A Discoverer's Selection, but a difficult book to place. It is not for conservatives -- it is primarily a man's book. There are powerful scenes, explosive, grotesque, and the man can write. But there is no formulated plot, rather is it a succession of tableaux, each of increasing brutality and primitiveness. ""Delilah"" is the name of a U. S. N. destroyer, stationed in the Sulu Sea; a savage, uncharted country, and manned by odds and ends of the world. A few of the characters are clearly defined, but there is no central coordinating interest as the story shifts:- a searching party in an isolated cave, the explosion of a submarine, shark against man, life on board the destroyer. There is a suggestion of Lightship -- but this is a more violent book.