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The Good Shepherd [Paperback]

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Forty-eight hours on an American destroyer on the icy Atlantic during WW2.

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Pages   320
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.3" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.8"
Weight:   0.85 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Publisher   Simon Publications
ISBN  193131327X  
ISBN13  9781931313278  

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More About C. S. Forester

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Cecil Scott "C.S." Forester, born in Cairo in August 1899, was the fifth and last child of George Foster Smith and Sarah Medhurst Troughton. After finishing school at Dulwich College he attended Guy's Medical School but failed to finish the course, preferring to write than study. However, it was not until he was aged twenty-seven that he earned enough from his writing to live on.During the Second World War, Forester moved to the United States where he met a young British intelligence officer named Roald Dahl, whom he encouraged to write about his experiences in the RAF.Forester's most notable works were the Horatio Hornblower series, which depicted a Royal Navy officer during the Napoleonic era, and "The African Queen" (filmed in 1951 by John Huston). His novels "A Ship of the Line "and "Flying Colours" were jointly awarded the 1938 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction.

C. S. Forester lived in the state of California. C. S. Forester was born in 1899 and died in 1966.

C. S. Forester has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Hornblower Saga (Paperback)

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Hornblower meets "The Cruel Sea",   Feb 14, 2007

Cecil Scott Forester is, of course, best known as the creator of Horatio Hornblower, but he also wrote a number of other books, including some excellent stories of war at sea in the 20th century.

"The Good Shepherd" is the story of the captain of an American destroyer who is commanding the escort for a beleaguered convoy at the height of the battle of the Atlantic. He has to fight off both repeatd U-boat attacks and the sea itself.

The book has points of considerable similarity to Nicholas Montsarrat's classic "The Cruel Sea" - if you like that book you will like this one, and vice versa. Both Forester and Montsarrat had served in light naval units: the experience shows.

Mostly an action story but some points of very good humour, such as gentle mockery of the differences in the way the English language is used on opposite sides of the Atlantic. (The hero takes a few seconds to work out why a signal about a Royal Navy force coming to reinforce him mentions the home town of the commanding officer. He eventually works out for himself that he is heading for a rendezvous not with Captain Earl, from Banff, but with Captain the Earl of Banff ..)

I strongly recommend this book. If you like it, and want to read other C.S. Forester stories of war at sea during World War II, I can suggest three others which may appeal to you. They are "Gold from Crete" which is an excellent short story collection; "The man in the yellow raft" about action in a US destroyer during the Pacific war; and best of all "The Ship" which is an absolutely brilliant account of a light cruiser in action while defending a Malta convoy against greatly superior forces.
Strengths make this a classic naval story despite glitches  Oct 29, 2005
CS Forester has captured in a tautly written novel the drama of convoy duty during World War II. Written as a series of watches, rather than chapters, the story focuses on the destroyer captain who must keep his convoy safe from the U-boat wolf pack. His calculations, his decisions, his fatigue, and his responsibilities to duty make gripping reading, as much as the actual action against the subs. This is truly a classic of naval literature, and if I were teaching again at the Coast Guard Academy this would be on the reading list.

Not everything is perfect, however. A small mistake is the penchant for the characters to say "Over" on the radio when they are finished with the transmission, when what they mean is "Out." A small thing, but like a dark spot on a white shirt, it rankles.

A larger problem is Forester's characterization of religious people, which was a major flaw in The Captain From Connecticut (1941). The mind of his destroyer captain, "the good shepherd," is suffused with Holy Scripture, but the over-frequent quoting becomes annoying because it's just not very well done and in fact betrays an ignorance about what the author is writing about (the Original Sin of writing).

Forester himself, like his most famous character Horatio Hornblower, was a "free thinker," and he didn't really understand the religious mind. For example, he has his hero, Krause, look at himself in the mirror after shaving and say "Yesterday, today, and forever" (from Hebrews 13) to remind himself of his own mortality. Good gracious, the quote is "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever," and a believer would use it to focus on his Savior, not on himself. Later on Krause reflects that "there is no Christian charity in the North Atlantic," something Forester might have believed but which is simply not the case for any Christian of Krause's purported piety.

Overall, however, I recommend this book as a good read, particularly for us former sea-going types.

A fine story of World War Two convoy duty.  Jan 4, 2004
This is the story of an American sea captain in charge of bringing a convoy of ships from America to Britain during the early days of America's entry into the Second World War. Confronted by a frightfully competent adversary--the German U-Boat fleet, Captain Krause has a vital mission indeed, as Britain's survival was dependent upon such convoys. Krause is well aware that the outcome of the war at that time was very much in doubt, and he must bring to bear all of the skills he has learned in a career forged largely in peacetime.

Krause is more than a little reminiscent of Hornblower--highly intelligent, introspective, and full of self-doubts. Forester masterfully shows how Krause must continuously make tough decisions based upon imperfect knowledge, often low-quality ships and equipment, and subordinates who often execute his orders imperfectly. He must take all of these factors into account, and how he manages to do this makes for a very fine and satisfying tale.

Personally, I could have done without Krause's flashbacks to his early marital troubles. I just didn't think this added anything either to the reader's understanding of Krause and his character, or to the story in general. Just my opinion. The career problems that Krause had earlier faced added a sufficient melancholy ingredient to the story, without being sordid.

Forester always succeeds when he sets out to write a novel of naval adventure, and this book is no exception. This is a wonderful novel. I debated whether to deprive it of the fifth star because I believe that the Hornblower series, and "The Captain From Connecticut" are even better than this novel. But in reality this book is among the very best tales of naval adventure even if Forester has written even better ones, and so five stars it will be.

The Good Shepherd  Nov 26, 2002
The Good Shepherd I felt was a good book talking about life during World War II and how the men dealt with it. They were assigned a dangerous mission and this was protecting and escorting convoy ships from the United States across the Atlantic Ocean to England. They encountered many German U-boats. The Ocean was an unforgiving place and the men found this out the hard way. So they were always on the look out for the torpedoes that would be leaving the U-boats. Some of the ships were hit, but not all of them were and the men aboard these boats were happy of this. They found they were running out of oil and had to keep zigzaging around the subs to avoid getting hit by them. In relaying messages to the other escort vessels it was apparent that the comnander was indeed a good shepherd as he was always concerned about the welfare of the other men.
Forester's WWII Sea Story!  Sep 5, 2001
Not nearly as thrilling or full of adventure as Forester's 'Hornblower' novels, 'The Good Shephard' is nevertheless a stirring tale of action, suspense, and human drama played out in the North Atlantic during WWII. Captain Krause, a character of similar attitude as the doubt-ridden Hornblower, is in command of a convoy bound for England. His foe is the Kriegsmarine with it's deadliest weapon, the U-boat. Throughout the story Krause must battle the Germans along with his own fatigue and self-doubt. While this novel doesn't quite live up to the 'Hornblower' standard (like 'Captain from Connecticut' or 'The Nightmare'), it nevertheless manages to capture the same tense feelings and gripping drama that made 'Hornblower' Forester's trademark.

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