Battle Stations by Roger Jewett follows several people through the onset of World War II. The principal character is Captain Andre Troost, who worked with the British navy, escorting freighter convoys from the Atlantic midpoint on their voyages to England. He is, like many military men who spend a lot of time away from home, having marital difficulties, which are only compounded when he’s promoted to rear admiral and reassigned to Pearl Harbor, shortly before the Japanese attack. Several other characters, including Troost’s son, a navy flight school dropout, meet and interact as war breaks out, from the dark days of the near destruction of the U.S. Pacific fleet, to the turning point in the war when the U.S. knocks out much of Japan’s carrier force.
Fictional, but based upon true events, Battle Stations takes the reader into the reality of war, not a romantic endeavor, but the gritty, frightening, bloody encounter between men—and women—sent by nations that often don’t consider the human cost when deciding to go to war. This book looks at war through the eyes of some of those humans who have to pay the cost.
I received an advanced review copy of the book. It is recommended reading for anyone who wants to experience the reality of combat. The author knows his stuff.
I give this story five stars.