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This series was another commission from Berkley/Jove, with the first few co-written with J. Andrew Keith. It follows the career of several U.S. Navy aviators on board the fictitious CVN-74 U.S.S. Thomas Jefferson in the near future. As the series unfolded, the Jefferson battlegroup took on North Korea, a rebellion in Thailand, and India; later on, a war broke out between the U.S. and a resurgent Soviet Empire, and the Jefferson's crew had to deal with female aviators assigned aboard ship. Careful research makes this a fairly realistic series, though we have been caught in some technical goofs in the first book or two. That didn't prevent a reprint of the first book in Chinese.
I wrote these books under the house name "Keith Douglass." Berkley has continued publishing new Douglass novels, both in the Carrier series and in SEAL Team Seven. I've had several disgruntled fan letters now from folks complaining that the new stories aren't as realistic as they were before, both in terms of the military technology and hardware they employ, and in the story lines and missions they describe. I'm gratified that my readers notice such things ... and sorry that there's not much I can do about it! Believe me, I was in the Navy, and I do know the difference between a GM/1 and a CPO! Evidently, the subsequent writers don't!
Another note is that all seven of these books (and others in the series) are available as Audio Books.
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