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Typhoon – Mark Joseph

July 15, 2013

Today’s Book: Typhoon by Mark Joseph
Published in 1992 by Pocket Star Books
Location: Found it at Take it or Leave it

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I’ve been a fan of submarines for a very long time. Which I know is pretty weird, as a person coming from Alberta. It was pretty exciting when West Edmonton Mall was getting it’s subs – alas they’ve been taken out, so sad!

Okay, I digress. Typhoon is an excellent adventure where Russia seems to be coming apart, and the military is trying to stage a coup so things can go back to the way they were supposed to be. Vice-Admiral Stefan Zenko, over his career, has designed and built five Typhoon submarines, nuclear capable, incredibly silent, game changers. However he does not agree with the military taking over the country and using him and his submarines as part of the plan.

Meanwhile the Americans, who have some of the most brilliant sub commanders, and the quietest subs, and the most awesome sonar operators are following some of these subs around and find themselves in the midst of chaos. What starts as a simple “follow-the-Russians-around-the-ocean” turns into survival and a confusing game of who is being hunted and who is the hunter.

Enter some diabolical “bad guys” and you’ve got a crazy book. Did I mention the political ramifications and play going on too?

It is an excellent naval forces story that had me hanging on every word. Though completely fictional, the author convinces you it is plausible and you follow along waiting to see how it will branch and turn. Really enjoyed this book, and I’ll definitely be looking for more books from this author.

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