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Cold Choices | [Larry Bond]

Cold Choices

Navy pilot turned submarine officer Jerry Mitchell is now the navigator aboard USS Seawolf. On a reconnaissance mission deep in the Barents Sea, Mitchell and his crew prepare to watch the Russian navy as it trains for battle. Although they are outside Russia's territorial waters, the U.S. boat is ambushed by Russia's newest attack submarine, Severodvinsk. Its aggressive new captain, Aleksey Petrov, harasses the American intruder with dangerously fast, insanely close passes.
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Publisher's Summary

Navy pilot turned submarine officer Jerry Mitchell is now the navigator aboard USS Seawolf. On a reconnaissance mission deep in the Barents Sea, Mitchell and his crew prepare to watch the Russian navy as it trains for battle. Although they are outside Russia's territorial waters, the U.S. boat is ambushed by Russia's newest attack submarine, Severodvinsk. Its aggressive new captain, Aleksey Petrov, harasses the American intruder with dangerously fast, insanely close passes.

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.

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    Don Mayfield Heights, OH, United States 09-04-09
    Don Mayfield Heights, OH, United States 09-04-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Pretty goo"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    John Leeds, AL, United States 09-12-09
    John Leeds, AL, United States 09-12-09 Member Since 2003
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    "a good yarn"

    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?

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Patrick Sparkill, NY, United States 06-14-09
    Patrick Sparkill, NY, United States 06-14-09 Member Since 2006
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    "good mariners tale with tons of detail"

    I'm not a military person but the story was intriguing. Dick Hill was superb, always a treat to hear his narrations.

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    Sandra Slate Hill, NY, United States 08-13-12
    Sandra Slate Hill, NY, United States 08-13-12 Member Since 2011
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    "An Exceptional blend of Story and Reader!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes... for those interested in Naval , and esp. Submarine Oprations!!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Cold Choices?

    When the Russians trapped on the sunken sub 1st heard from the American sub via underwater telephone.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the Seawolf freed the Russian Sub.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes.... I did both at points in the book.


    Any additional comments?

    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!

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    Mary NARROWS, VA, United States 05-13-11
    Mary NARROWS, VA, United States 05-13-11 Member Since 2008
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    "A Winner"

    This work is well written and very well read. What a great combination for the listener. Bravo!

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    peggy Hartford, WI, United States 08-05-10
    peggy Hartford, WI, United States 08-05-10 Member Since 2005
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    "I liked it!"

    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.

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    Mitchell J. Albala Seattle, WA United States 03-09-10
    Mitchell J. Albala Seattle, WA United States 03-09-10 Member Since 2004
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    "Steady, well plotted, but boring"

    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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    Steven A. Miller Los Angeles, CA 02-16-10
    Steven A. Miller Los Angeles, CA 02-16-10 Member Since 2004
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    "Great Modern Navy book"

    When and American nuclear submarine and Russian nuclear submarine collide under the Bering Sea, the survival and rescue operations are tense and riveting

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    Michael LOUISVILLE, KY, United States 02-07-10
    Michael LOUISVILLE, KY, United States 02-07-10 Member Since 2002
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    "Hoped for more."

    In a word - boring. I'm sure there was an okay story in there somewhere but nothing set this story apart from the million others like it. Long, drawn-out details about the most superficial things had me hollering at the narrator to "get on with it." In the end it just semed more like a documentary. Educational to be sure - but I was hoping more for a thriller.

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