While trailing a Chinese nuclear attack sub, Jerry Mitchell, the captain of USS North Dakota, is shocked to see the Chinese boat torpedo a Vietnamese merchant ship. This blatant act of aggression is the opening gambit in a war that has blindsided the U.S. and quickly embroiled all nations in the western Pacific. These nations, bound together in the newly formed Littoral Alliance, have begun a covert submarine campaign aimed at crippling China’s economy before China can set in motion its own plot to dominate the region. In a desperate attempt to buy the president enough time to resolve the crisis diplomatically, Mitchell’s submarine squadron is ordered to interfere with attacks by both sides. China and the Littoral Alliance are both determined to win, no matter the cost, and as each side increases the level of violence, they approach a dangerous tipping point. In a race against time, the submarines of Mitchell’s squadron must execute their mission before the world witnesses an economic catastrophe—or worse, a nuclear exchange.
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May want to cancel your trip to Japan.
I didn't read the print version.
The complexity, and real world geo political concepts, "torn from today's headlines" make this a strong listen. I was drawn in immediately. How one book can influence what becomes a global conflict seems to be abit of a stretch, and yet it has happened in the RW repeatedly, and with highly impactful results.
The interaction of these characters, and the precision with which Dick Hill brings them to life, is compelling. Hill really allows the drama and tension of the moments to shine.
The US navy officers, and the President, are well crafted characters, but the real depth is the Navy Commodore. Complex on one hand, and almost facile on another.
This is a fine effort, with a resolution that is at once rather surprising, and yet genuine. I was grabbed and stayed with all the characters and storyline right from the get go.
As noted by some other reviewers, even though this is a Sub Story, the dialogue doesn't get too off track , and on balance this reads well for anyone who likes thrillers. You will enjoy this one!
Excellent Military Techno-Thriller and Topical