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. Following on from yesterday’s post about the Arctic Convoys, here is a review of HMS Ulysses by Alistair Maclean which I found on another. HMS Ulysses was Maclean’s first and arguably best novel. It describes the ordeal of a ship on one of the notorious Murmansk conveys, taking.

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I worried that the years might have aged this book a bit, but happily that was not the case. Government agent John Deakin poses as a wanted criminal in order to foil a gang smuggling guns to Injuns in the Rockies and planning to steal government gold in return.

Create a free website or blog at WordPress. What is the reply of the radio apprentice when he is told to abandon Ulysses? Next Post The Hammer and the Cross: Her crew is pushed well beyond the limits of endurance and the book starts in the aftermath of a mutiny. There was no compulsion, no attachment for me to obsessively read it.

The ship serves on the Arctic convoys and her crew is pushed above and beyond the normal limits of human endurance, leading to a mutiny. You are commenting using allstair Twitter account. If she’s stiff, she has a low centre of gravity, rolls easily, but whips back quickly and is extremely stable and safe. However, ABPC never made the film. They are menacing, ruthless and brilliant; and they manage to outfox the good guys macleah almost every turn.

That much, for a second, and that only, Vallery saw: Comparisons may be also be drawn with Wolfgang Ott ‘s novel Sharks and Little Fishwritten from the viewpoint of a sailor who serves on surface ships and submarines of the World War II German navy, the Kriegsmarine. This book wasn’t a part of my usual genre, so my review may be slightly prejudiced.


A bit tough to rate this book 4 stars. I am going to tell you all sorts of plot points, on the theory that this book is 20 years older than I am. The basic story line was compelling.

Astounding how much this book reminded me of Douglas Reeman–one of the latter’s weaker efforts. One of the most vivid and emotionally impacting war stories I’ve ever read. The bad guys are not ugly or stupid at all. He was first assigned to PS Bournemouth Queena converted excursion ship fitted for anti-aircraft guns, on duty off the coasts of England and Scotland.

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If you think not, then you had better re-boot or reconfigure. And the best film, Where Eagles Dare, is not one of his best books.

References related to Murmansk Run: My summer reading goal was to read the book and decide for myself. I loved the perseverance shown through the characters, their sacrifices, and personal stories. Apart from that, the language itself is confusing; not only the way has he formed his sentences you get used to that after a while but the terms that are used.

I’ve read this story before, but so long ago. The HMS Ulysses is a Royal Navy cruiser whose crew have recently mutinied and are tasked once again to meet and escort a convoy on the Murmansk run to Russia.

It is, along with The Cruel Sea and The Cain Mutiny, one of the best explorations of naval warfare in WW11, focusing not only on the battles but also on the effects of the cold, the fear and the danger on the men who sailed in those ships.


The thing I love about Powell’s books is that you can ask the much-pierced something at the desk about the location of bestsellers of the 60s a,istair 70s, and they will answer you without so much as a pause for thought.

HMS Ulysses by Alistair MacLean (1955)

To keep a watch, especially a watch on the bridge was torture: The Murmansk run was a killer. Dec 07, Mike rated it it was amazing. In total, it’s really much closer to Michener’s The Bridges at Toki-Ri which perhaps not coincidentally, was published just alistairr years before Ulysses than to any of H,s other work – and like Bridgesit paints a realistic picture of the randomness and senselessness of war.

I tried to get past it Despite their exhaustion and bad morale, they set out again to escort ships carrying fuel, tanks, and planes to the Soviet Union. The book was based on real life convoys Maclean had participated in when a sailor aboard HMS Royalist.

H.M.S. ULYSSES by Alistair MacLean | Kirkus Reviews

For Naval warfare enthusiasts, I highly recommend this novel. You may think that’s an exaggeration but for me, having read a lot of books of all kinds over the years, it’s true. Ulysses has to take the blows of the enemy. The only fault I found with this book was the way he a,istair different names in different situations for the same people.