They dismissed the Mary Deare as ‘a piece of leaking ironmongery taken off the junk heap’. For 40 years this 6,000-ton freighter had tramped the seas, suffered shipwreck twice, and been torpedoed three times in two world wars. Then one March night, battered and bruised and empty, she emerged from severe Biscay gales into the English Channel - and into the newspaper headlines. Here was a ship of mystery and tragedy... in one of the greatest sea stories of all time.
Ian Ferguson alone held the key to the disaster that had overtaken a geological survey team more than 2,000 miles away. What drove him now to make the perilous journey through the savage, lonely wastes of Labrador to the scene of the disaster? And what was the link between this and similar events which had taken place in that same territory 50 years earlier?
A 22,000-ton whaling ship steams into a broken plain of white, glimmering ice during the howling fury of an Antarctic gale. What madness drives the ship forwards, deeper and deeper into the ice until its jagged edges hold her fast? Marooned amidst the pitiless, frozen wastes, the crew of the Southern Cross make a desperate attempt to survive against the odds.
"Escapist comfort food"
The spectre of another world war haunts journalist Walter Craig and disturbs the peace of his seaside holiday. But below the Cornish cliffs, hidden by churning seas, the enemy is very real indeed, and much closer than anyone could suspect. Craig and his singularly resourceful fisherman friend alone discover the terrible truth - a potentially devastating threat to Britain's merchant ships - and alone must risk their lives against the might of the German navy.
"A typical Hammond Innes masterpiece"
He was a man without hope, until a lawyer and a crazy inheritance spurred him to one last desperate roll of the dice. The old man was convinced, against all evidence, that there was oil in the Rocky mountains. So his grandson sets off to a godforsaken town of shattered hopes and bitter old men, and plunges into a perilous battle against hostile country, powerful enemies, and a ticking clock.
"A masterpiece and a riveting performance by the reader"
When a British radio operator suddenly dies after he intercepts a mysterious SOS from the leader of an expedition into Canada’s northern frontier, his son Ian suspects the two events are connected. To find the truth, Ian makes a daring journey to the frontier where he learns a shocking secret that involves three generations of his family.
July 12th 1776. Captain James Cook sails from Plymouth in the Resolution in search of the fabled Northwest Passage. It is his third amazing voyage of discovery and this is the story he might have written. Hammond Innes has created a brilliantly imagined diary, showing a great man stretched to his limits. It is a voyage that will sweep Captain Cook and his crew from the icy wasteland of the Arctic, to the tropical waters of Hawaii.
A desperate escape from Romania after the fall of the Ceausescus... a violent introduction to the new rules of warfare on the borders of Afghanistan... then an icy struggle for survival among the world’s highest mountains... Death follows those who seek beyond the ‘Delta Connection’ searching for something closely guarded in the most dangerous region on earth.
What makes a man love metals more than anything else in the world? What makes a man lose all sense of moral perspective when he is on the trail of mineral wealth? What makes a man throw love away for something a women can't understand. Hammond Innes supplies the answer in one word: Excitement. In this spell binding story he tells of a mining engineer who commits every known crime - including murder - in his relentless search for the precious metal.
A sailor fights to clear his name after his ship sinks in the last days of World War II, taking its cargo of bullion to the bottom of the sea.
Michael Randall flees to the wild seas around the Shetlands to escape an impossible dilemma. There he finds a North Sea oil rig and the unlikely possibility of a new life. But one stormy night this glimmer of hope for the future, and Randall's life itself, is thrown into jeopardy.
North Star is an old rig, too old for the appalling weather in the North Sea. The massive environmental damage its destruction could cause would be unthinkable. Why would anyone think of sabotaging it?