Deadly Apparition

  • by G. Ernest Smith
  • Narrated by Jack Nolan
  • 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A modern nuclear submarine crew meets the 16th-century Spanish Armada in this alternate reality thriller.
Commander Donald Castillo is the commander of the Virginia-class fast attack nuclear submarine, Kansas. It is the latest and best that the US Navy has to offer. He is asked to test a new ground-breaking countermeasure that will revolutionize naval warfare. Its code name is Apparition.
He will be working with a civilian test team headed by Dr. Susan Lambert. This is game-changing technology born of the Hadron Collider, and the Navy brass are hungry for it. But something goes wrong during testing, and the Kansas and her crew disappear off the western coast of Scotland. The American and British navies perform an exhaustive search, but find no trace of Kansas.

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Modern technology meets ancient history

This book is along the same lines as the Taylor Anderson's "Destroyermen" series. After I started on that series I have been looking all over to find a similar story, and finally I came across this one. The idea of a modern navy ship or submarine going back in time and battling the strongest the previous period has to offer is great. This author even does a great job also showing the weakness of the modern weapons.

I know one of the fastest ways to get an "unhelpful review" is to disparage the narrator of a book. That being said THE NARRATOR DID A GOOD JOB. Yes, he stuttered over a few words and had to repeat himself, but I LIKED HIM so don't hate me 😇. It wasn't his fault it sounded like the story was being read in the bathroom (this is actually pretty funny because when I listened to it in the bathroom it sounded normal).

I'm so glad audible had their spring sale so I could buy this book since my principles won't let me use credits on less than 10 hour books.
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- Ryan

Lousy Production, Good Book

The entire narration sounds like as if the engineers were using 2 tin cans on a string! The chapters were separated by annoying cheesy pseudo sonar sounds. Character development doesn't say a lot about the USN's screening program for commanding officers of their nuclear submarines since the fast attack skippers go on to command the boomers!

Castillo should have been on humanitarian shore duty, I've seen both officers and enlisted assigned for less. Having said that, the suspension of belief was still a tad rough ride. The plot just zips along, mostly due to Castillo's gullibility and downright simplicity. Castillo is simply too flawed. The author still manages to overcome his weak protagonist with a decent plot and good action.
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- Chiefkent

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-01-2015
  • Publisher: Greg Smith