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« Reply #570 on: January 11, 2019, 07:09:16 pm »
Wilbur Smith, Those in Peril, 2011

United States

USS Reno (CG-?? or CGN-??)'
'Cruiser', class not specified
No other details provided
Note: Referenced in a characters backstory. Name was used during WWII for a Atlanta Class Light Cruiser (CL-96) that was scrapped in 1946. The same character is described as having retired from the US navy 10 months prior to the events of the novel and had been the commander of a 'battle cruiser' prior to retirement.

USS Manila Bay (DD-??? or DDG-???)
'Destroyer', class not specified
No other details provided.

Non-State

MV Golden Goose
Armed Merchant Ship
Converted Liquid Natural Gas Tanker
Owned/Operated by the Bannock Oil Corporation.
Armament: 2 x Mk 44 Bushmaster IV (40mm) guns in concealed mountings built into the superstructure arranged to provide as wide a field of fire as possible.
Note: Cargo Tank No. 1 (Closest to the superstructure) has been converted into accommodation for 150 men, also carried are 3 x AAV-P7/A1 (Ex-South Korean Army) and enough small arms to equip everyone aboard. The ship's helipad is large enough to handle either a MIL-26 or a Sikorsky CH-53E.

Plot summary: As the Sicilians say, revenge is a dish best served in cold blood. But what will prove colder, the hearts of those seeking it,  or the sea itself...

Note: There is no dating information provided, so the 'Day after Tomorrow' rule applies.

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« Reply #571 on: January 12, 2019, 12:48:30 am »
David Alexander, Smart Bomb, 1993

United States

USS Okeanos (SSBN-???)
Wichita Class Submarine
Length: 980ft
Displacement: 10,000 tons (surfaced)
Propulsion: Hydrojets
Armament: (As operated by the USN) Gorgon Ballistic Missiles (Can be fitted with either Nuclear or Conventional (MAneuverable Reentry Vehicle (MARV)) warheads), Torpedo Tubes (Size and number not specified, contain 'Mark 10' torpedoes.). As operated by 'Force Three' (A criminal syndicate.) 14 Skybolt (Stealth) Cruise Missiles replace the Gorgon Missiles.
The manta shaped hull is constructed from high tensile plastics covered by a polycarbonate paint to enhance underwater stealth.
Has no conning tower. All sensors are built directly into the hull. Sensory data is processed into a single picture by a (Non-AI) supercomputer system called 'Rigel'.
Note: Stated to be the only member in the class, presumably the others are under construction. Uses a Blue/Gold crew rotation system.

Other weapons:

Marine Anti-Naval Technology Armament (MANTA)
Discus shaped underwater robot
Constructed of low radar cross section composites
Speed: 20kt
Power: Solar rechargable batteries of an unspecified type.
Fitted with eight legs to allow it to crawl along/hide under the seafloor if needed.
Can home in on a target using pre-programmed sonar signatures and attach itself to the hull using a form of fast-setting superglue.
Contains a powerful explosive warhead.
Apparently a US weapons system. The hero makes use of one in the course of the novel.

Skybolt
Cruise Missiles
Booster rockets for launch. Main propulsion system is a ramjet. Speed: "...nearly Mach Two..."
The stealth system aside from the usual passive techniques also makes use of a LED? 'smartskin'  to cause the missle to blend into whatever background it is in front of (Think of the effect used in the first 'Predator' movie which came out in 1987.).
Nuclear warhead.
Created by the 'Force Three' criminal syndicate front Omnivore Corporation.

And for the aircraft mavens...

F-25 'Death Ray'
Described as "...transonic...advanced tactical fighters..." with a "...low-observable wedge-shape..."
Engines are described as scramjets.
No other details.

Plot summary: The year is 2032, a criminal organization has hijacked a nuclear submarine and made the usual 'give us what we want', in this case a small country, 'or we launch' demand. Only one man can stop them, Quinn (Codename: Nomad)...

Note: This 'James Bond crossed with Cyberpunk' tale was first published in 1992 and subsequently the author has regained the rights and made the entire four books of the series (Of which this is the third novel.) available for free in PDF form via his website.
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« Reply #572 on: January 13, 2019, 06:36:56 pm »
David Alexander, Desert Fire, 1993.

United States (1990s)

Unnamed
Stealth Warship
SWATH Hull
Propulsion and Armament: No specifics beyond the following statement which indicates that the "...propulsion system borrowed quieting technology from Trident submarines while rocket launchers, deck guns and other weaponry were all kept hidden behind retractable panels prior to combat deployment." (Note: When the author mentions 'Trident submarines' he probably meant the Ohio Class SSBNs. Ships propulsion system is probably conventional.)
Described as having the radar cross section of "...a raft of seaweed..."
Fitted with a flight deck described as follows "...ringed the central core of the advanced designed vessel which contained living quarters, command and control stations and the crafts propulsion systems. Sections of the deck could be raised to handle helos, tilt-rotor craft or VSTOL aircraft such as the Hawker Harrier." (Note: When the author mentions 'tilt-rotor craft' he probably meant the V-22 Osprey.)
Note: This appears to be an enlarged version of Sea Shadow (IX-529). Exactly how many aircraft the ship can handle is not specified nor is the ships exact compliment. In the novel it deploys a single SH-60 Seahawk to carry a special agent into Iraq.

Plot summary: The year is 2035, a madman escaping justice has used an experimental time machine to escape into the past. The agent pursuing him is sent to the same era with instructions to keep the disruptions to the time-line to a minimum.

Note: The 'past' portions of the novel take place during Bush the Elder's War (Persian Gulf, 1990 - 1991). The novel itself is the last in a four book 'James Bond meets cyberpunk ' series that appears like Kenneth Bulmer's 'Sea Wolf' series to have been terminated prematurely as it does not resolve plot threads from the previous novel and the villains last crazed words are decidedly ominous.
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« Reply #573 on: January 17, 2019, 02:53:27 am »
Desmond Bagley, The Spoilers, 1969

Non State

Fuad Syndicate

Stella del Mare
Motor Yacht
Weight: 200tons
Speed: 14knots
Armament: 1 x 40mm Bofors Gun (Stern), 3 x MGs (1 Bow, 1 Port, 1 Starboard). All improvised mounts, the aft mount is concealed.
No other details provided.

Orestes
Armed Merchant Ship
Coaster
Weight: 3000tons
Speed: 8knots (Max)
2 x 21 inch TT (Underwater), Small arms.
No other details provided.

Fictional Weapon

Mark XI Torpedo (Modified) (Note: The original weapon is the British Mark XI Torpedo, a British copy of the German G7e-T2, not the American Mark 11.)
Details as to dimensions are unchanged.
The original lead-acid batteries have been replaced with high-performance mercury batteries and modified electrical circuitry giving a range of 18miles (29km) over the original 3.1miles (5km) at the same speed (28 knots). The person modifying the four torpedoes states that when he is finished with them they will be "...the best torpedo that ever took water."
The original 710lbs (322kg) TNT warhead has been replaced with one containing 180lbs (81kg) of TNT and 500lbs (227kg) of heroin with an impact detonator. Described by one character as being other than a thermonuclear bomb, "...the most expensive bang in history."
Note: As far as the Fuad Syndicate is concerned the warheads are packed with 551lbs (250kg) of heroin and some ballast to keep the center of gravity correct.

Plot summary (Spoiler): After losing his daughter to heroin addiction a British film magnate (& self-made millionaire) decides to 'do something' about the heroin trade. What his 'synthetic James Bond' and fellow mercenaries find is a complicated arms-for-drugs deal born out of Middle Eastern politics. If they're not careful they may do more than take down a drugs syndicate...

Note: There is no specific dating information, but clues in the story suggest it takes place somewhere between the year it came out and the next year (eg 1969-70). The novel is an early example of the 'get tough on drug smugglers' genre which became much more prominent in the late 80s/early 90s when a series of novels, including  'Clear and Present Danger' (1989), 'Hammerheads' (1990) and 'Sea Wolf' (1991), which I have covered previously came out suggesting that the armed forces should be used against drug cartels. Another, later entry in this genre I have covered is Larry Jerram-Croft's 2012 novel 'Cocaine'.
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« Reply #574 on: January 20, 2019, 12:51:33 am »
David Graham, Side-Wall, 1983

United Kingdom

HMS Londonderry
'Harrier-Carrier' (Invincible Class?)
No other details provided, if Invincible Class then details are as per the real ships.
Note: Name does not fit class.

HMS Thatcher
Titan Class Submarine Aircraft Carrier
Airgroup includes unspecified helicopters and 'Super-C' Harriers (Super Sea Harriers?), these aircraft are armed with Moccasin IR guided Air-to-Air missiles.
No other details provided.

United States

USS Sherman (CGN-???)
Semi-submergible 'Cruiser', class not specified
14,000 tons
Crew: 240 (200 Ratings, 40 Officers)
Nuclear powered, twin-reactor powerplant, speed: 60kts (Not specified if this is the maximum speed.)
Armament/electronics are described as follows: "...a wide range of radar, infra-red Doppler, surface-to-surface and surface-to-air missiles, conventional and nuclear. Secondary banks of anti-missile missiles guarded her flanks."
Defence is handled by the Computerized Anti-missile Negation and Destruct Intercept (CANDI) system (The crew refers to the system as 'Candy'.) which is capable of handling 16 incoming targets.
Missile armament: 10 x Arcturus ICBMs (Nuclear, MIRV Warhead), Unspecified number of Seacruise Missiles, described as "...low-flying supersonic Cruise missiles with built-in radar capable of seeking out any surface ship within 1000 kilometers, delivering a conventional or nuclear punch...", reference is made in the novel these missiles also making use of satellite guidance. Has a nose camera for terminal guidance. In addition there are other unspecified missile systems.
Submergence depth is 164ft (50m) at which point only the 'fighting bridge' remains above water. When submerged stated to be able to withstand anything short of a nuclear detonation going off within 328.1ft (100m).
Stated to be first ship in the unnamed class.

USS Robert F. Kennedy
Warship of unspecified class
No other details provided.

USS Bluefin
Submarine Aircraft Carrier
Carries unspecified VTOL Aircraft.
No other details provided.

United German Republic

U-906
Dresden Class U-Boat (SSN)
No other details provided.

Russia

Unnamed
Copy of the RMH Albatross intended for military use.
Armament includes 'Shark' Cruise Missiles whose attack profile is described as follows "...fired underwater, take off and fly at zero feet to the target, dive to ten feet and wind up to high speed with rockets on the final approach."
Note: It would appear the author was not aware of the Caspian Sea Monster.

Non-Warship

United Kingdom

RMH Albatross
High Speed Passenger Vessel
Surface Effect Ship
Length: 200m (656ft)
Weight: 600 tons
Nuclear powered.
Speed: 300 knots
Crew:  Unspecified
Passengers: 2000
Note: On the maiden voyage the ship will be used to test an anti-radar system code-named RAZOR in conjunction with the Royal Navy, with the test taking place on the return trip. Exactly what the acronym stands for is not explained. The system is derived from American stealth research and makes use of a hull embedded antenna system to analyze incoming radar signals and then re-transmit a nullifying counter-pattern. The company building it British Hovermarine, sees it as a chance to revitalize the British economy.

Non-Ship (But interesting...)

'Telebird'
Drones with a two meter wingspan.
Minijet engines
Fitted with a 3-D camera in the belly.
Carried aboard US warships.
No other details provided.

Schmeisser 0.22
Sub-machine gun (Note: This is not an assault rifle, the author uses the term 'burp gun' when describing them.)
1000 round powered rotary magazine
Rate of fire not specified, but a victim's upper body is described as being "...unrecognizable..." after a burst is fired, so it's probably quite high.
Note: Exactly what type of round is being fired from these is not specified, I would assume 5.56x45mm rather than 0.22lr.

Plot summary: The year is 1993. With the world still reeling from the Soviet seizure of the Persian Gulf in the late 1980s and Britain under the yoke of the British Labor Party (Whose 'Shared Employment Act' requires all positions to be held by at least two people...), one British firm is working on a revolutionary form of ship that will allow oceanic travel to compete again with the airlines, something the worlds remaining airlines (United American Airlines, Alledeutshelufhansa, etc) will do anything to stop, anything...

Note: This is one of the wilder 'Future of the Past' novels I've read, a few examples will suffice, in the United States, the CIA, NSA & FBI were all shut down in the late '80s due to the concerns of the public only to be revived as 'Unistate' (E.g. All three combined into one Agency...) by Bush the Elder. Margaret Thatcher won the Falklands war in 1982, cut a deal with the IRA in 1983 and was then killed by gunmen working for Ian Paisley resulting in the Labor Party returning to power. Citizens of the the EEC have no access to public healthcare if they drink or smoke and of course German Re-unification on lines that are implied to be very different to what actually occurred... And of course like so many authors of this era this one also misses the collapse of the Soviet Union in the late 1980s.

Other novels exhibiting this 'future of the past' quality I've covered are 'Thirty-Four East' (1974), 'The Hastings Conspiracy' (1980) (Both by Alfred Coppel), 'North Star Crusade' (1976) (William Katz), 'The Phoenix Odyssey' (1986) (Richard P. Henrick) and 'End Game', 2011 (Matthew Glass), along with what is probably the most well known 'alternative history' sequence, 'Raise the Titanic' (1976), 'Vixen 03' (1978), 'Night Probe' (1981) & 'Deep Six' (1984) (All by Clive Cussler) which are set in an alternative 1980s (The novels are set between 1987 ('Raise the Titanic') & 1989 ('Deep Six').) with many differences from what actually happened, most notably Canada being absorbed by the United States (Something Cussler quietly dropped in later novels.).

The rather fine cover is by Geoff Hunt, for a further view into the world the author created I've attached a scan of the back cover as well.
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« Reply #575 on: January 21, 2019, 02:21:12 am »
Robert A. Liston, The Seraphim Code, 1988

United States

USS Evansville
Warship, class unspecified
No other details provided.
Note: Appears in a characters backstory. The name clashes with USS Evansville (PF-70), a Tacoma Class Frigate scrapped in 1953. As this ship was extant "...four years ago..." (e.g. 1979) this has to be a different ship.

USS Admiral Halsey (CVN-???)
Nimitz Class Carrier(?)
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Class is not specified in the book, but a character describes her as "...one of the newest...", which most likely means the ship is a member of the Nimitz Class. At the time the story is set the name would have clashed with the Leahey Class Cruiser USS Halsey (CG-23). Airgroup includes navalized F-16 fighters (Simply referred to as 'F-16s' in the book.).

Russia

Comrade Molotov
Typhoon Class Submarine (?)
Details as per the real ships.
Electronics fitted include a Extremely Low Frequency receiver (Disabled for the purposes of the laser communications system trial.) and a prototype laser communications system
Note: The cover of the Tor Books edition depicts a Typhoon Class Submarine. A Russian character states that the submarine is "...one of the newest and finest in the fleet..." strengthening the likelihood the submarine is a member of the Typhoon Class, the first members of which entered service in 1981. The cover of the 2012 eBook edition depicts a WWII German U-Boat firing a ballistic missile.


Plot summary: The year is 1983. Former NSA agent David Sloan was retired from the spy game. But, with a dead KGB agent on his front doorstep, he's going to have to get back in the game fast or risk ending up behind bars, or dead...

Note: This is actually the second of two books featuring this character.  Originally published by Tor Books, the novel was re-issued by the author in eBook form in 2012. Covers for both editions have been attached, the second, as noted previously is a classic example of the kinds of mistakes made with CGI covers. The cover of the 1988 Tor books edition features a tag line "Run Silent, Run Deep, Run..." clearly inspired by the title of Edward L. Beach's 1955 WWII novel 'Run Silent, Run Deep'.
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« Reply #576 on: January 22, 2019, 03:54:49 am »
Damon Knight, CV, 1985

United States

USS Bluefields
'Helicopter Carrier', class not specified.
No other details provided.

Plot summary: The year is 1998. The prototype sea habitat Sea Venture capable of carrying 3000 people, 2000 of them permanent residents has just set sail on it's maiden voyage, as it crosses the Pacific Ocean, a strange disease of unknown origin strikes.

Note (Spoiler): Damon Knight (1922 - 2002) was a science fiction author most well known for the short story 'To Serve Man'. This novel was the first in a trilogy dealing with the arrival of an alien life-form which has curious effects on the human psyche. Dating the story was almost impossible, as there are no specifics, save one scene in which a character discusses a traumatic event in 1973 and states it took place 25 years previous to the time of the story.

This is another 'Future of the Past' story, but the back history is only quickly sketched in, with references to riots in London in the late 80s and the destruction of Tel Aviv (by nuclear weapon?) at some point before the story begins. Like many authors Knight makes no reference to the internet, which started to become prominent in the real world around the time the story is set.

Other novels exhibiting this 'future of the past' quality I've covered are 'Thirty-Four East' (1974), 'The Hastings Conspiracy' (1980) (Both by Alfred Coppel), 'North Star Crusade' (1976) (William Katz), 'Side-Wall' (1982) (Geoff Hunt),  'The Phoenix Odyssey' (1986) (Richard P. Henrick) and 'End Game', 2011 (Matthew Glass), along with what is probably the most well known 'alternative history' sequence, 'Raise the Titanic' (1976), 'Vixen 03' (1978), 'Night Probe' (1981) & 'Deep Six' (1984) (All by Clive Cussler) which are set in an alternative 1980s (The novels are set between 1987 ('Raise the Titanic') & 1989 ('Deep Six').) with many differences from what actually happened, most notably Canada being absorbed by the United States (Something Cussler quietly dropped in later novels.).
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« Reply #577 on: January 23, 2019, 10:22:34 pm »
Another item of 'self-published on Amazon' sci-fi/horror...

Carl Rackman, Incendiary, 2018

United States

USS Jimmy Carter (SSN-23)
Seawolf Class Submarine
Real ship, details as in service.

United Kingdom

HMS Trenchant (S91)
Trafalgar Class Submarine
Real ship, details as in service.

Russia

Kuguar (K-337)
Akula (Pr.971U) Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.
Note: The name and pennant are those of a member of the Akula Class which was converted into the first Borei Class Submarine while under construction. Author explicitly identifies the ship by name and pennant number in the chapter headings.

Plot summary: In 1970, the United States captured something in Cambodia, in 2017, that something escaped captivity...

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« Reply #578 on: January 25, 2019, 05:32:45 am »
Another entry in the irregular 'non-state' series.

David M. Salkin, Crescent Fire, 2007

United States

Various Unnamed warships.

Non-State

Al-Queda

MV Crescent Fire (aka MV Crescent King)
Armed Merchant Ship
Converted Medium-sized Oil Tanker
Details as per the real ships of this type.
Armament consists of 1 x Scud-B Missile with a Sarin warhead mounted below decks in the modified forward cargo tank. The weapon has to be raised above deck level to fire. Also aboard are sufficient AK-47s and other small arms for the entire crew.

Plot summary: It is some time after the 11th of September 2001 and word has reached US intelligence services that the unthinkable has happened, Al-Queda has a nuclear bomb in their possession.

Note: Not a very pleasant read, the US warships are referred to as an amorphous 'US Carrier Group' without any specifics. And as with all novels of this type, there is a lot of high-grade paranoia about Islamic extremists. Other novels of this kind I've covered include, 'SuperHawks: Strike Force Alpha' (2004), 'Saved' (2013) & 'Vanished' (2013).
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« Reply #579 on: January 25, 2019, 06:41:11 am »
Cyn Mobley (Pen Name: C. A. Mobley), Rites of War, 1998

Korea (Democratic Peoples Republic)

'Submarine 12'
Romeo Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships

Denmark

HDMS Troikan
'Corvette', class not specified
No other details provided.

Germany (2002)

Spessart (A1442)
Rhön Class Tanker
Real ship, details as in service

U-504
Type 215 Submarine (Fictional)
Diesel electric, fitted with a snorkel and a small AIP engine.
Crew: 80
Capable of minelaying via the torpedo tubes. Has miniature manipulator arms mounted "...just above the sonar dome..."
Uses a pump-jet propulsor system copied from the British Swiftsure Class Submarine.
Has 8 torpedo tubes. Stated to have bow and stern tubes, but the layout is never specified.

Germany (WWII)

Non-Ship

Seabed laid CAPTOR mine.
The encapsulated torpedo is fitted with a nerve gas warhead containing Tabun, it is designed to penetrate the hull of a ship where a bursting charge fires releasing the nerve gas into the ship.
The mines use a Magnetic trigger.
Armed/disarmed by an acoustic pulse.

United States

USS Lewis B. Puller (FFG-23)
Oliver Hazzard Perry Class Frigate
Real ship, details as in service.
Note: Ship was transferred to Egypt in September 1998. In the novel the ship is still in US service as of 2002.

USS Wasp (LHD-1)
Wasp Class Amphibious Assault Ship
Real ship, details as in service.

USS Ramage (DDG-61)
Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer
Real ship, details as in service.
Note: The author aside from referring to the ship as either an 'Aegis Class' Destroyer or a Burke Class Destroyer at various points in the novel gives this ship the pennant number DDG-82, that of the USS Lassen.

USS Weeks
'Frigate', class not specified (Most likely an Oliver Hazzard Perry Class Frigate)
No other details provided.

United Kingdom

HMS Oberon (S09)
Oberon Class Submarine
Real ship, details as in service
Note: The ship actually decommissioned in 1986 and was scrapped in 1991. In the novel the ship was still operational as of 2002. The author explicitly identifies the ship by name and class.

HMS Audacious
Warship, class not specified
No other details provided.

HMS Battleaxe (F89)
Type 22 (Batch 1) Frigate
Real ship details as in service
Note: This ship was sold to Brazil in 1997. In the novel the ship is still in British service as of 2002. Author gives the ships name only with no details.

HMS Brilliant (F90)
Type 22 (Batch 1) Frigate
Real ship details as in service
Note: This ship was sold to Brazil in 1996. In the novel the ship is still in British service as of 2002. Author gives the ships name only with no details.

HMS Brevard
Warship, class not specified
Armament includes ASROC (Not weapon the British ever used. British warships were fitted with Ikara missiles.)
Fitted with a shrouded propeller and a sound masking system
No other details provided.

HMS Illustrious (R06)
Invincible Class Aircraft Carrier?
Real ship, details as in service.
Note: Author describes the ship pointing it's 'guns' at a surrendered German U-Boat.

HMS Gallant
Warship,  class not specified
No other details provided

HMS Victory
'Cruiser' or 'Frigate', class not specified
No other details provided
Note: Name clashes with HMS Victory, the three-deck ship of the line commissioned in 1778 that is still an active unit of the Royal Navy. Author gives the name only and refers to the ship as either a 'Cruiser' or a 'Frigate' at different points in the story.

Plot summary: It is the year 2002, a reunited Germany has started to flex it's muscles in Europe, to ensure the Americans don't spoil the party, various schemes are put in motion.

Note: This technothriller was first published in 1998 under the name C. A. Mobley, subsequently it was republished as an eBook under the authors real name, the only one of the three books the author published under that name to have been republished. As to the authors real identity, she claims to have been a former naval officer.  However given the sloppiness of the research that appears to have gone into this book I have my doubts.

This novel, like several others I have covered exhibits a 'Future of the Past' quality. This quality at least in technothrillers seems to have been most common in the period between the late 1960s and the early 1990s. The other novels exhibiting this 'future of the past' quality I've covered are 'Thirty-Four East' (1974), 'The Hastings Conspiracy' (1980) (Both by Alfred Coppel), 'North Star Crusade' (1976) (William Katz), 'Side-Wall' (1982) (David Graham), 'CV'  (1985) by Damon Knight, 'The Phoenix Odyssey' (1986) (Richard P. Henrick) and 'End Game', 2011 (Matthew Glass), along with what is probably the most well known 'alternative history' sequence, 'Raise the Titanic' (1976), 'Vixen 03' (1978), 'Night Probe' (1981) & 'Deep Six' (1984) (All by Clive Cussler) which are set in an alternative 1980s (The novels are set between 1987 ('Raise the Titanic') & 1989 ('Deep Six').) with many differences from what actually happened, most notably Canada being absorbed by the United States (Something Cussler quietly dropped in later novels.).
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« Reply #580 on: January 26, 2019, 07:42:11 am »
Dale Brown, Flight of the Old Dog, 1987

United States

USS Lawrence
Spy Ship (Converted Trawler)
Length: 100ft (30.48 m)
Fitted out for ELINT. Intelligence processing is carried out in the former fish processing hold.
No other details provided.
Note: Name clashes with a Charles F. Adams Class Destroyer in service between 1962 and 1994.

Plot summary: The year is 1988, the Soviet Union has just completed testing of the worlds most powerful laser. Paired with a radar of unimaginable power, the threat to world peace is obvious, but how to stop it...

Note: This is where it all starts for Dale Brown, the novel became wildly successful and spawned a long running series that continues to this day. The copy I located is a later reprint to mark the release of the 1992 computer game 'Megafortress', which simulated the aircraft featured in the novel, the B-52I 'Megafortress' (Redesignated the EB-52 in later novels...) and featured not only a scenario based on the novel, but ones set during Bush the Elder's War (Persian Gulf, 1990 - 1991). Two later add-ons followed, the second of which was based on the novel 'Sky Masters' (1991) which I've covered earlier in this thread. There is no specific dating information in the story, which when the story came out it was set the 'Day after Tomorrow'. However when the author wrote a sequel to the novel, 'Night of the Hawk' (1992), the opening chapter of the sequel reveals that the events 'Flight of the Old Dog' take place in 1988.

The basic plot was based off long running fears that the Soviets had perfected ground based directed energy ASAT weapons, which at the end of the 1970s had inspired the novel 'Poseidon's Shadow' (1979) by A. P. Kobryn. Those fears were rather ironically based on misinterpretation of the byproducts of the testing of the RD-0410 nuclear thermal rocket engine as being from the tests of charged particle weapons. There is at least one similar mis-identification in the book, when the author describes the AS-12 (More correctly the AS-10 'Karen'.) missile as being a Soviet copy of the AGM-84 Harpoon.
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« Reply #581 on: January 26, 2019, 08:58:33 pm »
Ian MacKintosh, Warship, 1973

United Kingdom

HMS Hero (F42)
Leander Class Class Frigate
Details as per the real ships.

RFA Wave Gallant
Wave Class Oiler
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Since 2003 a new Wave Class has come into existence. This ship is a member of the earlier class, members of which served between 1944 and 1974.

Plot summary: Following an air crash in the Caribbean sea, a Royal Navy frigate takes the survivors to the nearest island, where there is a hospital with an excellent reputation. On arrival they find themselves at the center of an election campaign rapidly turning violent.

Note: 'Warship' was the name of a popular British naval TV series that ran from 1973 to 1977, this novel is the first of three spin-off stories released while the series was on air. As far as I've been able to tell the story is not based on any of the aired episodes. There is no specific dating information in the novel and so the story most likely takes place either the year the novel came out or a year later.
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Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
« Reply #582 on: January 27, 2019, 10:37:10 pm »
Terence Strong, Deadwater Deep, 1998

United States

USS Manta
Covert Operations Minisub (Program Designation is Secure Clandestine Underwater Basing Apparatus (SCUBA))
4 crew + 16 Special Ops personnel.
Authors description:
"...first impression was of a sort of black underwater flying saucer... ...rather than being perfectly symmetrical, it was a teardrop-shape which tapered towards the stern. ...wide stabilizing 'wings' running the full length of each side of the craft gave it an uncanny resemblance to a manta ray. There was no obvious conning-tower or fin...Just a four-foot smooth hump amidships from which twin masts protruded."
Weight: 60 tonnes
Beam: 45ft (13.72m)
Draught: 19ft (5.8m)
Length: Unspecified.
Propulsion: Water-Jets. Power is supplied by fuel-cells.
Electronics: Sonar, GPS, mast mounted visual/ELINT sensors.
Hull is covered in anechoic tiles.
Armament: Stingray Torpedoes & decoys in two 'Magnum' systems mounted fore and aft. Each system is a rotating magazine (How many weapons/decoys are carried are not specified.), however only two torpedoes/decoys can be fired from either end at a time.
Carries a 15ft (4.6m) long, 8ft (2.44m)  wide inflatable stealth submersible dubbed 'The Phantom' in a storage compartment between the inner and outer hull.
Carrier is USS Rhode Island (SSBN-740), which has been modified with the necessary attachments.
Note: The submarine is a systems test prototype that has been placed into active service for this project.

USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71)
Nimitz Class Aircraft Carrier
Real ship, details as in service.

China (People's Republic)

Various Unnamed warships.

Plot summary:  It is the late 1990s. China's increasingly aggressive moves at sea have become a concern for the United States and the United Kingdom, so a plan is put into motion to counteract them. But in the rush to get things going, something important is forgotten...
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« Reply #583 on: January 30, 2019, 09:18:02 am »
Dale Brown & Jim DeFelice, Dreamland: Pirahna, 2003

United States

USS Blue Ridge (LCC-19)
Blue Ridge Class Amphibious Command Ship
Real ship, details as in service.

USS Independence (CV-62)
Forrestal Class Aircraft Carrier
Real ship, details as in service.

USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63)
Kitty Hawk Class Aircraft Carrier
Real ship, details as in service.

'Pirahna'
Experimental Unmanned Underwater Vehicle.
Described as looking like "...an oversized torpedo with extra sets of fins on the front and rear."
Fitted with nose mounted sensors including, optical, thermal and current sensors in addition to passive sonar. Capable of tracking targets up to 75km from the UUV.
Speed: 50 knots (Max), 36 knots (Cruise), propulsion system is designed to be extremely low noise at all speeds.
Powered by a hydrogen fuel cell.
Product of joint USAF/USN program to apply technologies developed for USAF drones to aquatic applications. Can be controlled from aircraft using relay buoys.

China (Peoples Republic)

Shangi-Ti
Aircraft Carrier, class not specified
Tonnage: 20,000 tons (Fully laden)
Length: "...a little less..." than 700ft
Aircraft: 12 x Su-33s (Chinese copies of the Russian Su-33), 4 x Harbin Z-9 and at least one SH-3 Sea King fitted with British Thorn EMI Searchwatcher radar  (E.g. a US Helicopter fitted with a British radar. Functionally equivalent to the British Sea King AEW.2)
Ramped flight deck, catapults and arrester wires are fitted.

T'ien
Same unspecified class as Shangi-Ti
See above for details.

The book makes three size comparisons, when the ships are first mentioned they are described as being half the size of a Kuznetsov (Pr.1143.5) Class Aircraft Carrier (Specifically the Mao Zedong (See: 'Shadows of Steel' (1996).) and similar in size to the British Majestic Class Aircraft Carriers and to the American Wasp Class LHD.
No other specifics are provided regarding the ships. I'm not sure if they appear in later books.

Unnamed
Various Cruisers & Destroyers and two submarines described as "...Trafalgar clones..."

India

Shiva
Kilo (Pr. 877) Class Submarine (Modified)
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Modifications are only vaguely described, but include, updated batteries and sensors along with automation to allow the submarine to be run with less crew than the standard members of the class. The conning tower is described as being more like that of the Russian Akula (Pr. 971) Class Submarines.
The submarine is equipped with an Extremely Low Frequency (ELF) radio receiver.
In addition to the standard torpedo armament the submarine carries a number of Kali missiles. These are launched from the torpedo tube, travel underwater for 4-5 miles (6.4-8 km) before rising to just above the surface until the target is reached. Missile is initially launched at a set of co-ordinates, switching to radar guidance at a distance of 5 miles (8 km) from the target.

Plot summary: The year is 1997 (The plot runs between August 17th to August 31st of that year.). Tensions between China and India following a failed attempt by the People's Republic to annex Taiwan earlier in the year (Covered in the novel 'Fatal Terrain' (1997)), which will be covered by this thread at some point in the future.) have reached the boiling point. While the US is neutral in the resulting clashes, the opportunity is taken to test out a new ocean surveillance system and gain intelligence on any new systems deployed by the two powers. What they find points to someone else watching the fighting and they're interested in more than watching...

Note: The 'Dreamland' series which Dale Brown writes in collaboration with Jim DeFelice runs parallel to the main line of Brown's novels. As with the main series, some of the earliest novels are not available as eBooks. While an aviation dominated series, some interesting naval hardware turns up from time to time.
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« Reply #584 on: February 02, 2019, 03:50:38 am »
Michael Kilian, Deepkill, 2005

United States

Coast Guard

USCGC Manteo (WPB-?)
Island Class Cutter
Details as per the real ships.

USCGC Sentinel
Coast Guard Cutter, class not specified
Carries: 1 x MH-68A 'Sting Ray' Helicopter (Militarized Augusta AW109) (Armament: 1 x M240 Machine gun  1 x Robar RC-50 sniper rifle.), 1 x 26ft inflatable boat (Speed: 30 knots)
Armed with "...cannon and machine guns..."
No other details provided.
Note: Mentioned in a characters backstory in the first few chapters of the novel. Does not appear in this story.

Plot summary: It is the early years of the 21st Century. Following a failed attempt to bomb the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, the hunt is on for those responsible. The search uncovers another hunt, this one by a retired USAF pilot looking for two nuclear bombs, lost off the Delaware coast in 1967 and deliberately covered up at the time...

Note: This novel was probably intended as the first book in a series built around the character of Erik Westman, a Coast Guard Investigative Service (CGIS) agent, that was aborted because the author died only a few months after the novel came out. No specific dates are given, but various references in the novel suggest that it is set in the period between 2002 - 2008. What is really striking though is that the author does not mention the events of the 11th of September, 2001 until about halfway through the novel, and even then in a very low key way.