“Trial of the Seventh Carrier” eBook was published in 2016 (the original print version was published in 1990). and was written by Peter Albano. Mr. Albano published 11 novels, this is his sixth in the “Seventh Carrier” series.
I received a galley of this novel for review through https://www.netgalley.com. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence, Mature Language and Mature Situations. The story is set in the late 1980s in a Alternate History. Islamic terrorists have taken control of much of the western Pacific. Japan and Israel stand alone against them while Russia and the US are in a stalemate, but holding weapons technology to the level seen towards the end of World War II. Orbiting Chinese weapons platforms have failed in a way that causes all modern jet and rockets to be shot down.
The primary character is US Navy Lieutenant Brent Ross. Ross is in many places and fills many rolls. Executive officer on the only submarine the Japanese have, a Naval Intelligence officer assigned to the World War II era aircraft carrier Yonaga (the Yonaga was held frozen literally for 40 years and only freed themselves in the mid 80s. Primarily it is crewed by Japanese, but American, British, Israeli, and other personnel are also aboard to fight the Arabs), and finally as the gunner on a Japanese dive bomber. Without spoiling the story, I can only say that Ross and his colleagues find themselves in one dire situation after another.
I did find the 9.5 hours I spent reading this 321 page novel interesting. I like alternative history and World War II novels, so this book appealed to me. Unfortunately I had not read the first 5 books in the series, so I was not aware of all of the backstory. It did serve reasonably well as a stand-alone read though. The concept was very interesting. Both sides of the conflict were using a variety of weapons, all World War II relics – Japanese Zeros, B5N ‘Kate’ torpedo bombers & Aichi D3A dive Bombers, British Spitfires, and US Hellcats against US AT-6s & DC-6s and German ME109s and Stukas.
The story has a fast pace with action constantly popping up. This is clearly an Alternate History Fiction novel. The plot seems a little far fetched, but then I haven’t read the previous five novels so things may be well explained. The cover for the eBook edition is OK, but I prefer the cover for the original print version. I give this novel a 4.4 (rounded down to a 4) out of 5. I would certainly go back and read the prior as well as the following novels in this series.
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