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  • Series: Bluejacket Books
  • Paperback: 348 pages
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press (September 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591140560
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591140566
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 6.3 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #923,483 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This a believable and well crafted story.
J. Thompson
I was in the Navy and serviced nuke subs on a dry dock in Holy Loch Scotland so I had lots of interest in this exciting book.
Thomas Erickson
I remember when I read it that I couldn't put it down because I couldn't wait to find out what happened next.
Ken Bailey

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By T. Mazerolle on July 8, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I first read 'Cold is the sea' about ten years ago, and from that time I have become attached to life on a submarine. Edward Beach demonstrates and dramitizes the simple live or die choice of those who fight in a submarine. The book has become often read and the inspiration and bench mark by which I judge any exciting war novels.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ken Bailey on October 17, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is another good book from Edward Beach. I remember when I read it that I couldn't put it down because I couldn't wait to find out what happened next. Again, a very well written book by someone who was actually there.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Rottenberg's rotten book review on August 14, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Captain "Rich" Richardson, the navy hero of "Run Silent Run Deep" is back in action. Actually, reluctant inaction is more like it. A hero, with a row of medals to prove it, Richardson works tirelessly to return to sea. Marrying his sweetheart (ex-fiance of Jim Bledsoe, Richardson's rival killed in "Run Silent") and becoming a father has taken the sailor out of Richardson. After WWII, however, going to back to work means joining the most exclusive of the nation's services - the "Nuclear Navy". With a charachter - more than loosely based on Admiral Rickover - holding the keys to the nuclear navy, Richardson's combat history is more a liability than an asset, fixing Beach's hero firmly in the past, and not the atomic future. None of Richardson's training or experience prepares him for the cold-war intrigues that envelop him once he reports aboard his first SSN. while suspenseful and (likely) realistic, Richardson's depcition of submarine warfare seems little changed from that used to drive "Run Silent" and its sequel "Dust on the Sea", even though both were set in the pre-nuclear age, when subs spent most of their time on the surface, and the deeps seemed almost as mysterious to the subs as the were to the surface ships. Little of the silent claustrophobia of submarine-warfare comes across, and the scenes pf Richardson at work seem more reminescent of some cheesy WWII sub-thriller. As in previous Beach/Richardson novels, dialog drives the action. When charachters talk, it's often in long paragraphs that make the listeners seem like servile plebes.
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Thirty years ago I read Cold Is The Sea by Edward L. Beach. I forgot some of it but knew it was a great book and wanted to read it again and add it to our family library. Beach is a man who walked the talk and was extremely knowledgeable about submarines. Cold Is The Sea has lots of naval submarine action, suspense and drives the reader to read more. This great 348 page book was very well written, and a page burner that I read in 2 days. I couldn't put it down.

Its around 1961 and the Navy's nuclear submarine program is beginning to get into high gear. We see Capt. Richardson, and Commanders Keith and Buck three submarine captains. All were WW2 diesel sub Veterans and served on the same boat the WW2 diesel boat the Eel. They all go to the Navy's nuclear operation reactor plant/school headed by a cranky, egotistical Vice Admiral. There is lots of interaction by the three officers wives and family life too. Rich ( Richardson) and others save the reactor plant from disaster. All graduate and Capt Richardson becomes Commodore in charge of a sub squadron. Keith is captain of the Cushing the Navy's newest gigantic nuke Polaris missile boat( ship). Buck becomes captain of the older Manta, a nuke fast attack sub.

Keith gets orders to take the Cushing under the ice of the deep Arctic and test to see if its possible to crash through the ice and fire a missile. The Cushing gets attacked by a Russian modified killer sub. Buck and Richardson must try a daring rescue with the Manta sub. Lots of incredible rescue and battle action.

I won't ruin the superb ending for you. I was in the Navy and serviced nuke subs on a dry dock in Holy Loch Scotland so I had lots of interest in this exciting book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rottenberg's rotten book review on September 21, 2007
Format: Paperback
"Cold is the Sea" revisits "Rich" Richardson, the hero of Beach's earlier (and more well known) story of subs at war in the Pacific, "Run Silent, Run Deep". In "Cold", Richardson emerges from one war into another - the Cold War, and finds himself at odds with the Navy's recalcitrant head of nuclear-powerplant training. Richardson has a chest full of ribbons and medals, but glory counts for little in the deadly-serious ranks of the nuclear navy, and Rich's various honors mark his age rather than his merit.

The story dovetails with that of one of Rich's friends, now himself helming a nuclear sub in unfriendly Arctic waters. When the sub is attacked and crippled by a mystery boat prowling the same waters, it's Richardson to the rescue.

There are references to other books in the "Run Silent" franchise (although the only one I had read was "Dust on the Sea", the immediate sequel to "Run"), but even new readers in search of a good read on submarines should find themselves at home in this book. Though it was a pivotal time for submarine development, these years of the cold war get little shrift in the fiction department. "Cold" excels as much as Beach's other books, linking two eras of the Silent Service. By the time you hit the last page, you could find yourself shivering, as if you too had spent some time trapped under polar ice packs.
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