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.
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