The year is 2011, and the United States is embroiled in a tactical nuclear war against the Berlin-Boer Axis. Lt. Commander Jeffrey Fuller and the crew of the nuclear submarine USS "Challenger" are given a critical mission to infiltrate the enemy coast and attack a compound where scientists are developing the ultimate biological weapon--a deadly ...
The year is 2011, and the United States is embroiled in a tactical nuclear war against the Berlin-Boer Axis. Lt. Commander Jeffrey Fuller and the crew of the nuclear submarine USS "Challenger" are given a critical mission to infiltrate the enemy coast and attack a compound where scientists are developing the ultimate biological weapon--a deadly microbe that could wreak global devastation.
This was the first in a series of six books, featuring Jeffrey Fuller, a submarine lieutenant commander of a ceramic-hulled nuclear submarine. It's a technothriller, set in the near distant future during a war with a German/South African Axis. The character of Ilse Reebick, a South African freedom fighter is introduced. She and Jeffrey eventually become lovers. Jeffrey is the XO on this mission, but must assume command when his Captain sustains a head injury during combat. They must attack a bioweapons plant to steal the actual weapon without detonating it. There is a SEAL team raid, and Jeffrey must go along with the SEALs and Ilse, to ensure that the ROE (rules of engagement) are followed to allow the use of nuclear weapons as they leave the island. A twist in the story is that Ilse is the former lover of the enemy sub's Captain. She is aboard the American sub for the mission, and is helpful because she understands how he thinks. There are great sub vs. sub battles. They use nuclear tipped torpedoes, so you don't even need to have a direct hit to cause damage; the shock wave does that.
Publishers Weekly, 2000-06-26 Exciting battle scenes, fascinating naval maneuvers and accessible technical data are offset by clichéd villains and tenuous narrative logic in this debut submarine warfare thriller set in the year 2011. World War III has begun, and Germany and South Africa, armed with nuclear weapons from a "neutral" Russia, are allied against the U.S. and Britain. The brunt of the war is borne by naval forces in deadly nuclear combat. Lt. Comdr. Jeffrey Fuller finds his state-of-the-art submarine, the U.S.S. Challenger, pulled from battle duty to run a covert team of Navy SEALs into Durban, South Africa. The mission: to destroy the secret lab where an ultra-lethal biological weapon is being perfected. Ilse Reebeck, a Durban marine biologist who worked at the lab until her family was executed in a Boer coup, is along as sonar consultant, and it is she who will lead the raid. But first Challenger must navigate a heavily mined port and evade enemy tracking devices and nuclear torpedo attacks launched by its South African counterpart under the command of Capt. Jan ter Horst. The fearless ter Horst, who is Ilse Reebeck's former lover, is the epitome of arrogant evil; their relationship adds a personal edge to the struggle. Buff scripts suspenseful submarine action and invents clever futuristic naval tricks as Challenger and its crew play dueling subs with ter Horst's vessel and improvise on the Durban raid. The inevitable romance is well handled, but the villains are straight from central casting, as are many of the good guys. A satisfying, cliff-hanging ending suggests a sequel. (July) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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