“Arctic Gold” eBook was published in 2015 (original paper version published in 1988) and was written by John Mann.
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. The novel starts out during World War II, but continues into the late 80s. The primary character is Mike Cox, who we first encounter as a 16 year old sailor aboard the HMS Edinburgh.
Cox enlists in the Royal Navy as soon as he is old enough. After finishing his training he is assigned as a seaman aboard the cruiser HMS Edinburgh. The Edinburgh is providing escort duty for convoys headed into Murmansk, Russia in the spring of 1942. After arriving in Murmansk, millions in gold is transferred to the ship by the Russian government as a partial payment for military goods.
The Edinburgh leaves Murmansk with another convoy, but she is sunk only two days after leaving port. Cox is one of many crewmen who survives. This begins a life long compulsion to retrieve the gold.
The story span several decades as Cox learns to be an expert diver. Along the way he falls under the control of an American who, once he learns of the gold, shares the drive to recover it. Cox finds himself in a situation beyond his control.
I liked this story of diving and World War II. It was an interesting 5.5 hour, 189 page read. I particularly like that this story is based upon a real ship carrying gold to Britain. This was not the typical Thriller. You knew what the end goal was, but you did not know how the story would turn out until the very end. I give this novel a 4 out of 5.
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