Sunday, September 21, 2008

Nimitz Class: 'A thunderingly good naval yarn'

I just finished reading Nimitz Class, a Clancy-style naval thriller written in 1997 by Patrick Robinson, who, I have to admit, I hadn't even heard of until I found this book a couple of weeks ago under a stack of worn Star Wars screenplay volumes at one of those used book shops outside PVR Saket.

Capt Richard Sharpe, former ed-in-chief of Jane's Fighting Ships calls the book a "thunderingly good naval yarn" on the blurb at the back, and I'm inclined to agree. Simply, the book is about the mysterious disappearance of a Nimitz-class supercarrier from bang in the middle of its battlegroup somewhere in the Indian Ocean. The book traces the investigation, the politics and the final consequences. All tightly told in a richly researched narrative. Legendary British submariner Admiral John "Sandy" Woodward was technical consultant to the author for the novel -- Woodward commanded the Royal Navy's South Atlantic Task Groups during the Falklands War -- so the novel is beautifully replete with technical details that would warm the cockles of anyone who's even remotely crazy about weapons-specs!

The copy I have constains a teaser chapter to the book Robinson wrote next, called Kilo Class. And since the first two naval thrillers, the author has written eight more, including HMS Unseen, Barracuda 945 and Ghost Force. There's a new book called To The Death due out this year as well. I plan to venture back to that PVR Saket book guy to see if he has any more. Otherwise, it's Amazon.

10 comments :

Anonymous said...

sounds great. is it available in bookshops?

Anonymous said...

is it as good as hunt for red october?

Anonymous said...

to SHIV

YA they also wright in this book that these huge ship r lucarative target for supersonic cruise missiles with nukes carried by
TU 22M3

russia have enough tu 22m3 to trash these and aegis ships in atlantic or in pacific

wreckage of intercepted missiles makes more damage

Anonymous said...

hi, these books are available with Midland Bookshop, at Aurobindo market, i have been buying them for there. they also have a branch at South Ex. and Anupam PVR, Saket. happy reading.

Shiv Aroor said...

thanks anon. midland it is!

Anonymous said...

oookkk...

Gauresh said...

Heyy Shiv since u mentioned about this author Patrick Robinson...i wud jus like to add ,i have read his KILO CLASS.And i must say it was amazing wid tech details as well as the plot(basically china gettin kilo class subs).For all clancy fans will find his narration quite interesting to say the least.

fighterclass said...

shiv, just curious, are you a fan of tom clancy ?

Shiv Aroor said...

gauresh: thanks. i'm buying that soon. meanwhile, i'm waiting to get my hands on HMS Unseen, which is Patrick Robinson's sequel to Nimitz Class!

fighterclass: well, i've only read The Hunt for Red October and Sum of all Fears. Plus i've played most of the Clancy Splinter Cell videogames. Based on that, yes a fan! :)

J said...

I stopped reading Clancy after Lino of control... It sucked!