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Great story for aviation history fans. Being a commercial pilot I personally enjoyed the focus on the Soviet copy of the U.S. WWII B-29 Super Fortress. NATO code named the "bull" the Russian TU-4 was a perfect copy of the B-29. The Tupolev Tu-4 (NATO reporting name: Bull) was a piston-engined Soviet strategic bomber that served the Soviet Air Force from the late 1940s to mid 1960s. It was a reverse-engineered copy of the U.S.-made Boeing B-29 Super Fortress. Eight hundred and forty-seven Tu-4s had been built when production ended in the Soviet Union in 1952, some going to China during the later 1950s. Many experimental variants were built and the valuable experience launched the Soviet strategic bomber program. Tu-4s were withdrawn in the 1960s, being replaced by more advanced aircraft: the Tupolev Tu-16 (starting in 1954) and the Tupolev Tu-95 (starting in 1956). By the beginning of the 1960s, the only Tu-4s still operated by the Soviets were used for transport or airborne laboratory purposes.
Towards the end of World War II, the Soviet Union saw the need for a strategic bombing capability similar to that of the USAAF. The U.S. regularly conducted bombing raids on Japan, virtually in the Soviet Union's backyard, from distant Pacific forward bases using B-29 Superfortresses. Stalin ordered the development of a comparable bomber.
The U.S. declined to supply the Soviet Union with B-29 heavy bombers under Lend Lease. However, on three occasions during 1944, individual B-29s made emergency landings in Soviet territory after bombing raids on Manchukuo and Japan. In accordance with the Soviet–Japanese Neutrality Pact, the Soviets were neutral in the Pacific War and the bombers were therefore interned and kept by the Soviets, despite American demands for their return. Stalin tasked Tupolev with cloning the Superfortress and Soviet industry was to produce 20 copies of the aircraft in just two years. The three B-29s were flown to Moscow and delivered into Tupolev OKB.
I did enjoy this book. I listened to the frist two and enjoyed them two. I just wish the bad language would be shown ( like on movies or games ) before a person bought a book. I won't listen to anymore of these books by this auther. ( i am sorry for my bad spelling)
The plot line is interesting. It is set in the Artic and listening to the book when it was really cold outside added to the suspense. At times the story gets a bit slow but it keeps going and holds your interest.
I am a fan of the Covert One series and found this one most enjoyable. James H. Cobb has done a good job with the old charaters and hopefully the new ones will be back. James Cobb is now on my list to read more of. Jeff Woodman wasn't too shabby with the narration either.
One of the reasons I continue with a series is the characters. Unfortunately, this new author has changed one of the main characters, Randi Russell, out of recognition and given all Randi's efficiency and daring to a new Covert-One operative Valentina Metrace. If this is to put your own stamp on the series Mr Cobb, I consider it's a big mistake. I doubt if I will purchase any more Covert-One books with James Cobb as author.
The story is good, but the narrator is not. I could also do without the additional sound effects. Paul Michael or Scott Brick should be narrating this book.
Ok, so you get this because you want to zoom off and hold an AK-47 and sneak around with an international group of killers with some morals or outstanding patriotic quality. Here's another example. Shakespeare it aint. Harlequin it aint. Ludlum it is, and if that's what you're looking for, check this one out.
Overall I did enjoy this story. I do agree with one other reviewer that the sound effects almost destroyed the listening experience. The reason I say the writer didn't do his research is that he didn't understand the U.S. Coast Guard and its ice breaking fleet. I spent 22 years in the USCG and my primary duty was on board Ice Breakers. I made 4 trips to the South Pole and 2 to the north.
Now the errors. Yes the Coast Guard is called the white fleet with the exception of Ice Breakers. In 1970 the Coast Guard changed all of its Ice Breakers to red for better observation. To date, they are still red. The WAGB (Ice Breaker fleet) ships are referred to as "Ice Breakers". Never Ice cutters. Coast Guard ships are always referred to as USCGC, or CGC followed by their name. Never USS. That's Navy terminology. Where the research has been excellent in all of the other Covert-One books this stands out as tacky and I think it could have been done better.
Very exciting story but with so much good research being spoiled by some very poor research.
While the book its self is very good, I'm afraid the narrator makes it a bit of a let down. I am thrilled that the Covert One novels are continuing, however the narration is not as interesting. The book comes over as more of a bland monitone than the previously vibrant characters of the other books. It's fine if you have not heard the previous novels but a bit dishearting if you have.