Soon to be the major motion picture Greyhound, 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. Originally published as The Good Shepherd and acclaimed as one of the best novels of the year upon publication in 1955, this novel is a riveting classic of WWII and naval warfare from one of the 20th century's masters of sea stories.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
C. S. Forester may be best known for his Horatio Hornblower series of nautical adventures, but this stand-alone war novel proves that his bona fides go far beyond those beloved books. Commander George Krause is in charge of a navy destroyer during World War II’s Battle of the Atlantic. Over 48 hours, Krause will have to battle German forces—along with his own fears and growing exhaustion—to protect a supply convoy and keep all his men alive. In the midst of battle, Forester depicts Krause’s ever-increasing personal doubts, both about his own fitness for command and his religious faith, as he ruminates over the sacrifice of his marriage for his military career. Throughout the whole book, we were rooting for Forester’s hero, out there in the middle of the vast, lonely ocean. Greyhound is up there with The Red Badge of Courage as one of the most powerful and humane tales of wartime ever written.
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This is another great movie with Tom Hanks at the helm. He wrote the screenplay and gave us the ability to feel the tension between the characters that is not explicitly explained through otherwise lengthy character development scenes. The central theme of the story isn’t character traits and personalities, it’s the physical and spiritual exhaustion, hunger, and thirst Captain Krause experiences to save as many lives as possible. We even sense his heartbreak at the loss of fifty souls on the first U-Boat sinking when he witnesses a literal ocean of blood in the aftermath of the sinking. He is deeply affected by that, and we—as an audience—feel the depth of the loss and feel the victory for the lives saved.
—Doug in Austin, Texas
Tom Hanks does it again
Beautiful cinematography, great acting all around. I could feel the emotion when decisions had to be made. Wonderful story telling about a determined generation of hero’s.
Excellent filmmaking with tight editing and convincing action. You really get a feel of what it was like on the bridge of a destroyer in World War II somewhere in the frigid north Atlantic. Exciting stuff.