Tidal Rip

Tidal Rip

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by Joe Buff

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A new world war has begun. It is the year 2012, and extremists in Germany and South Africa have succeeded in staging simultaneous coups to forge the Berlin-Boer Axis, a cabal determined to take over the world. The key instrument of this war is tactical nuclear weaponry, where a single torpedo or cruise missile can destroy an entire ship or city. And

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A new world war has begun. It is the year 2012, and extremists in Germany and South Africa have succeeded in staging simultaneous coups to forge the Berlin-Boer Axis, a cabal determined to take over the world. The key instrument of this war is tactical nuclear weaponry, where a single torpedo or cruise missile can destroy an entire ship or city. And while the war will be fought with high-tech weapons, it will be won or lost by the men who command them...

Commander Jeffrey Fuller is America's newest hero. Awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his victories in battle as captain of America's most sophisticated and deadly fast-attack nuclear submarine, the USS Challenger, Fuller takes grim satisfaction in the honor, knowing at what cost it came.

But he has barely enough time to receive the decoration before he is tasked with a new mission. An Allied convoy is steaming toward Africa, hoping to establish a beachhead on the continent that would enable a D-day type of invasion. The enemy has dispatched its most lethal submarine, the SMS Admiral von Scheer, a ceramic-hulled sub virtually undetectable by even the most advanced sonar technology, to ensure that the convoy never reaches its destination. Fuller's mission is to protect the convoy at all costs, even if it means battling the phantom sub to do it.

Then a nearly impossible mission gets even more difficult. Fuller discovers from intelligence sources that agents of the Berlin-Boer Axis are attempting to gain a foothold in South America, a development that would force the United States to fight the war on yet another front, an escalating conflict they can't possibly win. Now Fuller must make a no-win decision: deploy his team of Navy SEALs to South America to destroy the nuclear-armed enemy insurgents or patrol the depths of the Atlantic, seeking threats to the convoy? Even Fuller cannot be in two places at once, and the failure of either mission will mean defeat for the Allied cause.

Fuller's opponents have every technological advantage of modern warfare: nuclear-tipped torpedoes, high-velocity flechette projectiles, and hyper-accurate targeting computers. But a weapon is only as powerful as the man who wields it, and Fuller possesses the intellect, the nerve, and the guts that earned him victories over the most dangerous warriors in the Axis Navy. Stalking his prey beneath the waves where the pressure alone can kill, Commander Jeffrey Fuller knows that while one man's life may be meaningless, one man's death could change the course of the war.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Submarine aficionado Buff stirs up his usual whirlpool of frightening undersea exploits, but in this fourth outing his formula is beginning to feel a little soggy. Like last year's Crush Depth, this adventure features Jeffrey Fuller, commander of the super sub USS Challenger, locked in mortal combat in the year 2011 with his usual enemy, a submariner from the German navy. This time out, that adversary is Commander Ernst Beck, at the helm of the jewel of the fatherland's U-boat fleet, the Admiral von Scheer. As in Buff's previous Fuller adventures, the world is in the chaos of nuclear war. The Germans have teamed up with the South Africans, where the whites have retaken control, to form the "Axis." On the other side, the "Allies" are a loose confederation headed by the United States and Great Britain. With the Allies struggling to hold onto central Africa and prevent the Axis from spreading its reach into South America, Fuller is dispatched to seek and destroy the von Scheer, which has been littering the floor of the Atlantic with the hulls of Allied ships for months. The action ends in an exhilarating if inevitable showdown off the African coast. Buff brings both a descriptive flair and an undeniable knowledge of undersea warfare to his series. Here, he has also wisely chosen to jettison a silly, plot-diverting love affair that Fuller has been nurturing for the past couple of books. Yet the inevitability of the ending, almost identical to others in the series, makes this one a tiresome journey. (Nov. 11) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The continued adventures of heroic submarine commander Jeffrey Fuller, squaring off in the near future against the evil Axis powers. In this third installment, Buff picks up the story of WWIII in the summer of 2011, right where he left off (in Thunder in the Deep, 2001). Russia has just joined the enemy alliance anchored by Germany and the Boers of South Africa, a country torn apart by civil war. Conflict in this war centers around a strategic battle for the sea. At a glitzy ceremony, Fuller receives the Medal of Honor (though he loses it later that evening in an eerily coordinated attack on the streets of Washington) and a surprise visit from the president himself. The chief exec enlists Fuller and his nuclear submarine, the USS Challenger , in a critical new mission: protecting the coast of Brazil from an imminent Axis invasion. Fuller will be facing off against a young German captain who's almost his mirror image: Ernst Beck has similar heroic credentials and inherits the command of the Admiral von Scheer, a move that represents a whole new level of power and stealth, upon the death of his commanding officer. Fuller's mission is to sink the formidable von Scheer, which carries an atomic bomb, destined for discreet secretion somewhere in Brazil. Fuller's lady love Ilse Reebeck, oceanographer and Boer freedom fighter, makes a cameo appearance but doesn't accompany him, unlike in previous missions. A former Navy SEAL himself, Fuller leads a new team of guerillas, led by Cuban-American firebrand Felix Estabo, who's been working in the Amazon rainforest for months prior to Fuller's arrival. Some action follows Felix's physical exploits, but most of it unfolds as an undersea chess game, thereader hovering over the shoulders of Fuller and Beck as they plot their respective moves. Thick with technical data, strategy, and descriptive detail and written with stiff precision: for military tacticians, armchair and otherwise. Others, caveat emptor. Agent: John Talbot

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mr. Buff did it agsin. Another fast moving book from the start to the end.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
There is no doubt about it, this is a great book. Even if you¿re not interested in submarine warfare, this book will pull you in and not let go. I recommend this book; really, it¿s a great book. æ
Guest More than 1 year ago
He's done it again! Just when I thought he could not pull another military techno thriller hit out of his hat he does.Buff brings back Jeffery Fuller now a Congressional Medal Of Honor winner.The action takes off before he can get back to his ship after an aborted leave.After an attempt on his life he goes against his old enemy capt.Ernst Beck. Mr.Buff makes it very difficult to hate the German Captain because he paints a portrait of a tortured soul who carries out his duty but not with out deep reflections on the motivation of his military and political superiors. His compassion for his men and the concern for non combatants make him a man any country would be proud to have in uniform. The story is never boring nor does it get bogged down. I loved the fact that there is action on land with SEALS as well as under sea nuclear battles. I was only disapointed when I got to the last page of the book and knew I had to wait for a new one. TIDAL RIP is a keeper!
Guest More than 1 year ago
In a highly possible tale of limited future nuclear war at sea, with locales varying from a U.S. Navy submarine base, to New York City, to a South Pacific island, with a short stop in a secret concealed repair facility, the author brings his heroes and heroines, ever closer to the climactic meeting with with their chief adversaries from the Berlin-Boer Axis. In a cutting-edge platform, every bit as good as the American super-sub, crewed by men of equal valor, skill, and determination to win, the crew of Axis super-sub Voortrekker leads the Americans in Challenger, ever onward in an exciting 'cat-and-mouse' chase around half of the globe to their final destination under the Antarctic Ice. With pitched battles fought on dry land, in the deepest parts of the oceans, and both above and below the polar ice, there is something for everyone who likes the adrenaline rush of combat. Whether on a grand scale stretching over vast areas of ocean, or 'up close and personal' between small groups of highly trained and well-equipped special forces, it's all there to entertain you and make you think a little uneasily that it just might happen like that someday. Could it ever really happen like this? Will we all be ready if it does? Make up your own mind after reading this story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Joe Buff brings us another exciting title in his WWIII submarine warfare series. The detonations of hundreds of nuclear weapons in the world's oceans has resulted in the permanent alteration of the ocean's tides. This causes the earth to orbit farther from the sun and a newer, more ominous ice age looms. The future of submarine warefare appears to be doomed with the world's oceans turning to ice. The only way the allies can ensure 'freedom of navigation' in the oceans is to detontate thousands of nuclear weapons around the globe creating a 'nuclear summer.' Submarines are forced to duel in this hellish environment, one punctuated by nuclear blasts every other page. You might want to read this one with the air conditioner on high!