Review of “Hunted”

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“Hunted” (aka “Cameron’s Chase”) eBook was published in 2016 (March, though the paper edition was originally published in 1986) and was written by Phillip McCutchan (https://www.historicnavalfiction.com/authors-a-z/other-authors/philip-mccutchan). Mr. McCutchan wrote 45 novels about the Navy. This is the 11th of 14 novels in his “Donald Cameron RNVR” series.

I received a galley of this novel for review through https://www.netgalley.com. I categorize this novel as ‘PG’ because it contains scenes of Violence. This World War II era Thriller novel is set aboard the destroyer Glenshiel, where the primary character Donald Cameron is the Captain.

Norwegian resistance notifies the Allies that the German battleship Attila has set sail accompanied by two heavy cruisers. Because of the timing, the Allies believe that the German battle group is after a supply convoy from North America and/or the troop laden Canard ships Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth. All are in route to the UK across the North Atlantic.

The available British fleet is mobilized and sent out to find the Germans. Fog and snow come at a perfect time for the Germans as it keeps their ships hidden from reconnaissance aircraft. Destroyers, including the Glenshiel, are dispatched in a search pattern to find the Germans.

The Glenshiel finds the Attila. In a brief one-sided encounter with the far superior German vessels, the Glenshiel is damaged. With its radio and radar antennas shot away, Cameron and the Glenshiel continue to carefully probe after the Germans.

The story also deals with personnel aboard the Glenshiel. Not all of the sailors are happy being aboard the vessel. The thoughts of several characters, on both the Allied and German sides, are given.

I enjoyed the 6.5 hours I spent reading this 176 page novel. This is the second of the “Donald Cameron RNVR” novels I have read, and I enjoyed this one just as much as the first. It does read well as a stand alone novel. I think they give a good depiction of serving abord a small military vessel in World War II. I give this novel a 4.5 (rounded up to a 5) out of 5.

My book reviews are also published on Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/31181778-john-purvis).

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