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The Tiger Cruise
     

The Tiger Cruise

by Richard L. Thompson
 

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Inscriptions Magazine
The USS Woodbridge, a nuclear attack submarine, is not on a three hour tour. Instead, it takes a bunch of civilians (family and friends of Navy personnel) on a two-day cruise. Unfortunately, while they're gone, an earthquake hits the East Coast.

Iraqi leaders see this natural disaster as an opportunity for destruction, and so they send a sub filled with anthrax to the U.S. The people on the Woodbridge, who I remind you are mostly civilians, must deal with this threat.

Interspersed between the actual narrative are charts of interest to the story. Get the background on the USS Woodbridge, a guest list for the Tiger Cruise, a schedule of events and fictional news releases.

Well-researched, "The Tiger Cruise" was not only believable but full of twists and turns. It was also a fast-paced and thrilling ride, filled with interesting characters and a telling story. Fans of Tom Clancy's "Hunt for Red October," will love this new book by Richard Thompson.

Internet Book Watch
The "tiger cruise" is a navy tradition where family and friends are invited aboard a naval vessel to gain first-hand experience at sea. The USS Woodbridge is a Los Angeles Class nuclear attack submarine out of Norfolk, Virginia on a routine two-day Tiger Cruise with 14 civilians aboard when there is a massive earthquake in the mid-Atlantic causing large title waves called "tsunamis" to strike the Eastern coastal regions of the United States. Iraq immediately deploys a mini-nuclear-submarine loaded with lethal Anthrax toward America. The U.S. Navy is crippled by the tidal waves and only the USS Woodbridge, itself a damaged submarine manned by a reduced crew and 14 family members, can stop the Iraqi invaders from unleashing their lethal attack on the stricken American landscape. The Tiger Cruise is an original, totally engaging, and uncomfortably plausible action/adventure yarn.
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Frank Booksights Magazine
Richard Thompson's debut novel falls firmly into that favorite literary genre, the techno thriller. Mention techno thriller and one author springs to mind and when I tell you that Thompson's novel is based around the activities of a submarine you know he has his work cut out.

'Tiger Cruise' is the story of an American submarine, the USS Woodbridge, taking a two-day PR, or tiger cruise with members of the crew's family. The submarine finds itself immersed in an international crisis when a mid-Atlantic earthquake sends a series of tsunamis towards the East coast of the United States. At the same time in the Middle East, an Iraqi faction are delivering a genetically altered strain of Anthrax to a mini submarine that will travel to America, launching an attack that will decimate the country. With the US Navy crippled, the country's only hope lies with the Woodbridge and her depleted crew.

The book follows the tried and tested formula of a multi-strand plot converging for a climatic finale. The story is evenly divided between the USS Woodbridge, the Iraqi terrorists and Knox Jones a CIA operative whose suspicions are aroused after the murder of a United States inspector in Iraqi. The guy from Langley turns out to be the major character in the story and I would hazard a guess that he might reappear in future adventures (sound familiar?). Thompson has an appealing style of writing, combining the in-depth knowledge of Tom Clancy with the useful literary tool, of which Michael Crichton is a master, of employing his characters to explain technology to each other and, by default, the reader. For example; want to know the basis of marine seismology? Then after a couple of pages of dialogue between the scientists who discover the earthquake you'll be fully clue in.

The author is actually ex-navy so has brought a commanding knowledge of naval process to the book. His descriptions of life aboard the submarine are well observed with small details providing a high level of authenticity. Whilst Clancy is a master of research, Thompson's real-life credentials give a strong credibility to his technical narrative. The presence of the crew's family is handled sensibly, particularly where the Captain's young son is concerned. Alarm bells rang when he appeared and I was fearing a cringe factor of Spielberg proportions, however he is used in such a way as to not cause any grinding of teeth. Likewise, other civilians on the submarine demonstrate skills that prove useful and do not hinder the logic of the story.

The book is not without its faults. This is quite a basic story with Thompson sticking to an action-driven plot and avoiding large amounts of political commentary (not necessarily a bad thing). There is little character development beyond a few lines of background on the main players. Consequently the book lacks the complex feel you associate with your average techno-thriller, although coming in at a relatively short 280 pages means the story and action plotting are quite sufficient to hold the interest.

(Frank Perry, Booksights Magazine)
Midwest Book Review
Original, totally engaging, uncomfortably plausible.

� The "tiger cruise" is a navy tradition where family and friends are invited aboard a naval vessel to gain first-hand experience at sea. The USS Woodbridge is a Los Angeles Class nuclear attack submarine out of Norfolk, Virginia on a routine two-day Tiger Cruise with 14 civilians aboard when there is a massive earthquake in the mid-Atlantic causing large title waves called "tsunamis" to strike the Eastern coastal regions of the United States. Iraq immediately deploys a mini-nuclear-submarine loaded with lethal Anthrax toward America. The U.S. Navy is crippled by the tidal waves and only the USS Woodbridge, itself a damaged submarine manned by a reduced crew and 14 family members, can stop the Iraqi invaders from unleashing their lethal attack on the stricken American landscape. The Tiger Cruise is an original, totally engaging, and uncomfortably plausible action/adventure yarn.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780967561301
Publisher:
Knox Jones Enterprises
Publication date:
12/28/1999
Edition description:
Perfect Bound
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
4.24(w) x 6.95(h) x 0.79(d)

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