Frances C. Darling

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"Some Follow the Sea" … is a stirring tribute to the men of the Merchant Marine. As in his earlier books, "Submarine Sailor" and "Navy Diver," Mr. Felsen has carefully checked the authenticity of his material and much interesting detail is woven into the story….

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Realistic, grim, very much more than just a thrilling adventure story, "Some Follow the Sea" follows the fortunes of 17-year-old Chris Hollister when he shipped out on an old freighter headed in convoy for England…. Mr. Felsen rightly reminds us how many and how sudden are the dangers which young lads must meet who have joined the Merchant Marine and have no months of training in camp in which the mental approach of the civilian is lost and that of the fighter gained. The effect on Chris and the story of his regaining courage is very finely done.

Frances C. Darling, "America in Action," in The Christian Science Monitor (reprinted by permission from The Christian Science Monitor; © 1944 The Christian Science Publishing Society; all rights reserved), July 27, 1944, p. 14.

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