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The last farewell : a novel
McCutchan, Philip, 1920-
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New York : St. Martin's Press, 1991.
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308 pages ; 21 cm
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Philip McCutchan was born on October 13, 1920 and grew up in the naval atmosphere of Portsmouth Dockyard in the United Kingdom. He served on several British war ships during World War II. After the war, he concentrated on writing and published over 80 books during his lifetime. His interest in military history resulted in numerous fiction books about the British Army and its campaigns. His works include the Halfhyde Adventure series, the James Ogilvie series, and the Commander Shaw series. He also wrote under the pseudonyms Robert Conington Galway and Duncan MacNeil. He died in 1996.

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Booklist Review

McCutchan weaves a tapestry of stories about the passengers and crew aboard the Laurentia as it makes its final voyage from New York to England in 1915. Without a protective escort, Captain Pacey must guide his ship through waters and times more treacherous than he can possibly believe. The U-boat commander has his problems, too, as the action moves from the liner to the submarine to the offices of the British ministers, who, in noncommittal ways, have sentenced the Laurentia to its dismal fate. A mesmerizing tale of the sea and the men who pit their lives against nature and politics. (Loosely based on the tragic sinking of the Lusitania by a German U-boat just prior to the U.S. entry into World War I.) ~--Cynthia Ogorek

Publisher's Weekly Review

Any similarity between the fictional British liner Laurentia and the real-life Lusitania is probably intentional, as the skilled McCutchan (Halfhyde, Cameron and Convoy series) suspensefully tells of the doomed ship's 1915 New York-England crossing. The Western front stalemate, the looming Dardanelles disaster and the U-boat blockade are wreaking havoc on Britain and France. President Wilson tries to maintain U.S. neutrality while prime minister Asquith angles for an American loan if not belligerency, and Germany announces that all Allied vessels, including civilian ships, are at risk in war zones. Laurentia skipper William Pacey, who knows that his unarmed luxury liner carries war material, is stymied by the Admiralty's refusal to provide war-zone escorts. We know first lord of the Admiralty Churchill and first sea lord Fisher are conspiring to bring the U.S. into the war: ``women and children'' casualties may do the trick. The Grand Hotel cast of Brits, Yanks and other nationals is handled neatly, if not with much depth, by a master storyteller. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved