The captain

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Atheneum, 1966 - Fiction - 434 pages
9 Reviews
The story of a Hollander, escaped from the Nazis, who becomes captain of a Dutch tug assigned to convoy duty on the perilous Murmansk run. Dangers of the sea are complicated for the captain by an emotional involvement with the widow of his liaison officer and also by a challenge that confronts him as he is revolted by the needless slaughter of war.

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User Review  - Bob G. Bernstein - Goodreads

Jan de Hartog walked the walk and talked the talk. His fictionalized story of a young captain taking over as master of a salvage/escort tug on the Murmansk run during WWII is the perfect blend of drama, angst, horror, tragedy and seafaring lore. I highly recommend this book and its sequels. Read full review

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User Review  - Liam - Goodreads

Really, really good. Well worth the read if only for the descriptions-- which were not overheavy, but very real and nice-- and if not that, then for the emotions. What a story. I loved it. The only caution I would give is for language and content. There is a lot of gore, as well. Read full review


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About the author (1966)

Jan de Hartog grew up in a Dutch seaside village-a cabin boy at ten, then a sailor, war correspondent, and, during World War II, a secret courier for the British Royal Navy. In 1940, ten days before Nazi Germany invaded the Netherlands, de Hartog published a novel, "Holland's Glorie," which became for the Dutch a symbol of their resistance to the occupation. Forced to flee Holland because he had rescued the babies of Jews deported to Auschwitz, de Hartog escaped to London and eventually came to live in the United States, where he wrote twenty-one more novels, including "The Peaceable Kingdom, "and the play, "The Fourposter, "which was produced around the world. De Hartog died in 2002 at the age of eighty-eight.

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