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Polaris: A Novel Hardcover – June 14, 2016
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“Todd Tucker has crafted a riveting tale of warfare in the not too distant future, on a par with Clive Cussler's best. Tucker takes his technological know-how as a former nuclear submariner and masterfully weaves it into a sensational thriller that will leave you pondering the land- and sea-scape of armed conflicts yet to come. A gifted writer first, Tucker seamlessly maintains the perfect balance between exhilarating story-telling and edifying prose. Superb novel!” ―R. Cameron Cooke, author of PRIDE RUNS DEEP on POLARIS
“One part Clancy, one part H.G. Wells, three parts pure Todd Tucker at his very best. Like all of his novels, Polaris rings with authenticity. Here, Tucker transports the reader to a war-torn and not-too-distant future that looks frighteningly like our own. Fast-paced submarine action and adventure, Polaris keeps you riveted to your chair and challenges you to ever think of drone warfare the same way again!” ―Jan Coffey, author of SILENT WATERS
“Battle stations torpedo! Nuclear submarines, autonomous drones, a pandemic, a world in chaos. Todd Tucker has fashioned a vivid and fast-paced novel of submarine warfare set in a future that's all too plausible. Stealth and deception, move and countermove propel the action across a broad undersea battlefield. As always, the human factor plays a decisive role in the outcome, and in POLARIS, gender is no obstacle to command of a nuclear sub. When two aggressive female skippers face off, the ultimate fate of mankind hangs in the balance.” ―Peter Sasgen, author of STALKING THE RED BEAR
“Veteran Submariner Todd Tucker charts a masterful course into the bold 21st century, post-Tom Clancy technothriller storytelling era. Equal parts tense psychodrama, breathless geopolitical action tale, and awesome look at the nature of near-future global war, POLARIS will keep you up way past your bedtime!” ―Joe Buff, author of CRUSH DEPTH and SEAS OF CRISIS
About the Author
TODD TUCKER attended the University of Notre Dame on a full scholarship, graduating with a degree in history in 1990. He then volunteered for the United States Navy's demanding nuclear power program, eventually making six patrols onboard a Trident submarine. In 1995 Tucker left the Navy to return with his family to Indiana to pursue a career in writing. Tucker's previous novels include Collapse Depth, Ghost Sub, and Zulu Five Oscar.
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"Where do they reload?"
"This island in the middle of nowhere"
"Two words: Cruise Missiles. Nuke that bad boy until it's a hole in the ocean. Bombers, cruise missiles, whatever it takes."
"Ummm.. why didn't anyone else think of that?"
Okay, obviously the sub stuff will be right, if not very, very dated. Everything else is so implausible that it really detracts from the narrative. The writing isn't bad, but the overall story just not as good as his first few (fiction and non-fiction). My fingers are firmly crossed that he goes in an entirely different direction with the next one, leaving usta-boat behind.
Polaris is set some decades in the future, after global warming, war, and an epidemic have threatened to decimate the world’s population. For reasons that are eventually explained (cleverly but not credibly), swarms of small drones are overflying the oceans, looking for targets to bomb. A target is basically anything a drone can spot, although they are supposedly programmed to look for targets at sea. No distinction between friend and foe has been programmed into the drones. If it floats, civilian or military, the drones bomb it. That’s such a remarkably useless weapon that it’s almost credible, given the history of military spending. Almost, but not quite. The poor premise undercut my interest in the story.
Pete Hamlin wakes up with a head injury and a shaky memory. He has apparently killed a friend, thus averting a mutiny, but he doesn’t recall the killing, the mutiny, or, for that matter, much of anything. Hamlin knows he is on a submarine called the Polaris and is told that they are being followed by a Typhon submarine, but the word Typhon means nothing to him.
Hamlin eventually recalls that the Alliance (which operates in cooperation with but independently of the U.S. military) is at war with Typhon, but he doesn’t know (and so the reader doesn’t know) whether he is with the military, the Alliance, or Typhon. Is he a mutineer or did he stop the mutiny? Everyone seems to think Hamlin is on their side but Hamlin can’t figure out where his loyalties lie. We are eventually given an explanation for that but the convenient selectivity of Hamlin’s memory loss struck me as an obvious plot device rather than a credible event.
Toward the novel’s middle we get an expository information dump that explains what’s up with Hamlin’s past. It includes a remarkable coincidence that’s just too coincidental to be credible. Later in the novel, we get an extended flashback as Hamlin regains his memory.
By the time it circles back to beginning, the story has become so predictable that the events triggering Hamlin’s memory loss are unsurprising -- which defeats the purpose of relying on the memory loss gimmick to carry the story. The ending is a standard action scene, mildly entertaining but far from memorable.
Some of Polaris is fun. I enjoy submarine novels and if Polaris focused on submarine warfare more than the strained development of plot contrivances, I would have liked it more. Characters are typical action figures without much depth. Diehard fans of submarine fiction might want to try Polaris, but the credibility stretches were too much for me.
Another added bonus is that unmanned drones, which have been very popular lately, play a very large part in the story so there is a ton of very cool information about them, their history and how they work. If you've ever been curious about drones, you should definitely check this one out. I did not realize the full extent of their reach and capability until reading this book.
The only minor drawback to the story was that there weren't any clear separations or time stamps between plot changes and flashbacks so I found myself somewhat confused and had to back track to figure out if we were still in the past or had moved to the present. I read an ARC (advanced reading copy) though so hopefully this is something that will be fixed before final publication.
All-in all though this was a very well-written story. I was enthralled from the moment I picked it up. The underwater submarine setting, the fast pacing and the unique plot inclusion of the drones are all excellent reasons to give this book a try. It's the perfect beach or pool read!
*I received this ARC from NetGalley & St. Martin's Press in exchange for an honest review.