Hunted by Philip McCutchan

Hunted by Philip McCutchanHunted by Philip McCutchan
Published by Endeavour Press on March 17, 2016
Genres: Historical Fiction, War
Pages: 176
Format: Ebook

Hunted is a fictional story set in World War 2, pitting the hero of the story and his tiny destroyer against the might of the German navy in the form of its brand new battleship which is threatening to disrupt the convoys that form the lifeline of the allied powers.

I came across this book not knowing that it was the 11th in the series, but at no stage did I feel like I was missing out on anything for not having read the previous books. Cameron is your stereotypical action hero standing at the wheel of his ship as it fights against impossible odds, etc etc etc.

If you look at the setup of this book, it is fairly easy to see that the author drew from historical references – the big bad battleship is obviously a reference to the Tirpitz, and its companions are analogs for the Scharnhorst and Gneisenau. Although the tale itself is more akin to the story of the hunt for the Bismark, which was my initial impression until the author references the sinking of that vessel part way through the novel.

As with a lot of military thrillers, particularly those set during World War 2 it seems, obvious liberties are taken with logic, military protocol, and general practicalities. But let’s face it, that’s not the sort of thing you are looking for when you read a book like Hunted.

This is a short read, and if dashing tales of derringdo on rinky dink destroyers is your sort of thing, then this might be worth a look.

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