NOW THE MAJOR MOTION PICTURE HUNTER KILLER—STARRING GERARD BUTLER AND GARY OLDMAN
A submarine captain races to prevent World War III in this thrilling adventure.
Below the polar ice cap, an American nuclear submarine moves quietly in the freezing water, tailing a new Russian sub. But the usual, unspoken game of hide-and-seek between opposing captains is ended when the Americans hear sounds of disaster and flooding, and the Russian sub sinks in a thousand feet of water. The American sub rushes to help, only to join its former quarry in the deep.
The situation ignites tensions around the world. As both Washington and Moscow prepare for what may be the beginnings of World War III, the USS Toledo—led by young, untested Captain Joe Glass—heads to the location to give aid. He soon discovers that the incident was no accident. And the men behind it have yet to make their final move. A move only Glass can stop.
The movie rights to this complex submarine thriller have already been sold no surprise; the plot unfolds like a summer blockbuster. Initially, though, Wallace and Keith (the duo behind Final Bearing) take their time immersing readers in a not-so-distant future balanced precariously between the Cold War and World War III. Rogue Russian Admiral Alexander Durov conspires to restore Russia to its Soviet Union-era ranking as the world s most potent military force. His mission: detonate explosives secretly placed onboard one of the country s submarines while it cruises deep beneath the ice-covered Barents Sea, and then blame the aggression on the United States. Meanwhile on land, the Russian mafia seeks to disrupt and destroy the U.S. stock market so as to divert attention from Durov s attempted coup. By the book s halfway point, scenes alternate quickly between above and below sea level, as the financial cabal unravels and an untested American submarine crew led by Joe Glass (one of the book s few truly likeable characters) battles the rogue Russians. Following a frigid showdown in the Arctic Circle, Wallace (a former U.S. Navy commander with 22 years of experience on nuclear subs) and Keith quickly tie up loose ends, but the book s length and an overabundance of characters many with complicated Russian names may frustrate readers.
Good pace lots of characters and action
I thought the story had enough action to keep the pages turning but lots of plot so you had to pay attention. It had parts that were current to today’s world and reflected actual history. Really enjoyed the book.
Better than movie!
I read this after I saw the movie. I wish the movie had been so well done and well written. Highly recommend this.