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The mission is named Operation Scatter. They are there to do what the RAF could not: blow the pens that berthed the deadly German U-boats to kingdom come. It’s a pet scheme cooked up by high-ups, reportedly by the man himself, to penetrate the French port of Brest. Lieutenant-Commander Cameron has orders not to reveal a word of the mission until they have left port, but The mission is named Operation Scatter. They are there to do what the RAF could not: blow the pens that berthed the deadly German U-boats to kingdom come. It’s a pet scheme cooked up by high-ups, reportedly by the man himself, to penetrate the French port of Brest. Lieutenant-Commander Cameron has orders not to reveal a word of the mission until they have left port, but for the crew, the detachment of marine commandos on board are a dead giveaway that this is no ordinary mission. On a crumbling old P-class destroyer with less than adequate supplies and firepower, Cameron has a sneaking suspicion that no one even expects them to return. His suspicions are confirmed when he realizes the overwhelming odds he and his men face. A band of fierce and resilient maquisards await Churchill’s special mission on land, but as Cameron and Operation Scatter near Brest they are met by fierce German artillery. As the senior officer’s ship is blown out the water and command falls into Cameron’s hands, all seems lost. But with German warships closing in and the French Resistance still miles away, Cameron puts into action a plan of his own. Cameron faces division amongst his officers, overwhelming firepower from the Germans, and the sense on board that the men are already doomed. But he is determined to carry out his mission objective and bring as many men home safely as possible. Will Cameron overcome all odds and carry out Operation Scatter? Will the French Resistance and British commandos come together to deal the Nazis a fatal blow? Against All Odds is a gripping and convincing tale of nautical adventure and the staggering horrors of war, told by an author who is both a fantastic story teller and someone with first-hand experience of WWII and the Royal Navy. It was previously published as Cameron’s Raid. Praise for Philip McCutchan ‘A nautical war buffs feast...[McCutchan] keeps an authoritative hand on the wheel and his descriptions of battles at sea ring with laconic truth.’ - The New York Times Book Review ’His character conflicts are well organised.’ - Daily Telegraph ‘A most exciting successor to his first novel — and it is just as rugged.’ - The Times ‘A nautical war buffs feast...[McCutchan] keeps an authoritative hand on the wheel and his descriptions of battles at sea ring with laconic truth.’ - The New York Times Book Review Philip McCutchan (1920-1996) grew up in the naval atmosphere of Portsmouth Dockyard and developed a lifetime's interest in the sea. Military history was an early interest resulting in several fiction books, from amongst his large output, about the British Army and its campaigns, especially in the last 150 years. He served at sea in the British Royal Navy throughout World War II, spending time on everything from destroyers to battleships to aircraft carriers.


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The mission is named Operation Scatter. They are there to do what the RAF could not: blow the pens that berthed the deadly German U-boats to kingdom come. It’s a pet scheme cooked up by high-ups, reportedly by the man himself, to penetrate the French port of Brest. Lieutenant-Commander Cameron has orders not to reveal a word of the mission until they have left port, but The mission is named Operation Scatter. They are there to do what the RAF could not: blow the pens that berthed the deadly German U-boats to kingdom come. It’s a pet scheme cooked up by high-ups, reportedly by the man himself, to penetrate the French port of Brest. Lieutenant-Commander Cameron has orders not to reveal a word of the mission until they have left port, but for the crew, the detachment of marine commandos on board are a dead giveaway that this is no ordinary mission. On a crumbling old P-class destroyer with less than adequate supplies and firepower, Cameron has a sneaking suspicion that no one even expects them to return. His suspicions are confirmed when he realizes the overwhelming odds he and his men face. A band of fierce and resilient maquisards await Churchill’s special mission on land, but as Cameron and Operation Scatter near Brest they are met by fierce German artillery. As the senior officer’s ship is blown out the water and command falls into Cameron’s hands, all seems lost. But with German warships closing in and the French Resistance still miles away, Cameron puts into action a plan of his own. Cameron faces division amongst his officers, overwhelming firepower from the Germans, and the sense on board that the men are already doomed. But he is determined to carry out his mission objective and bring as many men home safely as possible. Will Cameron overcome all odds and carry out Operation Scatter? Will the French Resistance and British commandos come together to deal the Nazis a fatal blow? Against All Odds is a gripping and convincing tale of nautical adventure and the staggering horrors of war, told by an author who is both a fantastic story teller and someone with first-hand experience of WWII and the Royal Navy. It was previously published as Cameron’s Raid. Praise for Philip McCutchan ‘A nautical war buffs feast...[McCutchan] keeps an authoritative hand on the wheel and his descriptions of battles at sea ring with laconic truth.’ - The New York Times Book Review ’His character conflicts are well organised.’ - Daily Telegraph ‘A most exciting successor to his first novel — and it is just as rugged.’ - The Times ‘A nautical war buffs feast...[McCutchan] keeps an authoritative hand on the wheel and his descriptions of battles at sea ring with laconic truth.’ - The New York Times Book Review Philip McCutchan (1920-1996) grew up in the naval atmosphere of Portsmouth Dockyard and developed a lifetime's interest in the sea. Military history was an early interest resulting in several fiction books, from amongst his large output, about the British Army and its campaigns, especially in the last 150 years. He served at sea in the British Royal Navy throughout World War II, spending time on everything from destroyers to battleships to aircraft carriers.

30 review for Against All Odds

  1. 5 out of 5

    John Purvis

    "Against All Odds" eBook was published in 2016 (original paper edition was published in 1984) and was written by Philip McCutchan (https://www.fantasticfiction.com/m/ph...). Mr. McCutchan hasp published 100 novels and non-fiction works. This is the 10th in his "Donald Cameron Naval Thriller" series. I received a copy of the book under promotion from the publisher. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence. The story takes place during World War II. The primary charact "Against All Odds" eBook was published in 2016 (original paper edition was published in 1984) and was written by Philip McCutchan (https://www.fantasticfiction.com/m/ph...). Mr. McCutchan hasp published 100 novels and non-fiction works. This is the 10th in his "Donald Cameron Naval Thriller" series. I received a copy of the book under promotion from the publisher. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence. The story takes place during World War II. The primary character is Lieutenant Commander Donald Cameron. Cameron is a assigned a new ship and crew. They, along with two other aging destroyers are loaded with commandos and sent on a dangerous mission to occupied France. The Germans are building hightly fortified submarine pens near Brest. The mission of Cameron and the others is to deliver the commandos so that they can blow up the pens under construction. The plan initially goes as planned, but soon the commandos are ashore and in trouble. The three destroyers are under heavy fire from the Germans. Cameron must decide whether to try to complete the mission or flee France with what is left of the force. I enjoyed this 194 page World War II thriller. I have read a few if McCutchan's "Cameron" novels and have liked them. For being more than 30 years old, they read well. The novel also reads well as a stand-alone novel. The cover art is OK, though the ship shown is certainly not the destroyer Cameron commands. I give this novel a 4 out of 5. Further book reviews I have written can be accessed at https://johnpurvis.wordpress.com/blog/.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Don Brenner

    Exciting read Another book on the Donald Cameron series by Philip McCutchan. The with Dr has a talent to show how !st characters think and have come to be the seaman they are at the time of this story.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Diana

    A fast paced action packed world war 2 adventure story.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Riess

    FAST ACTION Great story. Although I believe that this story is a work of fiction, it could have been real as many events of the was showed similar courage.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jeff Pinnock

    Great book Another great book from. This series looking for to next one number 11 I think I'll have to order it tomorrow Great book Another great book from. This series looking for to next one number 11 I think I'll have to order it tomorrow

  6. 5 out of 5

    7$MartyQ

    Great Story! Couldn't put this book down! The hard hitting action was non stop. The description of the action was absolutely riveting, and the description of the action made me feel as though I was right there on the bridge as well as with the men on shore. Great Story! Couldn't put this book down! The hard hitting action was non stop. The description of the action was absolutely riveting, and the description of the action made me feel as though I was right there on the bridge as well as with the men on shore.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Robert Timmreck

    Good Book. Kept my attention. Recommended to friends. Good Book. Liked the action. Liked the human element. Like the sequence of Cameron in his career. Book has reality of what war is like; pain and suffering.

  8. 4 out of 5

    STEPHEN BURGESS

  9. 4 out of 5

    Frank Kernohan

  10. 5 out of 5

    Roger Rouncefield

  11. 4 out of 5

    williamjohnfletchertillotson

  12. 4 out of 5

    miss lisa johnson

  13. 4 out of 5

    vincent m laporte

  14. 4 out of 5

    brian temperley

  15. 4 out of 5

    Billy Best

  16. 5 out of 5

    Morton Kenyon

  17. 5 out of 5

    george c paillin

  18. 5 out of 5

    mervin olsen

  19. 5 out of 5

    Mr Charles Harding

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ron Curley

  21. 5 out of 5

    William F. York

  22. 4 out of 5

    Joan Landon

  23. 4 out of 5

    p m copsey

  24. 5 out of 5

    Peter Smith

  25. 5 out of 5

    Arthur Portnoy

  26. 4 out of 5

    graham hackney

  27. 5 out of 5

    Bill

  28. 5 out of 5

    jennet wheatstonelllsl

  29. 4 out of 5

    Melvin Tabor

  30. 5 out of 5

    Amy J Manners

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