Dark Seas

Written by Jerry Borrowman
Review by Valerie Adolph

I find great pleasure in reading a book written by an author who deeply sees and feels the importance of his theme and the story he has created to portray it.

Borrowman has written 13 novels, including this one, as tributes to the men and women who have served the United States in wartime. This book takes the reader to the bridge of destroyers guarding ships crossing the Atlantic during World War Two. These destroyers are small ships, often called “tin cans” that searched for and engaged the German submarines who harried merchant ships carrying necessary supplies to war-torn England. Subplots supporting the action-packed maritime battles are those of a Japanese radio technician who is subject to racist torments, despite his skill in relaying vital information, and a captain who is unaware that his family’s electronics company is supplying defective equipment to the U.S. Navy.

The novel concludes with an exciting description of the vital role of destroyers in supporting the Normandy landings in June 1945. This brings to a satisfying climax the number of battles fought by destroyer crews and their courage, skill, and intuition as they struggle against cold and rough seas as well as German U-boats.

The author has researched and written this with enthusiasm and passion. The characters and the dangers they face are true to life and fully engaging. My only quibble is that he shares rather too much technical information, as if he loved it and found it valuable, and the reader should too! The services of a strong editor might have helped with this. Overall, a book that vividly shines a light on a little-known aspect of World War Two. Recommended.