Review of “Sinking Ship”

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“Sinking Ship” (aka ‘Cameron’s Crossing’) ebook was published in 2016 (original paper version published in 1993) and was written by Phillip McCutchan (https://www.historicnavalfiction.com/authors-a-z/other-authors/philip-mccutchan). Mr. McCutchan wrote 45 novels about the Navy. This is the last of the 14 novels in his “Donald Cameron RNVR” series.

I received a galley of this novel for review through https://www.netgalley.com. I categorize this novel as ‘PG’ because it contains scenes of Violence. This novel is set aboard a small aircraft carrier, the Charger, crossing the North Atlantic to America during World War II. Cameron and his crew are mere passengers on the ship as they have orders to crew a destroyer currently finishing refit in the US. The Charger is without an air wing and has a minimal crew as the ship is headed for refit herself.

The Charger and her small fleet of escorts encounter a severe storm that threatens to sink them all. The carrier’s captain is showing signs of mental breakdown, making questionable decisions. Severely damaged after the storm, but unable to radio for help, the ships must continue to struggle towards the west. Once the weather clears they become a target for German aircraft and submarines. Cameron is forced to become more than a passenger if he and the crew are to survive.

I enjoyed this relatively short read of 5 hours for this 156 page novel. As with other novels in this series, a good deal of the story describes the stress and strain that various crew members are going through. I give this novel a 4 out of 5.

My book reviews are also published on Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/31181778-john-purvis).

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