Read "HMS Ulysses" by Alistair MacLean available from Rakuten Kobo. Sign up today and get $5 off your first download. The novel that launched the. Editorial Reviews. Review. 'A brilliant, overwhelming piece of descriptive writing.' Observer site Store · site eBooks · Literature & Fiction. The novel that launched the astonishing career of one of the 20th century’s greatest writers of action and suspense, Alistair MacLean. The story of men who rose to heroism, and then to something greater, HMS Ulysses takes its place alongside The Caine Mutiny and The Cruel Sea as.
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Get this from a library! H.M.S. Ulysses. [Alistair MacLean] -- British light cruiser on the sea road to Murmansk during the World War. H.M.S. Ulysses by Alistair MacLean; 6 editions; First published in ebooks . Cover of: H.M.S. Ulysses | Alistair MacLean. H.M.S. Ulysses. The story of men who rose to heroism, and then to something greater, HMS Ulysses takes its place alongside The Caine Mutiny and The Cruel.
It's, at times, bleak but there is humor and a wonderful cast of characters. This was Alistair MacLean's first novel, as I understand it, and it is still considered by many to be one of his best. Rather than the intrigue, double-crossing, and deduction that mark many of his later tales, it is first and foremost a war story. HMS Ulysses is a light cruiser, a variant on the Dido class, with some features of the later, similar Black Prince class units.
She has seen a great deal of action on the northern convoy routes to Murmansk, and is wearing out.
Not just the ship's components, but her crew. As MacLean describes them, Ulysses' crew is not the indestructible band of heroes from the stereotypical war movie, but real men, who have been exposed to too much physical and mental stress, and have seen too much war.
The terminology of PTSD was still in the future when the novel was written, and definitely so for the era about in which it takes place, but MacLean lets us see the human cost of making war.
The ship's Doctor, and even the ship's Captain, and the Squadron Commander, appeal to higher authority -- Ulysses and her men need a rest. But the Admiral will have none of it -- apparently, at his level, ships and men are expendable pieces he can move about on his chess board.
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He will use Ulysses -- if necessary, he will use her up. So off she goes again, as the force flag for a squadron which will take up the escort of the next Murmansk convoy, taking over from a US force at a predesignated point. A German minisub attack on the ship while still in port, and a near-fatal accident as she is getting underway, may be seen as omens Before the major action is ever joined, Ulysses' forces are depleted.
And, once the Royal Navy vessels have joined up with the convoy, the attacks commence, by sea and air. One by one, the other ships of the squadron are lost. Ships explode, dropping sailors into icy waters where survival times are measured in short minutes.
Should an escort pause to pick up survivors, she makes herself an ideal target for a lurking U-boat, so many times the crew of HMS Ulysses must watch brave men die. This, and the repeated German attacks, cannot help but fray the nerves of her crew, and overstress them physically.
Morale plummets with the unexpected death of a major character, but still the crew must go on. And, somehow, they do This is a marvelous novel, which apparently was never made a movie -- perhaps because there are no longer any Dido class cruisers left afloat to serve as a shooting set.
This is an important work because it captures the feeling of a doomed crew in 20th century war. A literary agent asked him to write a novel and Maclean originally refused, believing there was no future in it. However his boat business failed so he decided to write a novel.
The book was based on real life convoys Maclean had participated in when a sailor aboard HMS Royalist. Most of the characters died, in fact only one survived the book, but when I came to the end the graph looked somewhat lopsided, there were too many people dying in the first, fifth and tenth chapters so I had to rewrite it, giving an even dying space throughout.
I suppose it sounds cold blooded and calculated, but that's the way I did it. It went on to sell millions more. Comparisons may also be drawn with Wolfgang Ott's novel Sharks and Little Fish , written from the viewpoint of a sailor who serves on surface ships and submarines of the World War II German navy, the Kriegsmarine.
The use of ship names derived from classical mythology is a well-established practice of the Royal Navy. However, commentator Bill Baley  suggests that the choice of Ulysses might have been less than accidental.
However his boat business failed so he decided to write a novel. Most of the characters died, in fact only one survived the book, but when I came to the end the graph looked somewhat lopsided, there were too many people dying in the first, fifth and tenth chapters so I had to rewrite it, giving an even dying space throughout. I suppose it sounds cold blooded and calculated, but that's the way I did it.
It went on to sell millions more. Comparisons may be also be drawn with Wolfgang Ott 's novel Sharks and Little Fish , written from the viewpoint of a sailor who serves on surface ships and submarines of the World War II German navy, the Kriegsmarine. The use of ship names derived from classical mythology is a well-established practice of the Royal Navy.The Defender in particular is rendered inoperable due to freak accident which results in the aircraft flight deck being partially torn off during a heavy storm.
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