He was born on 21 April in Shettleston , Glasgow , the third of four sons of a Church of Scotland minister, [4] but spent much of his childhood and youth in Daviot , ten miles south of Inverness. He learned English as a second language after his mother tongue, Scottish Gaelic. He was first assigned to PS Bournemouth Queen, a converted excursion ship fitted for anti-aircraft guns, on duty off the coasts of England and Scotland. There he saw action in in the Atlantic theatre , on two Arctic convoys and escorting aircraft carrier groups in operations against Tirpitz and other targets off the Norwegian coast. He took part in Convoy PQ 17 on Royalist.

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Shelves: thriller , military-fiction , fiction , mystery , alistair-maclean , finished-in , technothriller It has been well over twenty years since I last read this novel. I read it on a whim, and enjoyed the reading. It had a decent plot; the basic plot is one that the author [and many others like him] has recycled over and over and over.

It moved at a decent pace, I guess. The character development is so-so, I guess. Characters are introduced, but there are so many characters that there is not much room for any kind of development. It has been well over twenty years since I last read this novel.

A widget is required for the recovery operation, only the ally is unwilling to relinquish control of the widget. One thing that stood out to me, though, was a conversation between the British Ambassador to the United States and the President.

The British Ambassador states that this airing of dirty laundry is not only unnecessary but counterproductive. He also goes on to give some decent examples of why this is the case.

It is not necessary; it can also be dangerous to individuals when some things are revealed. Invariably, the press only gives a limited side of what they are covering and how they present the story to the general population [especially, it seems, when politics become involved]. Oddly enough, the character with the most development is the villain of the piece.

He is introduced exhibiting some odd behavior, and the Royal Navy officers eventually discover his criminal background as well as how wealthy he is.

We end up learning more about him than any other character in the book, which means he has the most character development. The final solution is quite final indeed. It seems like he as done a better job bouncing between locales in other stories. It did seem like, at times, he had characters repeating each other. There is very little if any romance, in this book. I do not think it detracts from the book; it is just interesting how romance [or seduction] rarely factors into his stories.

Overall, it was still a fun read. Despite its failings and whatnot, I still enjoyed it.


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