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Dangerous Ground (Jerry Mitchell #1)

3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  967 ratings  ·  44 reviews
The USS Memphis, a dilapidated submarine that that should have been mothballed decades ago, has been given one last mission by the newly elected president. The task: To sneak illegally into Russia's coastal waters and recon the leaking nuclear fuel containers hidden on the floor of the Arctic Ocean. More than just an environmental nightmare, this radioactive burial ground ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published May 1st 2005 by Forge Books
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Bryan Brown
Overall the book is fun to read, kind of like having popcorn and a movie with explosions. I can't give it more than three stars because of sudden jarring POV changes. The first one was especially unexpected but they continue throughout the book including several times into the POV of previously un-introduced characters.

In spite of that quibble I generally enjoyed the story and especially the bits involving submarine operations both routine and exciting. The primary character is fairly standard
Kathy Davie
I barely got started, only up to page 37, and I can't read anymore. It's driving me bats with all the information dumps, all the telling, and worst of all, Bond is treating me like I'm six years old and need to be informed of every frigging little detail. Gawd. Spare me

Bond is writing up this latest mission as though it were some heavy-duty, top secret, way dangerous adventure that has to be on the hush-hush. Well parts of that are true…-ish. I assume that if I were to persevere and struggle fur
Mike (the Paladin)
We're opening a new series here...and it's pretty good. I like military fiction (actually I prefer ground-pounder fiction to Navy, but hey you can't have it all your own way...and I have friends who are ex-navy, poor slobs).

Here we're set up with a story where our main character has seen his life pretty smashed up and years of training about to go to waste, maybe he's even looking at leaving the navy. But he refuses to take no for an answer and pulls out all the stops to make sure he not only st
Anthony Eaton
Okay - I need to say this, right off the bat. Larry Bond is an awful writer. His characterisation has all the subtlety of being bashed in the face with a brick, his female characters are the most one-dimensional stereotypes imaginable, his protagonist is a cardboard cut out and his plot is more signposted than an L.A. freeway.

But - and here's the thing - the man knows his submarines. By God he does. Every last pipe, valve, tube and gasket. He also knows his submarine warfare tactics, and he clea
Rob Gould
So, I have only read one other Larry Bond novel, which was "Exit Plan." And I thouroughly enjoyed that book. I wish I could say the same about this novel though. Now, I have read other military thrillers based on subs (well 1 really) which was Tom Clancy's "Hunt For Red October." And this was by no means equivalent to that book.

Without getting into details I was expecting more of a thrill and danger aspect or the threat of war that was being carried out by a US Sub, and an enemy fleet. However,
Dylan Mcintosh
I finished this book last night. Being a sub sailor from 1988-1998 on a 688 class sub, I found life onboard the Memphis to be an accurate reflection of life underway. The description of the Groton sub base was pretty accurate as well. I was disappointed that there was not more mention of the radiomen on board, but what can you expect from story told from a junior officer's view point. I was also went through the bluenose ceremony in my Navy career so that was fun reading about that and remember ...more
Jerry Mitchell always wanted to be a pilot. When a terrible flying accident cost him his ability to fly, he pulled some strings to get transferred into submarines. He gets assigned to the USS Memphis, which was scheduled to be decommissioned. But it turns out that the Memphis was given a special assignment by the President, taking on a couple of female scientists and looking for unreported nuclear waste off the coast of Russia.

The crew of the Memphis isn't thrilled with Jerry's presence and the
this book got me back into reading books...i havent read a book in almost 15 years. thank you Larry Bond...great read

i didnt want to put this one down...and I am a fairly slow reader...which makes for a long day...but well worth it.
Larry Bond is an excellent writer of Submarine Novels. He is very detailed and exacting in his descriptions of activities aboard USN Nuclear Subs. His storys are also very well written and researched. Good Stuff
Steven Kent
Light reading. Highly predictable. Bond knows his submarines, so the background is excellent and Bond lives up to his reputation as a readable writer. Overall, well worth the read.
3.5 really.

First let me clear this up: If you do not like technical details, procedures, jargon, etc.... set a course 180 degrees from this novel.

Also if the portrayal of woman as bitches or emotion neophytes bothers you, set a course 180 degrees from this novel.

I believe a man or woman in a political job is quite capable of believing they are superior to common folks, and I certainly can understand that many who hate what they think the Navy represents would denigrate them. So if you read
A Naval Thriller this one has lots of action and suspense. Jerry Mitchell was a Navy Aviator about to graduate from flight school when a blown tire caused a crash. He survived, but damage to his wrist washed him out as a pilot. Wanting to stay in the Navy he applied to submarine school and with persistence and some help from a congressman uncle he got in. His first assignment was aboard an older sub that was about to be decommissioned when it was given a new assignment which did not go over well ...more
This novel was really very entertaining, as well as educational. I learned a whole lot about life in the Navy, life on board a submarine, all coupled with a neat techno-thriller with a clever story. I will confess it took the author awhile to get to the main adventure, but even the path to the adventure was entertaining and informative.

Characterization was pretty solid. There was the former aviator trying to adapt to submarine duty in order to continue serving his country. A Captain Bligh-like c
The US submarine Memphis should have been mothballed decades ago. Instead, she is charged with one last, secret mission: to locate leaking containers of Russian nuclear fuel on the floor of the Arctic Ocean. Lead by the Bligh-like commander Lowell Hardy, the Memphis' crew deals with flaring tempers, faulty machinery, raging Arctic Seas, and their newest crewmate, Jerry Mitchell. Mitchell was a naval pilot whose career ended with an unfortunate accident. Politics got him assigned to the Memphis ...more
Chris Smith
This book is terrible. I had read a couple other Larry Bond books and had enjoyed them a great deal. I like the whole Red Storm Rising kind of book and thought maybe this was my new Clancy. After reading this catastrophe I noticed that the other Larry Bond books that I had read were co-written. Maybe Bond brings the military know how and the other party brings the writing chops. That works for me if that's the case. Anyway, I'll never read one only by Larry Bond again.
The operational details are truly amazing - he's done a great job capturing what its like on a nuke boat. The captains are assholes and pretty much everyone is scared to breathe in a way not to their captain's liking.

I avoided reading the synopsis on the back jacket and just plunged in (afterall, there's a submarine on the cover -- that's all I needed to know) and I was a bit disappointed at the mission aspect of the book. It seems like a very expensive environmental mission, and that's coming f
I had some trouble getting into this book at first, not because it wasn't well written but because the character development was very spot on and some of the personalities on the boat mirrored what I deal with at work on a daily basis and that is part of what I'm trying to get away from when I'm reading.
The author did a great job describing the different people on the boat but it was a little difficult getting through the first half which had more to with character developement than action.
I've read books by Larry Bond before, I think. This was a bit of a surprise in that I didn't remember how apparently thorough he is. This was very enjoyable and moved at a good pace. A submarine story with the crew going into Russian waters to document dumping grounds of nuclear waste. In the process, the crew finds warheads that shouldn't be there or even exist. There are some needless points but, then again, there always has to be tension in the crew. The main character's conflict with his nex ...more
I'm saying 3.5, but want to be clear, I burned through this book and enjoyed it.

This is a very in depth look at life on a nuclear sub and is extremely detailed. Is there such a thing as military procedural? I asked a friend of mine who served on a sub to check it out because I was curious just how accurate it was.

The main character, Jerry Mitchell is interesting. A young naval officer who was injured while finishing up flight school and is no longer able to pilot pulls strings to become a subm
Dan Smith
OUTSTANDING---I could not put it down... Jerry Mitchell converts from a Fighter Jet Pilot to a submariner... This book entails his first mission as he has to continue his qualifications under fire.

Cannot wait to read another Larry Bond Book
Phil Hodge
Submarine based adventure/spy novel set in the post Soviet era. Written by a pair of Navy veterans, one of whom was sub based, so the physical descriptions are quite realistic.
Aldéric Au
A real thrill, loved the technical descriptions of submarine life. A real Tom Clancy like novel, if you like techno-thrillers I would recommend this.
ah li
Enjoyed it tremendously and enjoyed every single bit of the book. although there were many navy jargons, but once familiarized with it, everything's fine. I could visualize almost everything and during the fight against russia's boats, couldn't put the book down and can't wait to finish the book. appreciated the author's effort in understanding from the people in the navy but i think he should expand the ending a little, i think there's a hint of romance between jerry and emily. liked the charac ...more
The techno-thriller goes green. Now that the great Soviet threat is over, I'm sure the techno-thriller writers are searching for new avenues to put their heroes in harm's way. In "Dangerous Ground," Larry Brown blends the old Soviet (now Russian threat) with the threat of pollution by having the crew of the USS Memphis search Russian waters for evidence of radiation pollution caused by the dumping of nuclear waste. Instead they find a cache of nuclear warheads that have been dumped in those wate ...more
This was my first tactical submarine novel and it was very interesting. If accurate, and I believe the author's research is, the precision and professionalism of the submarine crew is amazing. I was unimpressed with this same authors espionage/assassin series "First Team", while this maritime series titled by our heroes character "Jerry Mitchell" feels as though written by another author. The difference to me is quite stunning. There are at least three more novels in this series so I'll check ou ...more
Fans of submarine fiction will enjoy the action and undersea tactics as aging US submarine is pitted against Russian adversaries. That said, the situation and characters strain credulity. I know that you can't have drama without conflict, but the hostility on this boat defies belief. Without spoiling the plot, sending a boat in this condition with these personnel on this mission should result in someone being court martialed.
Let's see. Hero is transferred from aviation branch thanks to influence by relative. Suffers abuse on board sub because of it. Mean but in the end kind captain. Hero overcomes hardships. Makes friends with girl on board (scientist checking out new prototype.) Helps evade attacking Russians. Lots of nifty technical detail. Mix all these standard plot elements together and you have a decent if many-times-done-before-story.
My first sub book, and first in this type of techno-military, action fiction. I normally give up on them but decided to keep going with this one. Easy read and interesting. I found it to be a good book (especially since I have rarely read about subs). The one strange thing was that it was descriptive narrative for 2/3 of the book and then non-stop, heart-pounding suspense for the last 1/3. Interesting combination.
I haven't read this type of book in a long time. Was slowed down a bit trying to keep up with the technical side as I'm not well-versed in military stuff and kept forgetting the acronyms (that the author did clarify). But found the book really tapping into my emotions. And I was too nervous toward the end to even consider putting it down! Recommend this one!
The major problem with this novel is that it reads like a technical training manual most of the time and is very slow paced. The character development was well done but there wasn't any real intense drama until the final chapters.
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Larry Bond is the author of several bestselling military thrillers, including Crash Dive, Cold Choices, Dangerous Ground, Red Phoenix and the Larry Bond’s First Team and Larry Bond’s Red Dragon Rising series. He was a naval officer for six years, serving four on a destroyer and two on shore duty in the Washington DC area. He's also worked as a warfare analyst and antisubmarine technology expert, a ...more
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