A good tale of a ""real nasty, tough"" voyage to Russia and back, as told by an A.B., first experiencing the war on convoy ships. It is the story of American merchant seamen imperilled by ice, submarines, mines, planes, who learned how to fight -- and hate. Luck and guts, as they finally make England; Scotland, where their first shore leave brought unsought friendliness to warm their hearts, and on to Russia where they battled to port, only to lose their cargo when hit by a mine below Murmansk. The wait for the return trip, and the grim adventures before they landed home. Plenty of ""characters"" to fill in the incidents -- and sincerity to underline the tale.