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Seas of Crisis: A Novel Hardcover – January 10, 2006

4.3 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews
Book 6 of 6 in the Jeffrey Fuller Series

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From Publishers Weekly

The combined effect of unrelenting action, clever plotting and sheer firepower in Buff's latest near-future military thriller (after Straits of Power) successfully torpedoes any notion that this long-running submarine series has begun to tire. It's June 2012, and America is at war with the neo-Axis coalition of Germany and South Africa. Europe is in German hands, most of Africa has been seized by the Boers, who reinstate apartheid, and with Britain blockaded, only America remains to fight on and in the last battlefield, the oceans of the world. Cmdr. Jeffery Fuller captains the USS Challenger, the most powerful nuclear-powered fast-attack submarine in America's arsenal. Fuller, a Medal of Honor winner, has fought many battles and now must implement one of the greatest wartime ruses ever attempted. Onboard the Challenger, a deadly Special Forces team readies itself for what becomes a bloody, gut-wrenching attack against a Russian missile silo. Readers willing to negotiate some difficult technical dialogue—"This new warhead has a miniature gravimetric gradiometer"—will sail through the tough stuff and revel in the meticulously described battle scenes both on land and at sea. Attention, all military thriller fans, report to battle stations, flank speed, superior entertainment ahead.
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About the Author

Joe Buff is a Life Member of the U.S. Naval Institute, the Navy League of the United States, the CEC/Seabees Historical Foundation, and the Fellows of the Naval War College. Respected for his technical knowledge, he is considered an expert on submarines and national defense. Two of his nonfiction articles about future submarine technology have won the Annual Literary Award from the Naval Submarine League. He is the author of five previous highly regarded novels of submarine warfare—Straits of Power, Tidal Rip, Crush Depth, Thunder in the Deep, and Deep Sound Channel. He lives with his wife in Dutchess County, New York.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; First Edition edition (January 10, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060594691
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060594695
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,064,551 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By John Ben Sutter on January 10, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Yet another outstanding book from Joe Buff. Find a comfortable place to sit, brew a pot of hot coffee and get comfortable because it's a non-stop read. What baffles me is how Buff continues to find complex twists to add throughout the book for his hero, Jeff Fuller, to resolve. And what an ending! Never saw it coming and literally couldn't put it down for those last 50 pages (despite the protestations of my wife). Meticulous research lends credence and authenticity (Buff has published expert journal articles on submarine warfare) to the technical details and to the fantastic plot twists. His takes on domestic and international politics are believable, engaging and exciting. I enjoy his work not only for the adventure thrill but for his keen insight on geopolitical possibilities. Do not wait for the paperback. Do not wait for remainders. This is a great read.
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Just in case you had any doubts, `Seas of Crisis' is proof positive that Joe Buff owns the submarine warfare genre. The thrill ride begins the second that Jeffrey Fuller opens his sealed orders. As a newly-minted Commodore, he must lead his beloved USS Challenger and a stealthy Seawolf class nuclear attach submarine (USS Jimmy Carter) on a desperate mission to end the U.S.-Axis war. Success will save millions of lives, and force a brutal war to its conclusion. Failure will push the world from war to nuclear apocalypse. There are no good choices: only bad options and worse options.

How does it all come out? Pick up a copy of the book and find out for yourself. I finished reading `Seas of Crisis' two days ago, and I'm still surfing an adrenaline high.

Jeff Edwards, Naval Warfare Specialist, and author of "Torpedo"
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Joe Buff, the author that is most often compared to the likes of Tom Clancy, has done it again with his newest undersea thriller "Seas of Crisis." This novel has it all from heroes, villains and potential catastrophic events. It will grab you by the seat of your pants and drag you willingly into the depths of its story as you remain transfixed and unable to put the book down. It would be an understatement to say that it is a page burner; that would be like saying that a ton of napalm dropped on someone might ruin their day. This book is Joe's best efforts in a long string of very good books.

The plot is made to seem plausible and the characters feel real. Good word phrasing and technological descriptions. One actually begins to believe the story line--which means that the author hooked us right in once again.

There is something very special about Joe Buff's newest novel. If you are already a fan of his other novels then you will be wonderfully surprised at the new level of action and suspense that this volume offers us. This is a must read and must buy book! The MWSA gives it its HIGHEST RATING - FIVE STARS! This book looks like a clear cut candidate for many awards this year - including the best work of naval fiction for 2006!
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Entertaining. Not as good as Clancy or Bond but still really readable and its more futuristic and alternate history than Clancy or Bond so its good in its own niche, not critical at all i like all of the books Buff has written so far and will read more in the future.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
In "Seas of Crisis", submarine driver Jeff Fuller takes a break from duking it out undersea with the subs of the German/South African Axis. This latest installment of Joe Buff's saga pitting Americans against a newly-resurgent Imperial Germany sends Fuller towards the frontier of the Russian federation. His mission is outrageous, impossible and borders on atrocity, but it's apparently the last hope the allies have of containing the implacable Germans. In "Seas", Fuller escorts a Seawolf-class sub tasked with depositing a troop of special forces troops into a remote sector of the Russian Federation, which is technically neutral in the war against Germany, but provides technical and material support. Once ashore, the troop will assume the identities of Spetznaz - special Russian troops - and commandeer a Russian ICBM silo. Their target: the Continental United States. The plan hinges on the Russians blaming the attack on Germans in disguise. Once "convinced" of German treachery, the Russians will cut off their aid to the Germans and help turn the tide against them.

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I couldn't remember which book of Buff's was read last so, when I needed a sub-book, I simply grabbed his newest. "Seas" is a great read, displaying much of Buff's ability to imagine a coherent science of submarine warfare of the near future. There are some problem spots (the details of the convoluted plan to convince the Russians that the intruders are German troops in disguise, rather than American troops mimicking German intruders masquerading as Russians - Buff has his characters go through the different permutations of the plan in a way that brings the story to a halt) though the story remains compelling enough to keep you glued.
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This was my second time reading this 6 book series, the first time as each book came out. I enjoyed them just as much, especially reading them back to back and I recommend them to anyone who enjoys submarine warfare as much as I do. I commend all our brave and dedicated men and women in uniform for keeping this great nation safe, thank you!
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