August 16 , 2010



TRAPP'S WAR heralds the first of five rollicking, rumbustious and utterly deplorable adventures that comprise Brian Callison's best-selling saga of the unapologetically amoral Captain Edward Trapp, his appalling sidekick Gorbals Wullie, his equally degenerate succession of crews and ever-more decrepit tramp steamers which persist in sinking beneath him, as chronicled by the bloody-minded reprobate's increasingly bemused Chief Officer, Miller.

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This, the fourth of Brian Callison's phenomenally successful Captain Edward Trapp sagas, again sees its narrator, the stiff-upper-lipped Chief Officer Miller, become haplessly embroiled in yet more ocean-going mayhem under the shameless old reprobate's avaricious command - only, this time, with a supernatural twist. For what other explanation…

This, Trapp's maiden voyage into self-employed skullduggery, begins in 1942. In the war-torn Mediterranean. The island of Malta is being starved by the near-impenetrable Axis blockade. Only the SS Charon, a rusting, wheezing eight-knot coal burner deep-laden with black market contraband routinely slips with ease between the opposing forces in those lethal waters. Until, on one high-explosive night, the Royal Navy finally catches up with her. And an admiral has An Idea …

Whereupon a black-affronted, vociferously protesting - to say nothing of a now most unlikely Lieutenant-Commander Edward Trapp, RN - is forced back to sea in his by-then-somewhat deviously modified coffin ship to wage an unorthodox, violent and often harrowing war for the Allies … but will he? Because Trapp, privateer and born survivor, has always tended to view the inconvenience of global conflict with an eye rather more attuned to profit-driven opportunism than patriotic duty. In fact, admiral or no bloody admiral, the only war Trapp plans to fight is … Trapp's War!

"This must be Brian Callison's best book. It is even better than A Flock Of Ships and I didn't think he could achieve this. I didn't think anyone could ... there can be no better adventure writer today."  ALISTAIR MACLEAN.

"… hilariously funny, moving, and extremely exciting." DICK FRANCIS.

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