The next world war draws toward its climax. Both the Allies and the Berlin-Boer Axis are bitterly deadlocked. But a familiar enemy from the past may hold the key to victory -- or could be the instrument of global Armageddon.
In a war that needs every capable body, every scrap of matériel, America's greatest military hero worries that his days on the front lines are over. Captain Jeffrey Fuller's last mission forced him to sacrifice the lives of good men in order to secure a victory, a tactical decision that he fears may have ended his career.
But an opportunity for redemption comes in the form of a new mission that will pit Fuller against his former adversaries from the Cold War. Washington has concluded that Russia is the key to victory. The former superpower, officially a neutral country, is clandestinely supplying the Axis powers with advanced weapons technology. Russia must be punished, but it needs to be orchestrated in such a way that will, at the same time, avoid creating a new enemy. To accomplish such a bold maneuver, Jeffrey Fuller must sneak a team of commandos into Russia to launch a nuclear missile -- against his own country.
If successful, the Allies will be able to destroy the missile and use the event to pressure the Russians into an alliance. It's an all-or-nothing gambit, with no room for error. If the Russians discover the commandos, they will side with Berlin against the United States, a political disaster that will ensure victory for the Axis. If something goes wrong with the missile, Fuller could kill millions of people, and perhaps even initiate a full-blown nuclearholocaust.
Such worst-case scenarios assume that Fuller can first navigate his ship, the fast attack nuclear submarine USS Challenger, through the mine-strewn and submarine-patrolled waters between Alaska and Siberia, a nearly impossible feat unto itself.
It is a mission that will, one way or another, finally put an end to the war.
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Joe Buff is a Life Member of the U.S. Naval Institute, the Navy League of the United States, the CEC/Seabees Historical Foundation, and the Fellows of the Naval War College. Respected for his technical knowledge, he is considered an expert on submarines and national defense. Two of his nonfiction articles about future submarine technology have won the Annual Literary Award from the Naval Submarine League. He is the author of five previous highly regarded novels of submarine warfare—Straits of Power, Tidal Rip, Crush Depth, Thunder in the Deep, and Deep Sound Channel. He lives with his wife in Dutchess County, New York.From Publishers Weekly:
The combined effect of unrelenting action, clever plotting and sheer firepower in Buff's latest near-future military thriller (after Straits of Power) successfully torpedoes any notion that this long-running submarine series has begun to tire. It's June 2012, and America is at war with the neo-Axis coalition of Germany and South Africa. Europe is in German hands, most of Africa has been seized by the Boers, who reinstate apartheid, and with Britain blockaded, only America remains to fight on and in the last battlefield, the oceans of the world. Cmdr. Jeffery Fuller captains the USS Challenger, the most powerful nuclear-powered fast-attack submarine in America's arsenal. Fuller, a Medal of Honor winner, has fought many battles and now must implement one of the greatest wartime ruses ever attempted. Onboard the Challenger, a deadly Special Forces team readies itself for what becomes a bloody, gut-wrenching attack against a Russian missile silo. Readers willing to negotiate some difficult technical dialogue—"This new warhead has a miniature gravimetric gradiometer"—will sail through the tough stuff and revel in the meticulously described battle scenes both on land and at sea. Attention, all military thriller fans, report to battle stations, flank speed, superior entertainment ahead.
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