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  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 120 x 180mm
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Corgi Childrens
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0552113557
  • 9780552113557

Review Text

In Pope's latest naval yarn, Lt. Edward Yorke (Decoy, 1085) must find out how German submarines have been penetrating Allied convoys and sinking ships from within the formation before the loss of supplies and material brings Britain to her knees. Heroic action in a futile attempt to save a Polish ship as well as his own from Nazi bombardment in the Bay of Biscay has left Yorke with a DSO and a badly damaged arm. While he's laid up in the hospital, Yorke falls in love with pretty nurse Clare Exton, a young war widow. But they've scarcely had time to flirt a bit when Yorke, by order of Winston Churchill, is recruited to serve in a highly secret Naval Intelligence office in London. His new outfit is a small but select bunch of brainy young officers with combat experience, each of whom is assigned a disastrous problem to solve. Yorke's problem is to find out how lone German submarines have been eluding naval escort vessels with their sonar equipment and slipping amid the defenseless merchant ships in the Atlantic convoys. They have been sinking ships with monotonously deadly regularity, one ship per torpedo. When his studies reveal the presence of Swedish ships in each of the affected convoys, Yorke realizes he must put to sea in one of the threatened merchantmen to prove that the supposedly neutral Swedes are the culprits. Good naval and wartime atmosphere, as well as a moderately interesting plot problem, are weakened by anticlimax. (Kirkus Reviews)show more