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  • Paperback: 539 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow; New Edition edition (7 Jan. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 009926904X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099269045
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 3.4 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 387,862 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Robinson is one of the crown princes of the beach-read thriller." (Stephen Coonts)

"Fast, sharply-focussed, engine-driven action." (Express)

"Watch out for Robinson. He is in the same league as Clancy." (Birmingham Post)

"Robinson rules the waves -- matches Clancy at his best." (Northern Echo)

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This is the sequel to "Nimitz Class", but it stands alone as it merely refers to a few events in Robinson's earlier books. The main plot revolves around the US destroying Russian submarines destined for China, but also includes a rather bizarre subplot concerning Taiwan building a secret base in Antarctica, possibly because the "main" plot doesn't really have enough meat for a full novel.
On the plus side its an interesting, fast paced novel, but whereas "Nimitz Class" did seem plausible, this seemed a little unlikely. Apparently Russia can't afford NOT to sell Subs to China so the US have no option but to sink them. Apparently America paying the Russians the value of the subs in exchange for the cancelling the deal or threatening to cancel existing loans is too humdrum an option for the author. Certainly no non-military options even seem to be considered. I hope a real US president may just think twice before sending special forces into the heart of Russia.
I odn't know why British author Patrick Robinson writes about Americans... maybe they just have more exciting equipment than the rather budget starved Royal Navy. He doesn't seem comfortable writing about American characters...he seems to have created a world where all Americans are Donald Rumsfeld which is a shame because he's clearly a talented author. When he writes about what he knows his knowledge and immagination really comes through. Sadly "Admiral Morgan" is a rather one dimensional sub-Dale Brown character. I've just bought "HMS Unseen" and hope its up to the standard of Nimitz Class.
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A dim-witted, hawkish, right wing manifesto, masquerading as a novel about submarine warfare. This was recommended by my kindle, and so my only consolation is that no trees were harmed in this regrettable purchase
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Are you reading this book because you want a super-plausible hypothetical military history? If so, go and read a different book. This ain't the one for you.

It is thoroughly implausible, but at the same time is quite entertaining. No nation comes out very well (the Americans as murderers, the Russians as poverty-stricken imbeciles and the Chinese/Taiwanese as cartoon baddies) but if you put all of that to one side and read it as a story, it's great fun. Read it, enjoy it, but don't think too hard about the plot.
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I am quite interested in geo politics, and have been reading "techno thrillers" for quite a while.
My first impressions of the book were quite encouraging. The plot looked good, and the story was about the elusive world of submarines. Although the "techo" bit in the novel seemed faultless, the "thriller" bit just fell flat on its face.
The Americans were portrayed as being perfect, as some of the other reviews point out, which is far from reality! Technology seemed to be the *only* way to win wars, which is clearly not true. One of the funniest parts in the book was the author's description of the Navy Seals, who have been portrayed as indestructible gods.
The above would have been okay, however, if the book was a good read. Unfortunately, the book is written like a physics coursework. The author only thinks in the 24 clock, which makes sense in the military context, but too tedious in everyday usage. The story line was interesting, but spoilt by the poor writing style.
The author has often been compared to Tom Clancy. Robinson might certainly provide Clancy with some stiff competition, but not when it comes to writing books!
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As expected a great read, but also as expected why are we made to feel that Navy SEALS are such superheroes, Atention to detail is superb but the constant reference to the prowess of NAVY SEALS is very irritating.
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This book builds on and expands the characters of the earlier "Nimitz Class". You are dragged into the story and feel like you are a part of it, especially during the Navy Seals mission in Russia. The ending was weakest part and held little to be surprised about. Generally though, well worth reading.
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Kilo Class, Robinson's second novel, is a great read. It has a fast paced, entertaining story, with the odd bit of humour nicely woven in. After Nimitz Class, it certainly did not dissapoint. A poor economic climate in the ex-Soviet Union prompts the sale of two Kilo-class submarines to China. As we have seen in Nimitz Class, these Diesel-powered boats are one of the few weapons that can be turned against a Carrier Battle Group. For this reason, should these subs fall into Chinese hands, we could see s significant shift in the balance of power in the Taiwan Strait and the South China Sea. Of course, the US administration comes to the rescue, employing some naval tactics of their own. Although the plot is very predictable, it is a nice journey, and I can certainly recommend it.
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In common with a lot of the other reviews I thought that it was a good read, quite pacey in parts but with a predictable ending. However, I found that the portrayal of all the Americans as demi gods with gorgeous fawning women falling over them and the foreigners as undersized ignorant thickos, banal and irksome. Are there no short fatish commanders with matronly wives in the US forces hierarchy? When I read these stereotypical descriptions I had to force myself to continue through to the end of the book. It also worries me that someone of the stature of Admiral Sir John (Sandy) Woodward, in his afterword, seems to lend credence to this as a viable foreign policy
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