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Ensure Plausible Deniability [Kindle Edition]

D.M. Ulmer

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Ensure Plausible Deniability is a tale of the mid-sixties Soviet Navy flexing its muscles throughout the world’s oceans by provoking head-to-head confrontations with U.S. units. Ensuing games of chicken on the surface and beneath the seas between vessels armed with nuclear weapons portended disaster.

It would take only one hotheaded skipper on either side to go off half-cocked and plunge mankind into World War III.

The saga is set in the backdrop of U.S. diesel-electric submarines’ demise to make room for the higher performance nuclear powered submarines. However, the questionable nuclear power program selection criteria disregarded submariner performance excellence and accepted officer applicants solely on academic prowess. This practice may well have portended disaster of its own.

About the Author

ABOUT THE AUTHOR D.M. Ulmer Veteran author D.M. Ulmer is a 1954 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and served a thirty-two year career in the submarine force. He has authored eight other novels: Silent Battleground, Shadows of Heroes, Count the Ways, Missing Person, The Roche Harbor Caper, The Long Beach Caper, Where or When & The Cold War Beneath.   Ulmer volunteers at the Seattle Museum of Flight & the Overlake Hospital Medical Center.  Don and his wife Carol live on Lake Sammamish, Redmond, WA.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 484 KB
  • Print Length: 279 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0984663843
  • Publisher: Patriot Media Publishing; 1 edition (13 Jun 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008BLALV8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #164,926 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Winner from the Captain 16 Jun 2012
By Jack Neff - Published on Amazon.com
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Ensure Plausible Deniability by Capt. Don Ulmer
Another winner for the Captain, the third in a series of Cold War submarine tales describing quite accurately the time at the brink of the Nuclear Navy taking over most, if not all, Submarine activity in the U.S. Navy. This was a soulful time for those officers serving on fleet boats. So many having paid their dues all those years serving on the smoke boats only to find that there was no place for them in the new nuclear submarine navy except in ancillary positions like the Navigator or Polaris Weapons officers was a bitter pill. Officers accepting those assignments knew it was a dead end; there was no chance for command, at least of a Nuc. As Captain Ulmer asks of one officer in this story, "Do you want to remain here and be a pallbearer for the end of the diesel boats?" That was an excellent question and was one that many an officer who wanted to continue in a tradition began long ago had to ask themselves. Being a boat sailor myself, I had two face-to-face interactions with Admiral Rickover. None that put my career in peril, but those incidents gave me a real feel for the kind of man he was, arrogant, obsessive-compulsive, and a, `do as I say, not as I do', kind of guy.
Submariners are sure to find themselves and/or career events among the pages. Captain Ulmer has crafted his work for lay reader consumption, spicing it with the home and social lives of its characters. It is an entertaining, fast moving read for all.
The events detailed in this book could have easily taken place, although no one is ever going to confirm or deny it!
Jack Neff
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4.0 out of 5 stars Telling it the way it was 7 Dec 2013
By Bill Christensen - Published on Amazon.com
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Having been a diesel boat sailor in the early 1960's and having experienced similar events described in the book, it brought back many a memory mostly good ones and the feeling of pride I have for having been a U.S. Submariner. This is an excellent book that characterizes life aboard a diesel submarine during the transition from diesel to nuclear powered submarines. The attitude of the early nuclear officers as well translated, there was a similar attitude between the enlisted non-nuke and the nuclear trained enlisted crewmembers. Goof read that tells it pretty much as it was.
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5.0 out of 5 stars BEEN THERE AND DONE THAT 12 May 2014
By Earle M. Forbes Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
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Havijg been there and done that it just brought basck such good memorys. Some fun, some not so much fun. Capt. Ulmer says it's fiction but knowing its based on factual accounts maybe in a different ocean but they did happen. A great read. BRAVO ZULU
5.0 out of 5 stars Maybe you don't have to be there. 10 July 2014
By Steve Jones - Published on Amazon.com
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I believe the saying goes something like, "you would have to have been there to believe it". That goes by the wayside with this work of Captain Ulmer.

Fiction, of course! But, the details of life and operations aboard are certainly "spot on".

I really hate to write, and often find myself headed toward too much explanation.........so in a few words/sentences I will attempt to relate the satisfaction received from this work.

Actions related to the events aboard Clamagore, are probably related as correctly as Captain Ulmer would allow himself,within the bounds of Patriotic, intelligence, legal, and sense of duty to God, Country, and Family ideals!

I served on the Clamagore when the Captain was Don Ulmer. Adding frosting to the cake, my duties kept me in the Conning tower. I saw the Captain in many situations that were not normal and certainly/hopefully not expected.

Take the outstanding actions/ leadership of his characters, put them together as one character.........and you have Captain Ulmer.

If I had to be on board during wartime, and could choose my Captain, I would have, and still would, pick Don Ulmer as my Captain of Choice.

Captain Ulmer is truly a Leader of Men!

Thank you for your service Sir!
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book. 24 Jun 2014
By Rick Carlson - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is about a time in our history when most people did'nt even realize we had submarines. Great Read!
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