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Torpedo: A Surface Warfare Thriller

4.08 of 5 stars 4.08  ·  rating details  ·  410 ratings  ·  42 reviews
An accident at a German nuclear plant, an illegal arms deal, and a biological warfare attack on the British Embassy in Washington, DC, combine to ignite an international crisis that threatens to draw Western Europe, the Middle East, and the United States into all-out war. To prevent it, a handful of U.S. Navy destroyers and frigates must track down and destroy a wolfpack o ...more
Published August 1st 2006 by Blackstone Audiobooks (first published August 16th 2004)
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In dire economic straights, Germany decides to sell four state of the art diesel submarines to a fictional middle eastern country currently under a UN blockade. The USS Towers, a Navy stealth destroyer on station in the Persian Gulf gets tasked with stopping the subs from reaching their destination and destabilizing the region. These are not your World War 2 submarines however. They are German engineered underwater killing machines that prove incredibly difficult to destroy. For example, I wasn' ...more
Cj W
One Word: YES!

I won this book in a Goodreads 'First Reads' giveaway.

Can I just tell you, how much I LOVE free books! ESPECIALLY ones that are signed, that are AWESOME!

This book is pretty much non-stop action from start to finish, and it was QUITE the finish! The explanations and detail that have gone into this book are incredible, and even though you kind of think you know how it's going to end, the way that it ends is still quite intense and not exactly as cut and dry as you'd like to think b
Victoria Beavers
An honest-to-goodness wonderful book

If military thrillers are your thing, or if you'd like to try one, I don't think you can go wrong with this one. Good characters and a unique premise. Germany is trying to sell weapons to an enemy of ours. At the same time, they're planning to discredit the U.S. navy which would have widespread ramifications. That's the set-up. The rest is crazy-wild action interspersed with some fascinating submarine history. I usually don't want an in invigorating story brok
Not recommended. The plot isn't close to believable. The only good thing I can say is that there is action nearly from the beginning to the end, aside from some useless historical chapters from some other book that were quoted in. The decision not to use the full power of the US military to stop the "bad guys" is what kills the book for me. The US president risks everything just to prove something. It's so unrealistic, it's absurd.


Germany sells some subs to the middle east, against UN
William Bentrim
Sea of shadows by Jeff Edwards

Jeff Edwards is going to be a force to reckon with in the genre of military fiction. I have always been fond of the down to the sea in ships war stories. Mr. Edwards crafts a plausible story considering the conditions of the Middle East and the world’s economic conditions.

In the US we are all aware of our dependence on foreign oil for energy needs. Mister Edwards uses energy dependency as the fuel for the plot of the story. There are clear underlying political cons
In einem deutschen Atomreaktor passiert ein kleiner Unfall, die britische Botschaft in Washington D.C. wird mit biologischen Waffen angegriffen und ein geheimes Waffengeschäft werden viele Fragen auf.
All jene Vorfälle führen dazu, dass ein Alliierter der NATO sich mit einem Schurkenstaat im Nahen Osten verbündet.

Eine Handvoll amerikanischer Kriegsschiffe bekommen nun die Aufgabe zugeteilt, eine Flotte von modernsten U-Booten zu jagen und zu zerstören. Doch der geübte Feind macht ihnen d
Al Swanson
As usual, I won't discuss plot. If you like seagoing military adventures, then the plot will satisfy. Whether or not it's far fetched isn't my game. Some suspension of disbelief is always a good thing when reading a novel or watching a movie. So plot isn't at the heart of this (or just about any) review.

That leaves writing. Edwards is a competent writer. I've not read (yet) anything else of his, so I can't comment on progress in his style. It's a bit uneven. Sometimes his style is polished and
Jeff Edwards' Sea of Shadows (Stealth Books 2010) is a marvelous military thriller, especially if you're a SWO officer serving on an American Destroyer. The story posits an oil-impoverished German nation, forced to trade some of the most modern weapons in the world to terrorists to get the oil the country can't survive without. The plot revolves around the US and Britain's efforts to stop delivery of these weapons--which include 3 ultra-modern submarines--as they transit from Germany, through th ...more
Chris Meads
This was one excellent book. I was riveted to every page, and most were filled with excitement. I'm not much for war books and military technology but this book changed my mind.

Even though it was marked as fiction there seemed to be a ring of truth to what these ships and subs could do. Jeff Edwards knows how to write a thriller, it comes from one who knows his stuff.

The ending was great. I thought that Bowie was actually going to get relieved and happy he wasn't. I hope that he and Chief McPhe
Dennis E. Flynn
Fast paced drama

This was a very fast paced read, hard to put down. The technology understanding was very good and realistic. The tactics used by both the subs and the destroyers was good. Being a former Navy man I thoroughly enjoyed this read.
I look forward the next book by this author.
This has been a no sleep, finish the book read, well worth the time.
The imagination of this author seems to have no bounds.
Phyllis Gauker
Every page was exciting, even if the reader was not familiar with the Navy phrases. The author was very good at underlining the first letter in each word which would then become an abbreviation for that concept.

It was also a fast read due to the urgency in the story.

I appreciate having had the opportunity to read and review this free book from Did I mention it was autographed, as well.

I will be passing it on to my friends who have been in the military. Only a retired Naval officer
This book by Jeff Edwards has apparently been relabeled as Sea of Shadows in 2011. I guess the main title of Torpedo was a little simplistic. If you are a fan of Naval Warfare, and especially if you are interested in the ramification of what might happen in the coming months and years in the Persian Gulf, do not pass up this book. It is written with much of the old Tom Clancy style with accurate research on the modern naval armaments and tactics. The book is set in the current day and uses an od ...more
Dale Van
My new favorite author has another page turner.

This is a story of fictional military heroes in very real situations. Extremely accurate, intense action and heroic people.
This is another hard to put down book by Jeff Edwards. Thank you.

Rudy Quilotte

The book was very uncomplicated reading and very enlightening. I really enjoyed it. I learned a lot about torpedoes and now more than ever I think they are one of the worst weapons in history.
Reverend Stanleigh Chapin
Magnificent - Stupendous

Tremendous research was extremely apparent thru out interwoven with good character development and masterful writing produced a winner that was hard to put down
Theodore W. Zweifel
Enjoyable read

A book that any military veteran would enjoy. Characters were believable, could not put this book down. THEODORE W ZWEIFEL

I could almost smell the salt air and cordite. A first rate page turner. I look forward to the sequel.
Tony Taylor
An accident at a German nuclear plant, an illegal arms deal, and a biological warfare attack on the British Embassy in Washington, DC, combine to ignite an international crisis that threatens to draw Western Europe, the Middle East, and the United States into all-out war. To prevent it, a handful of U.S. Navy destroyers and frigates must track down and destroy a Wolfpack of state-of-the-art submarines. The enemy is a NATO Ally: trained in U.S. naval warfare tactics, skilled in deception, and tho ...more
Apr 06, 2014 Sheila rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sheila by: Sheila Tucker
Couldn't put it down, very riveting. A real page turner.
Claudia Naranjo
I never thought I would enjoy this book the way I did!!!!! I loved the way the author described the war situations! Talking torpedoes and missiles can sound very interesting. Love the sentence structure and the choice of words while talking war!
This book was fantastic. It does a fantastic job of depicting a string of battles against a group of destroyers chasing a group of submarines before they fall into terrorists hands. The author used to be in the Navy, which comes as no surprise given how amazingly accurate he is at describing how we function and fight as a ship. The book may be a little dry or difficult to appreciate for those who aren't in the Navy though.
Political/Warfare/Technical thriller. Light in characterization, long in techno babel. Some good scenes: the potato cooking, the goat in the hold, the description of the start of the oil leak. Bogs down on some of too detailed technical details on sub warfare. Seems like an early work by someone still trying to get plot and pacing correct. But, even for that, I still enjoyed most of the read..
Karl L.
As a former Sonarman myself, I found the technical material remarkably accurate and the political setting frighteningly plausible. Edwards gently introduces the reader to the world of surface warfare and then aggressively launches them into a thrilling story that will leave them breathless and begging for another installment! Edwards has given us a work that will define him as the next master of the genre.
Kevin Newton
A great read for any Tom Clancy fan. Not as many twists and turns a story strings and plots, but lots of Navy tech. A worthwhile read.
If you love reading Tom Clancy novels, you will love this sea-going war of submarines novel by Jeff Edwards. Would give it 10 stars if I could. Full of US Navy submarine warfare tactics; exciting, page turning sea battles between the US and Germany which will keep the reader guessing the next countermeasure and who will win this battle!
Dale Workman
Sep 17, 2014 Dale Workman rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Dale by: First Reads Giveaway
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I received this book through Goodreads' First Reads Giveaway.

Action packed from beginning to end. I am not normally a fan of fiction books, but I rather enjoyed this one. I am very pleased that my wife made me read this book. There was plenty of mystery, intrigue and macho male action to keep a man's attention.
Good techno-thriller with dollops of detail and believable action. Characters are very two-dimensional and the behind-the-scenes political maneuvers are a bit too unbelievable, but no more so than a Cussler or Dale Brown novel.
It's been a long time since I read a military/political thriller, but this one ranks right up there with the best I've ever read. I recommend it to any fans of this genre.
It was an Exellent book for those who enjoy WEB Griffin, Tom Clancy and Dale Brown. If you don't like them then you won't like this book (just so you know)
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Jeff Edwards is a retired U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer, and an Anti-Submarine Warfare Specialist. His naval career spanned more than two decades and half the globe - from chasing Soviet nuclear attack submarines during the Cold War, to launching cruise missiles in the Persian Gulf. Collectively, his novels have won the Admiral Nimitz Award for Outstanding Naval Fiction, the Reader’s Choice Award, ...more
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“Shortly after midnight on September 7, 1776, a young Army sergeant named Ezra Lee climbed into a tiny one-man submarine, pulled the hatch shut over his head, and submerged beneath the waters of New York harbor.  His target was HMS Eagle, a sixty-four–gun man-of-war that served as the flagship of the British fleet.  (In a tiny stroke of irony, the British Admiral Lord Howe had anchored Eagle within a few hundred yards of Bedloe’s Island, which would one day be renamed Liberty Island—the site for the Statue of Liberty.)” 0 likes
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