CAMERON'S TROOP LIFT by Philip McCutchan

CAMERON'S TROOP LIFT

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KIRKUS REVIEW

McCutchan's WW II naval series (Cameron's Chase, Orders for Cameron) continues as Lieutenant-Commander Donald Cameron moves to eastern waters and takes on the Japanese navy. Cameron continues to wear well. Now aboard H.M.S. Caithness, a destroyer operating in the Japanese-infested Bay of Bengal, he faces his first hurricane. It's a terrific test of man and ship. Cameron, of course, comes through with colors flying, but the ship takes some licks, and the violent storm shows Cameron that he's got a real problem on his hands. His First Lieutenant, an academy type, is a coward whose panic in the face of the storm leads to the deaths of two good men. Before Cameron can figure out how to balance the needs of shipboard discipline and orderly command against the demands of justice, the Caithness rescues a shipwrecked Japanese sailor carrying British documents. What's up? Cameron correctly deduces the nearby presence of a Japanese convoy consisting of a prisoner ship and its escorts. So Cameron and the Caithness steam off to engage the enemy. The odds are long, but, except for a few rotten eggs, Cameron has a right good crew. Guns blaze, ships sink, and British prisoners are pulled from the water by the hundreds. But the Japanese have the numbers and the Caithness is down to three torpedoes. It does not look good for the Royal Navy. . . Rousing stuff. Armchair sailors always sail safely under the rock-solid Donald Cameron.

Pub Date: Oct. 19th, 1987
Publisher: St Martin's