Here is a Second World War novel of epic proportions. A British naval officer (Lieutenant Ralph Trewin), recovered from wounds received during the Battle of Crete, arrives at his new assignment on a gunboat at the Singapore station. The date: November 1941. His commanding officer is a hard-nosed martinet, a stickler for doing things by the book. Their relationship proves to be a fractious one. But with the coming of war in the following month, both men are forced to work more closely together under considerable stress as the Japanese advance down the Malay Peninsula and threaten Singapore itself.
The author has made a well-paced, heart-stopping novel that will have the reader turning the pages, anxious to see what happens next. Yes, it is that intense.