The subs collide, and the Russian ship sinks to the bottom, crippled. Only Seawolf knows where Severodvinsk is, but the Russian authorities are too angry to listen to the Americans, even in matters of life and death.
Mitchell and his shipmates must keep their own damaged vessel afloat, figure out a way to make the Russians listen, and keep the trapped submariners alive until they can be saved - if that is even possible.
Larry Bond uses his experience as an intelligence officer, warfare analyst, and antisubmarine technology specialist to give readers an expertly crafted techno-thriller. Like Run Silent, Run Deep and The Hunt for Red October, Cold Choices takes readers deep into the minds of submariners and the treacherous world in which they dwell.
©2009 Larry Bond; (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
As a retired Navy man with a more than usual understanding of both US and Russian submarines, I found this book to be what we always wished would have happened, but never did.
We should have helped each other, many times, instead of doing our level best to kill each other and succeeding many times.
Other than a few mistakes between Army/Air Force terms and Navy terms, the author did an excellent job. It is obvious he was never in the Navy, or if he was, he must have served in another branch after the Navy and forgot the terminology used by the Navy, because he occasionally used non-Navy terms for things.
I was very impressed by the afterword where he explained where he obtained all the names used int he book.
I thank him for the honors he bestowed.
A bit long winded in spots but overall this is a story that is not only possible but the tale is believable. This story kept me interested and I did not want to turn off the player when reaching my destination...I love books like that, doesn't everyone?
Everything you need from a sub v sub story with great additional elements. Add the narration skills of Dick Hill and you have a winner.
Gripping, tense, exhilirating
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That would also be a spoiler
Not at first, but by the half-way point - yes.
This was my first Larry Bond book. It won't be the last. At first I wasn't sure I was going to hang in, as gets off to a slow start. But by the half-way point I couldn't put it down. It really was worth the time, because you only care about the characters so much at the end, because Larry took enough time at the beginning to let you really get to know them. Dick Hill's narration was brilliant.
Yes... for those interested in Naval , and esp. Submarine Oprations!!
When the Russians trapped on the sunken sub 1st heard from the American sub via underwater telephone.
When the Seawolf freed the Russian Sub.
Yes.... I did both at points in the book.
Once again a Most Excellent performance by Dick Hill. He is one of the readers that I will use as a filter to select what to listen to next. I will purchase the next book with this duo of Larry Bond and Dick Hill!
I was wishing i hadn't already read Hunt for Red October several times because i was in a mood to hear it again, and then i found this book. It was just what i was looking for. There was good character development, and enough technology, politics and navy protocols to keep things interesting. I drive truck for a living and it kept me going and alert for several days of driving. I thought it was a good solid well written book and was sad for it to end.
To its credit, for a book of this length, the story and characters are well developed. I wasn't groping around to remember which role was played by the many characters. And the story was easy to track -- something that cannot be said for many novels of this type. However, it was incredibly slow, at least through the middle, which is as far as I could get. This book doesn't suffer from anything most fat novels suffer from -- overstuffed scenes, with lots of dialogue from peripheral characters, turned into long chapters that could have be drawn in a few short pages. I've read some contemporary submarine thrillers, like those from Michael DiMercurio, that sped along at a much more compelling pace. Cold choices is a good story that never quite took off.
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