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Stalking the Red Bear: The True Story of a U.S. Cold War Submarine's Covert Operations Against the Soviet Union [Paperback]

Peter T. Sasgen
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1 April 2010
"Stalking The Red Bear", for the first time ever, describes the action principally from the perspective of a commanding officer of a nuclear submarine during the Cold War - the one man aboard a sub who makes the critical decisions - taking readers closer to the Soviet target than any work on submarine espionage has ever done before. This is the untold story of a covert submarine espionage operation against the Soviet Union during the Cold War as experienced by the Commanding Officer of an active submarine. Few individuals outside the intelligence and submarine communities knew anything about these top-secret missions. Cloaking itself in virtual invisibility to avoid detection, the USS Blackfin went sub vs. sub deep within Soviet-controlled waters north of the Arctic Circle, where the risks were extraordinarily high and anything could happen.

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Saint Martin's Press Inc.; 1 edition (1 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312605536
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312605537
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 14 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 215,151 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An exciting and realistic journey deep into the cold black waters of covert submarine espionage during the Cold War era." --Kenneth Sewell, "New York"" Times" bestselling author of "Red Star Rogue "and "All Hands Down""No submariner has ever served aboard a boat called "Blackfin, "and every submariner has. For nukes especially, "Stalking the Red Bear" is a cross between finding a covert diary and coming home." --Sherry Sontag, coauthor of the "New York Times "bestseller "Blind Man's Bluff: The Untold Story of American Submarine Espionage"

About the Author

Peter Sasgen, who worked closely with the sub's commanding officer on this project, is an expert on submarines. He has written both fiction and nonfiction on the subject, including several thrillers and a nonfiction book, "Red Scorpion, " on World War II submarine warfare. He lives in Florida. " "

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3.0 out of 5 stars stalking the red bear 30 May 2011
This book was obviously difficult to write as it is so upto date and I suppose many aspects will remain classified. The author had decided to write it as part as a factual account and part as a fictional story based on real events to try to give a feel for what it was like.

I found some of it very interesting, both about the cold war secret missions (some of the things the US managed to do in the cold war were amazingly daring) and how the submarine had evolved to do this i.e the factual part. I learned a lot new here despite having read a few books in this area. During the discussion of how 'special ops' developed he played down the special ops that were extensively carried out by British subs in world war 2 which seemed odd given that the rest of the book was well researched.

Also I did find that it seemed a bit one sided - that the US had it all thier own way. Maybe they did I am not a sub captain but it just seemed that way to me.

Somehow the fictional part did not work for me having read the far more riveting novels by Tom Clancey which were almost a informative and far more fun (but obviously sexed up a bit).

Worth a read if you like factual books. Better with Tom Clancey if you want a full on novel (to be fair this book does not claim to be a novel - more of a reflection of a real patrol).
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3.0 out of 5 stars interesting 14 Oct 2012
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I found this book very interesting but written from a very pro-American view point. It seemed to suggest that the cat and mouse games played by the Soviet and US were completely one sided almost to the point of no contest. Never the less I did enjoy the book and It encouraged me to seek other books on this subject written from the opposite view point and also a more neutral one.
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Five COMPELLING Stars! In "Stalking the Red Bear", author Peter Sasgen investigates highly-classified U.S. Navy nuclear attack submarine operations that were conducted under the code name "Holystone", which according to the author encompassed clandestine Navy "covert submarine espionage operations against the Soviet Union". It began in the late 1940's and continued through the remainder of the Cold War and beyond. But this book is not a work of documented history, although it addresses incidents like the "Thresher" and the "Scorpion": it takes the reader on a fascinating, sometimes hair-raising journey made up of reconstructed operations, procedures, scenes, and conversations based on unlimited, unclassified access by the author to an actual 'Holystone' attack submarine commander: the payoff is that the reader follows a notional crew on a step-by-step spine-tingling deployment to the Barents Sea. it's a risky literary approach for a real-world book, but as one gets caught up in the undersea action, it works. A prodigious amount of information, 'word pictures', and history is imparted to the reader using this convention. Antisubmarine warfare (ASW) and intelligence gathering are major parts of thls book, but the hardships, tenacity, and dedication of the heroic 'submariner' personnel and their families are the real story. The U.S.S.R. once threatened to "bury" America, this book shows how seriously we took the threat of all-out war and how our un-trackable nuclear subs were the hammer the Soviets feared most of all. You may never forget the experiences of the pseudonymous "Captain Roy Hunter" and the "USS Blackfin". Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book 21 Jan 2013
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Wonderfull account of the silent service.Any ex Royal Navy will know how well this book has been researched and well explained.This book gives an excellent account of what went on during the cold war era and puts into context how dangerous these missions where in order to keep worldwide peace.Anyone who reads this book will be gripped with the intreague and nerve racking missions that these submariners set out on maybe never to return.These are true facts and just the tip of the iceberg.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Interesting. 24 Feb 2013
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It does what it sais on the tin!
Very interesting account of the cold war spying which went on by both sides.
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