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Eight years in the Navy and hearing twice a day;
"Sweepers!, Sweepers! Man your broomes. Give a good sweep of all comparments for'wd & aft and under all ladders. Take trash to the designated place on the fantail. Now Sweepers!"
Saw this title and had just had to order it
Own both, and read an enjoyed each several times. In fact I got my copy of "The Left-Handed Monkey Wrench" on a vist to Mystic Seaport Whaling Museum in Conn.
I also have his other books The Sons of Martha and Other Stories (which is almost the same as LHMW) and Casey Agonistes which are his sci-fi stories that he recieved a Hugo Award for.
Dudley Pope in more known for his Lord Ramage series of books and his very readable Naval history books.
This one is from his Ned Yorke series which span over two hundred years of history.
As you can tell from the title, book deals with the Battle of the Atlantic, (convoys and U-boats).
The basic premise of the book is that the u-boats are some how entering the convoys defenses and sinking large numbers of ships in two or three nights. The Admiralty sets up a special group to figure out how they are doing this.
The action is well written, the love interest not over done or too sappy or graphic.
All in all a very good read.
Fairly standard Techno thriller in the vain of David Poyer's 'Dan Lenson Novels' The Circle, The Med etc. or
Patrick Robinson's 'Arnold Morgan' series Nimitz Class, Kilo Class etc.. If you are a fan of these authors or Clancy or Larry Bond, Dan Brown you won't be disappointed.