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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This page was last edited on 1 Mayat ulysaes However, since I was already looking up so many aoistair terms, I didn’t appreciate having to look up additional words. I’ve read this story before, but so long ago. Utterly gripping film, often tongue in cheek, as when Clint Eastwood is blasting away down the castle corridor with a machine gun in each hand. Lying in wait for the thirty-four ships of Fast Russian convoy FR77 was the worst winter storm anyone could remember, and German aircraft, surface ships, and submarines This is a story about the men who sailed in the H.

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. Corvette proved too British. The characters are true to life in conditions where human beings are asked to exhibit personal emotional strength and bravery, a readiness to face everything thrown at them in the most terrifying and heart-stopping conditions with a unity that overcomes all that face them every day and every night too.

The Times Digital Archive. Sep 07, Nooilforpacifists rated it liked it Shelves: But the human factors here outwright the difficulties and may carry the reader ilysses.

That much, for a second, and that only, Vallery saw: I’m a sucker for tales of loyalty and sacrifice and the ordeals of the convoy to which the Ulysses is assigned provide non-stop examples of both. So, I suppose this and books like The Cruel Sea have a special resonance for me.


But as with most novels, by the middle, even secondary characters can be compelling and I may have shed a few tears by the end of the story. The cruelty of an arctic winter, death and privation, destruction, unrelenting bad weather, blizzards, the worst storm of the war, the roughest seas imaginable, ocean warfare, U-boats, air attacks, constant tension, no relief, one mission after another without letup, numbing intense cold, being stretched past their limits, physical exhaustion, weakness, hunger, snow, ice, hurricane force winds, 24 hr nights, miserable dawns, ice everywhere, chaos, unimaginable fatigue, and all without end.

I first read this brilliant heart-stopping book years ago many times over and recently bought it again. His heroes are not especially motivated by ideals, they rarely excel at more than one task and they are overcome by a respectable enemy.

Ulysses is assigned to assist a merchant convoy on its re-supply mission to their Russian allies in Murmansk. Dec 22, A. They all seemed to blur together for me.

The story places the reader on board as an observer in this intense telling of a naval story out of World War II. In the Glasgow Herald in he wrote about his writing, and included this paragraph:. In Royalist he saw action in in the Atlantic theatre, on two Arctic convoys and escorting carrier groups in operations against Tirpitz and other targets off the Norwegian coast.


HMS Ulysses

MacLean does occasionally resort to some common war story tropes and cliches and one or two frankly unlikely coincidences in order to maintain the tension and age-turner of a novel. And was the helicopter really an anachronism? I stand by my title for this review. Still, it was Maclean’s writing which just dragged me slowly into the book and it were the descriptions of the ACTUAL war and the action which just blew me away.

I did enjoy the book, but it took me a while to get into it. Dec 31, Shaunak Bhattacharya rated it really liked it. Taking his inspiration from his own extensive experience as an RN sailor in the Atlantic and Arctic convoys there is a strong feeling of verisimilitude to this story; but the sheer quality of his writing is also worthy of note.


You are commenting using your WordPress. The reader should come away with an appreciation of the challenges our parents, grandparents, and great grandparents had to face during WWII.

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HMS Ulysses First edition. Notify me of new comments via email. The convoy was carrying much needed lend-lease war materials from the United States to Russia. The book was based on real life convoys Maclean had participated in when a sailor aboard HMS Royalist. MacLean drank heavily and struggled with alcoholism.

Book Review : HMS Ulysses | In the Dark

My summer reading goal was to read the book and decide for myself. Harry The ship is turning about between two big combers, and on halfway the turning the wave struck over. My favorite Maclean book. I could spend all day at a cricket match hmss about Alistair MacLean novels.

HMS Ulysses by Alistair MacLean

The story of the boat, it’s battles, and the sailors was interesting enough to keep me plowing through Well, it took me two months to get through this one Why didn’t I just give up? She plunged down and kept on going down, driving down to the black floor maclesn the Arctic, driven down by the madly spinning screws. The story starts with a mutiny ship and when the story ends you are left with just one question why do all good things come to an end?