In the frozen waters of the Arctic, Marine bioterror expert Joe Rush races to save a submarine crew from a lethal threat.
"The pleas for help stopped coming just after five in the morning, Washington time. The Pentagon staffers cleared for handling sensitive messages sat in horror for a moment and then tried other ways to reach the victims. Nothing worked so they called the Director, who phoned me."
In the remote, frozen waters of the Arctic Ocean, the high-powered and technically advanced submarine U.S.S. Montana is in peril. Adrift and in flames, the boat - and the entire crew - could be lost. The only team close enough to get to them in time is led by Marine doctor and bio-terror expert Joe Rush.
With only 36 hours before the surviving crew perish, Joe and his team must race to rescue the Montana and ensure that the boat doesn't fall into enemy hands. Because a fast-approaching foreign submarine is already en route, and tensions may explode.
But that’s the least of their troubles. For the surviving sailors are not alone on the sub. Something is trapped with them. Something deadly lethal. Something that plagued mankind long ago, when it devastated the entire world. And the crew of the Montana has unknowingly set it free. Now, Joe and his team must not only find a way to save the Montana and her crew, but stop a lethal horror of apocalyptic consequence from being unleashed on all humanity.
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Marines Do Not Salute Indoors
The author weaves an interesting, but somewhat flawed story. The hero of the piece is portrayed as a Marine Corps Lt. Colonel who is somehow a medical doctor as well. Huh? The Corps rely on the Navy for medical services and Navy doctors are assigned to work with Marines. In the narrative, the Lt. Colonel had combat duty in Afghanistan as a Captain, which led him to leave the Corps to go to medical school and then rejoin as a special medical doctor. Then he is supposedly permitted to lead Marines in combat? This would never happen.
A couple of other foopahs got my goat, so to speak. In one chapter a Marine salutes the Lt. Colonel inside a ship's cabin as he leaves. Marines do not salute indoors unless they are armed with a weapon and wearing a cover (a hat), In another chapter the author refers to Marines "storming the beach at Normandy". Did not happen. We were too busy killing Japs in the Pacific and were, in fact, forbidden to participate in the European theater of war due to Army resentment of the Marine Corps grabbing all the glory during WWI after several notable battle achievements were ballyhooed by William Randolph Hearst's newspaper chain, in turn, embarrassing General John Pershing and infuriating then Army Captain Harry S. Truman, who after the end of WWII, attempted to disband the Marine Corps entirely. How's that for a run on sentence!
The takeaway here is Marines are very sensitive to the portrayal of their traditions and service. All the author had to do was run the story by any former Marine. He would have been gently guided to the right path making the story less painful to swallow. Simple fix - make the Lt. Colonel a Navy doctor. The Marine Major would NEVER salute a Navy doctor indoors and I would have then given this book an overall score of 4 stars.
- Jim Hackett
I think I feel a fever coming on....
Top 25. It would be easy to call this book out as somewhat formulaic, but a tension and high level of research runs through it ( with some minor bumps which are excusable to anyone but a purist.)
Of course, Ray Porter brings the story completely to life, which sure helps.
Gosh, any of the countless Arctic based submarine stories, as well as " latent disease unleashed" books. This offering combines those, with a nice conspiracy overlay AND the always dangerous Chinese Navy, to combine and deliver a highly compelling story.
Well, I did feel like Joe Ledger was in the da house, and that is not a bad thing. Porter is one of the finest audio book performers in our time, and this offering brings this to light yet again. His cadence, his laconic tone at times, and his authenticity sparkles.
The current titles says it all, and brings it all together.
This is a highly contemporary, relevant and interesting study in science, the arctic, history, submarines, conspiracies...in other words, you name it, this one has it. Perhaps abit too much at times, it is still a fine listen, easy to digest and yet with enough substance to keep the listener entertained. Highly recommended.