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The wind struck another hammer-blow. The whaler wheeled away stern-on, and then came up with a sickening thump forrard. 'One anchor cable gone!' Minnaar shouted above the roar of the wind. 'The other ... ' He never finished. The whaler sprang free as the second cable parted. She had been secured facing south-west and now she plunged back into the maelstrom. The water poured ankle deep on the bridge ... 'Killer deserts, grizzled prospectors, mass suicides, savage nomads ... and a vanishing U-boat patrol. I enjoyed it more than any other novel for ages' - Daily Telegraph.