It was in 1943.
On the Black Sea, the Russians were fighting a desperate battle to regain control. But the Russians' one real weakness was on the water: whatever they did, the Germans did it better, and the daring hit-and-run tactics of the E-boats plagued them.
At last the British agreed to send them a small flotilla of motor torpedo boats under the command of John Devane. More than a veteran, he was a survivor - and the two rarely went together in the savage war of MTBs.
Devane soon learned that, even against the vast and raging background of the Eastern Front, war could still be a personal duel between individuals.
A classic tale of naval warfare from Douglas Reeman, the all-time bestselling master of naval fiction, who served with the Royal Navy on convoy duty in the Atlantic, the Arctic and the North Sea. He has written dozens of naval books under his own name and the pseudonym Alexander Kent, including the famous Richard Bolitho books set during the Napoleonic Wars.