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Polaris

A Novel
Narrated by: John Pruden
Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
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"A riveting tale of warfare in the not too distant future. Tucker takes his technological know-how as a former nuclear submariner and masterfully weaves it into a sensational thriller that will leave you pondering the land- and sea-scape of armed conflicts yet to come. A gifted writer first, Tucker seamlessly maintains the perfect balance between exhilarating story-telling and edifying prose. Superb novel!" (R. Cameron Cooke, author of Pride Runs Deep)

One day in the not too distant future, Pete Hamlin regains consciousness deep inside the nuclear submarine Polaris. He's got a gun in his hand, a fire raging outside his door, and a dead man at his feet. Soon Pete discovers that the ship is in the middle of a mutiny - and he has no idea what side he's on.

He finds the ship is now commanded by the beautiful but volatile Hana Moody. She's locked the former captain, Finn McCallister, inside a steel trunk, accusing him of treason. Frank Holmes is Moody's loyalist, an imposing physical presence who shares Moody's unquestioning devotion to the cause of the Alliance. The ship's feckless doctor hovers in the background, unable to help Pete find out the truth about the Polaris. And outside the ship's steel hull lurks another submarine, yet another presence that might be either friend or deadly foe.

To save himself and discover the truth, Pete must journey with Polaris back to a forlorn piece of rock in the middle of a dangerous ocean: Eris Island. To get there he must fight murderous shipmates, a swarm of bomb-dropping drones, and a plague that is attacking everyone on both sides of a battle that Pete barely understands. Only on Eris Island does Hamlin finally learn the truth.

©2016 St. Martin's Press, LLC (P)2016 Macmillan Audio

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I like a good thriller but this one was so bad I returned the book to Audible.

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great non-stop action with too many flashbacks

this book was full of a lot of twists and turns with very descriptive action sequences and excellent narration. there are a few technical inaccuracies otherwise a very complete and accurate representation of current and future technology. the power systems on submarines ships and airplanes run at 400 Hertz versus 400 megahertz. this is to make the magnetic components of the system smaller and lighter such as transformers motors circuit breakers and reduction power supplies for DC circuit's. a 60 hertz transformer like you would have in your house might weigh 20 lb most of that is iron and about 10% of it is copper. The same transformer on a 400 hz system would weigh about 3 lb and have a toroidal core made out of powdered iron and resin that provides the same function in a more compact and efficient package. this also means that you need smaller and lighter filter capacitors etc to make the systems lighter and more efficient. this is more of an issue on aircraft than it is on Marine vessels as weight is a premium on an aircraft but not necessarily on a submarine.