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Cold is the Sea: A Novel (Bluejacket Books) Paperback – March 15, 2014
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Edward L. Beach graduated from the US Navy's submarine school in December 1941, two weeks after Pearl Harbor. He commanded submarines in the Pacific throughout the rest of the war. His first novel, Run Silent Run Deep, became an immediate bestseller, and was later made into a Hollywood blockbuster.
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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. If you like intense Navy sub battle action with Navy wifes and family life interaction you will love this great book. Beach shows each of the three officers and their wives as real human beings with lots of emotion. You can't help empathise with these people especially poor Keith and his crew. Again wait till you read the superb ending.
INMO one of the best submarine novels ever written. I've also read Run Silent Run Deep and a few others and Cold Is The Sea is right there with the very best! 5 stars plus and proudly added to our family library. I plan to buy and read more of Edward L. Beach's submarine books.
If you've read and enjoyed other books by Beach---definitely add this to your collection.