Executive Producer: Laura Wilson
Producer: David Rapkin
Original jacket illustration: ©Tom Hallman
©2001 Joe Buff(p) 2002 Random House, Inc.
"[He] out-Clancys Clancy's lust for detail ... the action lives up to the jargon... Buff gives us terrific battle maneuvers... Talk about fun."- Kirkus Reviews
Hard as I tried, I just could not really get involved in this book. It may have been the narration, which I felt was choppy, lacking in emotion and style. It may have been the lack of a consistent plot, or lack of development and attachment to characters. Whatever it was, I just could not lose myself in the story, One should not have to work to stay involved.
This book was devoid of any notion of a plot. It was just a mix of macho killings, nuclear and tactical and hand to hand. Waste of time - amateurish except perhaps for details of submarine weaponry. But that has been done and done better before.
Normally I just fill in the number of stars that I feel a book deserves based on how it held my interest, but this book hit a nerve. In the year 2011, the Germans have forgotten lessons learned from their past and are using their new hi-tech submarine fleet to conquer the North Atlantic. Only the US and England seem to have enough sense to fight them but England is suffering severely due to the lack of any vessels with supplies being able to make it to the Great Isle. The weapons of choice of these naval vessels are "low yield" nuclear torpedoes and missiles. Much of the book is spent describing in minute detail the chases, tracking and destruction of various naval vessels, most especially nuclear submarines. We read about the horrifying consequences of "surviving" a strike by one these projectiles- melted and blackened faces bobbing on the ocean. When the hero has to lead a raid into a super secret facility where the Germans are developing a "super" end all weapon, we are exposed to the details of battle that only those who have lived through it can describe (but will not appreciate). We read about people being blown to pieces and cut to pieces by high powered weapons. We read the detailed and lengthy descriptions of the sickening smells of cordite mixed with the smell of bowels, the gruesome sounds, and the excess of running blood. The battle sequences were too detailed and too long. This book paints a, not too far off, future where the world has little humanity and people and nations have little hope.
Get ready for some fast moving episodes. The start is very confusing, because things are happening so fast. Once you get to understand what is happening you can't stop listening
It was hard to become involved in the reading of this book. There was no real character development. It sounded as if the book were written for a poorly developed action/adventure movie script. As lives were being taken through the use of atomic weaponry there was no attachment to the people involved. I was glad when it finished.
It's hard to review this book because I don't want to trash it. But it's true that this is a "B" story at best. Lots of bang and slash, but not a lot of story behind it. Still, it was entertaining in a mindless kind of way.
In the end, I didn't care about any of the characters, so I wasn't 'involved' in the story and every now and then I would catch myself heckling it, but that said, it was mindless entertainment, so it wasn't so bad.
What's worse, an action packed story that isn't trying to take itself seriously, or a truely badly written plot trying to pass itself off as quality? Thunder in the deep isn't trying to preach to you or take itself seriously. It's kind of like a Bond film without the exotic women.
Listen, enjoy, just don't expect too much from it.
Don't bother buying this book. The premise is unreal. World war 3 is started and every country with nukes is using them as if they are going out of style. One soon reaches the stage of wondering why the countries would even continue fighting for the world. The entire planet would be uninhabitable.
The author also needs to learn to use pronouns. The writing was like it was done by a fifth grader.
All in all a waste of mmoney.
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