When Jerry Chambers, a fresh-faced young pilot, mistakenly sinks a British submarine, he is punished with a remote posting to test an experimental new bomb; a dangerous mission far away from the girl he loves. While Jerry risks his life, his sweetheart Mona sets about clearing her lover's name... but will she be too late?
©2012 Nevil Shute (P)2012 Audible Ltd
"The story has pace and excitement, unforced sentiment and wholly unaffected gaiety... Alive, humourous and finely restrained in feeling throughout; thrilling and eloquent." (Times Literary Supplement)
"An admirably good story, full of drama and good humour." (Evening Standard)
"Direct, simple, wholly free from highfalutin nonsense and entirely charming." (Daily Mail)
Chris Rowe's narration is superb and the story is captivating as the mystery unravels. The plot gradually moves toward a crescendo of resolution and the ending is a brain stretcher.
"Well worth a listen"
The narrator is very good. His voices are varied, but not obtrusive. Even the women are well voiced.
The telling of the story by Shute, like many of books, is sparse, but he keeps the story going. His characters may have different views on what is right, but each wants to do the right thing.
As I was listening I was thinking what an interesting picture this gives off the early days of the war. Food is clearly not short yet - there are references to grapes; people go on from a dance or a pub for a late night supper; one pilot views fighters as being the safest posting. There is no sense of jingoism. Just the intention to get the job done. It was interesting then to realise this was written in 1940. I'm listening with the benefit of hindsight. Shute was living this.
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