A Friend in Barcelona

As the balance for control in World War II starts to shift towards the Allies, Hermann Goerlitz leads a crew of hastily trained submariners aboard a new, specially armed U-Boat capable of breaking through the Allied naval defense. When his inexperienced crew is overpowered by a chlorine gas leak, they mutiny, surface and surrender to the British rather than scuttle the boat to preserve the Reich’s secrets. What follows is Goerlitz’s dramatic escape and a thrilling cat-and-mouse chase as the German tries to reach his man in Barcelona, with the fate of the Allied Naval Command at stake.


“A Second World War version of The Hunt For Red October.”

The Globe and Mail

“Keeps one turning the pages, the ultimate thriller test.”

Quill & Quire

“Mackay writes well, evokes his period skillfully and involves the reader with his characters.”

The Star Phoenix

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