11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Moderately exciting, but Arnold Morgan is getting tiring!,
By A Customer
This review is from: Seawolf (Paperback)
The fourth of Robinson's submarine thrillers. I enjoy Robinson's writing a lot, and I enjoyed this book as well. Robinson seems to flip between the Arabs and the Chinese as the "bad guys". This time, it was the Chinese's turn. Interestingly, no stolen or hijacked submarines start the trouble this time, but rather a new US sub where it shouldn't be, which gets into a spot of trouble. The crew are captured and held by the Chinese. This is textbook Robinson, and the plot is easily imagined by readers of Robinson's previous works: the US Navy (since, in Robinson's view, the Airforce, Army and Marines seem to have been made redundant by the Navy) step in and rescue the good guys, while the Chinese defense is non-existant.
The book is a little thin on substance. It was too easy for the Yanks. Some resistance from the Chinese would have been nice, or at least a little political fall-out! But then a somehwat one-sided view is typical of this author. The biggest dissapointment in the book is this bumbling idiot Arnold Morgan. Towards the end I groaned when I saw the name printed on the page. More and more of the same boring diatribe. After a while, I just skipped those bits. Let's see what the next Robinson has to offer....