The Good Shepherd is a nautical novel by CS Forester, the author of the novels about fictional Royal Navy officer Horatio Hornblower. The hero of The Good Shepherd is the Captain of a US Navydestroyer in World War II. The hero finds himself in overall command of the escort force protecting an Atlantic convoy in the Battle of the Atlantic. He finds himself in a difficult position. The voyage in question occurs early in 1942, shortly after America's entry in to the war. Although he is an experienced officer, with many years of seniority, this voyage is our hero's very first mission in time of war. The captains of the other escort vessels are more junior than him, and much younger, but they have been at war for over two years. His relative inexperience is troubling. Cecil Scott Forester is the pen name of Cecil Smith (August 27, 1899 - April 2, 1966), an English novelist whose rose to fame with tales of adventure with military themes, notably the 11-book Horatio Hornblower series (being filmed with Ioan Gruffudd as Horatio Hornblower) about naval warfare during the... Royal Navy Ensign The Royal Navy is the navy of the United Kingdom. ... Horatio Hornblower is a fictional officer in the British Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars, originally the protagonist of a series of novels by C. S. Forester, and later the subject of films and television programs. ... Captain is both a nautical term and a military rank. ... The United States Navy (USN) is the branch of the United States armed forces responsible for naval operations. ... This article is about the warship. ... Mushroom cloud from the nuclear explosion over Nagasaki rising 18 km (60,000 ft) into the air. ... Possible meanings of the word escort: A sex worker engaged in acts of prostitution. ... The Second Battle of the Atlantic was the longest continuous military campaign of World War II, running from 1939 right through to the defeat of Nazi Germany in 1945, and was at its height from mid-1940 through to about the end of 1943. ...
The hero broods over other things he finds troubling. He is troubled by his divorce. He is troubled when he neglects his prayers. Unlike Forester's other heroes, this hero is very religious. And he is troubled by a recent judgement, during his most recent opportunity for promotion, that he should be fitted and retained. In other words he was not going to be promoted, which in our hero's inner musing explains that his career is essentially over.
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