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Rockets' Red Glare

Rockets' Red Glare [Kindle Edition]

Greg Dinallo

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Combining the narrative drive of the best of Clive Cussler with the knowledge of Tom Clancy, Rockets’ Red Glare is the techno-thriller of the year about an ingenious coup that would change the balance in the world’s arsenal forever

On October 22, 1962, President Kennedy orders the US Navy to search all ships en route to Cuba. For six tense days, a frightened world watches as the two most powerful nations on Earth edge toward war. On October 28, under intense pressure, the Soviet Union agrees to dismantle its bases. The Cuban missile crisis is over.
Or is it?

Pensacola, Florida, 1987. Two naval officers of the Satellite Surveillance Group who have been tracking a Soviet Foxtrot class submarine suddenly come upon a mysterious VLCC supertanker—identity unknown. Hundreds of miles away in Houston, handsome millionaire industrialist Theodor Churcher takes off in his private helicopter for a clandestine rendezvous with the Soviet submarine in the Gulf of Mexico. Several days later, children playing on a beach in Louisiana find a severed arm floating in the surf—the fingerprints are those of Theodor Churcher. The final ominous moves in a brilliant Soviet strategy that began with the Cuban missile crisis are set in motion.

Devastated by his father’s death, young Andrew Churcher undertakes a dangerous mission to the Soviet Union to recover stolen blueprints that would not only avert the unfolding nightmare, but might cleanse his father’s honor of the suspicion of treason. As he tracks a complex trail of move and countermove, Churcher is embroiled in a violent power struggle between two arms of Soviet intelligence. What Churcher doesn’t know is that he is to be the bait in a deadly Soviet trap. From the cockpits of US fighters to the decks of Soviet navy vessels, from the back streets of Moscow to the oilrigs of Texas, Rockets’ Red Glare is the ultimate techno-thriller.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 655 KB
  • Print Length: 371 pages
  • Publisher: Open Road Media Mystery & Thriller (1 July 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KLOY29K
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,197,078 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well Plotted Techno Thriller 19 July 2013
By Scott D. Welch - Published on
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Though "Rockets' Red Glare" was originally published in 1988 the story holds its own today. Admittedly, it does not do as well as some novels today in one specific area - techo - as back then no one had an iPhone or a tablet or even e-mail, but there is good, solid technology, some of which is very much around today. That aside, a true techo-thiller is a hybrid combining elements of science fiction, thriller, spy/espionage, action and war and Rockets' Red Glare delivers on all of them. Though I would not consider Dinallo on par with Michael Crichton or Tom Clancy, the two primary authors considered by many as the fathers of this hybrid-genre, he does well.

The Amazon-provided description above outlines the basic plot of the story, which is well-written and fairly fast-paced, though it does start off a tad bit slow. That is due to Dinallo setting the stage with several intertwined subplots, all of which have some back-story development and do merge at what seems to be a quite appropriate time in the story.

Dinallo is able to provide fairly detailed accounting of 1962 events as well as the primary 1987 setting of the story. He develops his characters well, possibly due to being a screenwriter where talent for movies is often times, not always, decided by how a character is described and portrayed in a screenplay.

The alternate history scenario aspect is where the bold action taken by President John F. Kennedy, which consisted of six long and grueling days of the Cuban Missile Crisis, did happen, just not with the same results that actually occurred. The Russian plan of 1962 only becomes known to others, outside of a very close circle of Premier Nikita Khrushchev advisors at the time, during the present day setting. And, boy, do the Russians have something up their sleeves!

Scenes occur in Houston, Rome, Moscow, Camp David and the White House, Geneva, as well as others, as characters are developed and the subplots move along. Dinallo pulls you in to the quest of Andrew Churcher, son of billionaire Theodor Churcher, who was evidently killed in an accident. Unknown to only a few Russian higher-ups, the elder Churcher had been trading national secrets for valuable works of art by the masters for over two decades. Churcher believed one, if not many, of the works to be forgeries and confronts the Russians in a threatening manner, at the time when global nuclear disarmament seemed about to be achieved during a NATO summit meeting.

Are the paintings real? Did Churcher really die? Do the Russians have an arsenal of atomic weapons unknown to but a few? Will the German or Italian representative, or anyone for that matter, uncover anything of importance? These are just a few of the questions that await as the clock counts down and everyone thinks global peace may be a reality.

Overall a well written novel that, to me, had some overly written romance scenes that did not really add anything to the novel, but probably would work in an R-rated movie. They do not spoil the tale, they just do not contribute anything of real value. I give it 4 stars as it is not just average (3 stars), it is a cut above due to plot development with all the subplots and characters involved.
3.0 out of 5 stars It's OK 5 Nov. 2014
By amatuer cameraman - Published on
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This is a fair read. If you've read Ludlum, Clancy, or any other of the class espionage thrill writers Mr Dinallo has a of lot of room to grow. Having said that, there definitely were glimpses of excitement and urgency provided in the story. In the meantime I think I'll look for my fictional espionage fix from other authors. I would try this author again but if the next book is also only fair, I'll probably pass on him again.
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 4 Nov. 2014
By Phillip R. Simpson - Published on
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well worth the read. I will look for more books from this author
3.0 out of 5 stars ... bit outdated for my taste but it was a good read. 31 Oct. 2014
By Michael Burkart - Published on
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It was a bit outdated for my taste but it was a good read.
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 1 Nov. 2014
By Charles Love - Published on
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reminded me of Clancy
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