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Three classics in one volume
on 15 January 2003
Nicholas Monsarrat wrote with a style that makes the reader smell the sea air, while eagerly flipping the pages late at night to find out the ending of the story. Three of his classic works are here collected in a single volume. The title story is one of the most gripping sea tales of the second world war. A small, obsolete Royal Navy escort vessel is torpedoed while sailing alone far off the normal sea lanes. Despite overwhelming odds and a series of events that greatly decreases the ships' chances, the captain makes a determined decision that the ship will not sink.
Of the other two stories, Leave Cancelled is a great love story, quite unlike most of the authors' works, and deserves to be better known. Heavy Rescue takes the reader back to 1940 London during the Blitz. They will be enjoyed by anyone with an interest in WW II fiction.