This very informative site – Cruel Seas: World War 2 Merchant Marine-Related Nautical Fiction from the 1930s to Present – presents a remedy to this sadly-overlooked sub-genre of naval fiction. Pointing out the horrific toll of life just during the Atlantic convoy runs, the introduction makes a powerful case for such a thorough examination. Initially arranged by author, each entry provides the bibliographic information along with well-considered summaries of each work, whether a short story, a serial, or a novel. Additional features include a subject index, authors’ wartime experiences, and a fiction timeline. Information is current through 2004 with some additional updating. A well-done presentation representing a tremendous amount of work and diligence.
Merchant Marine Fiction Taking Place During World War II