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By the close of the 20th century, China had gathered secret information concerning United States military surveillance and guided-missile technology. Now, in 2005, the technology is in production in China's new breed of submarine-based, long-range missiles. The dragon has stirred. Admiral Arnold Morgan, the President's National Security Adviser, cannot sit back and wait for China to perfect their new ballistic weapon. Instead, he dispatches the most lethal hunter-killer submarine in the fleet, U.S.S. Seawolf, deep into the China Sea. Seawolf eludes the Chinese until a catastrophic accident suddenly puts the U.S. submarine at their mercy. The crew vanishes, plainly captive. At the risk of starting World War III, Admiral Morgan orders in the elite Navy SEALs to rescue the Americans at all cost. Under cover of darkness, the SEALs move into the forbidden waters of South China Sea. Their orders are brutal: whatever it takes. Failure, unthinkable.
©2000 by Patrick Robinson; 2000 Danilo Ducek (P)2000 HarperCollins Publishers Inc.

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"An absolutely marvelous thriller writer." (Jack Higgins)

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A fantastic story that could happen in real life

Loved the book. It held my attention from start to finish. I would recommend it to anyone who likes military thrillers.

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Terrible

What would have made U.S.S. Seawolf better?

Different narrator.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Not a bad twist. Helped make an otherwise awful story more paletable.

Would you be willing to try another one of David McCallum’s performances?

With the right story (British spy novel), yes.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment.

Any additional comments?

When I once served in submarines movies were the mainstay of entertainment. Often times the movies brought aboard were the leftovers not selected by other deployed boats. But once started you had to suffer through the really awful ones lest you be ridiculed as a "non hacker." Catcalls during these flick ofter heard were "punch my hacker card!" Another favorite was "this is a three fingered gager." I offer this background to explain why I finished this book. I had to get my hacker card punched once again. The most obvious flaw was David McCullum attempting to mould his British accent into Chineese, or that of a cigar smoking American admiral. It didn't work. In fact, it didn't work so badly that it became my quest to suffer through to the end. I like David as an actor and enjoy his skills but he didn't fit this at all. The story itself was OK, not great, not very authentic, but OK....assuming that you can suspend belief easily. Anyway, this is just terrible and I was very disappointed. Still, it has been a long time since I suffered a 3 fingered gager and got my hacker card punched. So, from that standpoint, I'm glad I finished it. To those of you who quit half way through, you are just a bunch on non hackers.

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Don't waste your money

I found the plot confusing, and essentially no character development. I tried to get through it twice, but turned it off both times. Mr. Robinson is not the next Tom Clancy.

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Excellent...Powerful..Tearful..Edge of Chair

So very good... so tearful ( I am a very proud Army wife for 21 yrs). I first chose to listen because of the narrator, David McCullum💕, but he truly made the book more believable, this could happen to any one who serves this great country...how often has an honorable service person been “thrown under the bus” because of a grieving parent who has power or money. The ending was truly a sad shock..but how many times has that happened... SO POWERFUL

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Have to listen to this book!!!I

I couldn't listen to this book fast enough I enjoyed it from start to finish a must-listen!

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Not very plausible

This story does not have very much to it. The level of detail and the plausibility is just not very good.
The performance was very good. If it was not for the performance, I would've stopped listening halfway into the book and would not have missed a thing.

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great novelist and Great perform

USS Seawolf was a great novel you may recognize the performer is ducky from NCIS. the book itself is a bridged my question for audible is why no one Umbridge copies available I seem to be missing key points of information inside the plotline.

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uss seawof is one of the finest I ever listened

the audio is very interesting with lots interesting parts of latest technology in submarine and the conflict between US and China in the deep south China sea