After the minor slump his previous series seemed to hit with regards to plot, pacing and dialogue, retired U.S. Navy Captain David "Igor" Meadows has hit his stride with this first in a series of Cold War submarine service novels.
Jumping back and forth between the beginnings of the Soviet Navy's nuclear power program and the end of the U.S. Navy's diesel submarines, he has brought together his previous writing experience and talent to make his characters real and believable, as only a talented veteran can. He is beginning to nibble at the very real world of covert intelligence gathering accomplished during the Cold War by both sides as they exploited subsurface technology gains as well as the rapid expansion of surface and airborne intelligence collection during the period, a time that eventually saw large numbers of casualties and danger as each side sought to gain "one up" on the other. Excellent pacing, crisp dialogue and plotting made this a fast paced and fun new addition to "MIL-LIT."
Best evidence of Meadow's maturing talent is that after finishing this one, I can't wait to read his next installment.