Synopses & Reviews
As the Cold War drew to a close, a Soviet submarine armed with fifteen nuclear missiles suffered a crippling accident, coming within moments of an apocalyptic meltdown that could have devastated the eastern seaboard of the United States. Although our own government-all the way up to the White House-was fully aware of the potential for disaster, they buried the facts, deciding to protect the American public from the truth...but not from the danger.
Now, for the first time, in the words of the survivors, the whole story is told-a minute-by-minute, heartbeat-by-heartbeat account of the underwater terror and top-secret, top-level intrigue. From the military command centers of both the U.S. and Soviet Union to the bridge of the stricken sub itself, you'll share in a riveting true chronicle of courage, deception, and senseless death.
"One of the most fascinating true submarine stories I have ever encountered." --Tom Clancy
"Nonfiction Cold War submarine suspense on a par with Tom Clancy's Hunt for Red October." --Chicago Tribune
In 1986, the Cold War was winding down, yet under the seas the game of cat and mouse between Soviet and American submarines continued unabated. Off the coast of North Carolina, an aging Soviet ballistic missile submarine suffered a catastrophe accident and came within moments of melting down. Had it exploded, the entire East Coast of the U.S. would have been blanketed in radioactive fallout. The death toll would have made Chernobyl seem like a traffic accident. This is the gripping, true story of 60 young Soviet men who fought--and died--to save our lives. Photo insert. Foreward by Tom Clancy. Martin's Press.
About the Author
has had a long and distinguished naval career, culminating in an appointment as naval attache to Moscow during the dissolution of the USSR. After her retired from the service in 1990, he returned to Moscow and began writing. His first book, Echoes of the Mekong,
was published in 1996.
Igor Kurdin was Executive Officer of Crew One on the K-219 from 1983 until September 1986. He lives in Russia.
R. Alan White has written five previous thrillers, his most recent being Siberian Light. He lives with his wife near Monterey, California.