Attack of the Seawolf

Attack of the Seawolf

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by Michael Dimercurio
     
 

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One of our subs was missing

The nightmare fear of the U.S. had come true. One of our finest submarines, the U.S.S. Tampa, on a top-secret spying mission, had fallen into Chinese Communist hands. The Communists, fighting for survival in a savage civil war, now held not only the sub, the crew, and gutsy Commander Sean Murphy hostage, but U.S. power and

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One of our subs was missing

The nightmare fear of the U.S. had come true. One of our finest submarines, the U.S.S. Tampa, on a top-secret spying mission, had fallen into Chinese Communist hands. The Communists, fighting for survival in a savage civil war, now held not only the sub, the crew, and gutsy Commander Sean Murphy hostage, but U.S. power and prestige as well.

America had one last desperate card to play. The most advanced submarine in the world, the still untried U.S.S. Seawolf, under the command of maverick daredevil Captain Michael "Patch" Pacino. The Seawolf had to steal back the Tampa from where it lay guarded by the entire Chinese fleet armed to the teeth with technology from the bankrupt Russians.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In the near future posited by this convincing techno-thriller, China has collapsed into civil war. The U.S. nuclear sub Tampa , sent into the Gulf of Chilhi to collect intelligence, is discovered and captured by the communists. The Navy's newest submarine, the Sea wolf , embarks with a crack SEAL team for a rescue mission captained by Michael Pacino, who lost his last ship in last year's Voyage of the Devilfish . Now Pacino takes the Seawolf on a high-tech cutting-out expedition in the best tradition of 18th-century naval warfare. DiMercurio's characters are generally one-dimensional and his plot development owes a good deal to the presence of bad guys obliging enough to make the right mistakes at the right time. But his account of the Tampa 's recapture by a SEAL boarding party enlivens the novel's middle section, and he offers nail-biting excitement in the climactic scene of the Seawolf , alone, taking on Red China's entire northern fleet. The author knows how to provide the necessary descriptions of modern submarine technology without obstructing his story line. A summer must for techno-thriller fans. ( June )
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
YA-A naval adventure set in the immediate future. The U.S. government sends the nuclear submarine Tampa into the Gulf of Chilhi to gather intelligence on the progress of a civil war taking place in China. When it is captured by communist forces, Captain Michael Pacino is persuaded to come out of retirement to lead a SEAL team and the crew of the Navy's newest submarine, the Seawolf, to free it. Readers who enjoy Tom Clancy's books will relish DiMercurio's detailed descriptions of the subs, aircraft, and weaponry employed by the Chinese and Americans. The scenes in which the vessel is recaptured and escapes into international waters are vivid and exciting, as are those detailing the Seawolf's narrow escape at the end of the book. While the Chinese make a lot of convenient mistakes, and the characters are not particularly well developed, YAs will enjoy this book for its suspenseful action and scientific detail.-Patricia Noonan, Prince William Library System, Woodbridge, VA
Joe Collins
Because this is a novel about Navy submarines, there's plenty of testosterone aboard. DiMercurio also keeps the story pretty contemporary: it has a president named Bill, another character named Hillary, and even a character with the same name as the recent best-actor Oscar winner, Pacino. But "Attack of the Seawolf" is very entertaining as well as authentic. The author, a former Navy diver and officer, knows just about everything about submarines, even offering what basically amounts to physics lessons when things go wrong on board. And plenty does go wrong, starting with a preposterous attempt to rescue a spy sub and its crew from the clutches of the Chinese. The novel is set in the near future, with China in the midst of a civil war. The U.S. is reluctant to take sides but winds up in the soup anyway. Although it's hard to imagine any U.S. administration taking such a long-shot risk to rescue the sub, that's what happens. In general, it's all kind of corny, but it's exciting.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451180513
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
06/01/1994
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
4.24(w) x 6.86(h) x 1.08(d)

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Attack of the Seawolf 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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Attack of the Seawolf is possibly the best of Michael DiMercurio's series of submarine novels in which the USS Tampa is caught on a special spying mission in Chinese waters, during a Chinese civil war, with NSA spooks on board and the crew is taken prisoner by the communists. The Seawolf, under the command of series character Captain Pacino, with a team of Navy SEALs on board, is sent to free the crew. My only complaint is that the author does not really describe the ordeal the captured Tampa crew goes through, aside from one major scene but that does little to detract from this great story. This is a fast paced and action packed book with some very well written battle scenes. Far superior to Patrick Robinson's USS Seawolf, which follows an almost exact storyline.