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Dangerous Ground Hardcover – 1 May 2005

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Forge; First Edition edition (May 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076530788X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765307880
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 3.1 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 494,701 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Larry Bond is a master of his craft, and Dangerous Ground is the best submarine novel yet! --Walter J. Boyne "New York Times bestselling author of Operation Iraqi Freedom " --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Larry Bond is the author of several bestselling military thrillers, including "Crash Dive," "Cold Choices," "Red Phoenix" and the Larry Bond's First Team and Larry Bond's Red Dragon Rising series. He was a naval officer for six years, serving four on a destroyer and two on shore duty in the Washington DC area. He's also worked as a warfare analyst and antisubmarine technology expert, and he now writes and designs computer games, including Harpoon and Command at Sea. He makes his home in Springfield, Virginia. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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Having read many books in this genre, I found this one very refreshing and original.

The lead character is a newbie to the world of submarines, having previously been an airforce pilot who was injured and is no longer able to fly. This background generates considerable friction with his new ship-mates, which is explored to superb effect during the first few weeks of our hero's first submarine patrol. This may sound dull, but its tense and dramatic stuff, which I really enjoyed reading. I found myself wondering why this sort of stuff was not done in detail before by other authors.

The second half of the book follows more familiar lines, with a secret mission to undertake. Again, there is originality with the author's ideas, with unexpected and interesting decisions made by the leading characters.

The conclusion sets itself up nicely for a sequel, which I will look forward to reading, I have nothing bad to say about this book, I highly recommend it to those who enjoy sub thrillers, and are looking for something a bit cleverer than the average read.
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If you read a lot of paperbacks from Tom Clancy, Clive Cussler, Larry Bond (the author), a.o. you'll definitely like this book. It's better than the average "quick read airport paperback", and I can only recommend it.
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Dangerous Ground. An English person reading an American
book about modern naval matters, especially relating to
Submarines, is not altogether easy. Bombarded with all kinds
of abbreviations makes for some difficulty and then this is
followed by an alien ranking system, v. R.N., and terminology.
Perseverance is paying off with a nice story, not only about
nautical activity but also about the fascinating area of
relationships with men at sea in close quarters with one another
together with the tensions that come with the inevitable dangers
of life 'under the waves'. What an amazing story! It caught me
locked in for 'every read' even though a lot of the language
made full understanding of some of the detail very difficult
to really grasp (81%). In spite of the hurdles, referred to, I
thoroughly enjoyed this book so much so that I shall give my
'draft' from tall ships to submarines an extension so that I can
purchase and read number two in this very exciting genre.

Fred
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This is one of the first books in awhile that I honestly haven't been able to put down. What's interesting is that it isn't full of action, but character development that kept me reading. It goes into the details of life onboard a sub and the trails and tribulations of gaining your Dolphins.

The book is always from the POV of Jerry, or at least up to the last few chapters when it starts to jump around. This kind of goes against how the rest of the book is written but I can understand why the authors did it.

There are quite a few errors in the book that would be corrected with an in depth proof read. It's a shame that didn't happen as it does take the shine off slightly.

I'll be interested in where the next book takes us and if there's going to be more substance to the plot rather than character development, which is great, but.....
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This is the first book that I have read by Larry Bond. I would certainly place him in the same quality category as Clancy, Robinson, Brown and Buff. Bond spends a lot of time introducing and building up the characters and their interactions. The story is reasonably plausible although a little far-fetched in places, but that's why we geenrally like this genre! The book is not full of tonnes of close military action but there is suspense nonetheless. Thankfully, Bond has avoided the stereotypical Yankee 'yee ha' attitude that seems to prevail with some authors of this genre and this means that you are focussed on the plot instead. The book is very well written and the plot is constructed well. The only downside is that the ending seems just a little rushed and some of the interactions between characters, which have been established with great attention to detail throughout the book, are then neglected - a few 'loose ends' are left without any real closure. However, I would hertily recommend this book and I look forward to reading more from this author. If you want a full-on 'shoot-em-up' book, this is NOT the one for you!
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By C. Green TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 Aug. 2013
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My experience with Dangerous Ground is an odd one. Having read all of Larry Bond's previous works fiction I bought the book when it was first published in 2005. I started reading it, struggled with it for about fifty pages, gave up, put it on a bookshelf and then promptly forgot about it. Over the following months and years I would periodically think about taking it down and giving it another try, but memories of somewhat dull opening passages overly stuffed with the minutiae of life on board a nuclear submarine and slightly wooden dialogue put me off.

Even when the next book in the series, Cold Choices, was published I still couldn't bring myself to pick up Dangerous Ground again. It wasn't until I read and enjoyed Bond's Red Dragon Rising series co-authored with Jim DeFelice and noticed that a third 'Jerry Mitchell' novel, Exit Plan, had been published and a fourth was on its way that I finally thought maybe it was worth giving the series another stab. Eight years after buying Dangerous Ground I finally sat down and gave it a second chance, and guess what...its still full of slightly tedious details of day-to-day submarine operations and the dialogue is still lumpen.

However, if you persevere with it as I did this time around it slowly begins to improve.
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