Thunder in the Deep

  • by Joe Buff
  • Narrated by John Bedford Lloyd
  • 6 hrs and 39 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Challenger is the weapon of the future, a ceramic-hulled nuclear submarine with the most advanced electronics ever created. Acting captain Jeffrey Fuller's mission is to rescue the fast attack sub Texas, now lying on the bottom of the Atlantic. But a newly resurrected and fanatically militaristic Germany knows where the Texas is, too, and it knows the Challenger is coming. It is the Challenger the Germans want, dispatching their own high-tech supersub to destroy her.


What the Critics Say

"[He] out-Clancys Clancy's lust for detail ... the action lives up to the jargon... Buff gives us terrific battle maneuvers... Talk about fun."- Kirkus Reviews


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Customer Reviews

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Dark, gruesome, depressing and ponderous

Normally I just fill in the number of stars that I feel a book deserves based on how it held my interest, but this book hit a nerve. In the year 2011, the Germans have forgotten lessons learned from their past and are using their new hi-tech submarine fleet to conquer the North Atlantic. Only the US and England seem to have enough sense to fight them but England is suffering severely due to the lack of any vessels with supplies being able to make it to the Great Isle. The weapons of choice of these naval vessels are "low yield" nuclear torpedoes and missiles. Much of the book is spent describing in minute detail the chases, tracking and destruction of various naval vessels, most especially nuclear submarines. We read about the horrifying consequences of "surviving" a strike by one these projectiles- melted and blackened faces bobbing on the ocean. When the hero has to lead a raid into a super secret facility where the Germans are developing a "super" end all weapon, we are exposed to the details of battle that only those who have lived through it can describe (but will not appreciate). We read about people being blown to pieces and cut to pieces by high powered weapons. We read the detailed and lengthy descriptions of the sickening smells of cordite mixed with the smell of bowels, the gruesome sounds, and the excess of running blood. The battle sequences were too detailed and too long. This book paints a, not too far off, future where the world has little humanity and people and nations have little hope.
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- jimted1

boom boom bang, but no plot

This book was devoid of any notion of a plot. It was just a mix of macho killings, nuclear and tactical and hand to hand. Waste of time - amateurish except perhaps for details of submarine weaponry. But that has been done and done better before.
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- Bob

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-12-2002
  • Publisher: Random House Audio