One for the Aficionados… Judas Rat by J. E. Macdonnell

Judas Rat

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.


Covers of Judas Rat.

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).


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