It is fascinating, and I do not know of any books on the primary subject, which is radio direction finding of Russian submarines in the Cold War and the effect on the Cuban Missile crisis. The story from the Soviet side matches well with RISING TIDE, which is based on interviews with the Russian skippers. I would recommend this book to my submarine qualified friends. It is pretty technical, and not dumbed down, which I consider a strength. The only criticism is that as a conner he should steer clear of engine room issues and also theories about SCORPION that are unprovable.
If you are in the Navy or wear Dolphins, be prepared for some very weird pronunciations, for instance "Mar-eh" Island instead of Mare Island (like the horse), and "g'dunk" instead of gee dunk. I blame this entirely on the reader for not picking up the phone and asking about an unfamiliar word.
The reader has very weird pauses, which are distracting.
Yes, because I knew almost nothing about Jack the Ripper. The factual part of the story is very complete.
However, the secret military connection is speculative, which the author admits.
Baldacci has written an ok draft to give to a screenwriter. It is amateurish. Orlagh Cassidy is great as usual.
Get better editors - one for his high school English, and one for the technical content.
Orlagh Cassidy is the best part of this performance. Ron McLarty is ok...if he meant both Wingos to be annoying, he really hit the mark. You get used to the sound effects, but they are sort of funny after a while.
The whole book needs a really good scrub. The man writes in a string of idioms. The story is pretty good, if you can stand the conversation and suspend your disbelief. Stop using the word "protocol." The word you mean is "procedure." In the of the military, protocol means how to be polite to senior Admirals. Just to check myself, I read Dept of the Army Pamphlet 600-60: "Protocol is the combination of good manners andcommon sense, which allows effective communications between heads of state and theirrepresentatives." It is the FIRST Google hit for a search of Army Protocol. The military technical advisor the Mr. Baldacci thanks in the last chapter should know this. Speaking of which, the last chapter thanks all the wonderful publishing promoters that made him #1 in Denmark, etc., etc. It's pretty crass.
Mr. Baldacci, people exhale much more carbon dioxide than carbon monoxide. When people are trapped in a small enclosed environment, it is carbon dioxide buildup that threatens them, not oxygen depletion or carbon monoxide poisoning. Let's just stay away from underwater scenes, diving, recovering sunken treasure, or anything to do with submarines until we get you some help on this stuff. Also, people can't hear very well right after explosions. A shotgun blast, oxygen tank explosion in a sealed pressure vessel and you swimming to safety? This is action fantasy.
Ms. Roach's constant struggle for humor dilutes the research and is really bad comedy. It's an inherently interesting and funny subject, so it is hard to make it an annoyance, but she and the narrator manage it.
I cried 4 times. I missed interstate exits. I nearly ran out of gas. I have told everyone I know who will listen about this story. I am in awe of Louie as a man, a runner, a Christian, and an officer.
The is a fascinating story that deserves better treatment. The author sounds like a good historian but a poor storyteller. There was never a moment where I thought, "I just have to know what happens to this person." I stopped listening about halfway through.
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