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by Jonathan A. Price

  • ISBN: 0821720392
  • Author: Jonathan A. Price
  • ePub ver: 1593 kb
  • Fb2 ver: 1593 kb
  • Rating: 4.5 of 5
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Zebra (April 1, 1987)
  • Formats: rtf lrf txt lit
  • Category: Fiction
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1987) A novel by John-Allen Price. Miles beneath the ocean waves, a daring mutiny by Soviet dissidents explodes aboard a Soviet Delta Class missile submarine. Against incredible odds, an Allied volunteer crew of 199 men and one beautiful woman embarks on a 12,000-mile odyssey to secretly transport the captive rebel warship from under the noses of the Soviet military. Used availability for John-Allen Price's Extinction Cruise.

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When the crew of a Russian sub mutinies, U.S. ships are sent to secretly escort it around the world to safety in the West
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The Soviet submarine and its crew are only one part of this story. The other part of the story is the U.S. submarine, the USS Henry Clay. Now, when this book first came out, it so happened that I was stationed on board the good ship Henry Clay. One patrol, a guy in my division brought it along and showed it to the rest of us. And, let me tell you. . .

In an opening chapter, in a scene on board the Soviet submarine, we have nuke technicians taking readings from some of the reactor's gauges. Okay, that's fine, until you note where they were taking the readings. The technicians are inside the reactor compartment, walking around, taking readings from gauges that are mounted directly on the reactor. Excuse me, but these technicians would have died of radiation poisoning within only the first few minutes of entering the reactor compartment.

Meanwhile, back on the Henry Clay. . .

We're introduced to the "Subscape" system. This is an ingenious system of nozzles that squirt a slick polymer substance onto the hull whenever the sub needs to make a quick getaway. It enables the sub to quickly get up to speeds of 70 miles per hour while still submerged. The only problem is, the Captain needs to consult with Nucleonics before using it, to ensure that the reactor can provide enough power.

Again, sorry. There's no "Subscape", and I can tell you that at speeds of only 20 knots, this 25-year old (at the time) 616-class boomer always felt like it was about to fly apart. (Good thing it was a boomer, so that we didn't actually need to run at those speeds very often.) Also, you don't call Nucleonics to check on the status of the reactor. You call Maneuvering. Nucleonics is just the lab where primary coolant samples get tested.

My co-worker showed this portion of the book to our Captain, who exclaimed, "Man, I didn't know we had that!"

I tried to read the whole book, but it was so bad that I just couldn't get through it. I ended up just hunting through to find all of the chapters about the good ship Henry Clay, just to see what other kinds of nonsense this guy had written about her.

This is the most poorly-researched, poorly-written book I've ever tried to read. For me, the only value this book holds is the nostalgic aspect, since I was a crew member of the long-departed Henry Clay.
The officers of a Russian Nuclear powered submarine armed with nuclear-armed ICBM's mutiny against their political watchdogs and declare themselves in open defection. Hoping to sail to the west, they signal a British aircraft carrier to their aid, and steam south for Tierra Del Fuego. Planning on sailing into California, they and their British cover confront the Russian navy and some of its local allies (including the Argentines who aren’t so much pro-Soviet as anti-British). The novel closes on what is supposed to be an epic sea-battle between nuclear subs both western and Red, but none of it will grab anybody whose read the more famous books on sub-warfare like “Red October” or “Sink the Potemkin”. The loyal Russians seem more than typically cardboard (with the dreaded political officers exhibiting greater than usual incompetence and blind loyalty) and make numerous gaffes. The heroes get to gloat and a happy end is guaranteed. The Russian hardware, to match their users’ sloppiness, seems notably unreliable and poorly designed, though this seems to simplify explaining how the heroes triumph over numerically superior Russians as well as giving the author a license to display his command over many technical details which otheriwse don’t advance the plot or make the book a real page turner. If you want nautical technothrills, pick up “Potemkin”, “October” or anything by Poyer.
I have to disagree with the other two reviews. They are splitting hairs over the technicalities of a book that was written 20 years ago. This is a fiction novel people! This book kept me on the edge of my seat. If you liked The Hunt for Red October, I think you'll enjoy this book.

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