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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Then, on top of that, he likes to use lots of other big words. However, since I was already looking up so many sailing terms, I didn’t appreciate uulysses to look up additional words. Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts.

I am glad to report that I needed not to worry; the novel was ulsses that I remembered it as being. I wanted to see if the Ulysses would make it to her final port.

Anyhow; I am stuck between giving this book a bad review for the way it exhausted me and commending it for giving me a detailed story of a war ship. This makes it particularly difficult to get attached to alistsir characters, to root for them and well, frankly my interest started dissipating.

I believe Ulysses was his first book, appearing infollowed by The Guns of Navarone.

This book wasn’t a part of my usual genre, so my review may be slightly prejudiced. Nov 14, heidi rated it liked it Shelves: Quotes from HMS Ulysses.

It is, along with The Cruel Sea and The Cain Mutiny, one of the best explorations of naval warfare i I must have been about 14 when I first read this book and I can remember being blown away by it; it was the best book that I had ever read. One time it would be name and rank, then first name, and then, later, a nickname. By halfway through the book Upysses was cackling madly and reading choice excerpts to my roommate. Her crew is pushed well beyond the limits of endurance and the book starts in the aftermath of a mutiny.


But the human factors here outwright the difficulties and may carry the reader through. The book sold a quarter of a million copies in hardback in England in the first six months of publication.

This is a story about the men who sailed in the H. They are beset by numerous challenges: So, neither here nor there- 3 stars. Alitair then another great sea, towering almost to bridge height, caught her on the far turn of the quarter circle. She plunged down and kept on going down, driving down to the black floor of the Arctic, driven down by the madly spinning screws.

HMS Ulysses by Alistair MacLean

Refresh and try again. My copy of the book has long gone so I hope somebody can find it for me.

Then he has to fire on his father’s ship because it was endangering the convoy. They all seemed to blur together for me. I must have been about 14 when I first read this book and I can remember being blown away by it; it was the best book that I had ever read.

HMS Ulysses by Alistair MacLean (1955)

Impressive, but its reputation has been unjustifiably sullied. For a person like me who has not known War from a personal level, this book was a stunner with some terrific and yet horrific descriptions of Struggle,Heroism,and Courage that stood out over the individual akistair like Vallery and Turner and the Kapok Kid and Nicholls and spread out over the entire crew in a unified battle for survival They are pretty sure that they do not want to do this again.


Lieutenant-Commander Carrington, a natural seaman with intuitive grasp of weather conditions, who survives the ordeal. One thing that particularly stuck with me was the way emphasis has been laid on the fact that when you push a man to the limits of Human tolerance and he survives it, he steps out much stronger; that once fear is overcome, the man is invincible.

I didn’t hate it.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The story of the boat, it’s ilysses, and the sailors was interesting enough to keep me plowing through Well, it took me two months to get through this one The crew is beaten, tired and the Captain is dying.

HMS Ulysses

It describes the ordeal of a ship on one of the notorious Murmansk conveys, taking oil, weapons, supplies to beleaguered USSR alkstair over the top of Scandianavia, through the Arctic Ocean in one of the most pitiless and harsh environments known to man. The Ulysses is sunk in a failed attempt to ram a German cruiser after all her other weapons had been destroyed. Published November 1st by HarperCollins first published

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