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Undersea Paperback – November 2, 2011
"Warlight" by Michael Ondaatje
A dramatic coming-of-age story set in the decade after World War II, "Warlight" is the mesmerizing new novel from the best-selling author of "The English Patient." Pre-order today
About the Author
Geoffrey Morrison is a tech writer and freelance journalist based in Los Angeles. He writes for CNET, Forbes, the Wirecutter, and several other web and print outlets. He was Editor in Chief of Home Entertainment magazine and before that, Technical Editor of Home Theater magazine.
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Lot's of undersea action. Some of the technology is problematical, firing cannon underwater? How to prevent outside water pressure from breeching the gun mount and flooding the ship. Could they get enough power to even fire into the water? At 1,000 feet depth, the pressure would be ("ball park" scribbling) about 500 pounds per square inch. Dumb projectiles lose velocity very quickly in water. However, The Russians have had operational a super-cavitating rocket-powered torpedo with a top speed of 250 knots since the late 1970s so I am willing to suspend disbelief based on that.
An exciting story about Man's folly and then recovery.
While the advanced yet decaying technology is fascinating (and surprisingly plausible), and the descriptions of the various craft and structures make you feel as if you are there (or at least, that the author was), it's the human interactions that give the story its substance. The characters are, for the most part, complex: likeable (at times detestable), heroic (at times cowardly) but most of all imperfect, just like you and me. Each major character is motivated by his or her own agendas, some hidden, some not; some grandiose, some petty. And over the course of several months, a story unfolds that is both petrifying and uplifting. The intense action interspersed with interpersonal interaction and scientific discourse will keep you on the edge of your seat in suspense and may rob you of a few hours of much-needed sleep (as it did me).
If you're a fan of science fiction and are looking for a new voice in the genre, Mr. Morrison's "Undersea" is definitely worth a read.
Would be more than happy to revisit this world in a sequel.