Firing Point

Firing Point

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by George Wallace, Don Keith
     
 

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At the top of the world…
At the bottom of the sea…
A war has begun.

Below the polar ice cap, an American nuclear submarine moves quietly in the freezing water, tailing a new Russian sub. But the usual, unspoken game of hide-and-seek between opposing captains is ended when the Americans hear sounds of disaster and flooding, and

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At the top of the world…
At the bottom of the sea…
A war has begun.

Below the polar ice cap, an American nuclear submarine moves quietly in the freezing water, tailing a new Russian sub. But the usual, unspoken game of hide-and-seek between opposing captains is ended when the Americans hear sounds of disaster and flooding, and the Russian sub sinks in a thousand feet of water. The American sub rushes to help, only to join its former quarry in the deep.

The situation ignites tensions around the world. As both Washington and Moscow prepare for what may be the beginnings of World War III, the USS Toledo—led by young, untested Captain Joe Glass—heads to the location to give aid. He soon discovers that the incident was no accident. And the men behind it have yet to make their final move.

A move only Glass can stop.  

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The movie rights to this complex submarine thriller have already been sold—no surprise; the plot unfolds like a summer blockbuster. Initially, though, Wallace and Keith (the duo behind Final Bearing) take their time immersing readers in a not-so-distant future balanced precariously between the Cold War and World War III. Rogue Russian Admiral Alexander Durov conspires to restore Russia to its Soviet Union-era ranking as the world’s most potent military force. His mission: detonate explosives secretly placed onboard one of the country’s submarines while it cruises deep beneath the ice-covered Barents Sea, and then blame the aggression on the United States. Meanwhile on land, the Russian mafia seeks to disrupt and destroy the U.S. stock market so as to divert attention from Durov’s attempted coup. By the book’s halfway point, scenes alternate quickly between above and below sea level, as the financial cabal unravels and an untested American submarine crew led by Joe Glass (one of the book’s few truly likeable characters) battles the rogue Russians. Following a frigid showdown in the Arctic Circle, Wallace (a former U.S. Navy commander with 22 years of experience on nuclear subs) and Keith quickly tie up loose ends, but the book’s length and an overabundance of characters—many with complicated Russian names—may frustrate readers. (July)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451237392
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/03/2012
Pages:
704
Sales rank:
1,032,173
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 7.40(h) x 1.60(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Don Keith is a critically-acclaimed, award-winning author. In addition to writing fiction and nonfiction, he heads up the curriculum in Media Marketing and Management at Virginia College and runs the school's full-service advertising and marketing agency.

George Wallace, Cdr. USN Ret., commanded the Los Angeles-class nuclear attack submarine USS Houston. During his tour of duty he worked extensively with the SEAL community developing SEAL/submarine tactics. Under Wallace's command the Houston was awarded the CIA Meritorious Unit Citation.

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Firing Point 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
LAmber More than 1 year ago
Well Anonymous is flat wrong and apparently didn't read the author blurb or he would realize that the author is a retired nuclear submarine captain. (I've read both his books and the information was on the back of the first one.) I would assume that experience would be enough to "take the time to find out". This is not my normal genre, but I really enjoyed reading this book. I found the detail and accuracy refreshing (military brat myself and numerous friends in active service). I've read a few "action/spy" novels that have had me falling over laughing at the portrayals of military life and the capabilities of the human body. They read more like adolescent male fantasies instead of gritty realistic action. I thought Final Bearing was a good first effort from a new author, Firing Point was even better, and can't wait to see another title.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
R u going to help me or do i have to figure it out on my own?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm gettig tired and pi**ed
leeondeck More than 1 year ago
Bravo Zulu, for anothe GREAT book. Could not put it down. Move over Tom Clansey, the new dynamic duo are in town. This book holds your interest from page one. You find yourself living the experiences with the characters. Hoping some get their comeupance, and some survive. I was lucky to get the preordered copy from my local B&N and could not stop until the end. Had to know what was happening next, and how it ends. Thank God for bubble-heads and SEALS.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is dumb beyond belief. It is less than a kids comic book. Inaccurate, silly story line, absolutely no clue about life on a Nuclear Sub and worse, never did take the time to find out. Save your money, this book is an ill conceived worthless piece of horse puckey. Whoever submitted the one review MUST work for the author.