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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Onyx; First Edition edition (December 7, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451409086
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451409089
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #616,270 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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''DiMercurio really knows his subs . . . His characters step right off the sub deck and onto his pages.'' --Larry Bond

''A master rivaling Tom Clancy.'' --Publishers Weekly

''Terrific.'' --San Francisco Examiner

''Thrilling.'' --Associated Press

''Superb storytelling.'' --Virginia-Pilot/Ledger Star

''Threat Vector enjoys a powerful narration by Adams Morgan who brings to life this story.'' --Reviewer's Bookwatch --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

About the Author

Michael DiMercurio is an honors graduate of the Naval Academy at Annapolis, and has served as a paratrooper, Navy diver, and as a lieutenant and Chief Propulsion Officer aboard the U.S.S. Hammerhead. He is the author of the submarine thrillers Attack of the Seawolf, Phoenix Sub Zero, Barracuda Final Bearing, Piranha Fring Point, and Threat Vector. Onyx will be publishing his next book, Terminal Run.

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Customer Reviews

Buy the first book he wrote and read each one.
Duncan Hubbell
To be sure, this is a submarine story but it also has all the elements of really good science fiction, too.
P. Connors
Michael DiMercurio has done it once again with his latest novel Threat Vector.
Chris

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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By P. Connors on April 4, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Well, Michael DiMercurio has done it again! Not only that, he topped his last achievement (PIRANHA FIRING POINT) with THREAT VECTOR, a novel that shows that DiMercurio can keep a series alive, fresh and full of new ideas. In addition, it could almost be said that THREAT VECTOR is the "logical" extension of PIRANHA FIRING POINT, especially when it becomes known to the reader early on, that the President has appointed Patch Pacino as CNO (Chief of Naval Operations).
This novel also has some bittersweet elements as well. When the Ukrainians sink an American cruise ship carrying the Navy's senior officers, many characters we know from previous installments become casualties. I was sorry to read that many of the characters I liked were gone. About 1/3 of the way through, DiMercurio shows that he also has a sense of humor, too. He has named one of the escorting destroyers the TOM CLANCY; read the novel and find out what he does with this ship.
Another thoroughly enjoyable aspect of this book was the way in which Michael DiMercurio combines plausible future developments with what we know is possible today. The explanations and descriptions of future technological advancements are masterful in their simplicity. The "Devilfish" as a weapons platform is something that may not be available right now, but given the dramatic technological leaps being made every day, it is not difficult to conceive its existence 18-20 years from now.
Michael DiMercurio also pays a subtle tribute to the naval traditions of the past. If I didn't read incorrectly, he re-introduces an officer uniform that the Navy did away with in the early 1970s. I'm speaking specifically of the service dress khaki officer uniform.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Tom Reinstein on April 3, 2000
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Michael DiMercurio's novels contain many characters which(obviously)continue through the series. In Threat Vector, the supervillain from the first novel, Admiral Alexi Novskoyy, is sprung from jail in Siberia by a consulting company. This consulting company plans to use a supersub, the Vepr, to wreak havoc on the international oil trade. The Vepr, for a demonstration, must sink a cruise ship with the entire U.S. naval brass onboard, effectively decapitating the U.S. fleet. Michael Pacino, the main character, has progressed to the title of Chief of Naval Operations, and thus the book is fairly far removed from the other books, as he is no longer driving submarines. However, DiMercurio comes up with an excellent replacement, Captain Kelly McKee. Michael Dimercurio has, once again, worked wonders. Threat Vector is well written, engaging, and delivers a cast of characters perfect for the plot. END
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Larry L. Gauper on March 13, 2000
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I've been a Dimercurio fan since I read "Barracuda, Final Bearing." Love his stuff and this one, his latest, did not let me down. Plausible, highly realistic plot and characters. Interesting twists with the characters but doesn't leave the track. I've always loved Clancy's stuff but this guy is AS good if not BETTER than the ol' master. New ideas, far enough in the future but not too far. You'll identify with a lot of his technology ideas: writepad computers, virtual reality, the whole package has kept me up the last couple of nights turning pages. Warning: if you read this book you'll want all of his others...so be prepared. Trust me, "Threat Vector" will not let you down if you like solid, "hard" techno-fiction - the kind that can actually happen - Mike writes it and writes it very well indeed.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on April 10, 2000
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Michael DiMercurio hardly needs another review, having already received so many good ones. However, I must say THREAT VECTOR, and his other books, are not just thrillers to read once and then put away or trade to someone. His books, in addition to being good reads, are worthy of being read over and over again because there is so much information in them. Yes, the plots are good and, yes, the characters are excellent, but for this reader the beauty of them is in the information about submarines, submarine command, leadership and - for want of a better phrase - international politics. THREAT VECTOR, especially, cannot be beat when it comes to a plot of international intrigue that makes you wonder how in the world the author is going to get out of the corner he's painted himself into. In addition, DiMercurio has done one more thing for me: he has made me understand chemistry in a way I never could before. How? By describing, in minute and horrible detail, what happens when a weapon hits its target.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Chris on April 12, 2000
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Michael DiMercurio has done it once again with his latest novel Threat Vector. As always, he does a masterful job of telling a gripping plot line and describing action scenes in marvelous detail. His prior experiences in Navy submarines really shine through in all of his novels with his realistic depiction of every detail and thought the characters encounter. He finds a way in each story to keep the same characters interesting and introduce new ones, and Threat Vector is no exception. It's a must read for any naval fiction fan. I can't wait for the next one in the series!
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