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Publisher's Summary

Navy pilot turned submarine officer Jerry Mitchell is now the navigator aboard USS Seawolf. On a reconnaissance mission deep in the Barents Sea, Mitchell and his crew prepare to watch the Russian navy as it trains for battle. Although they are outside Russia's territorial waters, the U.S. boat is ambushed by Russia's newest attack submarine, Severodvinsk. Its aggressive new captain, Aleksey Petrov, harasses the American intruder with dangerously fast, insanely close passes.

The subs collide, and the Russian ship sinks to the bottom, crippled. Only Seawolf knows where Severodvinsk is, but the Russian authorities are too angry to listen to the Americans, even in matters of life and death.

Mitchell and his shipmates must keep their own damaged vessel afloat, figure out a way to make the Russians listen, and keep the trapped submariners alive until they can be saved - if that is even possible.

Larry Bond uses his experience as an intelligence officer, warfare analyst, and antisubmarine technology specialist to give readers an expertly crafted techno-thriller. Like Run Silent, Run Deep and The Hunt for Red October, Cold Choices takes readers deep into the minds of submariners and the treacherous world in which they dwell.

©2009 Larry Bond; (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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Pretty goo

As a retired Navy man with a more than usual understanding of both US and Russian submarines, I found this book to be what we always wished would have happened, but never did.
We should have helped each other, many times, instead of doing our level best to kill each other and succeeding many times.
Other than a few mistakes between Army/Air Force terms and Navy terms, the author did an excellent job. It is obvious he was never in the Navy, or if he was, he must have served in another branch after the Navy and forgot the terminology used by the Navy, because he occasionally used non-Navy terms for things.
I was very impressed by the afterword where he explained where he obtained all the names used int he book.
I thank him for the honors he bestowed.

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  • John
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  • 09-12-09

a good yarn

A bit long winded in spots but overall this is a story that is not only possible but the tale is believable. This story kept me interested and I did not want to turn off the player when reaching my destination...I love books like that, doesn't everyone?

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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good mariners tale with tons of detail

I'm not a military person but the story was intriguing. Dick Hill was superb, always a treat to hear his narrations.

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Great Great Novel !

The first time I read this book (or listened on Audible) I may have been unkind. I wasn't feeling well that day and I don't remember what I said. This is by FAR the best submarine novel I have ever read/heard. I t beats "The Hunt for Red October " which is a great read. I would or I wish this to become a Big Screen movie ! I believe that it would play for quite a while !

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Great Sub v Sub story and more

Everything you need from a sub v sub story with great additional elements. Add the narration skills of Dick Hill and you have a winner.

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Slow start but worth the wait

If you could sum up Cold Choices in three words, what would they be?

Gripping, tense, exhilirating

What was one of the most memorable moments of Cold Choices?

That would be a spoiler

Which scene was your favorite?

That would also be a spoiler

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Not at first, but by the half-way point - yes.

Any additional comments?

This was my first Larry Bond book. It won't be the last. At first I wasn't sure I was going to hang in, as gets off to a slow start. But by the half-way point I couldn't put it down. It really was worth the time, because you only care about the characters so much at the end, because Larry took enough time at the beginning to let you really get to know them. Dick Hill's narration was brilliant.

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Great story,great narrator.

The combination of Larry Bond and Dick Hill is addictive.A story with great details on human and technical level. Really enjoyed it!

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An Exceptional blend of Story and Reader!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes... for those interested in Naval , and esp. Submarine Oprations!!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Cold Choices?

When the Russians trapped on the sunken sub 1st heard from the American sub via underwater telephone.

Which scene was your favorite?

When the Seawolf freed the Russian Sub.

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

Yes.... I did both at points in the book.

Any additional comments?

Once again a Most Excellent performance by Dick Hill. He is one of the readers that I will use as a filter to select what to listen to next. I will purchase the next book with this duo of Larry Bond and Dick Hill!

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A Winner

This work is well written and very well read. What a great combination for the listener. Bravo!

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I liked it!

I was wishing i hadn't already read Hunt for Red October several times because i was in a mood to hear it again, and then i found this book. It was just what i was looking for. There was good character development, and enough technology, politics and navy protocols to keep things interesting. I drive truck for a living and it kept me going and alert for several days of driving. I thought it was a good solid well written book and was sad for it to end.