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The Worst Journey in the World

4.60  ·  Rating details ·  10 ratings  ·  8 reviews
When George Martin joins the crew of the Royal Navy frigate, HMS Virtuous, he is keen to start his new life at sea, but after trips escorting relief cargoes to the stricken island of Malta, he soon realises that life on a warship is anything but easy. After the invasion of the Soviet Union by German forces in 1941, George finds himself on the Virtuous’s most perilous journ ...more
Paperback, 334 pages
Published August 29th 2017 by Createspace
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Cyril Patrick Feerick
May 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Set during World War 2, this story is narrated by George, who is on a mission to protect supply boats during the height of the war. There is so much here; suspense, mystery, love, heroism and most of all a historical insight to a very dark time in our history! We get to see the day-to-day living in a terrible place during the war at that time. The author who did an excellent job with this read. It made me want to explore history more and gave me a new perspective on WW2. Excellent and well writt ...more
Terry Tyler
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I downloaded this book on Kindle Unlimited, after reading a review of it on EmmabBooks book blog.

This novel gripped me all the way through. George Martin was a young working class man from Liverpool when he joined the navy during World War II, and most of the book is about the horrendous Arctic conditions of his voyages to Murmansk, a period spent in this desolate, war-torn part of Russia in what passed for a hospital, the destruction of his ship, and a hellish few days on a lifeboat in unbeliev
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Ellie Midwood
Sep 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wwii-fiction
Being a huge WW2 history buff and having read previous stories from John R McKay, I just had to grab his new historical novel as soon as it came out. I knew that it would undoubtedly be meticulously researched and riveting, but I must admit, “The Worst Journey in the World” even exceeded my already high expectations.
First of all, the story was incredibly emotional. I felt like I was actually there, trapped on the HMS Virtuous in icy waters of the Arctic, surviving the most extreme storms and we
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emmabbooks
Dec 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Riveting Read

An enthralling story about life on board a Royal Navy frigate escorting, and protecting, supply ships travelling to Russia. Although this story is fiction, it is based on conditions endured during World War 2.

George Martin joins the navy at 19 years old, and finds himself on a convoy frigate escorting and protecting supply ships travelling to Russia. The book is narrated as told by George as he joins up, becomes a telegraphist, and endures what Winston Churchill described as "the wo
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Carl Rackman
Feb 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was recommended to me by a book blogger on Twitter and it doesn't disappoint.

It's a novel that reads exactly like a memoir and even finds time to mix in a bittersweet boy-meets-girl story. I liked the writing although it was marred by some errors (which the author graciously admits in his note at the end) but the overall feel of the book is very atmospheric.

Although this is a war novel and deals with the challenging and punishing environment of the Arctic convoys, I'd recommend it for
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Rosie Amber
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Worst Journey In The World is a World War Two historical novel and features a man who spent many of his war years at sea.

Narrated by telegraphist George Martin, it follows his role on a ship which was part of a naval escort. His first experience took place in the Mediterranean, as escort for Merchant boats going to Malta. After Russia joined the war in 1941, George and the crew of HMS Virtuous were sent to escort ships taking supplies to Murmansk, a port in north-west Russia. On this journey
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Andrew Pritchard
Incredible war at sea story, makes me shiver just to think of it!
Sara Knight
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Jun 28, 2018
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I was keen to read this novel when it became available for a Bookmuse review as I am a big fan of this writer and enjoyed his earlier novel 'The Absolution Of Otto Finkel'. And I have to say I was as captivated by this latest offering.

George Martin is an inexperienced 19-year-old Navy recruit who finds himself part of the mission to protect supply boats trading with Russia during World War II across some of the most inhospitable oceans in the world. We get to know George before he signs up, and
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After service in the Royal Air Force, John R McKay worked for seventeen years for Greater Manchester Fire Service as a Control Room Watch Manager before leaving to take up other challenges including writing.



He lives in Wigan with his wife Dawn and has two daughters, Jessica and Sophie.



He is a keen football fan and open water scuba diver and is currently adding the finishing touches to two further
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“​According to many religions of the world and to the 13th Century Italian poet, Dante Alighieri, hell is a hot fiery place in the bowels of the earth where the souls of the damned burn for eternity in pits of brimstone and sulphur. My own belief is somewhat the opposite. Hell, to me, can be found at the earth’s surface, on the unforgiving oceans of the far north, where storms such as this, and ice, U-boats and dive bombers all combined to create a somewhat different version of the abode of the damned.” 0 likes
“Whereas on land, where the dead can be collected, buried with ceremony, and monuments raised at the spots where they fell, for the Navy dead it is very different. There are no bodies to bury, no towns for relatives to visit later or a place to go to collectively mourn their passing, other than the ports from which they sailed. The sea takes care of all that. The sea cleans it all up and swallows it whole, takes it all away as though it never happened.” 0 likes
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