Review of “In Command”


“In Command” eBook was published in 2015 (the paper edition was originally published in 1983) and was authored by Philip McCutchan. Mr. McCutchan wrote 45 novels about the Navy. This is the 8th of 14 novels in his “Donald Cameron RNVR” series.

I received a galley of this novel for review through I categorize this novel as ‘PG’ because it contains scenes of Violence. The setting of this World War II era Thriller novel is a British corvette, the HM Briar. While the newly appointed Captain of the HM Briar, Lieutenant Commander Cameron is the primary character, the view points of several crew members are included.

The Briar is being sent to the Falkland Islands, then on to the channels north of Cape Horn (the southern tip of South America). Intelligence indicates that the Japanese Navy will be sneaking a force through those channels. Once through, they will attack and occupy the Falkland Islands.

The British have little forces to spare to stop the Japanese. The Briar is being set with Army Engineers to blast closed the narrow channel to block the Japanese. The Briar and her crew dodge Japanese aircraft and ships in the frigid, narrow quarters of the channels. The plan is to set the Army Engineers with some of the Briar crew ashore so that they can place charges to block the Japanese. The Briar crew must not only battle the Japanese, but the fowl weather around Cape Horn as well.

I enjoyed the 4 hours spent reading this 150 page novel. This was a relatively short read, but did a good job of describing the perils of war. Even though I had not read prior books in the series, this novel read well on its own. It was a good WWII action Thriller. I look forward to read others in this series. I give this novel a 4.5 (rounded up to a 5) out of 5.

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