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Black Sea Affair | [Don Brown]

Black Sea Affair

As the U.S. Navy searches for weapons-grade plutonium that has been smuggled by terrorists out of Russia, a submarine mishap in the Black Sea brings the United States and Russia to the brink of nuclear war. It is a race against the clock, with Russian missiles activated and programmed for American cities.
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Publisher's Summary

As the U.S. Navy searches for weapons-grade plutonium that has been smuggled by terrorists out of Russia, a submarine mishap in the Black Sea brings the United States and Russia to the brink of nuclear war. It is a race against the clock, with Russian missiles activated and programmed for American cities.

©2008 Don Brown (P)2009 Zondervan

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    Scott Moss Beach, CA, United States 07-30-12
    Scott Moss Beach, CA, United States 07-30-12 Member Since 2009

    Wine, food and travel writer, editor, and aspiring novelist.

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    "Poor Narrator for this Book"
    What would have made Black Sea Affair better?

    A different narrator.


    Would you recommend Black Sea Affair to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. The narrator has a strong English accent which is perfect for Dickens or Alexander McCall Smith, but absolutely atrocious for a book about the U.S. navy. His American accents are laughable, and the Russian, Checnyan and Egyptians all sounded the same; I couldn't tell who was speaking.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of James Adams?

    Dylan Baker would be good, or Peter Giles.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Black Sea Affair?

    I didn't finish it, so I can't say.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mgreisman 07-26-12
    Mgreisman 07-26-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Horrible! Complete dribble."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Burning it and starting over after either serving on subs or researching them.


    Has Black Sea Affair turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Nope


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Black Sea Affair?

    All of them


    Any additional comments?

    I could only make it through about 20 mins of this before I deleted it. Easily the worst submarine thriller ever written. There are glaring technical mistakes such as saying the 688's have "propellers" they only have 1 and they're called "screws" in the Navy. Also, you do not fire "torps" in the Navy. When firing a torpedo or "fish" you refer to firing the tube said fish is in. Also, people in the navy cuss, a lot. No cussing whatsoever? I read other reviews of this book on another site and found that its published by a super right wing christian publisher and apparently thats evident the deeper you go into the book. I never made it that far. Avoid! There are far better sub thriller authors out there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Outside1 So. Calif. USA 07-18-12
    Outside1 So. Calif. USA 07-18-12 Member Since 2010

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    "So poorly thought out, illogical, and just dumb."
    Would you try another book from Don Brown and/or James Adams?

    Never


    Has Black Sea Affair turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    How could the performance have been better?

    Absolutely


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Black Sea Affair?

    I would cut the entire book.


    Any additional comments?

    Poorly written Christian zealtory, in the form of an adventure story.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel H. Willard 07-11-12 Member Since 2011

    Love to read and audible is a great way to do that almost any place. Retired Computer Analyst living on the beach.

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    "Great Story poor reader...."
    What did you like best about Black Sea Affair? What did you like least?

    Loved the story good theme, good story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Black Sea Affair?

    All was great the story has a good line and keeps you waiting for the next section


    Would you be willing to try another one of James Adams???s performances?

    No, NEVER, NOT EVER AGAIN. HE speaks bristish English with an American book ti just does not fit. Does not truly understand American English and it way of saying things. Most absurb redention of southern person speaking. His reading was so poor had to leave story several times to rest listen to something else then come back again.


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    Tom Moore, OK, United States 07-10-12
    Tom Moore, OK, United States 07-10-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Cat and Mouse"
    If you could sum up Black Sea Affair in three words, what would they be?

    Life as a submariner involved in a cat and mouse chase where sometimes your the Cat and other times your the Mouse against a global threat.


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    Bookfan43 Boiling Springs, Pa United States 07-09-12
    Bookfan43 Boiling Springs, Pa United States 07-09-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Why use a Brit for a narrator ?"
    What made the experience of listening to Black Sea Affair the most enjoyable?

    The story started out very slow, but it did build up. But what annoyed me in the extreme was using a British narrator for what was suppose to be an American Naval drama. James Adams barely tried to use an American accent and he used all the British pronunciations for words like schedule. It detracted from the whole book.


    If you’ve listened to books by Don Brown before, how does this one compare?

    I liked his other books better.


    Would you be willing to try another one of James Adams’s performances?

    Only if the story was set in Britain


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sue HOUSTON, TX, United States 07-23-12
    Sue HOUSTON, TX, United States 07-23-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Submarine challenge"
    Would you try another book from Don Brown and/or James Adams?

    Yes for both


    If you’ve listened to books by Don Brown before, how does this one compare?

    Cannot answer


    Have you listened to any of James Adams’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Cannot answer


    Was Black Sea Affair worth the listening time?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    It was a nice afternoon entertainment on our way to another state.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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