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Silent Ship, Silent Sea
by Robb White
As a crippled destroyer, unable to communicate, drifts through enemy seas, a young captain struggles to save his command and a raw, young seaman proves that he is of officer caliber.
Paperback, 232 pages
Published 1967 by Doubleday
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Exceedingly well written, from the view of a former Tin Can sailor familiar with the locations described and the life aboard such a ship. Little details, the author simply gets right - having gone through a significant storm off Africa, we had the identical situation of having the deck of our ship inundated with weary birds of many types, just as described in the book. Good pacing, believable characters, I'd recommend.
One of the best WW-II destroyer books! I read this because Robb White wrote The Lion's Paw, which I read in 4th grade and still have my copy, and I wondered what his other books were like. He was an incredibly good YA author. I will read more of his works.
Robb White was partnered with gimmick horror film king William Castle during Castle's most popular and productive period. Born in the Philippines, White was a preacher's son who held a wide variety of jobs before landing in the Navy during World War II. He initially collaborated with Castle on the short-lived TV series "Men of Annapolis" (1957), then joined forces with the enterprising producer-di ...moreMore about Robb White...