Ken Torrance races Poleward to the aid of the submarine Peary, trapped in an icy limbo of avenging sealmen.
he locked the port and strapped the inner body harness around him; and then he waited.
Now it was all chance. If the plane crashed into clear water, he was safe; but if she hit ice.... He put that thought from him.
The locked controls held the amphibian for perhaps thirty seconds. Then with a scream the storm-giant took her. A mad up-current of wind hurled her high, whirled her dizzily, toyed with her--and then she spun and dove. Down, down, down; down with a speed so wild Ken grew faint; down through the core of a maelstrom of snow till she crashed.
The Fate of the Peary
Quiet, and utter, liquid darkness.
Liquid! Around him, Ken heard a gurgling, at first loud and close, then subsiding to a low whispering of currents. The amphibian had hit water.
A fairly good pulp action story. Whaler Torrance is the only one who knows the missing sub has been trapped by the arctic sealmen. So he comes to their rescue in a stolen torpoon (mini-sub). The action sequences are good, there's nice tension. Everyone in the story owns a Y chromosome; there isn't a woman around above or under the ice, not even to rescue.
Four stars for the action plot; two stars for depth of character.
An interesting story and well worth reading
Well worth the read with strong character development and exciting descriptions of adventure.
2013 SFR GALAXY AWARD WINNER
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