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1941. The North Atlantic. Convoys of supply ships are making their way from America to England, protected by a rapidly assembled fleet of modernised war ships. The Carmerthen, one of the destroyers, is home to seaman Donald Cameron, a nineteen-year old Commission and Warrant candidate at the bottom of the barrel for the taunting sailors. The outmoded warship tests his r 1941. The North Atlantic. Convoys of supply ships are making their way from America to England, protected by a rapidly assembled fleet of modernised war ships. The Carmerthen, one of the destroyers, is home to seaman Donald Cameron, a nineteen-year old Commission and Warrant candidate at the bottom of the barrel for the taunting sailors. The outmoded warship tests his resolve as he is faced with the tense task of keeping watch for enemy attacks. But in the hubbub of lower deck life it is easy to forget they are sailing in dangerous waters… The ship has been at sea for barely a few weeks when it is severely damaged in a surprise daylight attack. The biting cold, exhaustion and knowledge that the attackers will be back combine to put the men on board in a blood thirsty mood… Despite constant bombardment from prowling Focke-Wulfs and U-boats, the last handful of men manage to remain afloat, restlessly watching and waiting… As they struggle against the freezing conditions, Cameron picks out an U-boat periscope sliding fast towards the waterlogged destroyer. And it is homing in on what appears to be a certain victory… 'In The Line of Fire' is s tense, action-packed thriller that combines authenticity with brilliant story-telling. 'A gripping page-turner.' - Tom Kasey, best-selling author of 'Trade-Off.' Philip McCutchan grew up in the naval atmosphere of Portsmouth Dockyard and developed a lifetime's interest in the sea. Military history was an early interest of his, resulting in several fiction books about the British Army and its campaigns, especially in the last 150 years. He served throughout WW II in a variety of ships, including the cruiser Vindictive, the ocean boarding vessel Largs, and the escort carrier Ravager, ending the war as a lieutenant, RNVR. He is also the author of ‘Drums Along the Khyber’. Endeavour Press is the UK's leading independent publisher of digital books.


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1941. The North Atlantic. Convoys of supply ships are making their way from America to England, protected by a rapidly assembled fleet of modernised war ships. The Carmerthen, one of the destroyers, is home to seaman Donald Cameron, a nineteen-year old Commission and Warrant candidate at the bottom of the barrel for the taunting sailors. The outmoded warship tests his r 1941. The North Atlantic. Convoys of supply ships are making their way from America to England, protected by a rapidly assembled fleet of modernised war ships. The Carmerthen, one of the destroyers, is home to seaman Donald Cameron, a nineteen-year old Commission and Warrant candidate at the bottom of the barrel for the taunting sailors. The outmoded warship tests his resolve as he is faced with the tense task of keeping watch for enemy attacks. But in the hubbub of lower deck life it is easy to forget they are sailing in dangerous waters… The ship has been at sea for barely a few weeks when it is severely damaged in a surprise daylight attack. The biting cold, exhaustion and knowledge that the attackers will be back combine to put the men on board in a blood thirsty mood… Despite constant bombardment from prowling Focke-Wulfs and U-boats, the last handful of men manage to remain afloat, restlessly watching and waiting… As they struggle against the freezing conditions, Cameron picks out an U-boat periscope sliding fast towards the waterlogged destroyer. And it is homing in on what appears to be a certain victory… 'In The Line of Fire' is s tense, action-packed thriller that combines authenticity with brilliant story-telling. 'A gripping page-turner.' - Tom Kasey, best-selling author of 'Trade-Off.' Philip McCutchan grew up in the naval atmosphere of Portsmouth Dockyard and developed a lifetime's interest in the sea. Military history was an early interest of his, resulting in several fiction books about the British Army and its campaigns, especially in the last 150 years. He served throughout WW II in a variety of ships, including the cruiser Vindictive, the ocean boarding vessel Largs, and the escort carrier Ravager, ending the war as a lieutenant, RNVR. He is also the author of ‘Drums Along the Khyber’. Endeavour Press is the UK's leading independent publisher of digital books.

30 review for In the Line of Fire

  1. 5 out of 5

    John

    Exciting WWII Destroyer action in N Atlantic Battle scenes among severe storms and heavily damaged Destroyer kept afloat by heroic efforts by the crew and even sunk a UBoat last n virtually hand to hand action.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jack Knapp

    A plus;recommended. Nonstop action, for lovers of sea stories. Probably not for the weak! But as a fictional treatment of total war, it's first rate. A plus;recommended. Nonstop action, for lovers of sea stories. Probably not for the weak! But as a fictional treatment of total war, it's first rate.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lloyd

    While this is a work of fiction that takes place early in World War II, it reads like a realistic account of convoy escort duty during the winter of 1940 and 1941 when England stood alone against Germany. Officer candidate Donald Cameron is serving aboard the British Destroyer Carmarthen that is escorting merchant ships back to North America to obtain more foodstuffs and war materials for England. Early on the Carmarthen receives torpedo damage to its forecastle and has to leave the convey in an While this is a work of fiction that takes place early in World War II, it reads like a realistic account of convoy escort duty during the winter of 1940 and 1941 when England stood alone against Germany. Officer candidate Donald Cameron is serving aboard the British Destroyer Carmarthen that is escorting merchant ships back to North America to obtain more foodstuffs and war materials for England. Early on the Carmarthen receives torpedo damage to its forecastle and has to leave the convey in an effort to return to Great Britain. The attempt to return alone to its base turns into a harrowing journey. They are hunted by German U-boats and bombers (FW 200s) out of France. In addition to the Germans, their damaged ship must battle the sea as winter gales are ravaging the North Atlantic. Their battle to survive the Germans and the sea is the focal point of this adventure. The stress these dangers place on the crew is another obstacle the crew must overcome if they are to survive. The story features both acts of bravery and mental breakdowns from the stress. This is a very realistic description of the stress and dangers encountered by British naval personnel during World War II.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Robert M. Roth MD

    North Atlantic Escort Well done, short novel about a British destroyer disabled in the North Atlantic and her fight to return to safety. The ship has to fight off bombers, U boats and ferocious gales. The characters are well drawn and the dialogue is crisp. The plot holds your attention. I did have some minor problems with the use of British words, but it didn’t seriously impact my understanding. Look forward to reading the next book in the series.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jan Gibson

    I was glued to this book and my imagination was working on overtime - even holding my breath when the ship almost foundered. Well written and historically accurate showing the gruelling lives that our brave sailors bore - how much we owe them. Thank you Donald ,I will continue with number two and will read them all giving me an entertained 'Lockdown'. I was glued to this book and my imagination was working on overtime - even holding my breath when the ship almost foundered. Well written and historically accurate showing the gruelling lives that our brave sailors bore - how much we owe them. Thank you Donald ,I will continue with number two and will read them all giving me an entertained 'Lockdown'.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Don Brenner

    Stirring story. This story of a Royal Navy's destroyer during and after ( mostly after) an attack by a Germany submarine during escort duty for a convoy going to the American continent. The majority of the story is about the trials and tribulations of the journey back to Britain. Stirring story. This story of a Royal Navy's destroyer during and after ( mostly after) an attack by a Germany submarine during escort duty for a convoy going to the American continent. The majority of the story is about the trials and tribulations of the journey back to Britain.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Brinn Colenda

    I stumbled on this book and author completely unawares...both were great finds! McCutchan writes from his experiences in the Royal Navy during WW II. His depth of knowledge is enormous. He sets up difficulty after difficulty that only someone with the actual experience could write about in a realistic way. Tremendous plot, well written. Highly recommended.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Peter Coster

    A naval classic with a difference The war at sea during the second World War. There are a lot of books taking this theme so hard to plot an original course, yet the author succeeds in creating an original plot with a main character well worth following. Recommended.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Stuart Austwick

    Excellent book This is one off those books I read on an author's recommendation. Very pleased with the reading, I'll likely read the whole series. Certainly brings back memories of my time in the RN. Excellent book This is one off those books I read on an author's recommendation. Very pleased with the reading, I'll likely read the whole series. Certainly brings back memories of my time in the RN.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Neil

    Good naval story with lots of accurate details Cameron the young sailor experiencing his first naval voyage had lots of action and discomfort and death to deal with. His earlier experience on his father’s trawler equipped him well in the actions that followed in the Atlantic.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    Slow Unfortunately, this book was a slow read with character galore and !little plot or absorbing action. It seemed that the story line ran on forever and was consumed with interactions between members d the crew. Not the type of adventure thriller I am comfortable with.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Art Kesler

    Action packed enjoyable book! This is an interresting and very enjoyable book. The characters are well developed. The action is continous. The British accents abd traditions, combined with the naval terms and traditions make for a fasinating read. I recommend this book.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Owen Michelson

    Very Interesting and Informative! This was the first in the series. I found it informative as various British Navy facts were woven into the story along with intrigue between the characters and situations they found themselves in. I plan on reading the next in the series.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Norman

    You can feel the cold of the North Atlantic. A lot of action crammed into one book but very descriptive and easy reading. If you like second world war books about the navy this book is ideal reading.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Bob Ferguson

    A good tale of early WW2 in the Battles of the Atlantic Well written and informative of British Navy command structure facing ever deepening calamities on board a destroyer. Although a short read, it maintains quality and pace of action throughout.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Paul Johnson

    Life on a destroyer on the north Atlantic during WWII. Life aboard with few creature comforts.,the chain of command from seaman recuit to leading petty officer is a hard life. Destroyer men are equal to the challange, even sinking a sub in hand to hand combet.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Andy

    A great book This was an absolutely fabulous book. I think the author did a great job capturing the worldview of the British sailors. He managed to portray them as well as the struggle they endured without degrading the work waxing poetic nonsense

  18. 5 out of 5

    Leon Olivier, Jr

    A 20th century Hornblower This book reminds me of the Hornblower novels with lots of action and well developed characters. I only wish that some of the RN terminology was explained. Maybe a glossary.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Loretta Gabriel

    Thrilling story of heroic action. The author has written a suspenseful and eventful story of the crew of a ship and their heroic actions and efforts to save the ship. Very suspenseful and intriguing story that is sure to keep you entertained.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Mark Moxley-Knapp

    A captivating look at life and death on a WW2 British destroyer. Details are lush, characters are interesting. The storyline is believable. Not generally my sort of read, but if you are into naval history, WW2, and war stories in general, this one is enjoyable.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Dick Dubay

    Great Naval war story This is a great World War II Naval story. Full of action and courageous characters. Regular men who acted with courage when it was needed. Great start to the series and I look forward to more of the same in the rest of the series.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Mike Whitehouse

    As good as Forester Very reminiscent of the Hornblower stories, Donald Cameron is shown by the author to have the same verve and clear thinking as Foresters hero.

  23. 4 out of 5

    dennis musk

    Overdone Not very believable as far as survival at sea goes.****would be happy to read a other book I'm the series Overdone Not very believable as far as survival at sea goes.****would be happy to read a other book I'm the series

  24. 4 out of 5

    Mr C COOK

    A great book A very interesting story ,well thought out ,and we'll written,interesting from page to page and at times I could not put it down A great book A very interesting story ,well thought out ,and we'll written,interesting from page to page and at times I could not put it down

  25. 5 out of 5

    BLair Johnson

    Rookie sailor yarn A page-Turner about a young officer candidate c.f. going his g dirt sea duty onboard a destroyer in the British navy during WW2.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Gerry

    Action Lots of action, people you can identify with, navy ships you can picture in your mind and a little romance. What more could you ask for.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Roland Field

    A good read Another excellent book, well researched and a good facturilesation of historical fact brought to life by an excellent author.Well done

  28. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Riess

    A ROUSING SEA STORY I usually have problems reading stories by English writers. This one was too interesting for me to become distracted by different words or spelling.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Stevepanetta

    Not my cup of tea Didn’t like the story and the narrative. The British Navy ranks were interesting, but overall I thought the writing could have been better.

  30. 4 out of 5

    R.

    Good book Really enjoyed this book. Well written. If it were a physical book I'd call it a page turner. Liked the characters and overall story line. I recommend it highly. Good book Really enjoyed this book. Well written. If it were a physical book I'd call it a page turner. Liked the characters and overall story line. I recommend it highly.

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