1991 military fiction; second in the Carrier series. A complex plot
sees Burmese, Thai and Chinese renegades orchestrating a breakup of
SEATO for purposes unclear at first. Carrier Battle Group 14 is going
to get caught in the middle.
1991 military fiction; first in the Carrier series. An American
intelligence ship and her crew vanish on the high seas; the North
Koreans admit nothing. Carrier Battle Group 14 is sent in to get them
1996 alternate-world military fiction; seventh in the Carrier series.
"Tombstone" Magruder is still CAG aboard USS Thomas Jefferson, which
is sent to the Black Sea for peacekeeping operations in the context of
the ongoing Russian civil war.
The Soviet ballistic missile submarine K-219 suffered an accident in
the Atlantic, and later sank, in October 1986.
The D-21 was a supersonic reconnaissance drone used briefly in the
1960s and 1970s.
In 1982 Argentina invaded the Falkland Islands; a Royal Navy task
group was sent to take them back. This is the memoir of the task
The invasion of Europe, seen entirely from the Soviet point of view.
HMAS Melbourne was the Royal Australian Navy's last aircraft carrier
The USSR launches a limited nuclear strike against the USA. Things get
Some time in the 1980s, the USSR invades Europe.
Some time in the 1980s, a terrorist attack on oil infrastructure leads
the USSR to invade Europe.
The YF-23 was a prototype that competed against the Lockheed YF-22 to
become the USAF's Advanced Tactical Fighter in the 1990s; the Lockheed
The Yak-38 (NATO reporting name "Forger") was the Soviet carrier-borne
fixed-wing aircraft of the Cold War.
was a prototype V/STOL aircraft built for the US Army.
The YB-35 and
YB-49 were flying-wing
bomber prototypes built during and in the wake of the Second World
was to be a flying-boat strategic bomber for the U.S. Navy.
Yeah, I pretty much have to do this one, don't I? The
was to be a Mach 3 high-altitude nuclear bomber.
was a carrier-borne supersonic bomber.
Third in the Carrier series. "Tombstone" Magruder is a naval aviator
aboard a Nimitz-class carrier, as the USA gets involved in a major
conflict with India.
The TSR-2 was to be a
highly capable low-and-fast bomber and reconnaissance aircraft. It was
famously cancelled in 1965.
Not the ancestor of what would become the SR-71, this A-12 was to be
the US Navy's very own stealth bomber.
One of the desiderata of an air defence system is to put defending
fighters close to the high-value targets. That way they don't get
decoyed away by diversionary attacks, giving the enemy bombers a clear
run, because they're dedicated to protecting a specific target; nor do
they need massive endurance (adding to weight), if they don't need to
make long-distance flights.
For convenience, wargamers tend to split history into periods with
broadly similar weapons and tactics.
The Cutlass was a high-subsonic carrier-borne fighter, flying off
Essex and Midway-class carriers.
After the total nuclear war, the captain of a missile destroyer leads
his crew through the irradiated world and towards a new life.
I am going to talk about plot details, so if you care about not
knowing that sort of thing you probably shouldn't read this review.
One of the great scars on the American military-aviation psyche was
the unescorted bomber. As the men who'd been on the front lines during
the Second World War became the leaders of the Air Force, they tried
to do something about it.
The Hustler was not just
the first aircraft to be named after a pornographic magazine (this is
a lie, it first flew nearly twenty years before that was thought of),
it was the world's first operational supersonic bomber.
The Peacemaker was the
world's first intercontinental bomber, and the largest mass-produced
piston-engined aircraft ever built.