As covered in the Spring newsletter, here are two top notch works to consider adding to your summer reading list
Carlson by Dave Spear
check out shipmate Dave Spear’s action novel. This gripping tale builds suspense by following several threads of international intrigue that all end up running through the decks of the USS Carlson- a “fictional” Belknap Class guided missile cruiser home ported out of San Diego during the Vietnam war.
Those who served aboard Sterett 31 or USS Wainwright (DLG/CG28) will undoubtedly recognize from this story’s accurate technical detail that the author certainly knows of what he writes (and them some!). As many know, Dave served as a CPO on both of these sister ships during his Navy career.
Here’s More About Carlson
Neptune’s Inferno by James D. Hornfischer
This is the recently published work of James Hornfischer, author ofThe Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors andShip of Ghosts.It’s aNew York Times best seller that covers the US Navy’s role in the fierce fighting for Guadalcanal in these early battles of WWII in the Pacific in which USS Sterett DD-407 had a key role.
Discussion of this book is the cover story for the 2011 Spring Quarter issue of THE TIN CAN SAILOR newsletter published by the Tin Can Sailors (association). The story leads with a photo of DD-407 and has a special sidebar devoted to coverage of the Sterett under fire, along with many excerpts from the book.
Review of Neptune’s Inferno