“Ordeal of the Seventh Carrier” eBook was published in 2016 (paper edition was originally published in 1992) and was written by Peter Albano (http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/ea.cgi?129). Mr. Albano published eleven novels with this being the eighth in his “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 an Alternate History set in Japan and the South Pacific of the late 1980s. 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 jets and rockets to be shot down.
The primary character is US Navy Commander Brent Ross. Ross is 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. In this book of the series Ross finds himself under attack, finds a possible love interest, and is part of the Task Force that confronts the Arabs near Iwo Jima.
I enjoyed the 8.5 hours I spent reading this 334 page Fiction Thriller. I have read #6 in the series but missed #7. This novel still reads well enough on its own to enjoy. The story has a fast pace with action constantly popping up. This is clearly an Alternate History Fiction novel. I liked the cover, but I am not sure why there is a jet in the picture since the Chinese orbiting laser system shot all of those down. I give this novel a 4.4 (rounded down to a 4) out of 5.
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