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Review of “Attack of the Seventh Carrier”

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Book Reviews – “Attack of the Seventh Carrier” eBook was published in 2017 (original paper edition was published in 1989) and was written by Peter Albano. This is the fifth book in his “Seventh Carrier” series.

I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence. The story is set in the late 1980’s. The World War II era Japanese aircraft carrier Yonaga lay frozen in the ice for over 40 years. Finally they broke free, attacked Perl Harbor per their original mission then returned to Tokyo only to find that the war was over with Japan having surrendered.

Soon, though the Yonaga and her crew have a new war to fight. This time with terrorists led by Muammar Gaddafi. But the Yonaga does not fight alone. Now they are allied with Israel. The US and other countries are assisting and providing some personnel. Due to the failure of a Chinese weapon platform launched into orbit, satellites, jets and rockets of all nations are being shot down.

Now though over 40 years old, the Yonaga is the most potent military weapon on the planet and the only thing that stands in the way of the terrorists. The primary character is US Navy Lieutenant Brent Ross. Initially assigned to the Yonaga to represent US Naval Intelligence, he has become an integral part of the crew. His mission in this book is to be part of the joint American/Japanese crew of a World War II era US submarine that is being added to the Yonaga’s task force.

I spent 10 hours reading this 297 page Alternative History novel. I have read several of the books in this series and have enjoyed each of them. I haven’t always read them in the correct order and in the case of this novel, it reads pretty well on its own. I give this novel a 4 out of 5.

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Review of “Steam and Sensibility”

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Book Reviews – “Steam and Sensibility” eBook was published in 2016 and was written by Kirsten Weiss (http://www.kirstenweiss.com). Ms. Weiss has published 20 novels.

I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘PG’ because it contains scenes of Violence. The story is set in the mid 1800’s just as gold was discovered in California. The primary character of the story is young Miss Sensibiliy Grey.

After the death of her inventor father, Gray travels to the primitive port of San Francisco to be with her uncle. Little known to her, she has secrets of her fathers inventions that others are willing to kill to obtain. She must both avoid those obviously out to take her and her secrets, as well as sort out who amongst her newly made friends she can really trust. She also finds that she learned far more from her father than her previous ‘tinkering’ led her to believe.

This was an enjoyable, quick 3.5 hour read of this 234 page Steam Punk tale. This isn’t the best Steam Punk novel I have read, but it wasn’t bad. It really just touches the surface of what could draw into a true Alternate History based upon the ‘discoveries’ Ms Gray has found. As expected, there is a touch of romance in the story. The cover art is a good selection. I give this novel a 3.5 (rounded up to a 4) out of 5.

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Short Western Film “The Good-Time Girls”

Short Film – Well, this is a different film for me to promote – a Western. While out of my normal media genre, I thought it was a very well done film. This short (15:25) film was written and directed by a woman, Courtney Hoffman, and features women, Laura Dern, Garret Hedlund, and Alia Shawkat, in the lead roles. The film was produced by Refinery29 and is part of an effort to bring more women into film making.

This film was published in early August 2017 on Vimeo. The story tends towards the ‘R’ rating due to Violence and Mature Situations, but it was enjoyable. As so often with a Western, the core of the plot is revenge – in this case revenge by the ‘good-time girls’ on a gang that wrecked their lives. From the Vimeo page:

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Review of “The Judas Battalion”

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Book ReviewsWWII – “The Judas Battalion” eBook was published in 2017 (original paper edition published in 1983) and was written by Peter MacAlan. Mr. MacAlan published seven novels.

I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence and Mature Language. The story is set during 1944. The primary character is Charlie Collins, a British soldier.

The Germans have formed an SS unit, the Britisches Freikorps, made up of British POWs. The Germans plan to use the unit to build tension between the British and the Russians. To highlight their existence, Hitler plans to use the unit as a special honor guard at his birthday celebration.

The British see this as an opportunity to kill Hitler and shorten the war. They find Collins in jail doing time for mutiny. He is only 4 months into a twelve year sentence and he has a bleak outlook for the future. He is approached with a wild plan to get him into Germany and into the British SS unit.

Collins takes the assignment even though it sounds like a suicide mission. He is completely on his own and goes though one misadventure after another in his attempt to reach Germany and find his way into the SS unit. Along the way the meets and falls in love with a German woman who is part of the growing resistance within Germany.

Will Collins be able to carry out his assignation mission? Will he be able to escape Germany and take the woman he has fallen in love with to safety?

I enjoyed the 7 hours I spent reading this 303 page World War II Fiction novel. Even though it was published more than 30 years ago, it still reads well. The characters were interesting and they plot had a few twists along the way. The cover art is OK. I give this novel a 4 out of 5.

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Book Review of “The Second Voyage of the Seventh Carrier”

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Book Reviews – “The Second Voyage of the Seventh Carrier” eBook was published in 2016 (original paper edition published in 1986) and was written by Peter Albano. Mr. Albano published 14 novels with this being the second in his “Seventh Carrier” series.

I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence and Mature Situations. The story is set in the 1980s with the primary character being Ensign Brad Ross.

The Japanese aircraft carrier Yonaga, the seventh carrier intended for the fleet that attacked Perl Harbor in 1941, has been trapped in ice since just before the Japanese fleet sailed for the attack on Perl.

Now free of the ice, it first carried out its mission and attacked Perl Harbor. Returning to Tokyo, it fires on a Libyan aircraft that approached the carrier. The Chinese launch a satellite system that fails almost immediately and begins to shoot down all jets and rockets around the world. Kadafi sets his target on Israel and the Yonaga.

The Yonaga is tasked with sailing to the Mediterranean to rescue Japanese hostages and provide some much needed relief for Israel. Ross and a few other Americans are invited to stay on board the Yonaga to assist with their mission. The US and Russia are holding each other at bay, preventing much in the way of overt action.

That is a very short summary. There is a lot more background information that sets the stage for the series. Basically military tech is set back to WWII era weapons for the most part. The US and Russia prevent one another from taking an active role. This leaves the Yonaga with its nearly full complement of WWII aircraft as the most powerful warship in the world.

I thoroughly enjoyed the 9.5 hours I spent reading this Alternate History. There are 11 novels in this series and I have read about half of them now, though not all in the correct order. This novel, while the second in the series, reads pretty well as a stand-alone novel. I liked the characters that Albano created. The cover art is a little odd in that it is not a carrier. Perhaps, though, it refers to a cruiser that is a part of the story. I give this novel a 4 out of 5.

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Book Review of “War Shadows”

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Book Review – “War Shadows” eBook was published in 2017 and was written by Jeffrey Wilson and Brian Andrews (http://www.andrews-wilson.com). Together they have published four novels. In addition Mr. Wilson has published one novel on his own, and Mr. Andrews two. This is the second novel in their “Tier One” series.

I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence and Mature Language. The novel is set in our contemporary world. The primary character is John Dempsey, who in his former life was a US Navy SEAL.

Dempsey, in his new life, is now a Tier One operator. Part of a very clandestine organization intended to do what it takes to keep America safe. He, and his team, are involved in stopping terrorists that are trying to infiltrate the US and then cause a distributed, but coordinated attack.

Dempsey and his team are on their trail, but always seem to be one step behind. It becomes a race to see if they will be able to stop the terrorists before they can carry out their plan to kill and wound as many as possible.

I enjoyed the just shy of 9 hours I spent reading this 400 page Thriller. I liked the plot and the characters. While I have read the prior book in the series, this one reads well on its own. The cover art is OK as it depicts part of the pursuit in tunnels. I give this novel a 4 out of 5.

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Book Review of “Trojan”

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Book Reviews – “Trojan” eBook was published in 2017 and was written by Alan McDermott. He has published ten novels. This is the first in his new “Andrew Harvey” series.

I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence. The story is set in contemporary Europe, mostly in England. The primary character is MI5 agent Andrew Harvey.

MI5 hears of the threat of attack by terrorists using a powerful nerve gas. Harvey and his fellow agents must find out who is going to carry out the attack. They must sift through many leads to track down those who are involved in the pending attack.

While there is some action, this is mostly a story of intrigue and misdirection. I enjoyed the 4.5 hours I spent reading this 302 page thriller. I liked the characters in the novel as well as the plot. The plot in this novel was not as predictable as many of this genre that I have read. The cover art is OK. I give this novel a 4.4 (rounded down to a 4) out of 5.

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Book Review of “Ring of Fire”

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Book Reviews – “Ring of Fire” eBook was published in 2017 and was written by Brad Taylor (http://bradtaylorbooks.com). Mr. Taylor has published 17 novels thus far with this being the 11th in his “Brad Pike” series.

I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence. The story is set in contemporary times. The primary character is former Special Operations operative Pike Logan.

Years earlier a failing business man makes bribe to win a lucrative aerospace contract. Now this is about to come back to destroy him and his business when he hears that inside information is about to be leaked that might disclose his illegal activities. His fear is heightened as he finds that his company is tied to terrorist activities because of the bribe.

Logan and his partner Jennifer Cahill are dispatched by the Taskforce to investigate this pending leak. The Taskforce fears that they may be outed by the revelations. Terrorists begin a series of attacks on the US, their “ring of fire” intending to hit ports around the US in an effort to impact US shipping. These terrorists are those tied to the business man through the bribe.

This begins a mad dash by Logan and Cahill to discover the terrorist’s plans and stop them any way they can.

I enjoyed the 11 hours I spent reading this 443 page Thriller. I have read other “Pike Logan” novels and liked them as well. The thriller is full of action and daring do by the heroes, Logan and Cahill. The plot was interesting, but did not contain any real surprises. The cover art is OK, but doesn’t really relate to anything in particular. I give this novel a 4 out of 5.

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Book Review of “A Blind Goddess”

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Book ReviewsWWII – “A Blind Goddess” eBook was published in 2014 and was written by James R. Benn. Mr. Benn has published 10 novels all in the “Billy Boyle WWII Mystery” series, with this being the 8th in the series.

I purchased this novel and read it on my Nook reader. I categorize this novel as ‘PG’ because it contains scenes of Violence. The story is set in World War II England. The primary character is Captain Billy Boyle, a former Boston Detective. Now Boyle is on General Eisenhower’s staff, handling investigations and special projects that need careful processing.

Boyle is sent to investigate the death of British citizen found outside a small hotel. He is involved, ostensibly, because a US Army Sergeant is romantically involved with the daughter of the owners. Boyle finds though that there is much that has not been revealed to him about the situation.

Boyle also had a side investigation of his own when a former friend from Boston comes to him. One of his crew members has been arrested for a murder he says he didn’t commit. This is complicated because the friend is serving in an all black unit and there are racial issues to be considered. Then Boyle is drawn into the search for a local girl who has disappeared.

Are these three separate crimes or are they somehow connected?

I thoroughly enjoyed the 8+ hours I spent reading this 336 page Mystery set in World War II. While this one had little to actually connect it to the War other than the time period, the US military presence in England is a major factor in the story. I liked the plot and how Benn has woven into his story many facts from the period. The cover art is OK as it relates to one part of the story. I give this novel a 5 out of 5.

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Book Review of “Cry Spy”

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Book Reviews – “Cry Spy” eBook was published in 2016 (original paper edition was published in 1990) and was written by William Hood. Mr. Hood published five books, all in the espionage/spy genre.

I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘PG’ because it contains some scenes of Violence. The story is set duing the height of the cold war. The main character is retired American spy Alan Trosper.

The death of Trosper’s friend, Peter Gandy, starts Trosper on the path of finding out who killed him and why. Gandy was a retired spy who was poisoned using methods attributed to Russia.

Trosper follows one clue after another until he finally finds a connection to who he thinks was behind the assassination. This is a story of tactics and well thought out strategies, no high tech toys. This is a story of people and takes a more realistic look at the world of espionage and counter intelligence that is usually seen.

I enjoyed the 8 hours I spent reading this 303 page Mystery/Spy Thriller. It is more of an ‘old-school’ spy tale. It doesn’t have a lot of excitement, but it is a very engaging novel. I thought that the plot was well thought out and did not have many predictable twists. While it was written over 25 years ago, it still reads well. The cover art is OK. I give this novel a 4.2 (rounded down to a 4) out of 5.

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