In the Arctic, two American intelligence operatives are kidnapped while investigating Russian submarines - a constant, covert presence beneath the ice caps. In Washington, ex-Marine Charlie Dean and his team at Desk Three trace the abduction back to the Russian mafia, who have their sights set on the massive reserves of oil that lie thousands of feet below the ocean's floor.
...into the line of fire.
While Dean is sent to the Arctic to rescue the hostages, the beautiful Lia Francesca penetrates a heavily guarded dacha on the shores of the Black Sea. There she learns the explosive truth about Russia and its Arctic oil - one that could cost Dean and his Deep Black team their lives...and drive the world's superpowers to the brink of war.
Special ops: listen to another Deep Black thriller.
©2009 Stephen Coonts; (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
"Coonts knows how to write and build suspense....a natural storyteller." (The New York Times Book Review)
"The master of the techno-thriller." (Publishers Weekly)
New co-author, who obviously didn't read the previous books. No mention of key events and several supporting characters are missing. WAY too much preaching on global warming. Kills off a major character unnecessarily. Obviously the new author wants to establish his own story line, but JEEZ! Coonts should have stuck to DeFelice as coauthor. Don't much care for the new reader, either. I'm less than halfway through and it's debatable whether I'll bother to finish.
I love the Deep Black Series from Stephen Coonts. I miss that this one was not co-written along with Jim DeFelice. It is well written but you can tell the difference. The second issue I have is the constant irritation of the repitition of the the longitude and lattitude almost at the beginning of each sentence. The book would not lose anything without the constant references. It became so annoying at times I almost had to stop listening. There is another very upsetting twist in the plot that was disturbing to a loyal Deep Black fan. I will not be a spoiler here. But loyalists will be upset with the author.
I hope that the next Deep Black book will have Jim DeFelice back. I liked his style. I don't know why there was a change. He was missed in the novel. Still a good story line
The plot in this book is good and the characters are ok. Every time the story changes a location which is often, the author put in the time date and GPS location. Sometimes this would occur every couple of minutes. It really distracted from the story.
This one is packed with action and gives a nice glimpse into aspects of geopolitics few people are focused on, but should be. Refreshingly, the characters act out of a moral certainty uncommon in the world today (literature included). Enlightens as it entertains. I often wonder how Coonts knows this stuff!
Overall I enjoyed this book. I enjoyed it more and more as it got closer to the end. The down side of it was that even into the middle, it was in large like a documentry. Then it switched into gear and was an all out thriller right to the end. It is definately a page turner! If you are into spy thrillers, you will enjoy this one.
Great Book. We need More books like this one. If you what to listen to his other books the you need to listen to this one so the other make more sense.
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Yes. I enjoy the series.
I got tired of the non stop Latitude and Longitude updates with 12:43 UTC - 6 hours. That got HIGHLY annoying.
The Deep Black series attracted me because of the action. This one spends too much time with longwinded explanations, especially about global warming. And I was really unhappy with the turn of events early in the book. Maybe they are trying to go in a new direction with a new co-author. But it has probably lost me as a reader of the series.
I found this book hard to get into. It has a lot of action but little to make you connect with the characters. That being the case, I found myself not caring what happened to the characters - or the plot.
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