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The Good Shepherd: A Novel by C. S. Forester
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The Good Shepherd: A Novel (original 1955; edition 2018)

by C. S. Forester (Author)

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Soon to be the major motion picture Greyhound, a WWII naval thriller of "high and glittering excitement" (New York Times) from the author of the legendary Hornblower series The mission of Commander George Krause of the United States Navy is to protect a convoy of thirty-seven merchant ships making their way across the icy North Atlantic from America to England. There, they will deliver desperately needed supplies, but only if they can make it through the wolfpack of German submarines that awaits and outnumbers them in the perilous seas. For forty eight hours, Krause will play a desperate cat and mouse game against the submarines, combating exhaustion, hunger, and thirst to protect fifty million dollars' worth of cargo and the lives of three thousand men. Acclaimed as one of the best novels of the year upon publication in 1955, The Good Shepherd is a riveting classic of WWII and naval warfare from one of the 20th century's masters of sea stories.… (more)
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Title:The Good Shepherd: A Novel
Authors:C. S. Forester (Author)
Info:Penguin Books (2018), Edition: Reissue, 272 pages
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Well done and feels accurate. It is repetitive reflecting the nature of what it depicts. The fatigue grows on you but in the right way and never flags interest. Most submarine books are about the subs, or the capital ships destroyed, interesting to see it from the perspective of sub-destroyers. It is POV first-person from the captain's eyes only. This is only my second Forester book it's not in the same class as Queen but still worthwhile. ( )
1 vote Stbalbach | May 23, 2020 |
C.S.Forester always nails naval battle books, and this is no different. This story tells how an overage high ranking officer is given a task for which he has little experience but who rises to the needs of the job, all the while challenging himself. Although the principle character is a U.S.Navy officer, it is clearly a Bristish story which is okay with me. Good read. ( )
  DeaconBernie | Aug 29, 2019 |
This book is 48 hours in the life of a convoy in the North Atlantic during WW2. George Krause is the American commander of the Keeling, one of four destroyers assigned to protect a fragile group of vessels from the ravages of the U-boats. There’s action, inaction, tension, overwhelming fatigue, and suspense. The details of life on board ship are excellent, as you might expect from Forester. The only note that might ring sourly for modern readers is stereotyping in the portrayal of the mess boys. ( )
  rabbitprincess | Jun 18, 2019 |
An American destroyer Captain gets a convoy across the Atlantic in the middle stage of WWII at sea. Ordinary Forester but superior to his many rivals in this genre. ( )
  DinadansFriend | Jul 1, 2017 |
Until a friend gave this to me I had no idea the author of the Horatio Hornblower series did anything in the modern era. Really enjoyed the book. If you want to understand what it was like to be the commander of a convoy poached on by subs during WWII this will put you there. ( )
  paulhoff | Jan 6, 2013 |
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Thanks to Vice-Admiral Ralph W. Christie, USN Retired, onetime Commander of Submarines, Southwest Pacific, and to commander J. D. P. Hodapp, USN, onetime Commanding Officer, USS Hall.
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In that hour after dawn the horizon did not seem far away.
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Soon to be the major motion picture Greyhound, a WWII naval thriller of "high and glittering excitement" (New York Times) from the author of the legendary Hornblower series The mission of Commander George Krause of the United States Navy is to protect a convoy of thirty-seven merchant ships making their way across the icy North Atlantic from America to England. There, they will deliver desperately needed supplies, but only if they can make it through the wolfpack of German submarines that awaits and outnumbers them in the perilous seas. For forty eight hours, Krause will play a desperate cat and mouse game against the submarines, combating exhaustion, hunger, and thirst to protect fifty million dollars' worth of cargo and the lives of three thousand men. Acclaimed as one of the best novels of the year upon publication in 1955, The Good Shepherd is a riveting classic of WWII and naval warfare from one of the 20th century's masters of sea stories.

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