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Hostile Waters

3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  108 ratings  ·  15 reviews
As the Cold War drew to a close, a Soviet submarine armed with fifteen nuclear missiles suffered a crippling accident, coming within moments of an apocalyptic meltdown that could have devastated the eastern seaboard of the United States. Although our own government-all the way up to the White House-was fully aware of the potential for disaster, they buried the facts, decid ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published August 15th 1998 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published July 1st 1997)
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Todd Stockslager
Review title: Underwater true thriller

While I've never read a Tom Clancy novel, it is hard to imagine one of them holding the reader's nerves on edge as well as Huchthausen and company do in this true story of a Soviet nuclear sub accident while on tour off the east coast of the US in 1986. The story has the tension of an adventure thriller, a spy novel, or a political thriller, along with the unlikely heroes and villains of a war novel like Catch 22 or The Naked and the Dead.

Failing Russian su
The reason this seems to be a balanced book is in the note to the reader, 'operations involving American submarines are simply not discussed by the United States Navy'. I guess that means there will be more books to follow, most likely from retired crew of USS Augusta. It is always astounding to me that apparently well read authorities repeat history by applying personal agendas to those 'getting their hands dirty' and then are allowed to avoid responsibility or freed by notions of forgiveness t ...more
It was a pleasant surprise to read a balanced account of Soviet submarine operations during the Crisis, which refutes many of the exaggerated claims still being made about the possibility of unauthorized use of tactical nukes. We learn that Soviet nuclear torpedoes were escorted by armed KGB officers who actually slept on top of the weapons, and the Rules of Engagement were so onerous that a sub would have to be actually sinking before one could be fired. Just to be safe, the sub crews were give ...more
Michael Gerald Dealino
A thrilling yet also heart-wrenching book about an aging, nuclear-armed Soviet submarine that had an accident with one of its nuclear missiles off the coast near the USA in 1986, when the Cold War was at its wane. This astonishing story, kept from the world until the end of the Cold War, highlights the courage of the captain and crew of the K-219 in trying to save themselves from the deadly fumes from one of its leaking missiles and avoid an accidental nuclear meltdown in the middle of the Atlan ...more
This extraordinary book describes the events surrounding an accident on the Soviet submarine K-21 9 in 1986, just before a Russian-American summit meeting between Ronald Reagan and Premier Gorbachev.
The missiles in Soviet submarines used a liquid propellant that, when mixed with sea water, combined to form a very corrosive acid and poisonous gas.

The K-219 left her home port with a small leak in one of her missile silos. The missile officer thought he could keep it under control by pumping out t
Keith Veeder
It's one thing to read a book written about a Soviet submarine incident based on diaries of dead men, official naval records and second guessing from intelligence analysts. One of the three authors of Hostile Waters is Captain 1st Rank (Ret.) Igor Kurdin, Russian Navy. He was an Soviet naval submarine officer serving on K-219 at the time of the incident. His story pulls no punches when it comes to Soviet or American naval activities.
David George
A gripping and also horrifying bit of non fiction. The Russian submariners are the unsung heroes in this epic tale of survival. One cannot underestimate their selfless involvement in what otherwise would have been the greatest nuclear disaster of all time.
Moving story of the heroic struggle of soviet sailors to save their own lives, their submarine and avoiding nuclear contamination of the east coast of the USofA
Reads like a Clancy novel, but true!
Based on a true story of a Russian (Yankee 1) missle submarine loaded with nuclear weapons that threatened our entire east coast due to an accident. Although written from information from interviews and research of records available the account reads like fiction and is a thriller.
Patrick Belair
I found this book in a thrift store, It was a very interesting story about a very brave captain of Soviet submarine in distress who did right thing and saved his crew, contrary to what his political masters wanted.Nice easy read enjoy it if you can!
Very good story of an incident that did happen off the Atlantic seaboard in 1986 - if it wasn't for the fact that Hunt for Red October came out first, you could shrug off the coincidences...
John Boettcher
An amazing story of a submarine accident in the Atlantic ocean that was made public only after the cold war was over. A great read. Surprised it hasn't been made into a movie yet.
submarine warfare. Only read it because a guy I liked suggested it. Although its not my usual fare I enjoyed it.
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