Twelve Seconds to Live

Twelve Seconds to Live

Book - 2002
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Baker & Taylor
An exciting novel of World War II follows a unit of minesweepers in the Royal Navy as they defuse mines and lay them--on land and sea--risking their lives every day in the process. Original.

Independent Publishing Group
The mine is an impartial killer, and defusing it requires steady nerves, steady hands, and an intrepid flirtation with death. Haunted by the mine that destroyed his first command, H.M. Submarine Tornado, Lieutenant-Commander David Masters now defuses mines on land and teaches the same deadly science to others.

Publisher: London : Heinemann : Arrow ; Ithaca : McBooks Press, 2002
ISBN: 9781590130445
Characteristics: 310 p. ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: 12 seconds to live


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Jun 16, 2010

Second World War ... The mine is an impartial killer and a lethal challenge to any volunteer in the Special Counter- measures of the Royal Navy. They are brave, lonely men with something to prove or nothing left to lose. Lieutenant-Commander David Masters, haunted by a split-second glimpse of the mine that destroyed his first and only command, His Majesty's Submarine Tornado, now defuses 'the beast' on land and teaches the same deadly science to others who too often die in the attempt. Lieutenant Chris Foley, minelaying off an enemy coast in ML366, rolls on an ineasy sea with a release bracket sheared and a lie mine jammed, and hears the menacing growl of approaching E-boats. And Sub-Lieutenant Michael Lincoln, hailed as a hero, dreads exposure as a coward even more than the unexpected booby-trap, or the gentle whirr of the activated fuse marking the last twelve seconds of his life.


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