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Dangerous Ground [Mass Market Paperback]

Larry Bond
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1 Jun 2006
The US submarine "Memphis" should have been mothballed decades ago. Instead, she is charged with one last, secret mission: to locate leaking containers of Russian nuclear fuel on the floor of the Arctic Ocean. More than just an environmental nightmare, this radioactive burial ground houses enough nuclear capability to destroy most of America's major cities. Lead by the Bligh-like commander Lowell Hardy, the Memphis' crew deals with flaring tempers, faulty machinery, raging Arctic Seas, and their newest crewmate, Jerry Mitchell. Mitchell was a naval pilot whose career ended with an unfortunate accident. Politics got him assigned to the Memphis as a weapons' officer. Now his novice skills may very well be the ship's greatest liability. Making matters worse, the President has appointed two civilian scientists to lead the mission. Dr. Joanna Patterson and Dr. Emily Davis soon find out that no matter how much power the president has granted them, this is still Hardy's ship. Nor is this mission what it seems. Lurking beneath the frigid, black, radioactive waters is a secret far more deadly than anything naval command could imagine---a secret so menacing the Russian fleet is hell-bent on destroying the "Memphis" and all who sail in her.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 449 pages
  • Publisher: Forge; 1st mass market ed edition (1 Jun 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780765347008
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765347008
  • ASIN: 0765347008
  • Product Dimensions: 3.1 x 10.7 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 530,132 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Larry Bond is a master of his craft, and Dangerous Ground is the best submarine novel yet!--Walter J. Boyne "New York Times bestselling author of Operation Iraqi Freedom "

About the Author

Larry Bond is the author of several bestselling military thrillers, including "Crash Dive," "Cold Choices," "Red Phoenix" and the Larry Bond's First Team and Larry Bond's Red Dragon Rising series. He was a naval officer for six years, serving four on a destroyer and two on shore duty in the Washington DC area. He's also worked as a warfare analyst and antisubmarine technology expert, and he now writes and designs computer games, including Harpoon and Command at Sea. He makes his home in Springfield, Virginia.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
Having read many books in this genre, I found this one very refreshing and original.

The lead character is a newbie to the world of submarines, having previously been an airforce pilot who was injured and is no longer able to fly. This background generates considerable friction with his new ship-mates, which is explored to superb effect during the first few weeks of our hero's first submarine patrol. This may sound dull, but its tense and dramatic stuff, which I really enjoyed reading. I found myself wondering why this sort of stuff was not done in detail before by other authors.

The second half of the book follows more familiar lines, with a secret mission to undertake. Again, there is originality with the author's ideas, with unexpected and interesting decisions made by the leading characters.

The conclusion sets itself up nicely for a sequel, which I will look forward to reading, I have nothing bad to say about this book, I highly recommend it to those who enjoy sub thrillers, and are looking for something a bit cleverer than the average read.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than average submarine/military fiction 7 Jan 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback
If you read a lot of paperbacks from Tom Clancy, Clive Cussler, Larry Bond (the author), a.o. you'll definitely like this book. It's better than the average "quick read airport paperback", and I can only recommend it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A refreshing approach 26 July 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is the first book that I have read by Larry Bond. I would certainly place him in the same quality category as Clancy, Robinson, Brown and Buff. Bond spends a lot of time introducing and building up the characters and their interactions. The story is reasonably plausible although a little far-fetched in places, but that's why we geenrally like this genre! The book is not full of tonnes of close military action but there is suspense nonetheless. Thankfully, Bond has avoided the stereotypical Yankee 'yee ha' attitude that seems to prevail with some authors of this genre and this means that you are focussed on the plot instead. The book is very well written and the plot is constructed well. The only downside is that the ending seems just a little rushed and some of the interactions between characters, which have been established with great attention to detail throughout the book, are then neglected - a few 'loose ends' are left without any real closure. However, I would hertily recommend this book and I look forward to reading more from this author. If you want a full-on 'shoot-em-up' book, this is NOT the one for you!
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1.0 out of 5 stars FLOP 7 Sep 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
His first 3 books were brilliant but this is jumped-up techno rubbish.

Take out the jargon & a "little" story remains;Must try harder.
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