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Sea of Shadows
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 19 October 2008
I bought this book on the basis of what the 2 previous reviewers thought, and was not disappointed in the the least. A fast paced and well written book with some techno stuff which was thankfully in small doses (no need to skip pages of endless techno jargon). The characters are well thought out and portrayed and the storyline is totally believable. I am looking forward to his next book and award 5* with no hesitation at all.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 21 September 2007
I loved the subject matter of this book. The technical side was great, very exciting to read. But....and for me it was a big but, the background story line, the reason for all this exciting action was just too unbelievable, the reaction of Britain and the rest of the world too immplausible. I would have prefered a ficticious country background to this, at least then it would not have detracted from the action.
Buy this book for the action alone and it will not disapoint, but do not buy for a good story.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 24 April 2006
what a great technothriller. lots of action, neverending action, and plenty of weapon details. characters are believeable too. my one bitch is that british naval officers do not say "all ahead flank! or full left rudder. for a techno thriller written by an ex us navy man this is quite a failing but i suppose its written for an american reader who is probably easily confused. this book makes a great change from submarine thrillers and tells the story from the "other side" as it were. well worth a read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 28 September 2012
As a fan of Tom Clancy at his height, I'm always keen to find a good techno military/political thriller along the lines of "Sea of Shadows".

First off, let me say that the overriding premise of the book is somewhat unbelievable. However, I would also say that it didn't take much effort to get over that disbelief and get stuck into what turned out to be a very well written and completely absorbing read.

The story-line itself revolves around a battle between [predominantly] US Navy forces and submarines from a NATO ally gone rogue.

The author's own naval experiences shine through and his subject knowledge is obvious. There is a fair bit of detail but it doesn't get in the way of the story. His characters are generally well written and believable.

I thoroughly enjoyed it and will be looking for other books by the same author.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 22 July 2012
This book is full of promise and could have been great. It's got a good pace and the technical details are excellent, although sometimes its almost too technical minded and this can get in the way of the story.

Where this book falls down is the premise of the story is so hard to believe. Germany decides to stop using nuclear power stations and needs capital to buy oil. To raise capital it decides to sell arms to a country that's under an UN embargo. In the process of doing this Germany naval forces attack both UK & US forces, inflicting heavy defeats and casualties for both. Yet for the majority of the book there's no response from the UK, and the American President in the book seems more concerned in keeping the fight fair, that they will only use 4 ships against the 4 submarines to keep it fair. This is so far stretched it ruins the story, America's military doctrine is about an overwhelming show of force and the American public would never accept a president that didn't react with to these losses with an instant and devastating reprisal. The UK is portrayed as a nation that asks for permission from the US before it makes any decision. There's no side of the story from the German point and very little from the submariners, making it one sided. All we really hear about is one of the ships sent to destroy the submarines and the whole book ends up like another America saves the world movie.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 26 March 2012
great book really enjoyed the style very hard to put down. ignore the doubters every book is allowed a few errors. just enjoy the ride the author takes you on and for the money what can you say
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 13 March 2012
Edge of the seat stuff. Rolls on at a fantastic pace, I just couldn't put it down. If you like Thrillers, I thoroughly reccommend reading this.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 7 June 2012
As an Action story no shortage there is no shortage of action, however for it to be included alongsides the Likes of Clancy and Coonts is a major mistake, and their fans who select this on the basis of it's association will Like I did find the story sadly wanting.
The Story is told from a very one sided point of view, there is little or no background to what set up the action. There is no counter viewpoint to what's going on, from the Submariners side.
Like another Reviewer I believe that the author took the wrong route in mixing a real world NATO country in the way that it did.

If you want a book that consists of action sequences and little else then this is for you...if you prefer a fuller story avoid this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 8 August 2012
I read Sea of Shadows whilst on holiday. From the first page, I was drawn right into the story. Believable, likeable characters, slick dialogue and awesome narrative. I felt as though I was there on the bridge of the USS Towers right amongst all the action. I thoroughly recommend this book for lovers of Naval warfare action, thrills spills and genuine boys own stuff. You will not be disappointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 25 August 2012
A great tale about the uber-ship Towers with Capt Bowie. The tale was very gripping. Small errors with Royal Navy terminology, which only insiders would spot. A good balance of technology and tragedy and success.
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