Early in 1968, a nuclear-armed Soviet submarine sank in the waters off Hawaii, hundreds of miles closer to American shores than it should have been. Compelling evidence strongly suggests that the sub sank while attempting to fire a nuclear missile.
We now know that the Soviets had lost track of the sub; it had become a rogue. The Nixon administration launched a clandestine, half-billion-dollar project to recover the sunken K-129. The successful recovery effort helped forge new relations between the U.S. and the Soviets, even as it revealed a treacherous plan to provoke war between the U.S. and China, a plan that, had it succeeded, would have had devastating consequences.
©2005 Kenneth Sewell and Clint Richmond; (P)2005 Blackstone Audiobooks
The real story of the submarine K-129 - as told in this book - is important, startling and deserves to be known. Unfortunately, the available facts of the case can support little more than a long magazine article. As a result, the book is quite repetitive. One can feel the author straining to fill the pages. Further, he mixes fact and 'speculative re-creation' too freely in the first half, leaving it unclear what is Definitely True as opposed to Probably True. Nonetheless, this book tells an amazing story with far-reaching and historic implications. A must-read for enthusiasts of Cold War history.
"Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence."
- Carl Sagan
The chief problem here is that the author starts with *only* four facts; K-129 had 15 more crewmen on board than normal, K-129 failed to send out two routine radio reports, K-129 was closer to Hawaii than assigned when it went down, and K-129 was apparently on the surface when it suffered an explosion that sank it...
...and his conclusion is that this adds up to a plot by shadowy forces in the Kremlin to start a nuclear war between China and the USA by using K-129 as a stand-in for a Chinese missile submarine and nuking Pearl Harbor.
Add to this the old-time snake oil salesman's dodge of claiming, "my sources are secret and cannot come forward!" and you get the picture. A cop I know once observed, "in any criminal case, there are things the police believe, things the police know, and things the police can prove."
None of this silly book is remotely *proven*. It's all just conjecture. If you want to waste your time, stick with that TV show where they hunt for Bigfoot.
A friend who worked on submarines recommended this book and said many of the facts are true from his experience and what he heard through his navy career. Still the book could of been cut in half at least. I kept thinking to myself. "You said that already move on" If you like subs and sub stories like I do, it is a MUST READ. I would recommend "Blinds Man Bluff" next.
Very good. Could have benefited from some editing. I found myself wandering during some of the early details on Soviet military life.
I wasn't prepared when I found the book seemed to be in two or more parts: First, background and major events; then, later events and analysis. This arrangement was a pleasant surprise and served the story well. It kept things simpler.
A real-life thriller!
Rich with detail, this fascinating account of a little-known moment in history and the resulting cascade of events that followed kept me riveted and sparked a desire to find out much more about this quandary. Well worth the choice.
In the tradition of Tom Clancy, a great spy story is pitched. Whether it is true or not may never be known, but the theory fits the available facts. In my experience, the story rings true, and presented some additional new information on a key event of the cold war. Red Star Rogue is a compelling read.
For those interested in cold war history and military issues, this book is very interesting, and shocking. Since listening, I have researched some of what is discussed in this book, and it has all checked out. It is hard to believe that the story this book tells isn't more widely known. The narraration is good, and the research is very detailed. I highly recommend this book to those inclined to detailed history.
Cold War nuclear submarine brinkmanship is what this book is about. Very well narrated and an interesting theory that it was a rogue group of Soviets that wanted to start World War III by nuking Hawaii. Very interesting conclusions are made about this theory. Overall I loved listening to this audio-book. A good read/listen for anyone that is interested in Cold War/Naval brinkmanship.
I couldn't stop listening to this. This was one of those stories that never made sense to me. Ken's hypothesis is credible - it really could have happened this way. And it ties together some inexplicable events that I always wondered about.
The Russian officer's wife sense of doom.
The Glomar Explorer was berthed behind my ship in 1973 at Pier Echo, Naval Station Long Beach. It was the oddest looking ship I had ever seen. The story we got was that it was a deep ocean mining/research vessel. I didn't know it was a Hughes vessel. Ironically, enough right across the harbor from Pier Echo was the gray corrugated metal hangar the Spruce Goose was berthed in.
Excellent coverage of a topic, of which, not much was known. The information contained is overwhelming in detail, and one assumes, accuracy. It does manage to connect the dots for a number of already known facts and reveals a rather sinister, if not frightening, plot.
How one event in history can affect global relations is truly fascinating.
Superb, and engaging writing, and well worth a listen to.
"Excellent subject Comical narrater"
Such a shame that an excellent book should be ruined by a totally useless narrater .......shame on who ever commissioned this reader
Without doubt a super story. Expertly read and keeps your interested from start to finish
That special moment when the glomar explorer got involved
Brian Emerson brings to life this Cold War thriller. He has the perfect "Company" espionage voice.
The sub plots discussing Cold War espionage tricks such as wire taps etc
"good story - interesting"
I found the whole story fascinating - more so as I had never heard of it before. I don't draw the same conspiracy conclusions s the author but that didn't spoil it .
"Red Star Rouge"
The story, the factual evidence, and the mystery
he presented it well, he kept your interest
Its not for laughing or crying, but interesting and why havent we heared about it before. it make you wonder -Who are the enermy?
Good factual knowledge and presented in a way that is listernable
This story is really interesting. The author manages to go into quite a lot of technical detail but doesn't let it get in the way of the story.
"Great detail and research = probable truth!"
A well researched possible scenario makes for a great story that is completely believable if not the truth!
The narrator was brilliant.
Well worth purchasing.
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