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Now a major motion picture Greyhound on AppleTV+, a WWII naval thriller of "high and glittering excitement" (New York Times) from the author of the legendary Hornblower series

The mission of Commander George Krause of the United States Navy is to protect a convoy of thirty-seven merchant ships making their way across the icy North Atlantic from America to England. There, they will deliver desperately needed supplies, but only if they can make it through the wolfpack of German submarines that awaits and outnumbers them in the perilous seas. For forty eight hours, Krause will play a desperate cat and mouse game against the submarines, combating exhaustion, hunger, and thirst to protect fifty million dollars'' worth of cargo and the lives of three thousand men. Acclaimed as one of the best novels of the year upon publication in 1955,  The Good Shepherd is a riveting classic of WWII and naval warfare from one of the 20th century''s masters of sea stories.

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"A high and glittering excitment...[Forester] has no master and few peers." - The New York Times

"Nothing more exciting has been launched since Hemingway''s The Old Man and the Sea." - The Guardian

"C. S. Forester is the best living writer about the sea." - Time

"Action, tension, tingling suspense...The greatest adventure story to come out of World War II." - Life Magazine

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C. S. Forester was born in Cairo in 1899. After studying medicine, he rose to fame with tales of naval warfare. On the outbreak of World War II he worked for the British Ministry of Information in America writing propaganda. His most notable works were the twelve Horatio Hornblower books, depicting a Royal Navy officer during the Napoleonic era, and The African Queen. His novels A Ship of the Line and Flying Colours were jointly awarded the 1938 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction. He died in 1966.

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Machinery's Handbook
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What a good story
Reviewed in the United States on March 7, 2019
I''ve read all the Hornblower novel, but was never much impressed with them. The Good Shepherd opened me up to a whole different Forester. Story covers a three day period where a passed-over U.S. naval commander fights a desperate battle to protect a WW2 convoy against a... See more
I''ve read all the Hornblower novel, but was never much impressed with them. The Good Shepherd opened me up to a whole different Forester. Story covers a three day period where a passed-over U.S. naval commander fights a desperate battle to protect a WW2 convoy against a wolf pack of German submarines, with just two destroyers and two corvettes, in the winter, and in the infamous air-cover gap that existed in the north Atlantic until longer-range patrol aircraft and "jeep" escort carriers became available. It caught me. I finished the book in one sitting. I''ve since read it over two more times.
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WWII Battle of The Atlantic from perspective of a Convoy Escort Commander
Reviewed in the United States on March 23, 2019
I was familiar with the author, C.S. Forester, having read his Horatio Hornblower books many years ago. Mr. Forester was always a good story teller, the The Good Shepard does not disappoint. The Battle of The Atlantic lasted for the duration of World War II, nearly six... See more
I was familiar with the author, C.S. Forester, having read his Horatio Hornblower books many years ago. Mr. Forester was always a good story teller, the The Good Shepard does not disappoint. The Battle of The Atlantic lasted for the duration of World War II, nearly six years. The story takes place before the Allies gained the upper hand in the Battle of the Atlantic. A convoy consisting of 37 ships transporting food, supplies, and war materiel from the US across the Atlantic to the UK is escorted by a few destroyers and destroyer escorts. The convoy escorts must protect the convoy from German U-boats prowling the Atlantic. Once the convoy is discovered, all of the U-boats in the vicinity are directed to the convoy''s location by Admiral Karl Dönitz, Commander of the German U-boat Fleet. Ships of the convoy are torpedoed; submarines are sunk; escort vessels are destroyed.
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OldNewEnglander
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A gripping and powerful tale
Reviewed in the United States on July 28, 2019
This too-little known novel from CS Forester tells the story of 48 hours in the experience of a US Navy commander who is the commander of the escort for a North Atlantic convoy, probably in the spring of 1942. I was not in World War II, but I am sure that this must have... See more
This too-little known novel from CS Forester tells the story of 48 hours in the experience of a US Navy commander who is the commander of the escort for a North Atlantic convoy, probably in the spring of 1942. I was not in World War II, but I am sure that this must have been what it was like on those North Atlantic convoys. Cmdr. Krause is expertly rendered through his own thoughts, words and actions--and he is not a sympatheic narrator. In this relatively brief book we learn much about him, his crew and the crews of the other esocrt vessels, even though we know the latter only through radio conversations.

The Good Shepherd his a terrific book that deserves to be a best-seller, even at this late date.
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Jimmy
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Could not put it down!
Reviewed in the United States on August 29, 2019
In my opinion one of the underrated of C. S. Forester''s books. This is an image of duty/responsibility in one position in war. The Author Illustrates the very high importance of training on the part of military personnel to get a dangerous job done, something that most of... See more
In my opinion one of the underrated of C. S. Forester''s books. This is an image of duty/responsibility in one position in war. The Author Illustrates the very high importance of training on the part of military personnel to get a dangerous job done, something that most of the uninitiated have no idea of. This book deals with but one individual in a very detailed three-denominational way. The other characters are dealt with through the protagonist''s eyes, from the Exec. officer, subordinates throughout his, and other, ships. Even opposing enemy submarine captains. There are no Rambo''s or Jack Ryan''s in real combat. This book allows the reader a little peek into the reality of a ship''s captain in wartime successes and failures and the immense pressures that accompany command.
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VMM
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So - So . . .
Reviewed in the United States on October 22, 2019
. . . look, the Battle of the Atlantic was supposed to be terrifying, right? Cold as hell, U-Boats everywhere, instant death all around. OK, I''m in. But CS Forrester - as good as a writer as he was (and he''s damn good) - just doesn''t convey the fear and... See more
. . . look, the Battle of the Atlantic was supposed to be terrifying, right? Cold as hell, U-Boats everywhere, instant death all around. OK, I''m in.

But CS Forrester - as good as a writer as he was (and he''s damn good) - just doesn''t convey the fear and tension that must have been all encompassing. It''s like "Downton Abbey" on a Navy destroyer. Lots clipped instructions, course changes (LOTS of course changes) and coffee. LOTS of coffee. But the author just doesn''t get me inside of the Captains head. All they guy does is slug coffee, eat sandwiches and say "very well" to every piece of news.

What the book is really good at is giving you an introductory class on Navy navigation - by the end of this thing, you''re ready to man the helm of your own battle wagon.

Good book, well written. Just a little dry. Coffee helps.
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Jeffrey Canaday
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Cinematic writing packs a lot of life into its pages
Reviewed in the United States on June 16, 2019
I''ve been reading a lot of first-person war memoirs and historical history books of late, mostly on WWII. A few times I have accidentally ordered a war novel, and most of the time, these were a disappointment. War fiction is apparently very difficult to carry off well.... See more
I''ve been reading a lot of first-person war memoirs and historical history books of late, mostly on WWII. A few times I have accidentally ordered a war novel, and most of the time, these were a disappointment. War fiction is apparently very difficult to carry off well. After downloading The Good Shepherd (on purpose), I will make an exception for any war fiction by C.S. Forester. I''ve never been to sea on a destroyer, let alone at war on one, but after this book, I feel that I could ship aboard and confidently know what to expect. C.S. Forester writes with such cinematic clarity that the words disappear and suddenly I am on the bridge standing watch with (and inside the head of) the Captain. The fear, the excitement are not described, they are felt. Each sub encounter was as unpredictable and as immediate as any first-hand war experience I have ever read. This book is a classic that brings real dimension to the war in the Atlantic.
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Diane
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Good book, badly edited
Reviewed in the United States on March 20, 2020
This is well written and puts the reader in the experience. It helps you understand the incredible journey to cross the Atlantic with men and supplies in a convoy: the stress, the precision, the demands on the ship itself as well as the crew. Unfortunately, the print... See more
This is well written and puts the reader in the experience. It helps you understand the incredible journey to cross the Atlantic with men and supplies in a convoy: the stress, the precision, the demands on the ship itself as well as the crew. Unfortunately, the print version of this Penguin edition is sloppily edited with mistakes like “started” for “stared” and “begun” for “begin,” in the first few pages. I expected better from a Penguin paper edition.
However if you have any interest in the US Navy, the Second World War, or a well written adventure story this is excellent. Find it in a different version for the best reading experience.
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A fine book about a U
Reviewed in the United States on October 7, 2016
A fine book about a U. S. Navy vessel on escort duty during World War II. Detailed story as the Captain undertakes to locate and sink Nazi submarines that are trying to torpedo the merchant vessels he is escorting on their voyage to England. The seamanship seems... See more
A fine book about a U. S. Navy vessel on escort duty during World War II. Detailed story as the Captain undertakes to locate and sink Nazi submarines that are trying to torpedo the merchant vessels he is escorting on their voyage to England. The seamanship seems excellent. Numerous problems arise during the voyage. The book did not much need the Captain''s remembrances of his divorced wife but, nevertheless, the book makes a fine sea story.
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An enthralling tale of The SUBMARINE WAR FROM ABOVE THE SURFACE ,ON THE ALLIES SIDE
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 9, 2016
As a former submariner,who has the expérience OF diving with the GERMAN U Boots,type 7,type 9 ,type 21,there are not that many left a live today,I was enthralled by " THE GOOD SHEPHERD ".It gives most OF the tactics used by the destroyers And " HUNTER KILLER...See more
As a former submariner,who has the expérience OF diving with the GERMAN U Boots,type 7,type 9 ,type 21,there are not that many left a live today,I was enthralled by " THE GOOD SHEPHERD ".It gives most OF the tactics used by the destroyers And " HUNTER KILLER GROUPS" to destroy the U Boots .This was how GUNTHER PRIEN disappeared when pursuing in earnest his targets:it shows the major rôle OF the newly invented RADAR to locate the otherwise invisible U Boots : with their low profile ,Grey silhouette ,And streamlined superstructure ,they were impossible to find ,And with the top OF the périscope a Few feet above the waves they were as invulnérable as ghosts. I disagree with the author''s multiple référence to the "PILLENWERFER ": I have read all the memories OF the U Boot " KAPTAN LEUTNANTS " ( KALEU) And met those who were lucky to have escaped death,And they confirmed they didn''t use this device that often ,it had many cons ..they relies mostly in diving very deep ,much deeper than the US And ENGLISH destroyers knew And expected .It was not uncommon to go down to 230 meters And more .OF course some didn''t surface up to tell.... The type 21 ,which came too late ,was invulnérable to the Allies :it could run 18 knots submerged And with the "snorchel" didn''t have to surface to top the batteries . The major shortcoming OF the KRIEGSMARINE was their late discovery OF the RADAR And IFF( Indentification OF Friend or Foe),And the failure to rencognize That the ENIGMA machine had been decyphered . All in all ," THE GOOD SHEPHERD" is faithful to the Spirit OF this very particular aspect OF the WAR. A must read .
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Mcdonaldpeacock
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A classic of wartime fiction.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 2, 2018
This book has a very different feel from Forester''s other war time set books quite possibly because it is viewed from an American perspective that allows for doubts and worries about errors of judgement. What you get is a tense and nerve wracking 48 hours of duty as a...See more
This book has a very different feel from Forester''s other war time set books quite possibly because it is viewed from an American perspective that allows for doubts and worries about errors of judgement. What you get is a tense and nerve wracking 48 hours of duty as a convoy escort with all the stresses that this entailed. I would put this is alongside The Cruel Sea as a true rendering of what it was like on convoy duty during the war when the trials of the weather had as much to do with success or victory as did actual fighting.
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Neil Venturelli-Stedman
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For once the film is better than the book
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 9, 2021
Although the book was exciting I found it was repetitive and too much detail of sailing coordinates. I watched the film which inspired me to read the book,and it is one of the few times that I believe the film (the greyhound) is better than a book
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John Edward Fairhurst
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A Compelling Account of Dedication and Fortitude
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 16, 2021
Excellent story by a great writer of naval stories. Conveys the heroic work done to ensure vital supplies reached GB.. I was born and bred in Liverpool (the home of Western Approaches Command). Most of us knew someone who had served on convoy escorts. My brother in Law''s...See more
Excellent story by a great writer of naval stories. Conveys the heroic work done to ensure vital supplies reached GB.. I was born and bred in Liverpool (the home of Western Approaches Command). Most of us knew someone who had served on convoy escorts. My brother in Law''s father, Alf Riley, was a Corvette sonar operator This book stands as a testament to their bravery.
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Great Book
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 22, 2020
If you ever wanted to know what it''s like to be in the head of a commanding officer this is it .Having to weigh every word every action ,pushing him self beyond endurance, trying to protect his convoy.
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