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Publisher's Summary

Stalking the Red Bear, for the first time ever, describes the action principally from the perspective of a commanding officer of a nuclear submarine during the Cold War - the one man aboard a sub who makes the critical decisions - taking us closer to the Soviet target than any work on submarine espionage has ever done before.

This is the untold story of a covert submarine espionage operation against the Soviet Union during the Cold War as experienced by the commanding officer of an active submarine. Few individuals outside the intelligence and submarine communities knew anything about these top-secret missions.

Cloaking itself in virtual invisibility to avoid detection, the USS Blackfin went sub vs. sub deep within Soviet-controlled waters north of the Arctic Circle, where the risks were extraordinarily high and anything could happen. Listeners will know what it was like to carry out a covert mission aboard a nuke and experience the sights, sounds, and dangers unique to submarining.

©2009 Peter Sasgen (P)2017 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"An exciting and realistic journey deep into the cold black waters of covert submarine espionage during the Cold War era." (Kenneth Sewell, New York Times best-selling author)

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  • Old66stang
  • vacavilee, CA, United States
  • 07-05-17

A peak into a submarine's life.

This book gives some insight as events and things that could have happened during the cold war between Russia and the US under the Sea.

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  • Nicholas
  • Santa Monica, CA, United States
  • 07-02-17

Dull Dull Dull

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

This book is a collection of dry facts strung together with little or no story telling skill.

What could Peter Sasgen have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Read David McCullough. He knows how to weave facts and history into a page turner.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

The poor narrator did a great job with dreadful material.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

None.

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  • Jonathan
  • 09-04-17

Interesting Listening.

A "factional" look at, cat and mouse, US cold-war sea patrols in the Barents Sea.