A rollicking book, which, even in its serious moments, succeeds in showing funny side up of the life on a subchaser during the war. The author was chief engineer on a subschaser in 1917-1918, stationed -- once across -- in the Adriatic. And he presents that stepchild part of the service as undisciplined, with no formal routine nor traditional background. A breezy yarn of the ""Splinter Fleet of the Otranto Barrage"" -- a salty chapter in naval history. There's adventure -- and fun -- and even the technical phases are easy reading. Your sea enthusiasts will want it to a man.