By the close of the 20th century, China had gathered secret information concerning United States military surveillance and guided-missile technology. Now, in 2005, the technology is in production in China's new breed of submarine-based, long-range missiles. The dragon has stirred. Admiral Arnold Morgan, the President's National Security Adviser, cannot sit back and wait for China to perfect their new ballistic weapon. Instead, he dispatches the most lethal hunter-killer submarine in the fleet, U.S.S. Seawolf, deep into the China Sea. Seawolf eludes the Chinese until a catastrophic accident suddenly puts the U.S. submarine at their mercy. The crew vanishes, plainly captive. At the risk of starting World War III, Admiral Morgan orders in the elite Navy SEALs to rescue the Americans at all cost. Under cover of darkness, the SEALs move into the forbidden waters of South China Sea. Their orders are brutal: whatever it takes. Failure, unthinkable.More
"An absolutely marvelous thriller writer." (Jack Higgins)
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A fantastic story that could happen in real life
- Ralph Hornung
Not a bad twist. Helped make an otherwise awful story more paletable.
With the right story (British spy novel), yes.
When I once served in submarines movies were the mainstay of entertainment. Often times the movies brought aboard were the leftovers not selected by other deployed boats. But once started you had to suffer through the really awful ones lest you be ridiculed as a "non hacker." Catcalls during these flick ofter heard were "punch my hacker card!" Another favorite was "this is a three fingered gager." I offer this background to explain why I finished this book. I had to get my hacker card punched once again. The most obvious flaw was David McCullum attempting to mould his British accent into Chineese, or that of a cigar smoking American admiral. It didn't work. In fact, it didn't work so badly that it became my quest to suffer through to the end. I like David as an actor and enjoy his skills but he didn't fit this at all. The story itself was OK, not great, not very authentic, but OK....assuming that you can suspend belief easily. Anyway, this is just terrible and I was very disappointed. Still, it has been a long time since I suffered a 3 fingered gager and got my hacker card punched. So, from that standpoint, I'm glad I finished it. To those of you who quit half way through, you are just a bunch on non hackers.
- D. R. Stanley