A Glimpse of the Heroic Men of WWII

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Author John Alfred Barrett weaves a part fiction, part documentary of an ALLIED Merchant Marine’s sea story

Too long to be a short story, too short to be a novel, this newly published book, The Knight’s Gambit, is what author John Alfred Barrett calls a sea story. Inspired by the events and things he witnessed in his trip to Russia in 1942, he finally releases, after long years in the making, this book that puts the spotlight on the valiant men of the Merchant Marine and their sacrifices in World War II.

It is a story about one of the convoys to Russia during the Second World War, and the lives of the different people it affected. To the extent that the author experienced many of the events, it is not purely a work of fiction; perhaps it may be something of a documentary. The characters portrayed are not real people, living or dead, so everyone is welcome to join in this masquerade party. Whatever the inadequacies of its author, it is still a story that deserves to be told.

“Obviously inspired by my one trip to Russia in l942 to Murmansk. It took me 11 years to finish my book as I became increasingly familiar with the history of Convoy PQ-17. In the interim I learned something about the writing trade. I wrote the book because I think America has not appreciated the sacrifices of the men of the U.S. Merchant Marine during WW2,” reveals the author. And throughout this sea story, he features stories of heroic people who served.

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About the Author
John Alfred Barrett is a native New Yorker, born on Easter Sunday, March 27, 1921. He graduated Stuyvesant High School in June 1939. He was appointed Engine Cadet by the U.S. Maritime Commission on July 19, 1939; after Pearl Harbor, he obtained a Third Assistant Engineer’s License. He sailed to Russia in February 1942. Failing the U.S. Navy physical, he volunteered to join the Army of the U.S. in January 1943. After eight months, he was appointed Warrant Officer, a specialist in Marine Engineering. Served a total of three years and eight months, he was honorably discharged in 1946. He was employed by ESSO SHIPPING CO. as engineer on tankers from 1946 to 1956; Manager University of Houston Power Plant from 1963 to 1982. He obtained his B.S. Degree in 1965; became a licensed Professional Engineer in Texas in 1972; retired in 1986; and started to take Creative Writing courses at the University of Iowa. The Knight's Gambit is his first Sea Story. He was married for sixty years (1950 -2010). He is now a widower, and has one daughter, an electrical engineer.

THE KNIGHT’S GAMBIT * by JOHN ALFRED BARRETT, MARINER
PQ-17: A SEA STORY
Publication Date: June 30, 2011
Trade Paperback; $15.99; 49 pages; 978-1-4568-7807-8
Trade Hardback; $24.99; 49 pages; 978-1-4568-7808-5
eBook; $9.99; 978-1-4568-7809-2

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