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Publisher Description

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.

Fiction & Literature
October 2
Penguin Publishing Group

Customer Reviews

Dag in Austin ,


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

Patrioticpawpaw ,

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.

Jsb8000 ,

Entertaining film!

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.

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