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UNDER PRESSURE Mass Market Paperback – November 12, 1981
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In the 21st century, Ensign John Ramsay is assigned to find the saboteur of an American subtug that steals desperately needed oil from underwater deposits in enemy territory.
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This book is really an early techno-thriller treading water that Tom Clancy would later plow more effectively in The Hunt for Red October. It is science fiction only due to its age and the idea of a device monitoring psychiatric/psychological functions.
Our protagonist, a psych agent in the military is put aboard a sub to see what is wrong with the captain, and there is possibly a traitor on board. The pressure the title refers to is both the pressure of the deep deep water, and the pressure of being cooped up in a sub with other people doing an incredibly stressful job. We see the coping mechanisms of the submariners as they are under stress.
Unfortunately I couldn't really care about the main character, and I found the sub hunts were not paced well to create any real tension. The ending though is a lot better and finally some excitement and real tension is created, enough to redeem the book but not enough to make it the classic it is revered as.
Points for the idea of a techno-thriller but due to a generally uninteresting story this is only an average work.
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