This might be opening a Pandora's box, but has anyone read any good WWII novels? To me a good historical novel is one that I put down and say, "That could have happened!" I have two candidates for this. 1. The Eagle Has Landed, by Jack Higgins. This book grabbed me when I first read it several years (decades?) ago. It is rich with detail. While I enjoyed the movie, it didn't measure up to the book, which I really felt could have happened the way Jack Higgins described. 2. I do not remember the name of this book, however it is the story of an old 4 stack destroyer in the Asiatic fleet at the outbreak of WWII, and their run to stay out of the way of the IJN. They have to abandon the ship, and try to blow it up in the Philippines while the ship is in dry dock and the IJN overtakes them. Back in the states, much of the same crew is joined together on a brand new Fletcher class DD and cross the Pacific to chase the IJN. In one of the battles in the Philippines, they find themselves engaging their old ship, now flying the Rising Sun. I've heard it's based on a true story of just such a ship, abandoned and supposedly blown up in dry dock but I've never been able to verify the story. I felt the details were accurate and the story could have been true. If anyone remembers that book, I'd love to have the name. I believe it was in paperback, and I believe I read it in RVN, making it '68 or '69! Anyone else have a novel that would fit this bill?