Publisher: Köehler Books
Available in: Hardback, Paperback, and Kindle
Published: March 1, 2017

Captain Sheppard McCloud is unexpectedly called to Washington in May of 1942 while his ship, the battle cruiser “Argonne” is in dry dock undergoing repairs from the Battle of Cape Vilan. At a luncheon with President Roosevelt and the new head of the OSS, he is informed of his next mission— this time unsupported, in a race against General Rommel’s panzers to save the French Fleet at Mers-el-Kébir. Intrigue, spies, the ‘Maquis’, plots by both the Italians and his nemesis from “Sheppard of the Argonne” German Admiral Shröder, make a thrilling page turner that readers will find hard to put down.

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"Another fascinating tour de force of naval warfare by the author and a fitting sequel to his first. His seamless blending of historical fact and fiction brings alive the maritime engagements of World War II so vividly that it almost makes us seafarers want to get on to a plotting sheet and recreate the maneuvers of the gripping Fleet actions. G. Wm Weatherly has indeed emerged as the foremost author of authentic naval action and on par with some of the best before him."

Commodore A Jai Singh, IN (Retd), Vice President, Indian Maritime Foundation

2017-06-06T15:17:55+00:00

Commodore A Jai Singh, IN (Retd), Vice President, Indian Maritime Foundation

"Another fascinating tour de force of naval warfare by the author and a fitting sequel to his first. His seamless blending of historical fact and fiction brings alive the maritime engagements of World War II so vividly that it almost makes us seafarers want to get on to a plotting sheet and recreate the maneuvers of the gripping Fleet actions. G. Wm Weatherly has indeed emerged as the foremost author of authentic naval action and on par with some of the best before him."
"Well, he's done it again--G. William Weatherly that is--or his avatar CAPT Sheppard McCloud, Commanding Officer of the storied Battle Cruiser USS Argonne, as they continue their extraordinary exploits within an alternative history of World War II--the way things might have been, given that a different butterfly was accidentally stepped on at some distant place a long time ago.

CAPT Jim Patton, Jr., USN (ret), Naval Submarine League

2017-06-06T15:20:53+00:00

CAPT Jim Patton, Jr., USN (ret), Naval Submarine League

"Well, he's done it again--G. William Weatherly that is--or his avatar CAPT Sheppard McCloud, Commanding Officer of the storied Battle Cruiser USS Argonne, as they continue their extraordinary exploits within an alternative history of World War II--the way things might have been, given that a different butterfly was accidentally stepped on at some distant place a long time ago.
"This book is a bit technical, but without this detail, it would be much less of a book. It is a must read for anyone interested in WW II, war at sea, fighting capital ships, and the role submarines played in the sea-battles of WW II."

Robert G. Williscroft, PhD, Author of the Bestselling Operation Ivy Bells and The Starchild Series--modern hard science fiction

2017-06-06T15:21:25+00:00

Robert G. Williscroft, PhD, Author of the Bestselling Operation Ivy Bells and The Starchild Series--modern hard science fiction

"This book is a bit technical, but without this detail, it would be much less of a book. It is a must read for anyone interested in WW II, war at sea, fighting capital ships, and the role submarines played in the sea-battles of WW II."
"William Weatherly's Sheppard and the French Rescue is a worthy and most readable sequel to his first novel Sheppard of the Argonne. The author adeptly and skillfully continues to develop the character of Captain Sheppard McCloud, giving the reader an insight into the thoughts and private life of a brave but very human captain who, in his super-capable battle cruiser, is pitted against the odds."

Captain Dan Conley, OBE, RN, co-author, Cold War Command

2017-06-06T15:22:24+00:00

Captain Dan Conley, OBE, RN, co-author, Cold War Command

"William Weatherly's Sheppard and the French Rescue is a worthy and most readable sequel to his first novel Sheppard of the Argonne. The author adeptly and skillfully continues to develop the character of Captain Sheppard McCloud, giving the reader an insight into the thoughts and private life of a brave but very human captain who, in his super-capable battle cruiser, is pitted against the odds."

About the Author

Captain George W. Jackson (a.k.a. G. William Weatherly) graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin and was commissioned in June 1969. During his 30 year career, he achieved exceptional credentials in the Navy nuclear program.

His last assignment was as Chairman of the Joint Military Operations Department at the Naval War College in Newport for five years as well as holding the Lockwood Chair of Undersea Warfare. As such he was responsible for one third of the curriculum and the Joint Professional Military Education of approximately 2,000 mid-grade and senior officers from all branches of the military and select civilian agencies.