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The Shield and the Shark by Thomas E. Lightburn
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When Ted Burnside hears from his old shipmate, Harvey Rawlinson, after sixty years he is less than thrilled. They arrange to meet in the Union Jack Club in London; the place where it all began during the war. Just what was it that happened to make Ted so full of dread and anxiety at the prospect of re-uniting with his erstwhile friend? What happened on the minesweeper MMS 50 in 1943-44? Or was it Ted's off-shore activities that cause his trepidation? And just what was the role played by Harvey's wife Sue; the beautiful nurse with the "soft brown eyes". As Ted's mind travels back to those dangerous times we meet a galaxy of colourful characters who share Ted and Harvey's anxiety-filled days. But just what does Ted hope that Harvey doesn't know about those off-shore experiences? Read this exciting novel which will keep you guessing right up to the very last page.

Author Biography

Thomas E. Lightburn served for twenty-two years in the medical branch of the Royal Navy. He reached the rank of Chief Petty Officer and left the service in 1974. After gaining a Bachelor of Education degree with Honours at Liverpool University, he taught for sixteen years before volunteering for early retirement. He then began writing stories for The Wirral Journal and the Sea Breezes, a nation-wide nautical magazine. He interviewed Ian Fraser, VC, ex Lieutenant RN., and wrote an account of how he and his crew, in a midget submarine, crippled the Japanese cruiser, Takao, in Singapore. Tom lives in Wallasey, pursuing his favourite hobbies of soccer, naval and military history, the theatre, art and travel.
Release date NZ
July 30th, 2007
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations, ports.
Vanguard Press
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