Finished 'The Two Minute Rule'. Good read up until the very end, which was far too abrupt for me. Feeling the pages, I figured even with a insert teaser chapter of a forthcoming book I still had a few pages to enjoy wrapping the tale up. Wrong. The ending lasted barely more than a page and just implied what might or might not occur sometime in ythe future. A disappointment to me, but overall the story was an entertaining read.
I also finished Battleship at War: The Epic Story of the USS Washington by Ivan Musicant a few days ago. A subsection of the title was something like 'The ship they couldn't sink', making me sorry I couldn't recall much about this apparently stellar warship.
Reading, not to be too dismissive of her memory or those who served aboard her, it seemed like one of the likeliest reasons why they couldn't sink her is she was out of the area of operations during so many engagements. She always appeared to be somewhere in the general vicinity on an ocean scale, but that can easily (and did) mean 300 miles away, too far to play a role.
Still, she did play a significant role, even though most of her action came after the tide had already decisively turned in favor of the U.S. over Japan. The U.S.S. Washington's accomplishments aside, the story was still an interesting read because of the way it was written and the material that was included as filler, including a periodic overview of what was going on in the war while Washington was steaming to and fro, the type of vittles the crew did or didn't enjoy, the sort of flicks that were available to them, and the periodic updates on what unnamed individual got a Captain's Mass or General Court Marshal, the ooffense and punishment meted out.
She duked it out one on one with enemy capital ships and survived, while many others didn't. It is easy to feel grief for both sides at times reading of the losses they endured, the naval men involved if not the nations. Lots of waste, particularly the segment dealing with the struggle on both sides to acquire or maintain possession of Guadalcanal. Definitely tough times.
One thing lacking that I kept an eye out for was mention of punishment for senoir ranking officers for incidents that appear to be career killers in this day and age. There was repeated mention of ships running aground and striking other ships, and the only time any action was mentioned was when Washington collided with the U.S.S. Indiana, all but shearing off her bow and killing scores from both vessels. Nowadays, run up onto a mudflat and require a tow and you can kiss your command away.