From Publishers Weekly
A high-impact techno-thriller, this first adult novel by YA author Taylor ( The Weirdo ) brings readers into the heart of WW II's Battle of the Atlantic. American merchant marine officer Sully Jordan sails on oil tankers. Kap i tan leut nant Horst Kammerer specializes in sinking them, and the leopard insignia on the conning tower of his U-boat symbolizes its commander's killer instinct. The men have their first encounter in March 1941 in the north Atlantic, where Kammerer's torpedoes turn Jordan's ship into a flaming torch. Then, a month after Pearl Harbor, the German captain strikes again, sinking Jordan's new tanker off the Virginia coast. The American takes command of a Q-ship, a decoy tanker with concealed weapons, and goes leopard hunting. The novel sustains interest from first page to last with an exciting story line that climaxes in an enthralling final duel between Jordan and Kammerer. Taylor draws his characters, merchant sailors and U-boat crewmen alike, with vivid realism--the portrait of Kammerer, in particular, captures the reckless spirit of a successful U-boat commander--and accurately depicts such settings as a U-boat base at Lorient in occupied France. A major subplot cogently delineates the risks taken by the French underground and the horrors of Gestapo interrogation. To Kill the Leopard is a winner .
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From School Library Journal
YA-During World War II, deadly attacks were made upon unarmed merchant marine ships by German U-boats. Galveston Scully is a merchant mariner who survives two such sinkings at the hands of Horst Kammerer, who derives ruthless pleasure in sinking ships, even those he knows are carrying evacuated British children. The plot develops slowly, introducing the main characters through dialogue that reveals their flaws and strengths. Adding to the inevitable showdown between Scully and Kammerer is a subplot involving a French spy who loves Kammerer but passes on information to cripple the U-boats. Once her treachery is revealed to the commander, he becomes even more greedy to sink the 100,000 tons needed to earn the Knight's Cross. With so many techno-thrillers on the market and with today's youth often unaware of the sea battles fought during World War II, this portrayal of seagoing life at the time is a diverting offering.Pam Spencer, Thomas Jefferson Sci-Tech, Fairfax County, VA
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.