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They call it the Cold War-but there are those who burn in its heat. The year is 1985, and two great superpowers-the U.S. and the U.S.S.R.-are locked in a lethal, escalating race of arms and technology. No war has been officially declared. But for those forced to fight in secret, it is do... or die. Reports have been received of a devastating new Soviet weapon. It is called Akula-a prototype attack submarine more advanced than anything in the U.S. undersea arsenal. Unchallenged, it will give America's enemies dominion over the Earth's waters-and an advantage that could prove nothing less than catastrophic to the Free World. Now America's greatest hope travels within the hull of a nearly obsolete Grayback Class submarine. A platoon of SEALs-the nation's most skilled fighting men-is heading into the jaws of the bear on a mission to penetrate Akula's home port, the heavily defended Severodvinsk shipyard on the White Sea. But it is the Grayback's, crew-along with the Navy men manning the accompanying Los Angeles class attack sub-who will be put through the most strenuous trials. For when the mission gets hot, it is the warriors of "The Silent Service" who will be called upon to fight their way out of impossible straits.
MORE EXPLOSIVE UNDERSEA ACTION IN THE HEAT OF THE COLD WAR The year is 1987. Ronald Reagan is in the White House. A secret arms deal for hostages has just been exposed. The Middle East is fiery hot. The seas of the Russian Pacific are ice cold-and teeming with some of the most sophisticated weaponry humankind has ever devised. U.S. Navy SEALs are brilliantly proving their courage and extraordinary skill in a daring raid on Lebanon, a plan devised by Commander Frank Gordon. In acknowledgment of his first-rate strategic skills, Gordon is assigned to head up a bold undertaking into dangerous enemy waters. Placed in command of the Los Angeles Class submarine Pittsburgh - a realization of his life's greatest ambition - Gordon, along with his crew and a hand-picked team of SEALs will venture into the deadly, Russian-patrolled seas off the Kamchatka Peninsula. For intel has sent reports of an awesome new Soviet sub that no one in the West has ever seen before. And it's Gordon's mission to go up against the phantom boat-even at the risk of a shooting war. The SEALs are to go where the Pittsburgh cannot. But the game is more perilous than anyone has imagined. For the enemy has its own reasons for luring U.S. forces onto Russian turf. And there is a highly placed spy in the American ranks who may, even now, be leading a boat full of brave men to their doom.
The New War The face of the enemy has changed. His weapon is terror; his target is the innocent. The first strike could come at any time-and the deadliest, most undetectable weapon that ever prowled the oceans' depths is going back to war ... and the battleground is the Middle East. The U.S.S. Ohio has new weapons and astonishing new capabilities-and her officers and crew are being dispatched, along with a SEAL team, to destroy a poisonous viper in its lair. A fanatic hardliner has risen to the top of Iran's ruling mullahs-and he and his terrorist allies now possess the nuclear capability to deal the U.S. a devastating blow. Now the Ohio has to end the threat while sailing dangerously narrow and shallow waters in the Straits of Hormuz. The time to strike is now... or never.
The Snake in the Desert The first generation of SEALs was forged in the steaming jungles of Vietnam, their deadly skills honed by combat. But jealousy brewing within the U.S. military bureaucracy threatened the future of the warrior elite, and shortsighted thinking forced them into pitched battles in Grenada and Panama that the SEALs shouldn't have fought and couldn't have won. Now the opportunity has finally come for redemption when the tanks of a ruthless Middle Eastern despot roll across the unprotected borders of a neighboring nation. Here, in a world of blood and oil, a new generation of SEALs is going in first to fight a new kind of war on its terms -- as Hunter-Killer teams of America's deadliest commandos plunge into a fast and murderous game of hide-seek-and-strike on Iraqi sands.
The world is in flames once more -- and war demands its terrible tribute in blood. Many have already fallen in freedom's cause -- and the Navy's crack UNDERWATER DEMOLITION TEAM has paid dearly in wounded and the dead. Meticulously trained amphibious commandos, they silently stalk the enemy in his own waters. In turbulent seas they are tested and they triumph, unaware that their successes and courageous sacrifice are being noted at the nation's highest levels -- giving rise to glorious legend... and to the birth of the most awesome elite fighting force America has ever known.
The attack on America has changed everything. And the new war has sparked another-igniting a devastating fire that could consume the world. In the chaos of the first major conflict of the twenty-first century, an old enemy sees the opportunity to strike. Seeking to exploit America's preoccupation with its foes in the Middle East, the People's Republic of China sets out to "reclaim" by force the territories it considers its own: the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea... and Taiwan. China's arsenal is awesome and deadly, including a pair of Akula nuclear-powered subs purchased from a cash-hungry Russia. As Chinese missiles fly across the Straits of Taiwan, the casualties mount at an alarming rate-with American servicemen numbered among the many dead. World War Three now seems inevitable. And the fate of the Earth suddenly rests with the commander and crew of the U.S.S. Seawolf, lead boat of America's newest class of ultra-silent attack submarines. For this battle can only be won beneath the surface of a turbulent sea-where the enemy rules in firepower and numbers... and will not relent, even at the cost of the future.
The year is 1987. Military Intelligence has sent reports of an awesome new Soviet sub that no one in the West has ever seen before in the Russian-patrolled seas off the Kamchacka Peninsula. Now Tom Gorden, new commander of the Los Angeles Class submarine Pittsburgh, must transport a hand-picked team of U.S. Navy SEALs into hostile waters and go up against the phantom boat -- even at the risk of a shooting war. But the enemy has its own reasons for luring U.S. forces onto Russian turf. And there is a highly placed spy in the American ranks who may, even now, be leading a boat full of brave men to their doom.
For years, the Ohio-class submarine served as one of the frontline weapons in America's nuclear Navy. But with the collapse of the USSR, America needs to modernize its arsenal to take into account its new enemies. With that goal, the Navy begins a controversial conversion of the USS Ohio to take America into the future of naval warfare. The Ohio's ballistic missiles have been replaced, the tubes now capable of a two-pronged attack. What had been used to house ICBMs now can contain SEALs or a new prototype of underwater submarine, a revolutionary undersea fighter that flies through the water, striking targets at will. Both barrels will be brought to bear against America's newest enemy, Iran. The zealots in power have unleased a terrible two-pronged plan, hoping to attack oil rich nations Oman and the UAE, while at the same time lauching a devasting attack on the American Fifth Fleet in the Gulf. Only one group of sailors and commandos can stop them -- the compliment of the USS Ohio.
In the ocean depths, America's warriors ceaselessly patrol the dark territory on freedom's outer edge. These are the battles fought in silence . . . and in secret. The newest fight begins when the People's Republic of China buys a fleet of highly stealthy and deadly attack subs from a cash-hungry Russia and takes advantage of international unrest to lay claim to territories they have long considered their own. US Commander Tom Garrett is asked to serve as Executive Officer on board the USS Seawolf to monitor the PRC's activities as they use all the firepower necessary to close the Straits of Taiwan in preparation for invading their "renegade province." As the Chinese fleet moves in for attack, it's left to Commander Garrett to sink the Chinese boats, break the PRC siege of Taiwan, and avenge those who were lost in the struggle.
The U.S.S. Virginia -- the first in the most technologically advanced new class of U.S. attack submarines -- sets sail, even as the Navy's high-tech submarine program falls under attack from a Congress that believes it unneeded. But a threat no one anticipated is gliding silently through dangerous waters. A rogue Kilo-class submarine built by a shadowy and powerful ally has become the latest weapon in al Qaeda's terrorist arsenal. The submarine's brutal strikes have created an explosive hostage situation in the Pacific ... and have left hundreds of people dead. This new and stealthy terrorist threat must be eliminated before more innocent lives are lost. But the officers, crew, and Navy SEALs aboard the Virginia will face more than they anticipated in the turbulent waters of the South China Sea -- as one untried American sub races toward an explosive confrontation with an old, cunning, and ruthless enemy.
CALL TO ARMS The U.S.S. Virginia-the first in the most technologically advanced new class of U.S. attack submarines-sets sail, even as the Navy's high-tech submarine program falls under attack from a Congress that believes it unneeded. But a threat no one anticipated is gliding silently through dangerous waters. A rogue Kilo-class submarine built by a shadowy and powerful ally has become the latest weapon in al Qaeda's terrorist arsenal. The submarine's brutal strikes have created an explosive hostage situation in the Pacific... and have left hundreds of people dead. This new and stealthy terrorist threat must be eliminated before more innocent lives are lost. But the officers, crew, and Navy SEALs aboard the Virginia will face more than they anticipated in the turbulent waters of the South China Sea-as one untried American sub races toward an explosive confrontation with an old, cunning, and ruthless enemy.