The Good Shepherd

The Good Shepherd C S Forester s name on a novel gives promise of excellent entertainment but always something the development of character the flow of history and the stress of events THE GOOD SHEPHERD is in this g

  • Title: The Good Shepherd
  • Author: C.S. Forester
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 366
  • Format: Hardcover
  • C.S Forester s name on a novel gives promise of excellent entertainment, but always something the development of character, the flow of history, and the stress of events THE GOOD SHEPHERD is in this genre.A convoy is ploughing through icy, submarine infested North Atlantic seas during the most critical days of WW II In charge is Commander George Krause, an untesteC.S Forester s name on a novel gives promise of excellent entertainment, but always something the development of character, the flow of history, and the stress of events THE GOOD SHEPHERD is in this genre.A convoy is ploughing through icy, submarine infested North Atlantic seas during the most critical days of WW II In charge is Commander George Krause, an untested veteran of the U.S navy He faces 48 hours of desperate peril.

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    About “C.S. Forester

    • C.S. Forester

      Cecil Scott Forester was the pen name of Cecil Louis Troughton Smith, an English novelist who rose to fame with tales of adventure and military crusades His most notable works were the 11 book Horatio Hornblower series, about naval warfare during the Napoleonic era, and The African Queen 1935 filmed in 1951 by John Huston His novels A Ship of the Line and Flying Colours were jointly awarded the 1938 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction.

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    • As a young recruit in the US Navy, one of the more important doctrines drilled into my mind was that authority could be delegated, but responsibility never departs from the person in command. Should you find yourself in command of a bathroom cleaning crew or a capital warship, everything that happens under your command is your responsibility. And when the weight of that absolute responsibility is combined with the emotions associated with duty and honor, the result is a person that is structured [...]


    • This is one of my favorite WWII naval action novels, but it is an exhausting read, precisely because of how well I identify with the commander of the convoy, who goes without sleep for two or three days, and is so pressed with emergency after emergency that he hardly has time to go to the head.Structurally, the novel is divided into three chapters, a tiny "set the mood" thing, the actual novel, and a tiny epilog. My take? Don't bother with the opening or the ending, just read the actual novel, C [...]


    • Forester's novel is on a par with Nicholas Monsarrat's "The Cruel Sea" and D. A. Rayner's "The Long Haul." It follows the course of a convoy of freighters and tankers as it encounters a u-boat wolfpack o in the western approaches to Great Britain. Forester's central character is George Krause, an American destroyer commander in his mid-40s who is in command of the convoy's four-ship escort. Krause is a professional sailor who has been at sea for thirteen years in a twenty-year career, and who is [...]


    • Originally published on my blog here in February 1999.C.S. Forester's tale of the Battle of the Atlantic concentrates on the personality of one man, the captain of an American destroyer acting as a convoy escort towards the end of the war. Captain Krause - known as "the Kraut" by his men - has twenty years' naval experience but little combat experience compared to the other escorts because of the late entry of the U.S. into the war; his seniority means, though, that he is in overall command.The [...]


    • This book is interesting on a number of levels. 1) It's interesting to see Forester's naval work in a "modern" setting. 2) It's interesting to see him depart (or try to depart) from his Hornblower roots. 3) The book is a darned incisive look at convoy duty during WWII.Forester rocks at taking long hard looks at the burdens and trials of leadership, and this is a particularly excellent example of this. However, it suffers on a number of levels, primarily from a general lack of character developme [...]


    • What at first seemed slow going became tension-filled, as the reader follows every movement of a cat and mouse pursuit as the commander of a group of destroyers guarding a convoy of Allied ships crossing the North Atlantic during WWII tries to anticipate the actions of Nazi U-boats in pursuit of the convoy.


    • My folks had been suggesting to me/borderline bugging me to read the Forester book The Good Shepherd for years. I sure am glad that they did, and that I finally got around to reading it. The story telling in The Good Shepherd personifies what made Forester such a strong author, and that was realistic character flaws/anxieties mixed with the strength that lies within people that allows un-extraordinary people to do extraordinary feats. By the time I finished reading The Good Shepherd I felt like [...]


    • 3.5Great piece of naval literature (just like the classic cover says).Very interesting story of about 3 days in the life of one captain who is leading a convoy during WWII from Europe to England trying to bring the 37 Allied ship convoy to safety through U boat invested waters.Quite interesting to see military decision making and all the sacrifices that must be made for the sake of the whole. It was an eye opener for me with regards to combat issues (ships vs. subs) and how far technology has ad [...]


    • This is a fantastic book about the unsung heroes of Atlantic convoy duty in WWII. The hero is a naval officer who would have been mustered out of service had the war not started, doing his best to bring his convoy safely across the pond. Not dashing, not debonair, just an ordinary man in an extraordinary situation. And the conflict portrayed has no glory or honor, only the satisfaction of a job well done at the end, and a reward of having to do it all over again. Everyone has heard of Hornblower [...]


    • I read this book many years ago and have ordered, received and read it again. My absolute favorite WWII North Atlantic naval book is Nicholas Monsarrat's "The Cruel Sea." I'm happy to report that Forester's "The Good Shepherd" stacks up well against this classic.I'm in the midst of rereading the Forester's Horatio Hornblower series (11 books) for the third or fourth time and am adrift in this "Sea of Words" (Title of the lexicon of the Patrick O'Brien sea novels - which I don't care for anywhere [...]


    • This is a really great and exciting book telling the story of one US convoy and it Navy escorts getting through Nazi submarine wolf packs during WWII. The story begins in the middle Atlantic when the lead escort first encounters contacts and goes from there. This was a difficult book to put down and a real page turner. You are sure to like it and the author's description of minute to minute action by the destroyer captain is excellent.


    • I enjoyed this book a great deal. As someone who has always had a fascination with ships, I found this to be an excellent look into the tactics of anti-submarine warfare in WWII. It is almost completely written from the perspective of the captain of a destroyer on convoy duty in the north atlantic. Forester also does some character analysis, particularly of the captain.


    • Until a friend gave this to me I had no idea the author of the Horatio Hornblower series did anything in the modern era. Really enjoyed the book. If you want to understand what it was like to be the commander of a convoy poached on by subs during WWII this will put you there.


    • Every bit as good as 'The Cruel Sea' the descriptive nature makes you feel as if you are with the Captain in the Pilot House.


    • FantasticGreat novel about WWII. Factually accurate and keeps you on the edge of your seat. First read the book shortly after it was published in 1955, was to young to really understand it, but my dad helped me with the ship maneuvering. Now as a retired Naval Officer it is uncanny how someone with no Naval experience can be spot on on how a bridge operates. Must read!


    • The battle of the Atlantic in World War 2 was just about won by the Allies. It was won by the sheer force of US industrial might, but before that kicked in, Britain survived by the pluck of seamen in the merchant navy, and by the sailors in the 3-4 tiny ships that "Shepherded" a convoy of over 30 ships across the Atlantic. This is a wonderfully written book on one such convoy.


    • A mmm lack of passion, clarity.Disappointing and confusing overuse of naval terms from this master storyteller of ships seas and the nature of true leadership


    • GrippingFantastic read in both the action across the Atlantic and the character development of Krause. My top 5 favourite books. Enjoy !


    • Forester's novel describes a convoy bound from the US to Great Britain during the early stage of World War II in the North Atlantic. The cat and mouse chases between U-boats and convoy escorts is exciting, and Forester's portrayal of the American destroyer captain in charge of the convoy escorts is interesting. He's not a charismatic figure, but he is dedicated and honest to a fault. This is the one Forester book I never got around to, and it was worth seeking out. It goes on the same shelf with [...]


    • An enthralling read. Easily my favourite sea story. This book is hard to get (I think the US Naval Institute still publishes it usni/), but worthy of the pursuit. It turns wartime convoy escort work into a thrilling tale of wits, of battling both exhaustion and the enemy, as a typical convoy runs the gauntlet of the western approaches to England. Again: Forrester's attention to detail provides a realistic absorbing story without feeling bogged down in detail.


    • Only C. S. Forrester could tell this taleEscort a convoy across the Atlantic from the bridge of a destroyer. Every detail in the Captains decisions & self evaluation. Soon you are part of the convoy & its Commanding Officer.


    • It was pretty good, a bit of a mix of tedium and suspense. If you like Forester, I'd suggest giving it a read. If you've never heard of Forester, I'd suggest starting with the Hornblower books first.


    • I've read this three times as an adult and might have read it in the Saturday Evening Post as a child. Unglamorous, unsparing story of getting a convoy to Ireland. Only one character is developed, that of Krause. I usually read the book in a day, it is so gripping.




    • Classic novel of the North Atlantic convoys during WW2. A great story of determination and duty despite a relentless and unseen enemy. Best book I've read in a while.




    • A very good read, but a warning to prospective readers, does require an understanding of naval terminology, plus the capability of creating a mental image of a constantly changing naval battle.


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