Tidal Rip

Tidal Rip

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by Joe Buff
     
 

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An electrifying new voice in military fiction, Joe Buff has written a riveting and utterly realistic submarine adventure.

Jeffrey Fuller is going back to war.
Commander Fuller has distinguished himself in battle, becoming one of America's most inspirational heroes in its war with the Berlin-Boer Axis. Time and time again, Fuller has taken his crew of

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An electrifying new voice in military fiction, Joe Buff has written a riveting and utterly realistic submarine adventure.

Jeffrey Fuller is going back to war.
Commander Fuller has distinguished himself in battle, becoming one of America's most inspirational heroes in its war with the Berlin-Boer Axis. Time and time again, Fuller has taken his crew of elite submariners into the most dangerous waters in the world, matching wits and weapons with the best of Germany's and South Africa's fighting force, and every time he has emerged the victor.

But this time, Fuller is given an impossible mission. As the captain of America's most technologically advanced tactical nuclear submarine, Fuller is told that the Allies will lose the war unless two conditions are met. The only problem: if Fuller devotes his time to achieving one of his goals, he will sacrifice the other. With the war hanging in the balance, Fuller must accomplish the impossible, or he will lose not only his life, but the war itself.

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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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061754111
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/13/2009
Series:
A Jeffrey Fuller Novel , #4
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
560
Sales rank:
96,176
File size:
1 MB

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