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U.S. Navy vs. German Submarines: U.S. Wins, but with Heavy Losses...
on April 2, 2017
I enjoyed reading this book mainly because of the technology demonstrated, and some characters that were interesting. I also enjoyed some of the organizational aspects of the military effort that it was about--for example, the importance of a female Chief, who is clearly the best thinker of all when it came to chasing down submarines. However, the geopolitical premise of the story was not well chosen-Germany overwhelming the U.S. with high tech vessels that it's in the process of giving away to a rogue Arab state makes no sense--and the sad thing is that there were much better options readily available that would have been much more credible. Likewise, the President's decision to opt for a strategy of a variation on one-on-one combat was absurd. The secret to the U.S.' military strength is its ability to assemble overwhelming force, and certainly any national security adviser worth his salt would have made sure that the President knew that if he didn't know it already. On the whole, the plot was fairly predictable, as for example, when the Captain in charge of the operation [for a while], with his overbearing ego, would be the first unit of the lot to have his hat handed to him. When he wanted to stay in charge after losing his ship, his Admiral boss' response was precious, though I won't quote it here. The bottom line is that the story was worth reading. It had hints of an upcoming sequel involving China, which is a much more credible geopolitical premise, and I would urge the author to make the plot a bit less predictable.