“Salcombe displays a plaque, honouring the presence of the American forces who trained in that area along side the British. There is no mention of the Royal Navy, or of the many young men who died for their country in the ensuing battles, or of others left with physical and mental scars until their dying day. Perhaps the answer to that question remains with their ghosts? They, who are roaming the confines of the 'Fisherman’s Inn' and are belaying those who did not consider their deeds worthy of a mention.”
“A story of extraordinary events of a teenager called up for National Service in World War Two. From being a naïve boy, the services and subsequent events in the Combined Operations branch of the Royal Navy, turned him into a hardened and sometimes ruthless survivor. Not only enduring the terrors of a sea journey in an unstable and overloaded barge boat, but being present on D-Day at the invasion of Normandy by the allied forces.
After many tortuous and hair-raising adventures, he is finally shipwrecked. Escaping near death on more than one occasion, he later becomes romantically linked with a beautiful French girl, with baffling results.
A tale interspersed with authentic raw naval lower deck life in a prolonged, forbidding and hostile environment. Sometimes funny, sometimes philosophically sad, but never dull, as the author jumps from situation to situation with passion.”
Revue by Blanche Webb, of the INN SCRIBER group of writers.