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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Forge Books; First Edition edition (April 21, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076530788X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765307880
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 6.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #439,247 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Calling to mind such undersea techno-thrillers as Clancy's The Hunt for Red October and Hagberg's By Dawn's Early Light, this latest outing by Bond, a former naval officer turned bestselling military suspense author (Larry Bond's First Team, etc.), is an edge-of-the-seat yarn about an aging nuclear submarine on a secret mission to Russian waters. Using his senator uncle's political clout, Lt. (j.g.) Jerry Mitchell—a former pilot permanently grounded thanks to a wrist injury sustained in a freak carrier crash—has found his way into submarine training, where, among the other basic skills, he becomes an expert on the Manta, a robot device used for underwater exploration. Cmdr. Lowell Hardy, veteran skipper of the Memphis, a nuclear sub long overdue for decommissioning, is given orders to take Dr. Joanna Patterson from the President's Advisory Science Board and her comely young assistant, Dr. Emily Davis, into Russian waters to look for evidence of illegal disposal of nuclear waste. Mitchell's alleged political pull and the presence of women aboard create unrest among an already unhappy crew. Somewhat predictably, the mission uncovers a major threat to world security and the suspense cranks up when the Russians learn they've been found out. Despite an obligatory surfeit of naval alphabetese and a muster of trite maritime stereotypes with seabags full of childish personality conflicts, this is an engaging read.
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Review

"Dangerous Ground is a great submarine novel. When I grow up I want to write like Larry Bond."--Stephen Coonts

"Larry Bond's intimate knowledge of a submarine's technical details is matched by his understanding of human nature, and he combines fascinating characters with captivating technology to keep you turning the pages. Larry Bond is a master of his craft, and Dangerous Ground is the best submarine novel yet!"-Walter J. Boyne, New York Times bestselling author of Operation Iraqi Freedom

"Hats off to Larry Bond, with Dangerous Ground, he has raised the bar of quality for the rest of us. My heart was in my throat nearly through the entire read."--David Hagberg, USA Today bestselling author of Lucifer's Hammer and By Dawn's Early Light

"The technothriller has a new ace and his name is Larry Bond."---Tom Clancy

"Action on every page . . . Bond's army of readers will be thoroughly satisfied."---Kirkus Reviews on Larry Bond's First Team

"A solid series debut."--Publishers Weekly on Larry Bond's First Team

"A superb storyteller . . . Larry Bond seems to know everything about warfare, from the grunt in the foxhole to the fighter pilots far above the Earth."---The New York Times Book Review

"No writer living can produce the depth of political intrigue like Larry Bond."---Clive Cussler


"Dangerous Ground is a great submarine novel."
(Stephen Coonts)

"Hats off to Larry Bond, with Dangerous Ground, he has raised the bar of quality for the rest of us. My heart was in my throat nearly through the entire read." (David Hagberg USA Today bestselling author of Lucifer's Hammer and By Dawn's Early Light)

"Larry Bond's intimate knowledge of a submarine's technical details is matched by his understanding of human nature, and he combines fascinating characters with captivating technology to keep you turning the pages." (Walter J. Boyne, New York Times bestselling author of Operation Iraqi Freedom)

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Edge of my chair every page I turned.
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The interaction between the players and the story was very good.
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Larry Bond must be the best techno novel writer in the world.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Edwards VINE VOICE on June 29, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I am a BIG fan of Larry Bond and submarine thrillers in particular, but as I began Dangerous Ground, I guess I set my expectations a bit too high. Bond's previous novels have been high octane entertainment with great stories which moved at the speed of a Tomahawk Missle -- but unfortunately, this story moves like a missle about to be disassembled. The storyline is good enough, and the technical detail is plenty, but unfortunately the action is too little and just not enough to keep this book afloat.

Don't get me wrong...Bond has clearly done his homework. As the story unfolds, you can just TELL he has spent a great deal of time making certain that this story was told from a standpoint of someone who was entering the world of the submariner from the outside. Dangrous Ground sets the stage for the main character, Jerry Mitchell, a former rising star in the ranks of Naval Pilots, who becomes grounded after an unfortunate aircraft accident (not his fault) and uses his Uncle's political weight to gain access to the Navies Sub force. Immediately he is considered unfit by many under his command because of how his uncle helped his career along. One Chief Petty Officer under him makes it his prime goal to make Mitchell's life as miserable as is humanly possible. Jerry works overtime to earn the respect of his crew and in the process, learns quite a lot about himself as well.

The USSN Memphis, a sub clearly past her prime and in desperate need of being turned into scrap, is sent on a mission into Russian waters to collect top secret information. This is where I had my biggest problem with the storyline.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Michael D. Trimble VINE VOICE on May 5, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Medically disqualified naval aviator "weasels" a lateral transfer to the sub fleet and meets a lot of resistance from the noncoms and officers who made subs a first choice rather than a fallback. In amongst all the technical aspects of this book--which serves to actually enhance interest--is a study in small group leadership, VERY similar to the canned scenarios that junior military officers study in their professional development schooling. It is good stuff if you aren't familiar with leadership dynamics in the services. This young officer works hard to catch a break with the crew, but also brings a very unique set of skills to the boat that will prove invaluable! The bigger story however is the covert mission this sub is on to retrieve data from just off the Russian coast. Made more difficult by the presence of two attractive female scientists, one of which, has overall mission responsibility (read: command authority). What they discover in the icy Russian waters is shocking and not what they expected and those wily Russians are willing to literally kill to protect the secret.

Great little undersea adventure with lots of character development thrown in for good measure!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Garview on August 21, 2005
Format: Hardcover
You have to read through over 250 pages leading up to about 30 pages of what I was looking for in the first place: action and some suspense.

You could just skip the first couple hundred pages and get right to the real story. Excellent book for the readers digest version without really missing anything.

Also all the political discussions came across as so phony that it really hurt any sence of reality.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By S. N. Gaines on October 15, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I'm a big fan of Larry Bond. Computer Harpoon and his previous novels are great reads/games.

This novel meets one of my requirements for a good techno-thriller. The "techno" parts are either dead on or seem to be dead on. Almost reads like an introduction to 688 class submarines and what it takes to qualify in one. The description of what a "trim party" is assures you that someone involved with the book has served on submarines.

I do note that the action was a little long in starting, with some tantalizing glimpses of what was to come. I also note that some of the equipment is not fully explained, specifically the Manta remote vehicle, which is central to the plot. What is it doing there? What does it do? We don't find out until late in the book the whys and wherefores of this thing, and only then just enough to get on with the story. A little fictional background would have been helpful.

The characters are definitely uneven. The captain is a whip-cracking martinet. Or is he? We don't find out why he acts as he does. The same for the two civilian technical reps that are onboard. Even the main character, Jerry Mitchell, is sort of a hollow cutout. In fact the only character that received any sort of depth was the Senior Petty officer that gives Mitchell a hard time. We find out why he does what he does, but even that isn't enough development of character.

There are some very loose ends left undone. Does the XO ever find his "commissioning dirt"? A nice little side plot that could have been done better. What happens between the civilian tech Emily Davis and Lt. Mitchell? Much is alluded to, but we are left hanging, and not in a "sequel" sort of way. It just felt unfinished, almost like there was a rush to print.

But even with my quibbles, and that's what they are, I still recommend this as a good read. Not a great one, but a good page turner, especially if you like sea stories.
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