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HMS "Ulysses"

By Alistair MacLean

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Format: Paperback, 480 pages
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Published In: United Kingdom, 28 February 1994
The novel that launched the astonishing career of one of the 20th century's greatest writers of action and suspense -- an acclaimed classic of heroism and the sea in World War II. Now reissued in a new cover style. The story of men who rose to heroism, and then to something greater, HMS Ulysses takes its place alongside The Caine Mutiny and The Cruel Sea as one of the classic novels of the navy at war. It is the compelling story of Convoy FR77 to Murmansk -- a voyage that pushes men to the limits of human endurance, crippled by enemy attack and the bitter cold of the Arctic.

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The worldwide bestseller, inspired by the author's own experiences in the Royal Navy in World War II, that launched Alistair MacLean's astonishing career as one of the world's most popular adventure writers. Originally published in 1955 and now reissued as part of a major repackaging of the key MacLean backlist titles.

About the Author

Alistair MacLean, the son of a Scots minister, was brought up in the Scottish Highlands. In 1941 he joined the Royal Navy. After the war he read English at Glasgow University and became a schoolmaster. The two and a half years he spent aboard a wartime cruiser were to give him the background for HMS Ulysses, his remarkably successful first novel, published in 1955. He is now recognized as one of the outstanding popular writers of the 20th century, the author of 29 worldwide bestsellers, many of which have been filmed.


'A brilliant, overwhelming piece of descriptive writing.' Observer 'A story of exceptional courage which grips the imagination.' Daily Telegraph 'It deserves an honourable place among 20th-century war books.' Daily Mail 'HMS Ulysses is in the same class as The Cruel Sea.' Evening Standard

EAN: 9780006135128
ISBN: 0006135129
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
Dimensions: 17.8 x 11.1 x 3 centimetres (0.26 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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This was Alistair Maclean's first book and what a book to have written.

A ship has to make a run to Murmansk during the height of the Second World War battling dreadful seas and the marauding enemy. On board there are a crew who are worn-out and on the verge of mutiny. There is the Captain who is deathly ill. Conditions could not be worse.

This a tale of great bravery under the worst of circumstances. Maclean using a third person narrative tells the tales of a number of characters well and although at times he becomes a little melodramatic, he writes a novel that is justifiably regarded a classic of the sea.

It is a book that starts off a little slowly but builds up to a dramatic ending.

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