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Publisher's Summary

The Challenger is the weapon of the future, a ceramic-hulled nuclear submarine with the most advanced electronics ever created. Acting captain Jeffrey Fuller's mission is to rescue the fast attack sub Texas, now lying on the bottom of the Atlantic. But a newly resurrected and fanatically militaristic Germany knows where the Texas is, too, and it knows the Challenger is coming. It is the Challenger the Germans want, dispatching their own high-tech supersub to destroy her.
Executive Producer: Laura Wilson
Producer: David Rapkin
Original jacket illustration: ©Tom Hallman
©2001 Joe Buff(p) 2002 Random House, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"[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

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  • Todd
  • Henderson, NV, USA
  • 01-19-06

Just didn't cut it!

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.

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    3 out of 5 stars

Steven Segal would star in the film

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.

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    2 out of 5 stars
  • Bob
  • spotsylvania, VA, USA
  • 02-06-03

boom boom bang, but no plot

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.

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    1 out of 5 stars

Dark, gruesome, depressing and ponderous

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.

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Love the book just wish it was all read here

This entire series of books is awesome but a big middle chunk is missing from the published version but you don't know about if you have not read the published book. This is the only one available in this series on Audible right now but have never run into this issue before.

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WOW !

I have read Buff 's best now : "Thunder in the Deep " and "Crash Dive" . These are easily my two BEST reads since joining up with Audible. I keep trying to get a mental picture of Ms Reebeck . I see Fuller as a sharp looking skinny man with black hair . His love Reebeck then ; perhaps a woman of impeccable beauty with a smile that could make you blush as her eyes x-rayed your heart and soul with one look ; her intuitive intellect meeting you with surprises just when you needed it the most. PLEASE Mr. Buff pen more immediately ! Having stories like this read to me reminds me of my youth., before I grew up, before the injuries stopped me in my tracks, It is almost impossible to stop this story even for a brief break. Amazing ! ! ! !

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A very poorly abridged version of an engaging work

This is a very poorly abridged version of an engaging work. Much more thought should have been given to what the listener actually hears.

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  • George
  • Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
  • 01-19-08

exciting

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
George

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  • Grover D.
  • Fort Washington, MD, USA
  • 04-19-07

Stump's Poll

This was very very good and held my attention for the full 6 hours and 40 minutes.

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  • Barney
  • Albert Lea, MN, USA
  • 10-30-05

No Character Development

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.