This is a man's book -- and a good one. It is the account of one of the most hazardous and unusual Naval operations of the war -- the transporting of persons and arms (nearly 400 tons) via small fishing craft from the Shetland Islands to Norway. The seamen who made the journeys were descendants of the Vikings who sailed these same seas in similar small crafts a thousand years ago. The story is told in a simple and forthright fashion that rouses the emotions on the facts alone. The portraits of the heroic and deeply individualistic seamen who made up the mission's personnel are as solid as if they were hewn from rock. Readers will long remember the drowning of Bard and his crew, the execution of Mindur and Pete and the catastrophic end to the Blia. Written with humility, and the conscience to avoid irresponsible sensationalism, this ""modern saga"" should find many who will want to read and own it.