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Kleber's Convoy Hardcover – April 1, 2002
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About the Author
Antony Trew commanded an escort destroyer on Russian convoys and wrote with total authenticity of what Winston Churchill once called the "worst journey in the world." He served with the South African and Royal Navies in the South Atlantic, the Mediterranean and the Western Approaches. He was awarded the DSC. He died in 1996.
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Anyway, this is a tale of a Russian convoy and an escort captain with too many personal demons. The author was himself a veteran of the Arctic convoys, and he writes with an authority on the experience it would be very difficult to emulate. The descriptions bring the reader as close to an understanding that someone who wasn't there is likely to get.
Inevitably the Human-interest side pales in comparison. It's mostly told in flashback, and the characters could do with a bit more depth. Mr Trew has a habit of letting German characters speak in their own language, and then providing a translation immediately afterwards, which I found a bit irritating after a while. Still, a fair amount of tension is generated.