Book Reviews – “Soldier, Sail North” eBook was published in 2017 (original paper edition published in 1956) and was written by James Pattinson (https://www.fantasticfiction.com/p/james-pattinson/). Mr. Pattinson published over 100 novels.
I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘PG’ because it contains scenes of Violence. The story is set during World War II aboard a cargo ship taking supplies from England to the Russians.
This is the story of the nine soldiers, Maritime Royal Artillery men, who have been assigned to man the anti-aircraft guns and defend the ship. The plan is for the ship to sail from Liverpool to Murmansk, then back to England. The German air force and navy harass them all the way. The men must endure the arctic conditions, the constant strain from enemy attacks and their own demons.
I thought that this 6.5+ hour read of 224 pages was interesting. I had not heard of the Maritime Royal Artillery before. This was far from one of my favorite World War II era novels. The focus was far more on what the men were going through, than on the war. The cover art is OK, but in my mind should have contained more ice. I give this novel a 3 out of 5.
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