Hammond Innes was an accomplished sailor and at his best when writing about the sea (The Wreck of the Mary Deare etc.). This 1962 novel is centred on the Scottish island group of St. Kilda (here renamed Laerg) and the events surrounding a tragic evacuation of an army base during a very heavy storm. Add to it a secret between two brothers and a low-key love story - it makes for a very compelling read. There are a few slow passages, but the description of the ships in the storm and the courage of the personnel are unforgettable. As the early novels by 1950s-60s authors tend to disappear from the catalogue, this adventure classic should be grabbed.
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