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By Antony Melville Ross

It is 1940 when Peter Harding joins HM Submarine Shadow for his first tour of duty. 

Shadow is not a happy ship, ruled by an overbearing, unlikeable commander. But Harding learns rapidly, and the fortunes of war dictate changes in both his and Shadow’s future.

From infiltrating the fjords of Occupied Norway to stalking U-boats on the Mediterranean convoy runs, Shadow becomes both hunter and hunted in the deadly undersea war. But as the price and pace of battle at sea and on land builds, Harding’s fate becomes ever more closely linked with Shadow – and with her crew.

Anthony Melville-Ross was born in Hastings, East Sussex on November 11 1920. He published six novels between 1978 and 1985, all inspired by his background as a sub-mariner in the Second World War. He had an extremely successful career in the navy, rose to command his own boat and transferred into the Secret Service after the end of the war. He died in his hometown on January 10 1993, aged 73.

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