AUSTRALIAN AUTHOR On the morning of 5 May 1998, HMAS Westralia proceeded to sea. As the engines were brought to full power hoses burst. Flames erupted and thick, black smoke filled the engine room. The crew fought bravely to save their ship but were unable to save midshipman Megan Pelly, Petty Officer Shaun Smith, Leading Seaman Bradley Meek and Able Seaman Phillip Carroll. The human cost was lost in the battle and blame game between different government departments and private companies. The families wanted the truth and genuine compassion but their hard-fought battle for justice revealed a labyrinth of innuendo concerning fraud, nepotism, dishonesty, incompetence and official cover-up. The questions remained: Who was responsible? And would they be held accountable? AUTHOR: Kathryn has a proven record in honest investigative military history and has written and published a number of non-fiction books over the last 15 years. Between 1996 and 2011 she was attached to UNSW at the Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra, as a tutor and guest lecturer in history and strategic studies. Kathryn likes to spend her downtime on travel, exercise, art, and being enlightened by her three children and four grandchildren. She is looking forward to writing more creatively and discovering exciting new authors.