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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.
©2014 Greg Smith (P)2015 Greg Smith
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5 out of 5 stars
By Ryan on 04-15-15

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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3 out of 5 stars
By Chiefkent on 06-11-15

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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5 out of 5 stars
By d on 10-18-15

great story

Would you consider the audio edition of Deadly Apparition to be better than the print version?

not read the print edition

What about Jack Nolan’s performance did you like?

The atmospherics he creates

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Is it the past , or the future

Any additional comments?

I felt the end went a bit flat.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Simon on 08-11-17


I'm generally a fan of wormhole/alternate reality books (such as John Birmingham or the Destroyermen series) but this one unfortunately didn't work for me. Probably the only negative review I've left in a couple of years.

Story is fun enough but badly lacks any feeling of reality when it comes to the interactions of the main, naval, characters. Rather than a strong captain and his crew it was all too informal, more like a group of friends out on a jaunt.

Unfortunately I also didn't enjoy the narration. It was great in some aspects but the reader used the same inflection for all characters and didn't put any feeling into dialogue. For instance, when a character says something like "Look out, behind you!" and it's just read as flat dialogue it doesn't really build any suspense. This might not feel the same for everyone though.

Finally, and this is no reflection of the author or narrator, but the publisher (I imagine it would be).... when it changes scenes within a chapter you get a really annoying, and loud, "beep beep beep..." sound, which snaps you out of the story. I have no idea what the beeping is meant to symbolise. I suspect it's meant to be like a sonar ping but doesn't sound remotely like one.

So, first negative review I've left. Unfortunately I can't recommend using up a credit on this particular story.

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