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Upon Dark Waters - Robert Radcliffe



Review by Lizzie Guilfoyle

ONCE again, Robert Radcliffe, acclaimed author of Under An English Heaven, has chosen World War Two as the setting for a novel. But there, all similarities end.

Upon Dark Waters focuses upon the Battle of the Atlantic, in particular, upon the crew of H.M.S. Daisy, a Flower Class Corvette escort ship.

It's a cleverly interwoven story that shifts effortlessly from one storyline to another; sometimes annoyingly so, I have to say, as the eventual outcomes remain tantalizingly elusive until almost the end.

Guaranteed to keep you reading, of course, and the mark of a great storyteller.

 

Told through the eyes of Midshipman Stephen Tomlin, Upon Dark Waters vividly recalls the bravery, loyalty and sacrifice of men like Second-Officer Michael Villiers.

Born in Montevideo, to a British Diplomat father and beautiful Uruguayan socialite, Michael spends his infancy and early childhood at the family ranch on the pampas of Uruguay, a far cry from the freezing North Atlantic and the terrifying threat from German U-boat attacks.

It's a story filled with suspense - the action sequences, especially, are so well written that you almost feel a part of them - and surprise, things not always being what they seem. To say more, though, would ultimately spoil a gripping and thought-provoking read.

And if you enjoyed Under An English Heaven, watch out for a cameo appearance by Lt. John Hooper, a well thought out and cleverly inserted episode.

Upon Dark Waters is an outstanding tribute to the men whose bravery should never be forgotten. Through his totally believable characters, Radcliffe has done much to cement their place in history.

 

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