When I go on my speaking tours people often tell me how much they love Patrick Smith’s A Land Remembered and wish he had written more novels. They are surprised to learn that he published seven novels, two non-fiction books and a collection of short stories.
Unfortunately, most of the other novels have lived in the shadow of A Land Remembered.
That’s a real shame as they all are outstanding, especially The Seas That Mourn. This novel was dear to dad’s heart as it stems very much from his own experience in the United States Merchant Marine just at the end of World War II.
The Seas That Mourn was actually dad’s second novel, written after The River is Home. He couldn’t get it published in the early 1950’s because publishers told him that the market was swamped with war novels. It languished in a box in his home until 2002, when a publisher picked it up. I love this novel so much that I acquired all rights to it, designed a new cover, reprinted it and am so proud to promote this book which clearly deserves more recognition than it has received.
The Seas That Mourn is a moving tribute to the brave mariners who served in the Merchant Marine during World War II. It has been called “A Land Remembered of The High Seas” and it is an action packed book that has humor, war, love, romance, loss and much more to make it an exciting and memorable read. You’ll be on the edge of your seat as you follow the main character through dangerous convoys that really happened.
The United States Merchant Marine provided the greatest sealift in history between the production army at home and the fighting forces scattered around the globe in World War II. The pre-war total of 55,000 experienced mariners was increased to over 215,000 through U.S. Maritime Service training programs.
Some argue that without the Merchant Marine the Allies would have lost as there would not have existed the means to carry the personnel, supplies, and equipment needed by the combined Allies to defeat the Axis powers.
Merchant ships faced danger from submarines, mines, armed raiders and destroyers, aircraft, “kamikaze,” and the elements. About 8,300 mariners were killed at sea, 12,000 wounded of whom at least 1,100 died from their wounds, and 663 men and women were taken prisoner. Some were blown to death, some incinerated, some drowned, some froze, and some starved. Sixty six died in prison camps or aboard Japanese ships while being transported to other camps. Thirty one ships vanished without a trace to a watery grave. It is estimated that approximately 9,300 merchant mariners gave their lives in the war.
You’ll feel like you are right there on the open seas as you read The Seas That Mourn. Only someone who had been a Merchant Marine could write with such authenticity as Patrick Smith brings to bear in this novel.
But you don’t have to take my word for it. I brought his words to life in this short video I created from the pages of the book. It powerfully illustrates how he came up with the title. You can view it below:
I know that you will love this novel. As I said earlier, it has humor, war, love, romance, loss and much more to make it an exciting and memorable read. Click here to order your copy. Or if you prefer eBooks, click here to get it on Kindle and here to get if for your NOOK.