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The San Andreas is a British hospital ship on its way to Scotland when it is suddenly bombed by German planes. Fifteen people die, and many are seriously injured (including the captain and chief officer). The crew of the San Andreas can't figure out what the Germans want with an innocent hospital ship. Then, they realize that there are saboteurs aboard the ship, telling the Germans the exact location of the San Andreas. No one can trust anyone else. The San Andreas is falling apart. Its radios are destroyed. And German U-boats are following the ship, ready to torpedo it. It will take sheer brilliance to get the ship to its destination.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 50%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) Time/era of story:    -   1930's-1950's War Thriller    -   Yes Armed Forces:    -   Navy Specific to    -   WW II Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   British


Water?    -   Yes Water:    -   warship

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Unusual forms of death    -   perforation--bullets    -   exploded into bits Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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