This is my second James Pattinson book, and this was even better than the first which is saying something.1937: The Japanese have broken through the Great Wall of China. An aging British ship, the Orient Queen, is the last of the ships to leave port, north of Shanghai. Fleeing in her are the few remaining refugees. But as the Orient Queen negotiates the forty odd miles of river to the sea, one disaster follows another.I love naval history and James Pattison has it nailed. The plot is well constructed with plenty of action, and the characters interesting.I am pleased to say I have another James Pattison on my shelf to read.Thank you to Endeavour Press via NetGalley for providing a digital ARC for review. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.