Hornets Crossing by Robert Bush
Approx. 80,170 words.
Published on December 7, 2012.
Early in the war, the US Navy put two carriers at great risk launching Col. Jimmy Doolittle and his now famous Raiders on their mission to bomb Japan. For three days USS Hornet and Enterprise were without any protection from submarine attack as they dashed toward Tokyo. What if they had been attacked and sunk? What if they weren't available for the battle of Midway thirty-five days later?