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on 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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on 14 October 2012
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". And do read the appendices which are loaded with anecdotes, such as some of the heroic exploits of "Lucky" Fluckey and Street, both Congressional Medal of Honor winners: well worth the time. If you are new to nuclear submarine operations, this may open your eyes to the undersea world and 'cat & mouse' operations between nations. 'My Highest Recommendation. Five HUGE Stars! (This review is based on a Kindle download.)
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on 21 January 2013
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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on 24 February 2013
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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on 26 May 2016
very good read
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on 27 July 2015
Fact based story of covert submarine operations during the cold war era. Obviously many details had to be omitted for reasons of classification of data. Should be read along with "The Hunt for Red October" by Tom Clancey - which is pure fiction but remarkably close to the truth in many respects.
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on 27 September 2015
An interesting submarine orientated book.
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on 22 November 2015
What a disappoint.
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