By Douglas Reeman
It is 1943, and the seas are haunted via Hitler's lethal U-boats and cruisers. After the mysterious dying of the Reliant's final captain, man Sherbrooke is given command of the mythical battlecruiser. a logo of every thing the Royal army stands for, the battlecruiser boasts the rate of a destroyer and the firepower of a battleship.
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If only . . He winced as the red eye began to flicker, and the admiral’s handset gave its usual unpleasant squawk. He snatched it up. “Bridge, sir! ” He got no further. Stagg sounded querulous. “I know who you are! ” Evershed tried to swallow but his mouth felt like sand. ” He looked up as a hand reached past him and took the handset. It was Sherbrooke. “All right, Guns. ” He raised the instru- Battlecruiser 63 ment to his ear. “Captain, sir. Radar’s on the blink. I shall signal the escorts. ” He paused, expecting an argument or worse.
Or Cavendish? ” He nodded to the steward. ” Sherbrooke tried to relax. This was more like the man he had known as a lieutenant, full of surprises, perhaps secretly hoping you might be disconcerted by his private knowledge, or its source. He tasted the Scotch, like fire on his tongue, and noticed that Stagg had not touched his. Another test, perhaps? To see if his new captain was bomb-happy, still back there with his old ship and her silent company? ” Stagg grinned. ” He glanced at his watch. “I’ll be ashore again tonight.
Dark figures stood around in their familiar positions, although to a layman they might appear casual, or unemployed. Messengers at the rank of polished voicepipes, a boatswain’s mate by the tannoy microphone, somebody gathering up empty mugs from the deck. The navigating officer had the morning watch: he always did. As the senior lieutenant-commander, he was always ready for the dawning of a new day, a time when fatigue and thoughts of breakfast, no matter how ordinary, could make a man careless, vulnerable.
Battlecruiser (The Modern Naval Fiction Library) by Douglas Reeman