Thunder in the Deep

Thunder in the Deep

by Joe Buff
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Thunder in the Deep by Joe Buff

In his electrifying first novel Joe Buff instantly established himself as the ultimate chronicler of 21st-century warfare by taking military fiction and submarine combat to a new level of authenticity, vision, and power.

Thunder in the Deep picks up where Deep Sound Channel left off, bringing to life a frightening seascape where technology pushes warriors to new extremes, and warriors push technology to the max. This time the difference between victory and defeat hinges on the two most advanced nuclear attack submarines in the world.

The Challenger is the weapon of the future, a ceramic-hulled nuclear attack submarine whose electronic eyes and ears are the most advanced ever created. It is commanded by acting captain Jeffrey Fuller, a former SEAL turned submariner whose aggressiveness has made him a rising star — and sometimes scares the hell out of his crew. Fuller’s mission is to rescue the Virginia-class fast attack sub Texas, now lying on the bottom of the Atlantic just off the Azores.

But the enemy — a newly resurrected and fanatically militaristic Germany — knows where the Texas is, too, and knows the Challenger is coming. It is Challenger the Germans want, dispatching their own high-tech supersub, the Deutschland, to destroy her.

In this war your enemy is a blip on a console hardwired into an integrated nuclear weapons system. Ships are vaporized off the surface of the sea, nuclear shock waves unleash deadly tsunami waves, and smart submarines do battle with smart aircraft sent to hunt them down.

For Jeffrey Fuller and the Challenger, for the men on board the Deutschland, the race beneath the ocean’s surface across a horrific underwater war zone will demand every bit of courage and skill they can muster just to survive.

Before it’s over, the Challenger’s mission is radically redefined: Fuller, his SEALs, and freedom fighter Ilse Reebeck are sent into Germany itself — to plant a nuke right in the gut of the enemy’s power structure.

Thunder in the Deep plunges the reader into the middle of some of the fiercest and most thrilling depictions of underwater warfare ever written. It is an electrifying novel of military strategy and action, a powerful tale of technology and humanity that will have you breathlessly turning pages until the explosive climax.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780553582406
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/30/2002
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 361,961
Product dimensions: 4.18(w) x 6.88(h) x 0.88(d)

About the Author

Joe Buff lives in Dutchess County, New York, with his wife. He is the author of Deep Sound Channel.

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Thunder in the Deep 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very interesting backdrop for the story with the Boer-Berlin axis and Germany's resurgence as a world power. There are few lulls in the action and it is definately hard to put down no matter how late it gets. If you enjoy submarine warfare it doesn't get any better than this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Joe Buff is on a roll with this excellent book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was one i couldn't put down.
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vito More than 1 year ago
The right-wing paranoia of most books of this sort has always made me vaguely uneasy. Buff has brilliantly side-stepped this issue by placing his stories in an alternate universe where the villains are neither soulless Commies or fanatical jihadists, but a new German-Boer Axis alliance, led by a restored Kaiser. The don't-call-them-Nazis are despicable without being either outmoded by current events or smacking of profiling. Thus, one can enjoy the gee-whiz technology and rollicking action sequences without the sense of channeling the former vice-president. Clever, very clever.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Nonstop action, can't put down book. Techonogically rich in detail, which seems realistic. Basic premise and some of the feats are a bit far-fetched, but a thoroughly entertaining novel. Has my highest recommendation.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For me, this book fell far short of expectations given the existing reviews (which prompted me to purchase it).  While it has its moments and the concept is fine, the story defintely drags at points and I found character development weak and the dialog downright cheesy at times--the interaction between the two main characters and their apparent attraction to each other is tough to read.  I would not recommend this book, hence the 2 star rating.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Im no cap'n. Im part o' the boarding repeller crew. Im also great at navigation." She smiles beneath the mask covering her face.