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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But HMS Ulysses is not such a book. The book sold a quarter of a million copies in hardback in England in the amclean six months of publication. It is their resilience that pushes these seamen to acts of heroism.

My copy of the book has long gone so I hope somebody can find it for me. Bad things happen to them, but the feelings of the victims cannot be fully realized because much of their background is alistajr.

Mar 22, Venkatesh rated it it was amazing. The still thundering engines her own executioners. Not a handful, not even dozens, but literally hundreds, soundlessly screaming, agonizingly dying in the barbarous contrariety of drowning and cremation.

And the Ulysses must fight its way through one of the worst storms ever recorded and no one understands or describes a warship moving through such an event as MacLean. HMS Nairna River-class frigate. Dec 06, Daniel Villines rated it liked it.

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 Waiting for them is a U-boat wolf pack and some of the worst winter weather of the war. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.


Views Read Edit View history. It is supposed to keep you on your toes but I say supposed because honestly, I wasn’t that hooked. You are commenting using your Twitter account.

Alistair MacLean – HMS Ulysses

They are noble, venerable and somehow too good for the horrible conditions of the modern world. Stoker Riley, the apelike product of a Liverpool slum, a petty thief who stirs up the mutiny but volunteers to take coffee to Dodson in the damaged steering shaft. The author describes the H. For me, it interrupted the excitement to have to stop and figure out who he was discussing.

Open Preview See a Problem? We start with an abortive mutiny.

For Naval warfare enthusiasts, I highly recommend this novel. This makes it particularly difficult to get attached to the characters, to root for them and well, frankly my interest started dissipating. If not better, it is certainly on a par with MacClean’s “Guns of Navarone.

In fact, it took me 46 days to finish, a personal record and towards the end, I was just glad it was over.

So, neither here nor there- 3 stars. To ask other readers questions about HMS Ulyssesplease sign up.

HMS Ulysses by Alistair MacLean

Amazingly, some few battered survivors lived to tell the story. The Times Digital Archive. As a reader you are worn down by the enormity of what these men had to endure minute by minute, hour by hour. Infinitely more hard hitting and realistic, the book delves into the practicalities of war and all their facets – strategy and miscalculations, honor and cowardice, wins and losses – and reflects on how ultimately the men who are often no more than kids end up paying the price in the horrors of war for the decisions of those holier than thou men cooped up comfortably in the HQs.


Works by Alistair MacLean. It is a very effective book and it’s success is no surprise. The Ulysses is sunk in a failed attempt to ram a German cruiser after all her other weapons had been destroyed. By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have alostair and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Captain Richard Vallery, dying of TB who nonetheless, heroically, rallies the crew and leads by example; until he finally, inevitably, dies, his last thoughts for the crew.


Retrieved from ” https: And then there were the torpedoes If you are not convinced, find the passage, “At Ulysses crossed the Arctic Circle. Witout doubt the best naval war book ever written. Books by Alistair MacLean. 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. This one sentence brilliantly sums up the book