Admiral Theodore Magnuson, director of the Office of Naval Intelligence, didn't like the idea of sending the Seventh Fleet to Vladivostok for a New Year's celebration with the Russians. The president didn't give a damn what Magnuson thought, however; he was after détente.
Fearing the worst, Magnuson decides to run his own intelligence mission, sending men into Russia and China. The admiral is certain the US visit to the usually closed Soviet port is a cover for something. Something big.
The Chinese are faced with a similar problem - and a big question. Why is a combined US-Soviet fleet steaming into the East China Sea?
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Unlikely Allies Unlikely Spies
I would to some one who likes this genre. It's a good complex military/espionage thriller.
The secret friendship between the American admiral and the high Chinese government official.
This is my first listen
I cried when the father of the young Chinese captain told Ben of his daughter's death. Ben and the young woman were in love and Ben was so alone.
I also cried when another major character died.
This story takes place in the 1980's when Russia was still communist and the cold war was still ongoing. The Russians have invited the US Navy to an otherwise prohibited navel base that is near to China.
Admiral Theodore Magnuson doesn't trust the Russians and feels they are planning something which will implicate the Americans. The American president is a peaceful trusting soul and will not head Magnuson's Casandra warnings. Therefore Magnuson develops operation Seagull behind the president's back. Operation Seagull enlists four former retired navy men (Jack Royal, Bob Miller, Ben Goodrich, Tom Lumas) who are now business men to go into Russia and China on business ventures to collect intelligence.
The story is complex and very involved. One has to listen carefully to keep abreast of all the nuances. There is tragedy and unspoken heroism. The president finally realizes just how correct Magnusons warnings are.
The book is a highly suspenseful military thriller with lots of action.
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