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SSN: Strategies of Submarine Warfare [NOOK Book]

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The "forgotten Clancy novel," SSN is a complete submarine warfare novel with maps, photos, and a special interview with Tom Clancy and former submarine commander Doug Littlejohns
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SSN: Strategies of Submarine Warfare

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Overview

The "forgotten Clancy novel," SSN is a complete submarine warfare novel with maps, photos, and a special interview with Tom Clancy and former submarine commander Doug Littlejohns
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101002414
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 2/1/2000
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 130,399
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

At one time, Tom Clancy was an obscure Maryland insurance broker with a passion for naval history and only a letter to the editor and a brief article on the MX missile to his credit. Years before he had been an English major at Baltimore’s Loyola College and had always dreamed of writing a novel. His first effort, The Hunt for Red Octoberthe story of a Russian submarine captain who defects to the United Statessold briskly as a result of rave reviews, then catapulted onto the New York Times bestseller list after President Reagan pronounced it “the perfect yarn” and “non-put-downable.” Since then Clancy has established himself as an undisputed master at blending exceptional realism and authenticity, intricate plotting, and razor-sharp suspense.



Clancy’s next novel, Red Storm Rising, took on U.S./Soviet tension by providing a realistic modern war scenario arising from a conventional Soviet attack on NATO. Other bestsellers followed: Patriot Games dealt with terrorism; Cardinal of the Kremlin focused on spies, secrets and the strategic defense initiative; Clear and Present Danger asked what if there was a real war on drugs; The Sum of All Fears centered around post-Cold War attempts to rekindle U.S./Soviet animosity; Without Remorse took on the rising U.S. drug trade and Vietnam War era POW’s; and Debt of Honor explored the hazards of American/Japanese economic competition, the vulnerability of America’s financial system, and the dangers of military downsizing. In light of the events of September 11, 2001, Debt of Honor demonstrated once and for all Clancy’s cutting-edge prescience in predicting future events. The novel ends with a suicide attack against the U.S. Capitol Building by a terrorist flying a 747 out of Dulles airport.





Clancy’s uninterrupted string of best sellers continued with Executive Orders, which combined the threat of biological and conventional terrorism with the instability of the Persian Gulf region; Rainbow Six, which explored the dual threats posed by former Soviet intelligence operatives willing to sell themselves to the highest bidder, and genetically engineering bio weapons; and The Bear and The Dragon, which posited a limited war between China, the U.S. and Russia.





Clancy’s nonfiction works include Submarine, Armored Cav, Fighter Wing, Marine, and Airbornea series of guided tours of America’s warfighting assets. He has also written three books in an extraordinary nonfiction series that looks deep into the art of war through the eyes of America’s outstanding military commanders. Into The Storm: A Study in Command, written with armor and infantry General Fred Franks Jr., and Every Man a Tiger, written with Air Force General Chuck Horner, won unanimous praise for their detailed exploration of traditional war-fighting from the ground and from the air. The third book in the Commanders series, Shadow Warriors: Inside the Special Forces, written with General Carl Stiner, former commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command, tells the story of the soldiers whose training, resourcefulness, and creativity make them capable of jobs that few other soldiers can handle, in situations where traditional arms and movement don’t apply.  






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    1. Hometown:
      Huntingtown, Maryland
    1. Date of Birth:
      April 12, 1947
    2. Place of Birth:
      Baltimore, Maryland
    1. Date of Death:
      October 1, 2013
    2. Place of Death:
      Baltimore, Maryland

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2003

    Great book

    This book was the best book i have ever read... even though some other people don't like it... its because its not there type of book... but i would recomend this to ANYONE who wants to buy it. I think it was great... EXTREEM SUSPENCE IN EVERY SENTENCE!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2001

    Waste of time and money

    I haven't even finished the book. To be honest, I got about half of it read, skimmed the rest of the pages and came to a conclusion that this book wasn't worth the $5 bill that I found on the ground the day that I bought it, or the time spent reading it. This book is SO predictable. It's not just that it's predictable, it's almost impossible for one submarine to sink all of the things that it did. This goes on for chapters on end. Do NOT buy this book, even with money that you find on the ground!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2000

    Terrible!!!

    This is the worst Tom Clancy book I have ever read! It was a complete waste of time. The action was so unrealistic, it was ridiculous. Every chapter was the same. There was no character development or plot to the story at all. I am a fan of Tom Clancy, but should be ashamed to have his name associated with this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2000

    Not your average Clancy, but still good

    This book really deserves 3.5 points. If your into submarines it's great. Clancy describes everything in perfect detail and the action is awesome, but unrealistic. The submarine nor any other vessels in the entire American naval fleet are even harmed. At one point a helicopter is shot down. That's it. No characters are described in detail, in fact, we only know the name of one character, the Captain of the submarine. This is still a good book but it's more of a guide to submarine warfare, not a story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2000

    Good, but repetive

    I like all of Clancy's other books, but this one left me unsatisfied. SSN was action packed and jumped from one chapter to the next, but it was very repetive. At most it kept me occupied on the plane for 8 hours!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2000

    Typical beach book

    Disappointed in repetitive action sequence. No character development. Bought because my daughters name is Cheyenne and thought Clancy would make good reading. Submariner life fairly accurate but bland beyond that.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2014

    Very good read

    I found this to be as engaging, if not more so, than Clancy's other nonfiction works. Highly recommended to those wishing to learn more about submarine tactics.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2009

    A very engaging read

    Very excellent plot line from start to finish giving a somewhat realistic picture of what it would be like if United States would actually go to war with China. Very fast paced, explosive book, hard to put down once you get started. It will give you an insight into the world of the submariner that few authors are capable of giving. If there are any short-comings of this book I would have to say that it is that there is a little bit of a bend in the scope of reality. First of all, 1 american submarine destroying close to 100 submarines of the enemy...unlikely, but I'd be willing to give it the benefit of the doubt; on the other hand being able to spend so many months at sea without any relief is just not within the realm of possibility. Third, and finally; the fact that Russia was able to give them a sub that runs quieter than any nuclear submarine known in the world, was just too far-fetched. First of all Russia hasn't been anywhere near the head of any arms races for the last 20 years. Still, for action, and suspense I give 5 stars.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2003

    Clancy could have done better/worse

    I liked the book. Suspense, action (no shortage of that). Problem is, the realness of ONE submarine killing literally 75 or so targets is a little over the top. AND without help from anyone else and no scratches from its adventures. A little unrealistic this time, but still a decent/good book to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2003

    Terrible

    This book was ok, it was interesting learning about how submarines work, but the story and plot are so unrealitic,it made it boring. I am 3/4 done with the book, and i could care aless if i even finish it. One submarine, all alone, takes on convoys, and other submarines over and over, and never gets scratched. It is interesting, but boring. There are no characters to get involved with. Dont waste your time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2003

    So dam realistic

    This book was so realistic and unbelievable. It shows me the pressure and anxiety of being in a submarine.TOM CLANCY did it again!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2002

    BEST BOOK EVER

    This was the most amazing book i ever read. It has action, suspense and keeps u on the edge of ur seat. I was astonished by the details Mr. Clancy used and he brought the whole story to life. U gotta read it!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2001

    Ok, but all the same

    This is an ok book. Lots of suspense, good descriptions of what goes on, but it gets repetitive eventually...was it like 45 submarines to 1? Something like that. There isnt relating to the characters either.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2000

    Read This Great Action Book

    This book was the greatest book I have ever read by my favorite author Tom Clancy. I liked the book because of its constant action and suspense. When I read SSN it was like a reference book and I learned a lot about the life inside a nuclear powered submarine. The cliff hanger at the end of each chapter kept my reading SSN. I would highly suggest reading this or any other Tom Clancy books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2000

    SSN

    I like submarine stories, and this is an awsome book! the only problem is that every incident happens without much deph (no pun intended).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2000

    An excellent book for sub warfare fans

    This book is addictive and keeps the reader on the edge of thier seat.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2000

    just great

    this book is full of action it keeps you turning from page to page, and this is from a 16 year old.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2000

    Kept me turning the pages, thats all that matters to me

    I'm one of those people that thinks its unfair to judge one book based on a different book that is as great as rainbow six or any of his other great novels. Regardless SSN was a very good book in its own respects.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2000

    Great...but Still not as good as Red October

    This book was action-packed and involved submarines which I love, the only downside to it would be that Clancy did not go that in-depth to his characters, as he usually does

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2000

    Great for reading when you KNOW its fiction...

    To good to be true.All wins,no losses not even a surface ship ran! The Cheyenne didn't take a hit! But I still feel that all of Clancy's writings are energetic, forceful and keep me turning pages.

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