©1998 Sherry Sontag and Christopher Drew; (P)1998 HarperCollins Publishers
"Enthralling." (Kirkus Reviews)
"This is the kind of non-fiction that drives people like me crazy. Why? Because it's almost impossible to make up stuff this good." (John Weisman, author of the Rogue Warrior series)
This book amazed me and gave me insight on how much we really did to win the cold war....we were by far more involved that I ever imagined...
Straight up, it's exciting, heartbreaking, and amazing!
You MUST listen to this book!
I was a CT "spook" during the 60's while some of these missions were going on. I can believe everything in the stories. It's all true.
It presented facts from different sources that brought the story of the Glomar Explorer and K129 into very sharp focus.
There are really no identifiable characters in that this is a true story of SPY vs SPY in the major leagues.
Story was well read but would benefit from sme perceptive editing.
My schedule did not allow this but I would certainly have done so if I could.
Should be read with Scorpion Down to see the entire picture of the the intelligence capabilities and use of subs.
Always listening ...
... it is more like a set of story pieces from the 60 year history of the use of subs in military intelligence gathering.... and less like a truly connected tale (or even history). The book basically lacks an arc. Also, the audiobook is abridged, and I think the connectivity across the years may get further disjointed as a result. Lastly, at almost every step it seemd as if both the author(s) and the narrator tried too hard to interject slightly heightened (yet transparent) drama whenever possible.
The book seemed too topical. I'm familiar with the topic and this really seemed like it was research background for a book but really lacked depth and lustre. I've been following non fiction lately and was really pleased with War by Junger, American Sniper by Chris Kyle, and also House to House stood up fairly well. Before joining audible I had read Iron Coffins and the story of U505 as well as Tom Clancey's Red October as well as a few other titles I can't recall. Anyway to me there was nothing new here, and it seemed sort of like I was being read a synosis compiled from Wikipedia. I was hoping for a lot more.
Really no pop, nothing enthralling. I think a well researched fiction could be more educational. I'm not a huge Clancy fan but I'll give him this at least, his research and level of detail are top shelf. The background bits in Red October are better than this account.
I must say the narration was also flat. I didn't realize how much good narration could add to a story but it does, but not in this case. The narration also seemed flat. I'd say adequate would be true, but also, no pop.
There was a New York Times, or New Yorker stories worth of interesting stuff in there but not a books worth. Looks elsewhere for the exploits of the Halibut and the Parchee and you'll have the most interesting parts of the book. That info can be found by some googling.
I'm sorry to say I can't recommend
While this book is neither well-written, nor well-read, it does contain interesting information about the use of submarines, diesel and nuclear, during the Cold War. It provides insight into the decision-making processes of those in the government as well as in the submarine service. If this a subject you already have knowledge of, don't bother. If not, I at least found it interesting.
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