Here is a book that will have to take the hurdle of being a war book, and one that is wholly unglamorized war at that. Jim has been invalided to Brisbane -- he had been seriously enough wounded to have a choice of the States or back into action. And he knew he couldn't live with the fear he was a coward if he didn't go back. There was a girl too, Nora, who loved him enough to go away with him on leave -- to join him ""up north"" while he was waiting for his PT boat to be ready for action -- and not to talk about marriage or the future. Their idyll has something of Knight's This Above All --it is very real. And yet it takes its place in the mess that is war. Recurrently, sometimes with the help of an Austrian refugee doctor who knows what fear is, Jim relives successive episodes of the action he had seen. And when the final test comes, though he is still afraid, he's lost his fear of fear. It's a ""dim view"" of life and the chances of survival and war -- but it is well done. Tough -- a man's book -- the public libraries wont like it. But Basil Heatter is a writer to watch.