Silent Descent

Silent Descent

by Dick Couch
     
 

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Officially the Cold War may have ended, but instead of disarming, the Russian Republic is covertly selling its nuclear weapons to Third World nations for grain and manufactured goods. And in the process, it is contaminating the Arctic Ocean with nuclear pollutants. The United States has no way of proving any of this unless it can locate a key U.S. mole who is working…  See more details below

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Officially the Cold War may have ended, but instead of disarming, the Russian Republic is covertly selling its nuclear weapons to Third World nations for grain and manufactured goods. And in the process, it is contaminating the Arctic Ocean with nuclear pollutants. The United States has no way of proving any of this unless it can locate a key U.S. mole who is working on the Kola Peninsula at the site of the nuclear transactions. But when the mole falls out of contact, it becomes a job for the U.S. Navy SEALs - America's most elite fighting force. Five men, handpicked members of SEAL Team Two, must penetrate the brutal frozen peninsula in northern Russia to bring the contact out, even as political and military odds are stacking up against them. And even if they locate the mole and obtain the proof they need, they must still make their rendezvous with the American A-2l2 submarine that is playing daily cat-and-mouse games with Russian nuclear subs in Russian waters.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The author of Pressure Point enhances his reputation with a post-Cold War techno-thriller that boasts intricate plotting, exciting action, full-bodied characters and energetic dialogue. A Russian general seeking to feed his men trades nuclear weapons for grain, using what remains of the former Soviet Union's security apparatus to keep his own government in the dark. Rather than publicly accuse him and force an international confrontation, the U.S. elects to launch a covert operation. General William Thon, a Vietnam veteran decorated with both the Silver Star and a Purple Heart, is charged with training an elite Navy SEAL team to enter Siberia, contact an agent-in-place and bring back proof of the conspiracy. Couch, himself a former SEAL and CIA officer, deftly lays out the details of the operation's planning and execution, which eventually involves an American submarine risking discovery in Russian waters to extract the SEALs. The complex plot never seems contrived, thanks to the author's careful attention to his story's human dimension. His presentation of life in post-Soviet Russia, with its potentially explosive mixture of hardship, hope and memory, is a well-executed counterpoint to the clandestine derring-do. Also to his credit, Couch maintains suspense without succumbing to the violent denouement often characteristic of this genre. (Sept.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425143353
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
07/01/1994
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 5.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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