Friday, July 6, 2018


A human drama unlike any other—the riveting and definitive full story of the worst sea disaster in United States naval history.

“ENTHRALLING.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review) •

“OUTSTANDING…A MUST-READ.” —Booklist (starred review) •

“GRIPPING.” —Publishers Weekly

Just after midnight on July 30, 1945, days after delivering the components of the atomic bomb from California to the Pacific Islands in the most highly classified naval mission of the war, USS Indianapolis is sailing alone in the center of the Philippine Sea when she is struck by two Japanese torpedoes. The ship is instantly transformed into a fiery cauldron and sinks within minutes. Some 300 men go down with the ship. Nearly 900 make it into the water alive. For the next five nights and four days, almost three hundred miles from the nearest land, the men battle injuries, sharks, dehydration, insanity, and eventually each other. Only 316 will survive.

For the better part of a century, the story of USS Indianapolis has been understood as a sinking tale. The reality, however, is far more complicated—and compelling. Now, for the first time, thanks to a decade of original research and interviews with 107 survivors and eyewit­nesses, Lynn Vincent and Sara Vladic tell the complete story of the ship, her crew, and their final mission to save one of their own.

It begins in 1932, when Indianapolis is christened and launched as the ship of state for President Franklin Roosevelt. After Pearl Harbor, Indianapolis leads the charge to the Pacific Islands, notching an unbroken string of victories in an uncharted theater of war. Then, under orders from President Harry Truman, the ship takes aboard a super-spy and embarks on her final world-changing mission: delivering the core of the atomic bomb to the Pacific for the strike on Hiroshima. Vincent and Vladic provide a visceral, moment-by-moment account of the disaster that unfolds days later after the Japanese torpedo attack, from the chaos on board the sinking ship to the first moments of shock as the crew plunge into the remote waters of the Philippine Sea, to the long days and nights during which terror and hunger morph into delusion and desperation, and the men must band together to survive.

Then, for the first time, the authors go beyond the men’s rescue to chronicle Indianapolis’s extraordinary final mission: the survivors’ fifty-year fight for justice on behalf of their skipper, Captain Charles McVay III, who is wrongly court-martialed for the sinking. What follows is a captivating courtroom drama that weaves through generations of American presidents, from Harry Truman to George W. Bush, and forever entwines the lives of three captains—McVay, whose life and career are never the same after the scandal; Mochitsura Hashimoto, the Japanese sub commander who sinks Indianapolis but later joins the battle to exonerate McVay; and William Toti, the captain of the modern-day submarine Indianapolis, who helps the survivors fight to vindicate their captain.

A sweeping saga of survival, sacrifice, justice, and love, Indianapolis stands as both groundbreaking naval history and spellbinding narrative—and brings the ship and her heroic crew back to full, vivid, unforgettable life. It is the definitive account of one of the most remarkable episodes in American history.

Mission of the Shark: The Saga of the U.S.S. Indianapolis

Mission of the Shark: The Saga of the U.S.S. Indianapolis


The true-life drama of the men serving on the USS Indianapolis in the summer of 1945 this film traces their mission of transporting the Enola Gay across the Pacific.


Both the film, and its star, Stacy Keach, are unforgettable.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Author CAROL ERICSON’S "BROTHERS IN ARMS: RETRIBUTION" series--action-packed, red-hot, romantic suspense

Romantic Suspense author Carol Ericson begins a thrilling new series, “Brothers in Arms: Retribution”, with the action-filled “Under Fire”. Covert Ops agent Max Duvall, still recovering from the lingering effects of a brainwashing attempt, is a man inwardly desperate to regain his soul and his spirit. Dr. Ava Whitman has made a deadly mistake: she has unknowingly been assisting “Tempest”, the corrupt black ops group out to run the world and bring down the crime-fighting covert agency, “Prospero”, and its leader, Jack Coburn. When her lab is destroyed, and her coworkers are killed, it’s Max who comes to Ava’s rescue—and he needs her as much as she needs him. Max was part of a group of agents who routinely visited Ava for treatment of mental and physical injuries as part of a research program. Max needs to find himself again, and Ava is the only one who can help him—if he can keep them both alive. The more time they spend together, the more their attraction grows, and soon their hearts as much endangered as their existence. Can Max not only overcome the threat of Tempest, but overcome his struggles with his own psyche? Ava was always fond of Max as her patient, but now she feels more than mere fondness. Can she trust him with her heart and her very life? “Under Fire” is an involving and intriguing read for lovers of romantic suspense.

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The “Brothers in Arms: Retribution” series from author Carol Ericson continues with Book Two, “The Pregnancy Plot”. After the deaths of her mother and step-father, and the disappearance of her ex-fiancé, Nina Moore leaves behind her life in Los Angeles and heads to remote Break Island, Washington to take over the Bed & Breakfast her parents left behind. On her own, and pregnant, Nina begins the daunting task of restoring the B & B to an operable condition. She has no clue that danger is hovering over her life and the life of her unborn babe. Special Ops agent Jase Bennett grumbles over his assignment to protect Nina Moore from “Tempest”, the evil covert ops agency responsible for the fate of her ex-fiancé. However, once Jase meets Nina, and his protector instincts kick in, his undercover stint as a helpful handyman doesn’t seem so bad. A complicated family issue arises and causes Nina to announce that Jase is her fiancé. Moving into the B & B, working to repair the place, and pretending to be engaged to Nina all works very well for Jase, until his heart becomes involved. Having Jase so close by makes it easy for Nina to fall for his good looks, solid physicality, and his strong presence. Eventually, though, circumstances force him to reveal all, and she wonders if the feelings between them have just been part of his job duties. Can Jase keep Nina and the baby safe from Tempest? Will she find a way to trust him again and accept the realities of their relationship and their lives? Is love the one true thing they can both count on? “The Pregnancy Plot” is another terrific romantic suspense thriller from author Carol Ericson.

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"Navy Seal Spy" is Book Three in author Carol Ericson's action-packed "Brothers in Arms: Retribution" romantic suspense series. Former Navy SEAL Liam McCabe steps up his game by entering the high-risk world of covert ops. His assignment to go undercover, and then expose, the international crime organization, Tempest, is thrown a sharp curve when his former love, Katie O'Keefe, enters the picture. Katie is also undercover, working to find the truth of her friend Sebastian's death. Katie and Liam must trust each other, and while some of the issues that drove them apart are still there, so is the sizzling attraction and mutual affection which first brought them together. Their unexpected reunion is rocky to say the least, but there are much greater matters involved, and they have no choice but to unite in their quest to bring down Tempest and its evil leader Caliban. Can Katie and Liam protect their lives and their love while they strive to save the world from terrorist threats? Author Carol Ericson will keep you turning the pages as you enjoy another terrific romantic suspense tale from a talented storyteller.

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A thrilling romantic suspense tale with a holiday twist, "Secret Agent Santa" is Book Four in the "Brothers in Arms: Retribution" series from author Carol Ericson. A life of privilege and wealth had not protected socialite Claire Chadwick from tragedy. Her husband, Shane, a journalist, had been murdered by the terrorist group, Tempest, and Claire was raising their five-year-old son, Ethan, on her own. Her mother's third husband, Senator Spencer Correll, was at the top of her suspect list for being in collusion with the terrorists and for being involved in the deaths of her husband and her own mother. Claire reaches out to her friend, Lola, the wife of Jack Coburn, who is the head of the anti-terrorist agency, Prospero. When covert ops agent Mike Becker shows up as Claire's fiancé, Mitchell Brown, no one is more surprised than Claire, but she is grateful for the chance to validate her suspicions. She is glamour with a gilded-edge, and he's a little rough around the edges, but opposites attract and fiery sparks fly between the two of them. While Mike had been contemplating an early retirement, he's now in deep in a dangerously intriguing situation--but could his heart be in the most danger of all? He hadn't planned on becoming attracted to Claire and growing fond of her son, but that is just what he has done. This may be his last assignment, but will it lead to a love that lasts a lifetime? Claire and her son, Ethan, deserve a safe, happy life--will Mike stop the terrorists once and for all and secure a loving and peaceful future for the three of them? Lovers of romantic suspense will greatly enjoy this exciting seasonal suspense tale from author Carol Ericson.

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Carol Ericson lives in southern California, home of state-of–the-art cosmetic surgery, wild freeway chases, and a million amazing stories. These stories, along with hordes of virile men and feisty women clamor for release from Carol’s head until she sets them free to fulfill their destinies and her readers’ fantasies. To find out more about Carol and her current books, please visit her website at, “where romance flirts with danger.”