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The Final Countdown

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December 7th, 1980. The United States Naval Carrier Nimitz is the finest warship in the world. She is carrying a nuclear payload that can level a continent. And a fleet of fighter jets that can deliver it. Her crew is a handpicked one-like Captain Matthew Yelland, who endured the torture of the Viet Cong and did not break. And Warren Lasky, the civilian 'think-tank' who de ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 230 pages
Published August 1st 1980 by Bantam Books (first published January 1st 1980)
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Noel Thingvall
Most of the problems from this book result from the script/film it was adapting, which was an entertaining movie, don't get me wrong, it's just a very thin one. There's not much to the characters, most of its themes and concepts are just briefly brushed on instead of really explored, and just as the story kicks into gear after a nice, steady build, it feels like they've run out of time and they end up rushing the second half.

Caidin's adaptation is very good, though. Gets into the characters and
As a former sailor who entered the Navy a couple years after the movie and book were made, I really found it to be one of the truly cool military books/stories of the post Vietnam era. It was total escapist fantasy but really a great "what if" story that became a moderately successful movie. The live action shots of the ship, aircraft and carrier operation in the movie were described well in the book. Martin Caidin, an author of some note in sci-fi circles did a great job constructing a book fro ...more
Novelization of the movie with the nuclear carrier slipping through a time rift to just before Pearl Harbor.
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Martin Caidin was a prolific and controversial writer. Most of his work centered around the adventures of pilots and astronauts. A number of his books were notable for their reasonable, realistic predictions of then-futuristic technology.

Caidin's body of work was prolific and varied, ranging from additional speculative/SF novels such as Marooned, which was made into an acclaimed film and considere
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