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Red November Audiobook

Red November: Inside the Secret U.S.-Soviet Submarine War

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Publisher's Summary

Red November is filled with hair-raising, behind-the-scenes stories that take you deep beneath the surface and into the action of the Cold War.

Few know how close the world has come to annihilation better than the warriors who served America during the tense, 45-year struggle known as the Cold War. Yet for decades, their work has remained shrouded in secrecy. Now, in this riveting new history, W. Craig Reed, a former navy diver and fast-attack submariner, provides an eye-opening, pulse-pounding narrative of the underwater struggles and espionage operations between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. that brought us to the brink of nuclear war more than once.

Red November is filled with hair-raising, behind-the-scenes stories that take you deep beneath the surface and into the action during the entire Cold War period from 1946 through 1992. Reed served aboard submarines involved in espionage operations, and his father was a top military intelligence specialist intimately involved in the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Reed is one of the first authors to obtain so many in-depth interviews with dozens of navy divers, espionage operatives, submariners, and government officials on both sides (including several Soviet submarine captains) about the most daring and decorated missions of the conflict, including top-secret Ivy Bells, Boresight, Bulls Eye, and Holystone operations.

Transcending traditional submarine, espionage, and Cold War accounts, Red November is an up-close examination of one of the most dangerous times in world history and an intimate look at the men and women who participated in our country’s longest and most expensive underwater war.

©2010 W. Craig Reed (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“If Tom Clancy had turned The Hunt for Red October into a nonfiction thriller, W. Craig Reed’s Red November might be the result. Here is the full-throttle and riveting story of espionage, secret missions, and the never-before-told tales of submariners on the front lines of a clandestine war. Not to be missed!” (James Rollins)

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    James FAIRHOPE, AL, United States 02-03-13
    James FAIRHOPE, AL, United States 02-03-13

    Retired and Ready for Adventure. Just your everyday Grandfatherly, slightly overweight, bald headed, book affectionado! Enjoy documentary videos, Tom Clancy novels and Shaun Connery movies. Weakness for fast women, slow airplanes and challenging ski slopes. Ran out of money with lots of retirement to go; so I am committed to the Walter Mitty life. Did not say that was by choice. Enjoy.

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    Where does Red November rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I am reasonably new to this format, but with a littlle limited experience, I do have some comments.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Red November?

    Finally realizing what Walker's treachery had cost us.


    What three words best describe Tom Weiner’s voice?

    Authentic, military, historic.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    It was called a "Cold War" but real people died. Good people - Brave people!


    Any additional comments?

    Know I can see more clearly; Where we were and what we were doing.

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    Joseph Petaluma, CA, United States 12-09-12
    Joseph Petaluma, CA, United States 12-09-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Its no Blind Man's Bluff"

    Having been enthralled with Blind Man's Bluff from start to finish, I was hoping Red November would give more of the same. But it just doesnt measure up. This book recalls the facts, describes the event, but forgets to tell the story.

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    EJV 11-25-12
    EJV 11-25-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Outstanding story of courage and dedication"
    What made the experience of listening to Red November the most enjoyable?

    Excellent narration and a fine story combined to provide a great listening experience. The story captivated me while listening and made me look forward to my next quiet moment. It was a great way to learn a bit about our history while being treated to an entertaining experience.


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    matt stokes Apex, NC, US 09-14-12
    matt stokes Apex, NC, US 09-14-12 Member Since 2017

    Retired US Navy Submariner. Served in 2 Diesel boats, 2 fast attacks and 2 SSBNs Retired as Master Chief. Worked in civilian Nuclear power plants as a second career.

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    If you could sum up Red November in three words, what would they be?

    accurate exciting


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    As somrone who served on a couple of the boats in this book. I was able to connect.
    the author really knows subs. the narrator actually pronounced "submariner" correctly

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    David E. Barker 12-26-11 Member Since 2003
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    "Good book for students of the topic."
    What did you love best about Red November?

    The detailed description of the development of technology that went into signals analysis in order to track the Russian Subs, as well as the details of several specific missions and situations.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Red November?

    Three memorable moments come to mind (and they are all extensive parts of the book): the development of Project Boresight; the implementation of Project Boresight during the Cuban Missle Crisis; the wire tapping operations in the Sea of Okhotsk.


    What about Tom Weiner’s performance did you like?

    The narrarator did fine. When a single narrorator attempts to change his voice to sound like multiple characters, it gets a bit comical. But the narration was well read, easy to listen to, and very clear.


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

    There were a few points that were frustrating because the author's research seemed a bit off on some points. Particularly with regard to the Russian submarine K-129. I strongly recommend Red Star Rouge for a detailed history of that submarine and the US recover of the submarine. Other history books (some of them autobiography's by individuals actually involved in different aspects) have confirmed that some of Red November's information on the K-129 was not entirely accurate (e.g., in From The Shadows, Robert Gates himself writes that he presented the Russians with the bell from the conning tower of the K-129. Gates could not have done that unless the US had gotten more of the sub than Red November indicates the US recovered.)


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    SINselected 01-13-17
    SINselected 01-13-17

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    "Great collection of sea stories"

    Good stories, well researched. I really enjoyed the read. small note: the stories were a bit disjointed, some told 3rd person, some 1st, some switched without a smooth transition. Maybe a paper read would have made the blending better.

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    JustBill 01-06-17
    JustBill 01-06-17
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    Four USSR submarine captains saved nuclear analiation during Cuban missle crisis, on four separate occasions.

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    Bradford C. Snodgrass Indianapolis, In 12-14-15
    Bradford C. Snodgrass Indianapolis, In 12-14-15 Member Since 2012

    Weiner

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    "Good tech read"

    I enjoyed the book but potential readers should know it is very technical. I enjoyed this aspect but some might not care for it.

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    Jack Stuart 11-09-15
    Jack Stuart 11-09-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Former a Former CSDG-1 submariner"

    As a former CSDG-1 member having served on many of the boat in the book and some others for a total of 6 boats and 2 sub-tenders. I made some spec-op including the Big One. Story done pretty well.

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    Chika & Mike 10-20-15
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    "A "Historical Fiction""

    There were several moments where I found myself listening to this book thinking.. "That can't be right". After hearing about K-129 hitting the bottom at 200 knots I started doing some armchair research and very little of this book stands up to even basic scrutiny. It's an interesting story but belongs somewhere between "The Hunt for Red October" (fact based fiction) and "The DaVinci Code" (somewhat historically inspired fiction).

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