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Silent ship, silent sea Hardcover – 1967


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday; 1st edition (1967)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0006BQJYO
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,310,400 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The ride is a great adventure and compelling story.
William Sofield
While advertised as a "children's" book, "Silent Ship, Silent Sea" is also very much for adults.
Robert A. Schmidt
I have been looking for a copy of this book for years.
Greg K.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By William Sofield on May 15, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Originally, I read this book sometime in the middle Seventies as a kid. I have never forgotten it. I can almost recite it. I have since purchased the book and reread it every so often. I wanted to have a copy of it so I could share it with my kids when they were old enough. They will be soon...

White writes simply and uses easy characters. Good, bad, quite, effervescent, they develop quickly, then the story is off and running. Kelsey, the protagonist is a Horatio Alger type who finds himself stuck on a destroyer in the Pacific in WWII instead of Officer's Candidate school in Rhode Island. He is accused of mutiny and desertion during an enemy attack, and his life is immediately made extremely difficult. How he handles the situation and his recovery from it fill the book.

The story has a man vs. man conflict (actually two or three), a man vs. nature, and mostly man vs. himself. Ultimately, Kelsey triumphs and grows along the journey. The ride is a great adventure and compelling story. I can't say enough to convince you about how good it is.

This is the kind of reading I want my children to have exposure to and enjoy the way I did. They won't learn anything untoward from the book; it will expand their horizons (probably); and I'll bet that they will want to read White's other WWII Pacific stories as well. Adults will find the book a bit simple, but no less enjoyable. If you're debating about whether or not to buy it, do yourself a favor and buy two!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By MarsTwain on August 8, 2010
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From the man we love for detailing wartime events from the point of view of a single character, here is another superb title. Like Up Periscope and Torpedo Run, Silent Ship, Silent Sea follows the main character from the early stages of deployment during WWII in a situation to a developing survival challenge that makes a man of him: yes, that sounds cheesy but that's what Robb White excells at. A young man starting out inexpeirenced and awkward, a fish out of water, making mistakes who then goes through fire to prove himself. The details are always technically intricate--this book has talk of knots and nautical gear that went right over my head but I didn't mind. It rang absolutely accurate and made everything feel more real. For a young adult book, there is nothing here that plays down to kids. It's war. Men die and the bodies aren't just washed away cleanly. There is trauma and residue. The aim of the morality is simple and clear, the characters are complex and real and not always nice. The idea is based on a true event of a ship that went missing in WWII: White wrote this as a musing as to what may have happened. It feels as if it could have and it's as gripping a read as any action film about the war. And I don't think any writer I've come across has a better handle on expressing the dichotomy of men at war that comes from scorching experience and extreme youth. You forget the men are in their 20s. Then White reminds you and you feel the same shock their families must have when they left home 18 or 19 and came home scarred beyond age.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By William on February 1, 2012
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I had read this book in Middle School and wanted to read it again. It was great to find it here on Amazon. It was even better the second time around.
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Format: Hardcover
While advertised as a "children's" book, "Silent Ship, Silent Sea" is also very much for adults. In fact, although I read this book many times as a teenager in the 1970's, I did not truly understand everything written in this book until after later becoming a naval officer, myself, and serving a tour of duty at-sea. Only then could I truly understand some of the nautical language and references contained in this book. While some of the technical references, nautical engineering, and seamanship concepts in this book are not easy to understand, the plot is very simple and the technicalities don't keep this from being an easy book to understand. This book is highly recommended for any person that enjoys stories about how perseverance and courage can conquer self-doubts and allow a non-hero to triumph over staggering odds.
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