One for the Aficionados… Judas Rat by J. E. Macdonnell
by J. E. Macdonnell
Horwitz, 1968, 128 pages (Sea Adventure Library #93 (Classic #89)
This is a story of betrayal during the Pacific war. It begins with Dutchy Holland under attack from Japanese bombers and fighters, under circumstances that suggest a tip-off. Similar events occur back in port at Darwin, when another bombing sortie arrives with particularly apposite timing.
This story is heavy-handed in the extreme, and full of padding, before a climax that is unlikely to take anybody by surprise.
It cannot be recommended to anybody but a die-hard JEM fan. The best thing about it is the “complete list of the novels in Macdonnell’s naval series” in the back (not in the ‘classic’ edition).