U. S. S. Seawolf (Admiral Arnold Morgan Series #4)

U. S. S. Seawolf (Admiral Arnold Morgan Series #4)

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by Patrick Robinson
     
 

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Armed with stolen U.S. military technology, the Chinese are producing a frightening new breed of weaponry,led by the ICBM submarine Xia III — a vessel that just might be able to launch a nuclear warhead across the Pacific Ocean and take out an American West Coast city.

National Security Adviser Admiral Arnold Morgan can't let that happen, and he dispatches

Overview

Armed with stolen U.S. military technology, the Chinese are producing a frightening new breed of weaponry,led by the ICBM submarine Xia III — a vessel that just might be able to launch a nuclear warhead across the Pacific Ocean and take out an American West Coast city.

National Security Adviser Admiral Arnold Morgan can't let that happen, and he dispatches the most stealthy hunter-killer submarine in the U.S. fleet, the 9,000-ton ultrasecret Seawolf, deep into the dark, forbidden waters of the South China Sea. But then the unthinkable happens: Seawolf, collides with a Chinese destroyer and falls into enemy hands. A team of cunning Navy SEALs — the biggest Special Forces assault group assembled since Vietnam — is sent in to free the captive Seawolf, crew and bring them home. The American Eagle confronts the Chinese Dragon with the balance of world power on the line. Failure is not an option...

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble Guide to New Fiction
Our booksellers were clearly divided over this novel detailing a sea battle between American and Chinese military submarines. Robinson fans thought it was "his best book" yet, and would make a "great movie." Unfortunately, others found the "military jousting" less than thrilling. Noted in particular were its "lack of characterization" and "sense of humor." Though the author clearly "has done his homework as far as military protocol," this work was no more than "ho hum."
Stephen Coonts
Robinson is one of the crown princes of the beach-read thriller. Clear the calendar when you buy U.S.S. Seawolf!
Carlos D'Este
No one does it better — not even Tom Clancy.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Robinson's gripping followup to HMS Unseen pits bellowing National Security Advisor Arnold Morgan against an increasingly brazen People's Republic of China, which has been flexing its military muscle by shooting missiles over Taiwan and threatening a nuclear strike on Los Angeles. In response to this last threat, stalwart Capt. Judd Crocker of the submarine Seawolf is sent on a secret mission to assess the nuclear strike capability of China's new Xia-class sub. When nervous executive officer Linus Clarke inadvertently cripples the Seawolf, the crew is taken prisoner, and the submarine falls into the hands of Chinese Admiral Zhang Yushu, who hides behind diplomacy while using torture and physical abuse to ferret out the Seawolf's secrets. What Zhang doesn't know is that one of the submariners is even more valuable than the sub itself--a fact that sends Admiral Morgan into a desperate race against time to destroy the Seawolf before its secrets can be revealed, and to effect a seemingly impossible rescue. As usual, Robinson makes the impossible look easy and ratchets the tension higher and higher, until at last a team of SEALS assaults the prison where the Seawolf's crew is housed. But that's not the end of the story. In the novel's final few pages, several well-planted political hints blossom into a series of plot explosions. Given their potential importance to both the story and the life of Robinson's hero, Arnold Morgan, these developments are jarringly abrupt. While this finale is devastating, it feels rushed compared to the rest of this well-paced naval techno-thriller. (June) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061030659
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/28/2001
Series:
Admiral Arnold Morgan Series, #4
Pages:
496
Sales rank:
752,441
Product dimensions:
4.08(w) x 6.68(h) x 1.30(d)

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Chapter One

Friday, October 7, 2005.
Pacific Ocean. 120 miles west-southwest of
San Diego, California.

The darkness crept ever westward through low, overcast skies, and the gusting northwest breeze whipped white crests onto the long wavetops. At this time of the evening, in the 20 minutes of no-man's time between sunset and nightfall streaming in over the immense ocean, the Pacific takes on a deeply malevolent mantle. Its awesome troughs and rising waves glisten darkly in the last of the light. There's no bright, friendly phosphorescence in the bottomless waters out here. To stare down at the black seascape, even from the safe reassuring deck of a warship, is to gaze into the abyss. Oh Lord, your ocean is so vast, and my boat is so small.

Eight hundred feet into the abyss, way beneath the twilight melancholy of the surface, USS Seawolf thundered forward, making almost 40 knots, somewhere south of the Murray Fracture Zone. The 9,000-ton United States Navy attack submarine was heavily into her months of sea trials, following a massive three-year overhaul. Seawolf was not at war, but a passing whale could have been forgiven for thinking she was. Forty knots is one hen of a speed for a 350-foot-long submarine. But Seawolf had been built for speed, constructed to lead the underwater cavalry of the Navy, anywhere, anytime. And right now she was in deep submergence trials, testing her systems, flexing her muscles in the desolate black wilderness of America's western ocean.

Powered by two 45,000—horsepower turbines and a state-of-the-art Westinghouse nuclear reactor, Seawolf was the mostexpensive submarine ever built. Too expensive. The Navy was permitted to build only three of her class—Connecticut and USS Jimmy Carter were the others-before budget restraints caused the cancellation of these jet-black emperors of the deep. Over a billion dollars had been spent on her research and development before Seawolf was commissioned in 1997.

Now, after her multimillion-dollar overhaul, the submarine was, without question, the finest underwater warship in the world, the fastest, quietest nuclear boat. At 20 knots there was nothing to be heard beyond the noise of the water parted by the bulk of her hull. She could pack a ferocious wallop, too. Seawolf was armed with a phalanx of Tomahawk land-attack missiles that could travel at almost 1,000 mph to a target 1,400 miles distant. She could unleash a missile with a 454-kilogram warhead and hit an enemy ship 250 miles away. She bristled with eight 26-inch torpedo tubes, launching bases for big wire-guided Gould Mark 48s, homing if necessary to 27 miles. Highly effective, these weapons offered a kill probability of 50 percent, second only to the British Spearfish.

Seawolf carried sonars estimated as three times more effective than even the most advanced Los Angeles—class boats. She used both TB16 and TB29 surveillance and towed arrays. For active close-range detection she used the BQS 24 system. Her electronic support measures (ESM) were nothing short of sensational. Any ship anywhere within 50 miles could not move, communicate, or even activate its sonar or radar without Seawolf hearing every last telltale sound. She was not a gatherer of clandestine information, she was an electronic vacuum cleaner, the last word in the U.S. Navy's most secretive, private, advanced research.

And Captain Judd Crocker was darned proud of her. "Never been a submarine to match this one," he would say. "And I doubt there ever will be. Not in my lifetime."

And that was worthwhile praise. The son of a surface ship admidral, grandson of another, he had been born into a family of Cape Cod yacht racers, and he had been around boats of all sizes since he could walk. He never inherited his father's unique talents as a helmsman, but he was good, better than most, though destined always to be outclassed by the beady-eyed Admiral Nathaniel Crocker.

Judd was 40 years old now. A lifelong submariner, he had served as Seawolf' s first Executive Officer back in 1997 and commanded her five years later. He received his promotion to Captain just before she came out of overhaul, and resumed command in the high summer of the year 2005.

That was the culmmination of all his boyhood dreams, and the culmination of a plan he had made at the age of 15 when his father had taken him out to watch the annual race from Newport around Block Island and back. The admiral was not racing himself, but he and Judd were guests on board one of the New York Yacht Club committee boats. It was a day of intermittent fog out in the bay, and several competitors had trouble navigating.

Even Judd's committee boat was a little wayward in the early afternoon, straying too far southwest of the island, about a halfmile from the point of approach of a 7,000-ton Los Angeles-class submarine rolling past on the surface toward the Groton submarine base. The sun was out at the time, and Judd had watched through binoculars one of the great black warhorses of the U.S. Navy. He was transfixed by the sight of her, noting the number 690 painted on her sail. He almost died of excitement when a couple of the officers on the bridge waved across the water to the committee boat. And he had stared after the homeward-bound USS Philadelphia long after she became too small to identify on the horizon.

Meet the Author

Patrick Robinson is the author of seven international bestselling suspense thrillers, including Nimitz Class and Hunter Killer, as well as several nonfiction bestsellers. He divides his time between Ireland and Cape Cod.

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U.S.S. Seawolf 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 47 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books I've ever read. It's one of my favorites and I thought that it's even better than the Hunt For Red October by Tom Clancy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love the way that the author puts you in the mind of the commanders that have to deal with such horrific situations. After reading Nimitz Class, where the Navy brass had to deal with an American Aircraft carrier dissapearing, now they have lost contact with an American Nuclear Submarine in Chinese waters. Great reading.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Patrick Robinson's fourth book is one of his better books in which the Seawolf is captured in Chinese waters and taken hostage by the communists who are interested in the submarine's advanced technology. The US responds by assembling a team of SEALs to rescue the crew. A good book though there were times when it got a little boring and Robinson annoyoingly often uses all capital letters when characters are yelling.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Patrick Robinsion is, simply, a master. I was hooked by Nimitz-class, enjoyed Kilo-class, was just plain creeped out by HMS Unseen, and was enthralled with USS Seawolf. The parallels drawn between this book and recent events only help to make the book seem that much more real. I personally believe that this book could not possibly be better researched, or have better characters. There is one sequence in which a Navy SEAL is introduced as hailing from Morehead City, North Carolina, which is a former home of mine. Reading that the mother of the SEAL owned a bookstore which was across from a marina (speaking of which, there is actually a bookstore across from a marina), really drew me to the character, as if he was one of my friends. As others noted, the end is a bit of a shock, but to myself, personally, it only forces me to be even more compelled to see how certain people recover in Robinson's next book, I believe it is The Shark Mutiny.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mr Robinson again has put between the covers an outstanding story. He strikes the right balance between the technical and personal plots and subplots. As in all his books thusfar he has presented plausible stories that too easily could come true. I enjoy reading just prior to going to sleep. This is one of those books where: 'just a few more pages' turns into realizing there are just a few more hours before starting the day all over again. A definite read for the military adventure lover. Well done, Mr Robinson.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Patrick Robinson has shown me what a great job that the United States military has been and always will be the supreme super power. The organization of his plot was well thought out and gives it a great 'realistic' touch. After I finished this book it made me think about how close we may come to World War III. Many operations of the military are kept secret but this one should give you a pretty good idea of how the United States can, Recognize, Plan, and Execute any desired task with none or little casualties.
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Great writer great read moves right along non stop really enjoyed this book will buy more from this author
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