Retired and Ready for Adventure. Just your everyday Grandfatherly, slightly overweight, bald headed, book affectionado! Enjoy documentary videos, Tom Clancy novels and Shaun Connery movies. Weakness for fast women, slow airplanes and challenging ski slopes. Ran out of money with lots of retirement to go; so I am committed to the Walter Mitty life. Did not say that was by choice. Enjoy.
I am reasonably new to this format, but with a littlle limited experience, I do have some comments.
Finally realizing what Walker's treachery had cost us.
Authentic, military, historic.
It was called a "Cold War" but real people died. Good people - Brave people!
Know I can see more clearly; Where we were and what we were doing.
Having been enthralled with Blind Man's Bluff from start to finish, I was hoping Red November would give more of the same. But it just doesnt measure up. This book recalls the facts, describes the event, but forgets to tell the story.
Excellent narration and a fine story combined to provide a great listening experience. The story captivated me while listening and made me look forward to my next quiet moment. It was a great way to learn a bit about our history while being treated to an entertaining experience.
Retired US Navy Submariner. Served in 2 Diesel boats, 2 fast attacks and 2 SSBNs Retired as Master Chief. Worked in civilian Nuclear power plants as a second career.
As somrone who served on a couple of the boats in this book. I was able to connect.
the author really knows subs. the narrator actually pronounced "submariner" correctly
The detailed description of the development of technology that went into signals analysis in order to track the Russian Subs, as well as the details of several specific missions and situations.
Three memorable moments come to mind (and they are all extensive parts of the book): the development of Project Boresight; the implementation of Project Boresight during the Cuban Missle Crisis; the wire tapping operations in the Sea of Okhotsk.
The narrarator did fine. When a single narrorator attempts to change his voice to sound like multiple characters, it gets a bit comical. But the narration was well read, easy to listen to, and very clear.
There were a few points that were frustrating because the author's research seemed a bit off on some points. Particularly with regard to the Russian submarine K-129. I strongly recommend Red Star Rouge for a detailed history of that submarine and the US recover of the submarine. Other history books (some of them autobiography's by individuals actually involved in different aspects) have confirmed that some of Red November's information on the K-129 was not entirely accurate (e.g., in From The Shadows, Robert Gates himself writes that he presented the Russians with the bell from the conning tower of the K-129. Gates could not have done that unless the US had gotten more of the sub than Red November indicates the US recovered.)
Good stories, well researched. I really enjoyed the read. small note: the stories were a bit disjointed, some told 3rd person, some 1st, some switched without a smooth transition. Maybe a paper read would have made the blending better.
I enjoyed the book but potential readers should know it is very technical. I enjoyed this aspect but some might not care for it.
As a former CSDG-1 member having served on many of the boat in the book and some others for a total of 6 boats and 2 sub-tenders. I made some spec-op including the Big One. Story done pretty well.
There were several moments where I found myself listening to this book thinking.. "That can't be right". After hearing about K-129 hitting the bottom at 200 knots I started doing some armchair research and very little of this book stands up to even basic scrutiny. It's an interesting story but belongs somewhere between "The Hunt for Red October" (fact based fiction) and "The DaVinci Code" (somewhat historically inspired fiction).