Red November: Inside the Secret U. S. - Soviet Submarine War

Red November: Inside the Secret U. S. - Soviet Submarine War

by W. Craig Reed


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Red November delivers the real life feel and fears of submariners who risked their lives to keep the peace.”
 —Steve Berry, author of The Paris Vendetta

W. Craig Reed, a former navy diver and fast-attack submariner, provides a riveting portrayal of the secret underwater struggle between the US and the USSR in Red November. A spellbinding  true-life adventure in the bestselling tradition of Blind Man’s Bluff, it reveals previously undisclosed details about the most dangerous, daring, and decorated missions of the Cold War, earning raves from New York Times bestselling authors David Morrell, who calls it, “palpably gripping,” and James Rollins, who says, “If Tom Clancy had turned The Hunt for Red October into a nonfiction thriller, Red November might be the result.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061806773
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/09/2011
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 257,154
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.95(d)

About the Author

Born into a Navy family on the island of Guam, W. Craig Reed served as a U.S. Navy diver, submarine weapons technician, and special operations photographer deployed on nuclear fast-attack submarines. He lives in Silicon Valley, California.

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James Rollins

“If Tom Clancy had turned The Hunt for Red October into a nonfiction thriller, W. Craig Reed’s Red November might be the result…. Not to be missed!”

Barry Eisler

Red November is a terrific, real-life thriller, filled with larger than life warriors, technological wizardry, undersea games of chicken, and a civilian world perched unknowing on the brink of push-button nuclear destruction.”

David Morrell

Red November is palpably gripping and packs the excitement of a real-life thriller. I felt like I was literally on-board a submarine in the middle of a hair-raising mission and on the brink of World War III.”

Steve Berry

Red November delivers the real life feel and fears of submariners who risked their lives to keep the peace. Smart, detailed, and highly entertaining, this is a story everyone should read.”

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Red November 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Grady1GH More than 1 year ago
RED NOVEMBER has garnered both praise and criticism - praise as a source book to learn more about how the military managed the Cold War between the USSR and the USA from 1945 to 1992 and how much of what was happening was secret and withheld from the public, and criticism of the phrasing of the 'facts' presented in this thorough and well-documented volume. For this reader, having been part of the military action (Vietnam) that surfaced as a parcel of the 'threat of Communism', this novel, written by W. Craig Reed who likewise served in the military as a submarine weapons technician and special ops photographer from a first person account, reads more like a finely tuned thriller about espionage and the secrets that none of us knew as to how close we all came to nuclear annihilation. Reed writes well, his approach to the information shared in this book is mixed with just the right amount of soldier life and tales that provide respite form the intrigue that fills nearly every page. Another aspect of his writing that is positive is the choice to separate paragraphs by enough space to suggest the duplicity of action taking place: for example, while describing in detail what was happening in the naval maneuvers during the Cuban missile crisis he adds what Kennedy et al were thinking and saying at each stage of that terrifying threat. It works very well - very much like a screenplay written so that the viewer can get both sides of the incidents as they happen. Reed includes a good number of photographs, in both black and white and in color, of submarines inside and out, and some of the heroes behind the scenes - including his own father William J. Reed who was a central figure in decoding and designing submarine signals. The information reported in this book includes conversations Reed has discovered, or heard, or took part in, and this first hand account of incidents raises the terror level of discovering just how close we have come to nuclear war. Perhaps not all the data is 100% accurate: it is doubtful that any historical data is perfect. That is not to say that Reed does not captures the tenor and the terror of working in the submarine units, below water, out of sight, that gives this book the flavor of a fine novel or motion picture. We are fortunate to have this information to keep the future possibilities of the missteps of war always in the front of our minds. Grady Harp
insanepoet65 More than 1 year ago
Ever since the Charlton Heston film "Grey Lady Down" I have always been intrigued by tales of submarines. Whether fact or fiction, I am immediately hooked. "Red November" just fueled that particular fire. It is a history of the submarines role during the Cold War Era. The most fascinating aspect is to see the progression of the technology employed during this time. How the subs went from diesel power to nuclear power and the advantages gained from such progression. You are also given insight on the progressionb of the technology used to capture radio signals from the Soviet Navy, and the cat and mouse game that was played when the Soviets figured a way to hide the signals. This book is as thrilling as anything written in fiction. What makes it better is that the events are real!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you're a history buff and are interested in the Cold War, I recommend this book. The author gets really technical at times but overall it's worth the effort.
rszootsuit More than 1 year ago
I think it interesting and has an enveloping continuity of intrigue. Never mind if some of the detail are inaccurate. You couldn't prove it by me, but there does seem to exist some corroboration of the facts in other books such as Blind Man's Bluff. All in all it promises to be good. I qualify this because I haven't finished the Sample yet. Respectfully yours, Zootsuit
littlepegleg on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Love real-life submarine stories. This book is what 'Hunt for Red October' was based upon. So real and scary. Shows how close we came to WW3 and why we need to arm ourselves with such stealthy subs.
scuzzy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
this is truely a great read for anyone interested in the cloak and dagger carrys on during the cold war. submarines have never been my thing, but the last two books i have read (chk out other reviews of mine) have really drawn me in.the chapter on the cuban missile crisis, and incidents involving us and russian subs on covert ops are almost too much loike a hollywood script to be helps if you have some knowledge into naval terminology, but nevertheless landlubbers will become engrossed in this boolk too.
TooBusyReading on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This nonfiction story of submarine operations during the Cuban missile crisis and the overall Cold War should be a fascinating story. Traitors, conspiracy, secret missions, and near nuclear annihilation. How can it go wrong? I'm afraid that for me, it went wrong in the telling.While Reed obviously put heart and soul into this book, it just didn't come together for me. Early on, there were two stories about bears and puppies that I didn't expect to find in a book like this, and I hated those stories. However, those were minor in my overall opinion of the book.On the plus side, Mr. Reed and his father were both directly involved in the story, and I did enjoy learning of their activities. On the negative side, the author seemed to feel he had to give the nicknames of anyone who had one, and they were often mean-spirited. The book jumped between sometimes too-long technical descriptions and telling about the people involved in the missions. In describing people and in dialogue, the writing sometimes seemed clumsy. The overuse of similes was somewhat annoying, and the story felt disjointed to me.The book made liberal use of acronyms throughout, as is expected whenever military jargon is involved, and the author did explain them the first time they were used. It would have been helpful to have a reference list of them. I would have also appreciated better maps, especially of the movement of submarines during the Cuban missile crisis. The sections of photographs were great.There have been some active and occasionally heated discussions about the facts of this period, and whether or not the book has all the facts straight. I am not in a position to judge that, but I do find it interesting that there is still so much controversy. This wasn't the right read for me but I think that people more involved in the history of that time will find it an interesting and perhaps provocative book.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Chris Fischer for Readers' Favorite Wow! How's that for a review? Well, it's definitely what I thought when I finished reading Red November: Inside the Secret U.S.-Soviet Submarine War by author W. Craig Reed. A simply fantastic re-telling of an extremely tense time in the relationship between the United States and the Soviet Union, the Cold War. Giving his readers previously unreleased information about the secret underwater maneuverings by both sides at the time, this non-fiction book reads like fictional story-telling at its best; it's simply that gripping, exciting and well done. Readers will surprised at all that was going on behind the scenes, and even those who may consider themselves to be knowledgeable about the time period will be able to glean information that is new to them. I loved this book. Loved it. Author W. Craig Reed, a former Navy diver and fast-track submariner, has written a simply stellar account of this dangerous and intriguing time period in our history. Once I started Red November, I simply could not put it down, much to my own chagrin as I had picked it up at bed time, intending to read just a few chapters. Any reader who enjoys a great work of non-fiction, history, military history, or a historical recounting with a great deal of intrigue, adventure and excitement will absolutely love Red November. I very highly recommend this book. I certainly hope that author W. Craig Reed is hard at work on his next book. If it is anything like Red November, it will definitely be worth the read!
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To be honest, this was a terrible book. If I could give it negative stars, I would. The innacuracies present in this book are glaring and they are in every part of this book. For example, the author writes that China has developed 30 nuclear submarines in the last ten years. China has only made about a dozen nuclear submarines since the '70s. This is only one error of the hundreds, if not thousands of inaccuracies. This book seems to have more erronious facts that true ones! The people who have written positive reviews of this book probably don't know enough about subs to review this book well. If you are looking for a good submarine book, I highly recommend any book by Norman Polmar, who writes interesting, informative and accurate books about submarines.
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It has alout action I love.