Final Bearing [NOOK Book]

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Juan de Santiago is not only a billionaire coca grower, he is also a deranged revolutionary; the commander of the most powerful private army in South America. Backed by power-hungry rogue nations who supply him with the latest weaponry, de Santiago devises a plan that will dishearten the American anti-drug effort and make him El Jefe once and for all. A successful soldier in Florida's antidrug war, Tom Kincaid is an expert on Colombia, with connections that lead directly to Juan de Santiago himself. But when U.S....

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Juan de Santiago is not only a billionaire coca grower, he is also a deranged revolutionary; the commander of the most powerful private army in South America. Backed by power-hungry rogue nations who supply him with the latest weaponry, de Santiago devises a plan that will dishearten the American anti-drug effort and make him El Jefe once and for all. A successful soldier in Florida's antidrug war, Tom Kincaid is an expert on Colombia, with connections that lead directly to Juan de Santiago himself. But when U.S. politicians demand a publicity-driven drug bust, they blow the cover of Kincaid's carefully crafted network, leaving most of his informants dead, and get the DEA agent exiled to the relative backwater of Seattle. Commander Jonathan Ward and his crew on the old attack sub Spadefish are on one last mission. They are to launch a strike that will put de Santiago and his empire out of business for good. They are getting help from Bill Beaman and his SEAL team, who are searching for the secret laboratories of de Santiago. Following deep jungle trails and hiking the lofty mountains of the ancient Inca Empire, they are intent on driving a stake through the heart of de Santiago's drug empire. But there is a leak in the Colombian government. Beaman and his SEALs are being stalked. From the old highways of the Incas to the plush haciendas of the drug lords, guerrilla armies are lurking, striking out at those who threaten their lucrative trade. And at the same time, a futuristic mini-sub leaves Colombia. Destination: Seattle. And it is loaded with the most lethal, addictive substance known to man.

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From Keith (Wizard of the Wind, 1997, etc.) and retired US Navy commander Wallace: a pulpish sea-opera that's firm on the submarine stuff if shaky on the storytelling. The U.S.S. Spadefish, once in the very forefront of nuclear attack subs, faces the ignominy of decommissioning. Its skipper, "razor thin" and razor-sharp Commander Jonathan Ward would like the gallant old boat to go out in style, and he's delighted when the idea of a final mission is broached, even though the task itself is on the unconventional side: a role in the war against South American drug trafficking. A multinational organization of anti-drug warriors called the Joint Drug Interdiction Agency has set its sights on the infamous Juan de Santiago, Colombia's leading purveyor of crack and heroin, who suddenly has a new and improved powder to push. To snort it once is to belong to us, de Santiago proclaims triumphantly before his distributors. "He's smart," Ward is told. "He's dangerous. And he's crazy as a loon." Smart may be overstatement, but crazy nails it. Consider: when de Santiago, a.k.a. El Jefe, learns there's a traitor in his inner circle-the mysterious El Falcone-he takes out the entire inner circle. That is, he invites his four closest underchiefs (and their womenfolk) to a shipboard party, then blows up the ship. So much for El Falcone, he boasts-incorrectly, as it turns out, since the pesky spy, in company with almost everyone else El Jefe comes in contact with, outwits and outmaneuvers him. Flash forward-many pages-and there's Spadefish, submerged, keeping tabs interminably on the Helena K, the druglord's ship, until, at length, the obligatory confrontation takes place with its all-too-predictableresolution. Now zoom in on Spadefish, lying in harbor, waves lapping respectfully at the decommissioned sub's worn-out flanks: "The brave old girl was going to her final rest at last." Sub-par.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940045670210
  • Publisher: George Wallace
  • Publication date: 2/2/2014
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 744,049
  • File size: 716 KB

Meet the Author

Born and raised in Eastern Ohio, Commander Wallace received his commission in the US Navy and a degree in engineering from The Ohio State University. After the obligatory and memorable interview with Admiral Rickover, he was accepted into the nuclear power and submarine communities. He served on two of Admiral Rickover’s famous “Forty One for Freedom”, the USS JOHN ADAMS SSBN 620 and the USS WOODROW WILSON SSBN 624, during which time he made nine one-hundred-day deterrent patrols through the height of the Cold War.Commander Wallace served as Executive Officer on the STURGEON class nuclear attack submarine SPADEFISH, SSN 668. SPADEFISH and all her sisters were decommissioned during the downsizing that occurred in the 1990′s. The passing of that great ship served as the inspiration for “Final Bearing”, his first novel co-authored with Don Keith.Commander Wallace then commanded the LOS ANGELES class nuclear attack submarine USS HOUSTON SSN 713. During this tour of duty he worked extensively with the SEAL community developing SEAL/submarine tactics. Under his command, the HOUSTON was awarded the CIA Meritorious Unit Citation.Commander George Wallace retired to the civilian business world in 1995, after twenty-two years of service on nuclear submarines.Commander Wallace lives with his wife, Penny, in Alexandria, Virginia
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2003

    White-knuckled reading

    Wallace and Keith manage to take the action from the jungles of South America to the streets of Seattle without missing a beat, but the best scenes take place within the confines of the submarine. Never has the pressure, camraderie, and very real danger of daily life on a sub been conveyed so fondly and so well. You don't have to be a submariner or even a fan of this genre to find this book thoroughly engrossing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2003

    Boring, Boring, Boring

    Only a former submariner would be interested in this novel. Too bad it only got interesting in the last hundred or so pages.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2003

    Adrenaline pumping adventure

    These guys know how to write a book. Their combination of writing talent and real world experience produced an adventure tale that had my heart pounding and my fingers turning the pages in anticipation. There are drug terrorists to hate, brave men to pull for, victims to fear for, and the future of our country riding on the outcome. The writing style and the authentic details give you a story world you can really experience. There are no cardboard characters here, no would-be adventurers. This is the real thing. After reading this book I feel like I've been there and done it. And I'm ready for the next mission, Commander. Just let me get myself in shape first. -- Charles Connor, Director of the Harriette Austin Writing Program, The University of Georgia.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2003

    Move over, Clancy and Coonts!

    I got a copy of the uncorrected proof from a friend at a local newspaper to consider doing a review and I have to say, if I get time to write the review, it will be a glowing one. The authors have done a wonderful job of moving the action along and not getting too bogged down in hardware details. I feel as if I have now been aboard a nuclear sub after the way the authors describe life aboard the USS Spadefish. The big thing--these things could actually happen. It is not so farfetched like so many in the genre tend to be. I heartily recommend...and now, I think I will write that review for the paper!

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