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Command   By: (1881-1966)

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Command by William McFee is a riveting and thought-provoking exploration of naval life in the early 20th century. Through his vivid storytelling and impeccable attention to detail, McFee transports readers onto the deck of the battleship H.M.S. Torrin, immersing them in the world of naval officers and their steadfast dedication to duty.

Set against the backdrop of the looming First World War, Command follows the journey of Captain Dathan and his crew as they navigate treacherous waters, not only on the open sea but also within their own ranks. McFee's ability to capture the camaraderie and tensions that arise among the crew is truly remarkable, allowing readers to fully grasp the complexities of life aboard a naval vessel.

What sets this novel apart is McFee's approach to character development. Through his meticulously crafted portraits, he provides deep insight into the minds and motivations of each member of the crew. Captain Dathan, in particular, emerges as a complex and multi-dimensional protagonist, torn between his loyalty to his crew and the demands of his superiors. His internal struggles mirror the dilemmas faced by many officers during wartime, bringing a profound sense of humanity to the narrative.

Furthermore, McFee's extensive knowledge of naval operations shines through in every page. His descriptions of naval maneuvers, the inner workings of the ship, and the intricacies of naval protocol are both informative and engrossing. The author's ability to translate technical jargon into accessible language allows readers without prior knowledge of naval operations to fully grasp the complexities of the military tactics employed.

Although the pacing of the novel may be slow at times, McFee's richly detailed prose compensates for it. The author's ability to transport readers into the heart of the action, whether it be during a fierce battle or a moment of introspection, is where Command truly shines. The level of realism he achieves is nothing short of remarkable, captivating readers from beginning to end.

Command is not just a novel about naval warfare, but a brilliant exploration of duty, honor, and the sacrifices made by those in command. William McFee's ability to capture the essence of naval life and the human experience within it makes this book an absolute must-read for both history buffs and lovers of immersive storytelling.

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COMMAND

BY WILLIAM McFEE

GARDEN CITY NEW YORK DOUBLEDAY, PAGE & COMPANY 1922

COPYRIGHT, 1922, BY DOUBLEDAY, PAGE & COMPANY

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED, INCLUDING THAT OF TRANSLATION INTO FOREIGN LANGUAGES, INCLUDING THE SCANDINAVIAN

COPYRIGHT, 1922, BY HARPER & BROTHERS

PRINTED IN THE UNITED STATES AT THE COUNTRY LIFE PRESS, GARDEN CITY, N. Y.

First Edition

This book is inscribed to those commanders under whom the author has had the honour to serve, who have achieved firmness without asperity, tact and sympathy without interference, and appreciation without fuss. It is inscribed to these gentlemen because while they lack the gift of self advertisement, they have contrived, in spite of the trials and exasperations of a seafaring existence, to engage the respect and affections of their lieutenants.

PREFATORY NOTE

This tale is an original invention. It is not founded upon fact, nor are the characters herein described portraits of actual persons. The incidents and topography are imaginary.

W. M.

COMMAND

CHAPTER I

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