It's as big as the Empire State Building, a massive floating fortress at the throbbing heart of a US Navy carrier battle group. Its supersonic aircraft can level entire cities at a stroke. Its surveillance gear can track every target within thousands of square miles - in the air, on the surface, and under the sea. Its crew of 6,000 works night and day to keep this awesome military machine at peak performance. It's a Nimitz-class nuclear carrier, the most powerful weapons system on the planet. Nothing can touch it.
So when the first stunned messages say only that the Thomas Jefferson has disappeared, the navy reacts with disbelief. But as her battered escorts report in, the truth becomes inescapable: a Nimitz-class carrier has been claimed by nuclear catastrophe - the mightiest military unit on earth, vaporized without warning by an accidental detonation of unimaginable power. No other explanation is possible.
But as navy maverick Bill Baldridge begins to investigate the disaster that claimed his idolized brother's life, another chilling alternative begins to emerge from the high-tech web of fleeting sonar contacts and elusive radar blips. It points to a rogue submarine commanded by a world-class undersea warrior with the steely nerve and cunning of a master spy. Suddenly it's up to Bill Baldridge to track down this shadowy nuclear terrorist who has already turned America's ultimate weapon into the biggest sitting duck in history - and who still has another nuclear-tipped torpedo in his tubes. He's already proved he has the icy ruthlessness to incinerate 6,000 sailors without a qualm. What will he do for an encore?
In this audio the modern military springs to life, from the Pentagon's tense conferences to the screaming flight deck of a giant carrier to the silent conning tower of an attack sub on full alert. But as Bill Baldridge races against time to pursue the nation's most deadly enemy, we are forced to ask ourselves serious real-life questions: Have defense budget cuts jeopardized our national security? Are we prepared to defend ourselves against naval terrorists? How safe are we?
Nimitz Class is a world-class technothriller with a plot as riveting as The Hunt for Red October - and an explosive twist out of tomorrow's headlines.
Today it's a novel. Tomorrow it might be the news.
©1997 Patrick Robinson (P)1997 Recorded Books, LLC
Enjoying one good listen after the next!
I may as well admit it -- I bought this book because George Guidall is the narrator. (I could listen to him read anything for eternity.) Not only did I get great narration; I got a darned good story too -- and I'm not generally a big fan of military-ish books.
This book is the first of a long series by Robinson (some narrated by Guidall, some by other readers) all featuring various types of subs and warships which are linked for continuity through recurring characters.
Nimitz Class is really a page turner as military experts try to determine what really happened to the United States' biggest, meanest aircraft carrier after it simply disappeared in the seas near Iran and as they do so, restrict information to the press and public so as not to cause panic and alarm.
There was certainly a bit of far-fetched fantasy within this fictional account of the Nimitz Class warship and its crew; but a great deal of fact about the operations and capabilities of the ship and crew too. What I enjoyed most was the way the author wove the lives of the main characters together and gave them depth and dimension.
I will likely purchase other books by Robinson -- as long as George narrates them!
I love to read, the books need to be fairly complicated or interesting in their own way. I belong to a book club that selects great books.
This book kept me on the edge of my seat throughout the book. Well written, and it gave me a brief glance at what happens on a submarine. Bravo!!
still an excellent piece of work, even though it is dated and so much has happened in the theater of operations for this plot!
Most interesting technical info about naval operations and fleets with a story of intrigue that might have been woven into a 1st class story. Without more clandestine work and description, solutions were presented too conveniently. Will read a later story by author, hopefully to see a more in depth story line, including all the military detail
As always, Mr. Guidall is mesmerizing. Will consider anything he reads.
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