Reissue of the classic tale of war at sea, from the acclaimed master of action and suspense.
Suddenly, just before dawn, the lights went out aboard the San Andreas.
For the British hospital ship sailing the deadly, U-boat patrolled Norwegian waters, a nightmare of violence and betrayal has begun.
A terrifying game of sabotage in which an unknown traitor among the crew holds all the cards.
The red crosses on the vessel's sides spell anything but safety.
For a dangerous secret has turned the ship into a priceless quarry.
With the Captain out of action Bosun Archie McKinnon takes over.
Alone in treacherous, frozen seas, her compass smashed, the San Andreas is being drawn relentlessly into the enemy's hands.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 384 pages, 1map
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication Date: 22/04/1994
- Category: Thriller / suspense
- ISBN: 9780006170266
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Review by JacInABook
Set on a hospital ship in Norwegian waters, with a British Merchant Navy crew and a collection of doctors, nurses and orderlies, hunted by German planes and U-boats and not knowing the reason for the pursuit, a saboteur loose, wreaking havoc with the electrical systems, fuel lines, heating and medical supplies.As soon as I began to read I was hooked. This is a World War II adventure thriller that had me jumping from one crew member to another looking for the bad hat, and being proved wrong, usually when another act of sabotage took place. I wasn’t alone, even the main characters were baffled.The feeling of suspense was masterly, and the description of a badly damaged ship in hostile weather conditions was enough to have me shivering for real. But to my mind the dialogue between the characters coupled with the understated humour in the face of the towering odds against them is what turned the whole story into a masterpiece.