Author: Patrick Robinson
Original language: English
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc., New York, 1999
It’s one of the stealthiest, most dangerous underwater warships ever built… silent at less than five knots and capable of a massive nuclear warhead punch. It’s the weapon every Third World dictator covets. It’s the 240-foot-long Russian Kilo Class submarine, and Russia seems perfectly willing to sell it to anyone — including those governments that frequently violate international law.
Whenever Moscow sanctions the sale of the sinister Kilo to a Middle Eastern nation, the Pentagon reacts with barely controlled fury. But
The US Department of Defense is well aware of China’s intention to shut the US Carrier Battle Groups out of the Taiwan Straits and then to reclaim, by military force if necessary, the rich independent island that sits only 100 miles off China’s eastern coastline.
A strike force of patrolling Kilos could achieve that objective for Beijing, and two of the 10 Kilos have already been delivered.
Out in the terrible depths of the icy North Atlantic, the US Black Ops nuclear submarine awaits its chance, guided by the silent American satellites passing overhead. Deep inside the remote waterways of northern Russia, a team of elite Navy SEALs prepare an extraordinary operation of destruction and mayhem. Moscow brings in an iron cordon of an escort for the submarine deliveries, as Commander Boomer Dunning, the Black Ops captain from Cape Cod, races his 7,000-ton nuclear vessel beneath the polar ice cap to head them off.