Jerry Mitchell returns in Arctic Gambit, an explosive military thriller by New York Times bestselling author Larry Bond
Jerry Mitchell, now the commodore of submarine Development Squadron Five, is dismayed when USS Toledo is reported missing in Arctic waters, close to Russian territory. The vessel is captained by his former shipmate and close friend, Lenny Berg. Eager to investigate, Jerry convinces the Navy to redirect one of his squadron’s boats to find out what happened.
It turns out Toledo was sunk just outside of Russian territorial waters by a torpedo launched from a naval mine. Even more disturbing is the discovery that Russia is building a deadly weapon. Engineers have modified the STATUS-6, a strategic nuclear-propelled, nuclear armed torpedo that is already operational, into a stealthy first strike weapon: Drakon. This new tool would allow the Russians to launch a completely covert nuclear decapitation strike on the USA.
The new Russian president has plans for Europe, and is more than willing to use nuclear blackmail—or an actual attack—to keep the Americans from interfering. To avoid a Russian war in Europe, and a nuclear catastrophe at home, Mitchell must find a way to destroy the Drakon launcher before it’s too late.
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In the prologue of bestseller Bond's exciting sixth Jerry Mitchell novel (after 2016's Fatal Thunder), set in 2021, a torpedo sinks an American submarine that has just stumbled across a secret Russian base under construction in Arctic waters; all hands perish but not before transmitting images of the site back to the U.S. Russian Federation president Ivan Olegovich Fedorin plans to invade former Soviet territory in order to restore the Soviet Union, buttressed by a first-strike attack against the U.S. using advanced nuclear torpedo-rockets fired from the secret base. President Lowell Hardy orders the reconnaissance submarine Jimmy Carter, under the dual command of Jerry, a commodore, and Cmdr. Louis Weiss, to destroy the base. The tension mounts as the boat slows to a crawl through minefields while pursued by enemies in the air and in the sea. Dr. Daniel Cavanaugh, the demolition and explosives expert aboard the Jimmy Carter, plays a key role in ensuring the predictable outcome. Military action fans who relish the minutiae of the Silent Service will be well satisfied.