Xiang Li Cheng, the President of the People's Republic of China, has both a problem and a plan. The problem is that the limited supply of oil available to China is threatening to derail his country's economic growth and prosperity. But to secure access to those resources, he must contend with powerful U.S. Navy and the Pacific Fleet. After a decades-long largely secret military buildup, Cheng sets his plan in motion by suddenly invading Taiwan and drawing the Pacific Fleet in to its defense. With a faster, larger fleet with more capable long range missiles, China is able to surprise and quickly overwhelm the American fast attack fleet, all but wiping out the U.S. forces on deployment. Then China turns to its real objective - invasion and expansion across Asia, starting with the four main Islands of Japan.
While the Atlantic Fleet surges westward to defend its allies and respond to the destruction of their counterparts, it falls to an unlikely alliance of three people to stop this incursion and prevent World War III. National Security Advisor Christine O'Connor has critical information, but she's trapped in Beijing; Captain Murray Wilson, C.O. of the submarine USS Georgia must somehow infiltrate the Chinese submarine blockade; and Navy SEAL Jake Harrison must lead a strike team into the most hostile of territories with only hours to implement the most daring plan ever.
©2015 Rick Campbell (P)2015 Macmillan Audio
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"Author know subs"
This is a book that matches bearings and shoots. A real page turner and I am looking forward to future books.
The author needs a better editor. It was too long and too redundant. As to the recording, I got very tired of the performer calling out torpedo distances (which is. Another thing that could have been edited out).
"Interesting premise, but not carried off well"
Needs a good editor and someone to check technical details. It actually starts out fairly well, but as it goes on it gets more and more like a cartoon or comic book. I assume the technical details on the submarine are accurate since the author has direct knowledge. Nonetheless, this could have been pared down some without losing the significance. If the book had been 100 pages longer I would have expected Christina to sprout wings, or show her brain-reading ability. About 2/3 of the way through I began to hope that one of the Chinese would put a few slugs right into Christine's brain cavity, or perhaps through her apparently gigantic boobs. There are a few typos that should have been caught such as "below crush depth" when he clearly meant well above crush depth, in describing how so many of the subs and skimmers could be salvaged. Also - There is NO safety catch/lever on a Glock pistol. Chrtistine works the safety at several spots. If you are going to use specifics, then do the research or just use generic. Can't imagine putting a suppressor on a G26. It would be very nose-heavy and very prone to limp-wristing malfunction due to the tiny handgrip.
Characters, even the main ones, if there are any, very 2D at best.
Probably not. Trident deception was okay, but now appears to be his best work. If there is to be another in this series, either retire Christine or explain her super-powers up front.
With pretty much anyone else reading it. Every time the situation got excited, the reader slipped into a shrill higher pitch that reminded me a lot of Joe Pesci on speed. The reader just never calmed down. Apparently he is an alto at best, so it just got higher and sillier with any effort to impart tension or danger.
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The basic storyline premise was not bad, and has been worked by some other authors as well, though without the cyber element. It's really just an action/adventure tale with some extra details in sub operations. Apparently USN has ceased antisubmarine air operations as they play no part in these battles than nearly rival Leyte in scope, and Savo Island in results.
"Way too out there to be believable."
I would make the U.S. less completely helpless; the Chinese destroyed strategic assets (that's what Nukes are for). I understand the Chinese mentality in the beginning the treaty sucked for them. But they took a controllable situation and made it to where only one side could win. I would make China more aggressive why stop at destroying the pacific fleet why not the entire US Navy fleet. They are basically making themselves unforgivable and they seem to be unstoppable. Why take the risk of allowing us to eventually retaliate. I imagine our Subs could be a lot quieter that he makes them out to be. The Chinese basically jumped from 20 years behind us to 20 years ahead of us and Infiltrated our entire military infrastructure. Peoples heads should roll
Way less believable and more annoying
I got tired of the narrator screaming in my ear.
Not unless its a training film on not how portray the US Military to American readers. Its not about us loosing its about how we lost.
Fred Berman needs to stop screaming when hes talking. I think i failed my workplace hearing test after listening to this book. I asked where the listening to audiobooks section in noisy hobbies was and they just laughed its really not funny though it was not a fun experience.
"A fun thriller but spoiled by technical errors"
I might if he does better research on the technical details especially when he relies on them to get out of bad situations. I read his earlier book which was far better written than this one.
Not use rediculous and far fetched solutions to resolve bad situations. For example, sucessfully landing an entire airwing on a carrier that has a 40 foot hole in the flight deck that takes out all the Cross Deck Pendants (wires that the an aircraft tail hook catches on landing) and shortens the useable landing distance. Then asserting that every aircraft could stop using only their brakes before running out of landing space. Plus all pilots being blinded by the dense smoke of the Carrier on fire, and relying on automatic landing system alone. Not withstanding landing an entire airwing in less than 20 minutes. No modern jet combat aircraft could land and come to a full stop using only its brakes even if a full length flight deck were available. Landing an entire Airwing worth of aircraft in 20 minutes could not happen during a normal operation as each aircraft also has to clear the deack for the next aircraft that is already on final approach. Each aircraft further has to be moved to a parking spot to allow recovery of all aircraft. His scenario of this is ludicrously laughable, pattently rediculous and detracts from what could be a great book. This is only one of several glaring techical details that ruined my full enjoyment of the story.
Yes I liked his portrayal of the main chracters but as some one else remarked the yelling of various watch standers reporting to operational commanders got to be too much.
Never its too stupid on some of its technical details and the heronine too much of a Super Woman to be accepted as genuine. Maybe a. Graphic novel character but not otherwise
As a retired Navy officer I found the premise of China out manuevering America on the cyber level is a definite and realistic possibility maybe even a probability. The U.S. Thinks itself as superior in the cyber world and Thinks of China as inferior. It simply is not so. Most of our fighting machines are highly dependant on software programming. We have aquired superior aircraft that are incapable of doing the job they were designed for because the software is not ready and in some cases are years away from being ready. We are cutting corners and reducing and eliminating funding across the board injudiciously - impeading the availability and functionality of weapons systems we are already committed to and form an integral part of our readiness and defense. This novel at least does a good job of highliting that we may losing future conflicts on the basis of software performance and/or vulnerability of being sabotaged. If you doubt this is a real threat you only have to look at all the recent major companies that have been hacked, some of whom were defense contractors. Some of this hacking has been traced to China. Who do you think writes the vast majority of the programs for our weapons systems? What is the likely hood of coders being bribed or coerced into sabotage? Civliian Defense Contractors are the answer to these questions. All of this is made clear in this novel, even if it has glaring errors in other ways. For that reason I did enjoy the story.
"Decent storyline but narrator is unbearable"
The story line is decent but the narration is a big distraction to me. I should have listened to the audio sample but I didn't. He sounds like Joe Pesci screaming when he tries to read the dramatic parts. Imagine nails to a chalkboard. His normal reading voice, I can bear but beyond that; it's like a tenor trying to reach beyond his range. The different characters all sound the same same.
The author definitely knows his submarines and weaves a good enough story to keep you engaged. I totally enjoyed Rick Campbell's first book, The Trident Deception and narrator was good. This one; not so much. Please listen to the sample before you purchase.
I'm a retired Submarine Chief (Nuclear Electronics Technician). I'm a Plank owner on the Kentucky and the Annapolis was my second submarine. This was one of the most interesting books that I've listened to and I've listened to quite a few. I've read many more from a bunk on a submarine and I would say that this ranks very high on my list of great reads. For those that are concerned about the accuracy of the novel, I would say chill out its fiction and the author as a retired Navy man is limited on the actual facts and capabilities that he can divulge. Looking forward to the next book which comes out in a couple weeks.
"It could actually happen. "
Hopefully America will never have to declare War again. The elephant in the room would be escalation to use Nuclesr wrapons I kept thinking that the author might go there. This situation is of a type that might find folks thinking in that direction. Scary. ...
HARD TO PUT DOWN
WELL TOLD .
"techy submariner thriller"
exceptional narration having to voice numerous similar characters. After audio books abt FBI, CIA, NSA, CI and history of such, this was my first military strategic and loved it. The end was different than i would like, at first, but provided a history lesson in the making.
Good story line and action.
Some part of the story had some holes in it. The big one is if US had China war plan. Would we have not given warning to Japan about China plans to attack Japan.
But over a good book.
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