Wydawca: Steve Vernon Kategoria: Sensacja, thriller, horror Język: angielski Rok wydania: 2016

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Opis ebooka In The Dark and The Deep - Steve Vernon

It was Billy McTavish's first sea voyage.He had signed on to the serve as convoy escort on the THISTLE a Royal Canadian Navy corvette.Through U-Boat attack and Luftwaffe bombing runs, Billy had thought he had seen all of the horror that the Atlantic could offer a young Canadian sailor.But Big Jimmy Noonan had other ideas...

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IN

THE

DARK,

IN THE DEEP

By

Steve Vernon

Steve Vernon Sea Tales Book #1

STARK RAVEN PRESS

In The Dark, In The Deep

Steve Vernon Sea Tales Book #1

Author: Steve Vernon

Cover Art: Humble Nations

ISBN-13: 978-1-927765-08-1

First Smashwords Printing – August 20, 2013

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To the sea that swims

in

all of us...

Introduction

I am a storyteller, first and foremost.

My natural habitat is close to the campfire and I breathe words the way that some men smoke.

I have lived by the ocean for nearly four decades. I have listened to the waves talking to the shoreline. I have heard the old ghost stories told around a thousand campfires. I have listened to the sea gulls complaining about the fishing.

This is the first of what will be a series of stories based around the sea.

You don’t have to read every one, any more than you have to count every wave that rolls up to slap itself upon the beach.

Come here and give a listen.

I’ve got a tale for the telling.

Yours in storytelling,

Steve Vernon

In The Dark and the Deep

It happened that fast.

A torpedo track, furrowing the water, passed straight abaft of our corvette, theThistle. There was a muffled crump of impact. A mere seventy-five yards away from us, the tankerCassandrasettled and tilted, taking on water fast.

“Man the depth charges,” our captain sang out.

The order was instinctive and unnecessary. Men already stood by, ready to roll the fat deadly barrels from the stern rail. The crews of the port and starboard throwers launched another pair of depth charges into their high carved arcs. We spread the charges out as widely as possible, knowing that the U-boat would already be on the move, trying to evade our certain retaliation.

The depth charges were a blind luck measure. They sank slowly, giving the U-boat a lot of time to escape. It was almost impossible to aim them, and the hulls of the U-boats were so solid that only a near-direct hit would have any effect, but they panicked the U-boat crew, and more importantly, they gave our crew the much-needed feeling of accomplishment.

The asdic crew hunkered beneath their headsets, knowing full well that the rough water and the impact from the depth charges’ undersea explosions rendered their listening gear nearly useless.

We were aiming blind, as usual.