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Firing Point | [George Wallace, Don Keith]

Firing Point

At the top of the world… at the bottom of the sea… a war has begun. Below the polar ice cap, an American nuclear submarine moves quietly in the frigid water, tailing a new Russian sub. But the usual, unspoken game of hide-and-seek between opposing captains ends when the Americans hear sounds of disaster and flooding, and the Russian sub sinks at a depth of a thousand feet. The American sub rushes to help, only to join its former quarry in the deep. The situation ignites tensions around the world.
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Publisher's Summary

At the top of the world…
At the bottom of the sea…
A war has begun.

Below the polar ice cap, an American nuclear submarine moves quietly in the frigid water, tailing a new Russian sub. But the usual, unspoken game of hide-and-seek between opposing captains ends when the Americans hear sounds of disaster and flooding, and the Russian sub sinks at a depth of a thousand feet. The American sub rushes to help, only to join its former quarry in the deep. The situation ignites tensions around the world.

As both Washington and Moscow prepare for what may be the beginning of World War III, the USS Toledo—led by young, untested Captain Joe Glass—heads to the location to give aid. He soon discovers that the incident was no accident. And the men behind it have yet to make their final move. A move only Glass can stop.

©2012 George Wallace and Don Keith (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 02-09-13
    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 02-09-13 Member Since 2010

    I am an avid eclectic reader.

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    "good submarine story"

    This book was recommended by a person I follow -Bob from Florida. I enjoy submarine and naval stories so I got it. I was not disappointed as the book had lots of suspense as submarines play hide and seek under the arctic ice cap. A newly built Russian sub goes under the ice with an older escort to start it's trial run, an explosion occurs and the new sub sinks to a 1000 feet. The USS Miami hears the explosion and comes to the aid of the sunken sub only to be shot and sunk by the other Russian sub. Here begins a twisted story of a Russian coup that leads the world to the brink of WWIII. Will the USS Toledo rescue the Russian submariners or not? Lots of action and drama in the story that will keep you glued to your headset. Wallace and Keith appear to know about submarines that keeps the story real. Stefan Rudnicki does a good job narrating the story.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Bob North Lauderdale, FL, United States 08-20-12
    Bob North Lauderdale, FL, United States 08-20-12
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    "Excellent thriller. Can't wait for more!"

    This is a great book. The style is like a mixture of Ted Bell and Steven Coonts. The story is sort of a mix of the old "Run Silent, Run Deep" and "The Hunt for Red October".It is a real page turner and difficult to find a good stopping point. If I could have, I would have read the entire book all at once. The characters are realistic, the story believable and well researched. The narration was also excellent. If you enjoy thrillers and especially naval military books. don't miss this one!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Graham 09-13-12
    Graham 09-13-12
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    "Explosive insight into sub world"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Very entertaining listen - just the right amount of technical detail without slowing down the action.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Multiple plots wove around the central engagement to keep you wanting the next instalment.


    Which character – as performed by Stefan Rudnicki – was your favorite?

    The Russian Admiral was captured just right.


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

    Just bloody entertaining!


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth the listen.....will wait for any other books they do.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew SEATTLE, WA, United States 08-09-12
    Matthew SEATTLE, WA, United States 08-09-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Icy Adventure"

    If you are into Arctic Submarine adventures, stuff blowing up, lots of guy to guy dynamics, Russian mafiaso and technical descriptions of anti submarine technology, etc., then this is the audio book for you.

    If this stuff isn't your bag, then take a pass. Of note, the performance is well done, with reasonably good character thumbnails and accents.

    Passably good "guy" stuff.

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    Dan O. 11-18-13
    Dan O. 11-18-13
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    "Red Rover, Red Rover, Who needs Red October?"

    What a terrific, ripping yarn this is. If you liked Clancy's Red October even a little bit, you'll love this. Story-wise it was very engaging -- hated to press pause. Narration was top-notch. Wish there were more by this pair.

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    Cynbee San Jose, CA, United States 10-31-13
    Cynbee San Jose, CA, United States 10-31-13 Member Since 2012

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    "packed with action"

    At first, I was startled by how deep the narrator's voice is. But since most of the characters are men, this is actually fine and lends the right air to this military action drama.

    It must have been much easier for writers during the Cold War. There was one enemy: Communists (Russia or China would do, though in the 80s hermetic China seemed like a flyspeck in the world scene). So pick a villain, paint him red, and watch our American heroes save the day.

    This book bridges from the Cold War to the modern day by making the Russian villain a traitor to his own democratic government, and the Russian president a weak, pro-West, and good-hearted figure. It then careens about the planet, jumping from subs to military bases to the NYSE and all around again. Each short scene is packed with action and plot development.

    You won't be bored reading this book. The submarine scenes seem well researched (indeed, the first author is a retired sub captain). I'm not sure I believe all of the political moves, and no one in the book has apparently heard of Wikileaks or the internet. I like it when things tie up neatly, as the scenes in this book do, so it's hard to complain that some characters seem motivated by advancing an exciting storyline or that all the military dudes have unerring gut instinct.

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