ernest Krause leads his first command of a US destroyer, the convoy ploughs through icy, submarine-infested North Atlantic seas.

All the while hotly pursued by wolf packs of Nazi U-boats.

Grappling with his newfound superiority and haunting self-doubt in 48 hours of desperate peril, Captain Krause's hopeless mission is doomed to fail.

But armed with extraordinary courage and grit, hope may just be on the horizon....

©1955 C.S. Forester (P)2020 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"I recommend Forester to every literate I know." (Ernest Hemingway)

"Action, tension, tingling suspense.... The greatest adventure story to come out of World War II." (Life Magazine)

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A truly excellent war story

i enjoyed this immensely. an enthralling war story with a very interesting protagonist.
some other readers had criticisms about it being too complex to follow all the battle maneuvers and navigation - which is true, you'd need a map and a degree in nautical navigation to follow it - but you dont need to follow it, you just need to get a feel for the complexity and confusion of naval battles

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Enjoyable Naval Novel

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Duty and Honor
Fatigue
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Enjoyable listen with few dead spots in the novel. Quite fast paced which was nice.

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Good story but as my first ever audio book found it hard to concentrate on the story. Many a time I fell asleep and hence lost a lot in contact as the book doesn't stop when you nod off.

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fantastic book

puts me to sleep in no time. I guess it would be okay if you were unnaturally into boats 🤷‍♂️

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  • Mr B F Hambling
  • 12-12-2020

Great story great narration

I really enjoyed this story. A ‘different’ kind of war story that introduced an interesting and intriguing character (an ideal role for Tom Hanks) that we learn a lot about but also know there is so much more that we don’t know. A ‘ripping yarn’ but also a reflective and engaging character study. A must.

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  • The Coordinator
  • 24-01-2021

Great sea yarn

Well written book telling the story of an American ship's experience of the Battle of the Atlantic.

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  • K. B. Fawcett
  • 22-01-2021

Very good

Really enjoyed this book. The author really captured the tension and demands of the people who defended the Atlantic convoys during ww2. A realistic and gritty account. Should make an excellent film.

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