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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; Complete Numbers Starting with 1, 1st Ed edition (May 25, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310272149
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310272144
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,234,538 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

It’s a mission that could bring the world to the brink of nuclear war.
Now time is running out.

It starts with a high-stakes theft: weapons-grade plutonium is stolen from Russia. The Russian army is about to attack Chechnya to get it back. But U.S. intelligence discovers that the stolen shipment is actually on a rogue Russian freighter in the Black Sea.

It turns into a global nightmare: a secret mission gone awry; an American submarine commander arrested and hauled before a military tribunal in Moscow; and a game of brinksmanship so dangerous that war might be its only possible conclusion.

As the U.S. Navy searches for weapons-grade plutonium that has been smuggled out of Russia by terrorists, a submarine mishap escalates the international crisis. With the world watching, JAG Officer Zack Brewer is called to Moscow to defend submarine skipper Pete Miranda and his entire crew. It is a heart-stopping race against the clock. With Russian missiles activated and programmed for American cities, Brewer stalls for time as the U.S. Navy frantically searches the high seas for a floating hydrogen bomb that could threaten New York Harbor.

About the Author

Don Brown is the author of Thunder in the Morning Calm, The Malacca Conspiracy, The Navy Justice Series, and The Black Sea Affair, a submarine thriller that predicted the 2008 shooting war between Russia and Georgia. Don served five years in the U.S. Navy as an officer in the Judge Advocate General's (JAG) Corps, which gave him an exceptional vantage point into both the Navy and the inner workings "inside-the-beltway" as an action officer assigned to the Pentagon. He left active duty in 1992 to pursue private practice, but remained on inactive status through 1999, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Commander. He and his family live in North Carolina, where he pursues his passion for penning novels about the Navy. Facebook: Don-Brown


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Good book, Don Brown is one of my favorite authors.
William H Weber
All of them keep you on the edge of you seat with suspenseful action in each chapter building up to the ultimate climax.
The constant insertion of blatant religious references wasn't even in keeping with the plot of the story.

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25 of 31 people found the following review helpful By S. Peek VINE VOICE on November 16, 2008
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There is no pause in the action in this latest thriller from Don Brown. The author, who is a former Navy JAG officer, created a story that will keep readers on the edge of their seats throughout.

It centers around a batch of plutonium stolen from the Russians that ends up in the hands of Chechnyan terrorists. Submarine commander Pete Miranda and his volunteer crew are tasked with destroying the ship carrying it. One huge catch is the location of the freighter. It is in an area that will render escape virtually impossible for the sub's crew. I won't give any more details on that in the interest of not spoiling it. Suffice it to say, the events occuring in this mission are amazing and harrowing.

This novel will appeal to fans of Tom Clancy, Vince Flynn, and Brad Thor. Don Brown is an amazing author who can write a thriller like those above and also pen a legal yarn like Grisham and Turow. If you have not read any of his books, do yourself a favor and get this one. I would also strongly recommend the following: Treason (Navy Justice, Book 1) Hostage (Navy Justice, Book 2) Defiance (Navy Justice, Book 3)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Debbie TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 12, 2010
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"Black Sea Affair" is a Christian military thriller. It's the fourth in a series, but the connecting character was a very minor character in this book. I didn't need to read the previous books to understand this one.

There were a fairly large number of point-of-view characters from all sides of the conflict, yet the author skillfully maintained uncertainty about several closely timed events involving those characters. The suspense was high from the first page to the last. The suspense was created by physical danger to the characters and the knowledge that their decisions, if wrong, could cause the deaths of thousands.

The characters were varied and interesting enough, but they didn't really "come alive" as real humans. Military details were woven into the story, but I wondered about some of them. Still, I'm not an expert. I liked that maps of the areas being talked about were included.

Some of the characters were Christian and their faith helped them through the tough times (mainly as "he prayed for wisdom" style statements) and, in some cases, helped them make decisions. There was no explicit sex. There was a minor amount of "he cussed" style bad language.
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29 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Richard on November 20, 2009
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I enjoyed much of this book, whether or not it had factual errors. Not being a military man I could not comment on these.

However, as I read, I found an obtrusive, out-of-place note sounding a number of times -- little squibs about Christianity popping up here and there. I would not have minded these, and in fact would scarcely have noticed these, if they had been part of tightly woven character depictions. However, they just felt wrong, as though they didn't belong.

[I am adding to this review on 6 December a number of additional comments, which I have enclosed in brackets.

A number of Christian zealots (not to be confused with ordinary Christians) have bought this book as retribution for what they believe must be anti-religious feelings on my part. At least two have contacted me more or less admitting this. What I wanted to bring to people's attention was what seems to me to be a transparent motivation: selling books by assuming a false mantle of religion. The Black Sea Affair seems to me to include an attempt to capitalize on religion and the gullibility of many of the devout.]

[This review is a BOOK review, not a religion review. One novel that legitimately handles devout religion in its characters -- in strong contrast to The Black Sea Affair -- is In-Sight, by Gerard D. Webster. In In-Sight religion is an organic part of characters' backgrounds and personalities, not something slapped on at the last minute to sell books. And if you need another example of a religiously-themed book I greatly like, take a look at Willa Cather's Death Comes for the Archbishop, too.]

[Folks, if you're going to buy The Black Sea Affair because of its little pro-Christianity snippets, which have nothing to do with the real plot, your being played.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Swubird on January 25, 2010
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In my opinion, Black Sea affair is well worth the money. The author, Don Brown, is a former JAG officer (Navy Judge Advocate General's Corp) who certainly knows his way around submarines and the Russian politic well enough to write a very interesting submarine action-political thriller. The story is based on the principle that there's one thing the Russians love more than their vodka, and that's their plutonium. So, in Black Sea Affair, Don Brown puts forth the question: What would happen if the Russians lost a sizeable amount of plutonium and it fell into the hands of unscrupulous opportunists who intern sold it to Chechnya extremists, who then used it to build a nuclear bomb with enough yield to blow up a major city: London, San Diego, Los Angeles, St. Petersburg, it really didn't matter to them. Based upon their own sense of revenge, they just wanted to blow up something big and kill lot of people. And that scenario sets the stage for a complex, actions filled, cliffhanger, and I think Don Brown pulled it off in way that only a seasoned JAG officer who knows international law as well as his way around a nuclear submarine could have done.

Now it's important to say that this isn't just a book about an American submarine that hunts down the enemy in the Atlantic Ocean. That's too easy. In this story, the bad guys steal the plutonium and stow it away on a sea-going freighter in the Black Sea where it is to be transported to another freighter where more bad guys will ultimately assemble the bomb. They then set sail for a point off the coast of the intended target to detonate a huge nuclear explosion.
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More About the Author

BESTSELLING AUTHOR DON BROWN,a former US Navy JAG Officer who served in the Pentagon, where he provided legal advice to the Secretary of the Navy and the Judge Advocate General of the Navy, now pens legal and military thrillers about the Navy. In so doing, he has developed an uncanny track record for prognosticating future events in his novels.

In 2003, Don began writing TREASON, his first novel in the NAVY JUSTICE SERIES, chronicling the life and adventures of JAG officer ZACK BREWER. TREASON explored the dangers of radical Islamic infiltration in the United States Military. Don wrote the novel, in part as a warning to the public about those dangers. TREASON was released in 2005.

Then, on Thanksgiving Day of 2009, TREASON rocketed to the number 1 bestselling novel for fiction on the prestigious bestselling list for fiction, where it remained for more than a week. Why? Because the novel included a scene depicting virtually the same scenario which later occurred at Fort Hood, where a radical Muslim member of the United States military opened fire indiscriminately at a US Military base, in furtherance of a radical political agenda. Some even said the novel had "predicted" the Fort Hood tragedy.

In June of 2008, Zondervan released Don's fourth novel, BLACK SEA AFFAIR, which featured a shooting war between Georgia and Russia. Two months later, in August of 2008, war broke out between Russia and Georgia, in what has become known as the 2008 South Ossetia War. This marked the second time that one of Don's novels in fact predicted a future event.

In August of 2009, Don Brown completed the manuscript for fifth novel, MALACCA CONSPIRACY, a novel which began with oil tankers being attacked by radical Islamic terrorists as those tankers transited the strategic Strait of Malacca. In the novel, terrorists use speedboats full of explosives to attack tankers. Ten months later, in May of 2010, the Singaporean Navy issued terror warnings about oil tankers being targeted for attacks by terrorists in the Strait of Malacca, with explosive-laden dinghies and speedboats, the exact scenario laid out in Brown's novel. Did Don Brown have access to classified information?

On May 26 of 2010, ranked Don's three novels of the NAVY JUSTICE SERIES -- TREASON, HOSTAGE and DEFIANCE -- among its list of "50 Best Legal Novels for Both Lawyers and Laymen." TREASON, HOSTAGE and DEFIANCE were rated 3,4 and 5 in the "Supsense" category among the list of 50.

In August of 2011, Zondervan released Don's sixth novel, THUNDER IN THE MORNING CALM, an explosive thriller about North Korea. THUNDER IN THE MORNING CALM examines the question -- "Did America leave men behind in North Korean Prison Camps some sixty years ago?" Will this, too, turn out to be prophetic?

In November of 2012, FIRE OF THE RAGING DRAGON, Don's seventh novel, examined a fictional war in the early 21st Century between China and Taiwan. The US President sends in the Seventh Fleet to try and break up the war between the two Chinas. But with America trillions of dollars in debt to the Commmunists, and with the President's daughter's life on the line, can America still stand for freedom?

DON BROWN served on active duty for five years in the Navy as a JAG officer, during which time he served as military prosecutor, a Special Assistant United States Attorney, and also won the New York City Bar Association Trial Advocacy Award for winning the trial advocacy championship at the United States Naval Justice School. DON BROWN remained on inactive reserve status with the Navy through 1999, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Commander. He currently lives in his native North Carolina.

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