Storm Force to Narvik
The Royal Navy’s record in the 1939-1942 period of the Second World War was one of admirable heroism and sacrifice in the face of hopeless odds and debilitating shortages. The Norwegian Campaign of 1940 saw Britain’s warships operating at the end of long supply lines in the face of German air superiority. One bright spot in this sorry affair was the Royal Navy’s victory over German naval forces at the port of Narvik. Captain Nick Everard, commander of the destroyer Intent, and his son Paul, on board the destroyer Hoste, lead us through this dramatic saga. Intent is damaged and must hide in a fjord while working with Norwegian sailors and civilians on necessary repairs. Young Paul, a gunner, is in the middle of the action further north. Nick manages to bring Intent back into the fighting through a series of well-planned actions and daring escapades. Paul faces the horrors of war for the first time and discovers hidden reservoirs of courage and strength to carry on in the face of certain disaster. Fullerton, a submarine officer in World War II, does a fine job in portraying the tension on board small ships sailing in harm’s way. Book 1 in the “Nicholas Everard World War II Saga” was first published in 1979. There will be five others.