December 7th, 1941... The bombed-out hulk of the USS Macon lies smoking on her mast at Ewa, Hawaii. Commander Ivor Briars, skipper of the Zeppelin Rigid Scout USS Long Island (ZRS-10), must abandon his pursuit of the retiring Japanese and order his flying aircraft carrier back to Moffett Field, California for repairs.
Susan Briars, the Commander's wife, is an engineer and a vamp; she's aboard with other civilian technicians when Long Island again sets out to scout the southwest Pacific. Australian liaison Lieutenant Allan Miles is attracted to Susan, but happily finds his wife Jillian is a survivor of the Japanese attack on the British hospital airship R-101. After their rescue, Long Island's lightweight scout planes locate and blunt the Japanese spearhead attacking Port Moresby. The Battle of the Coral Sea ensues, but the Japanese have a plan to fight the American fleet and their giant airplane carrying scout dirigible...
In this historical fiction masterpiece, the US Naval rigid airship continued to evolve after 1935. Details of the war in the Pacific take a decidedly different turn, as the Japanese must face this uniquely American airborne warplane launcher, the Zeppelin Rigid Scout. It's a thrilling history that could have been, a tale only Rowan Partridge could create, and one that will tickle the imagination of anyone who has ever wondered... what if?
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