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Dangerous Ground (Jerry Mitchell #1)

3.86  ·  Rating Details ·  1,167 Ratings  ·  56 Reviews
The USS Memphis, a dilapidated submarine 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 house ...more
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Bryan Brown
Apr 27, 2015 Bryan Brown rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure
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
Mar 10, 2014 Kathy Davie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: never-read-again
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)
Sep 09, 2014 Mike (the Paladin) rated it really liked it
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
Daniel Rudge
Dec 07, 2015 Daniel Rudge rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While I usually don't read this genre, I found Dangerous Ground to be a well-crafted thriller. Bond does a good job of developing believable main characters (and even some well developed minor characters) interlaced with a great plot delivered at breakneck speed. Some people will be put off by the amount of technical detail Bond puts into the various systems and operations of a submarine but I think he balances it with enough adventure to keep most thriller readers happy. The only two negatives ...more
Rob Gould
Jun 02, 2014 Rob Gould rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: military-war
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
Joseph Raborg
May 11, 2016 Joseph Raborg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very good submarine thriller, which was hurt in some ways by trying to portray submarine deployment as accurately as possible. The novel immerses one in the daily routine of submariners like no novel I have yet read. Also, it was cool reading about the Blue Nose ceremony new sailors endure after crossing the Arctic Circle, which is similar to the ceremony surrounding the crossing of the equator.

The action was rather subdued until the last quarter of the book, which portrayed a battle
Nov 18, 2014 John rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
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
Jun 19, 2010 Jason rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sep 27, 2009 Larry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jun 06, 2015 Jeffrey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: espionage, audio
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
Aug 17, 2010 Bob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 17, 2012 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: completed
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
Sep 04, 2011 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 12, 2015 Chris Smith rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Roy Szweda
Sep 14, 2016 Roy Szweda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Not for everyone and came away thinking it was an artifice for a non-fiction book on life aboard a sub with a technothriller tacked on the end. I am getting tired of books that are too long. Life's too short for meandering 400 page plus novels... I want the author to get to the point efficiently and entertain me along the way, satisfy me with a wrap-up. Otherwise... but no doubt they get paid by the word...
Mark Borchers
I might have been more impressed by this book if I had not already served in the Navy. I felt that the author filled a lot of pages explaining mundane things about life aboard ship. The plot is actually very good and the evolution of the relationships between the main characters made for interesting reading. I think this would be a four-star book if a good editor condensed it down a bit.
Jun 10, 2008 Bruce rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
May 17, 2011 Andy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 22, 2013 Chompa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 06, 2014 Dan Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 15, 2016 Marianne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good book. First time with this author, I'll definitely read more.
Lots of technical stuff that I didn't understand, but the writing and the plot was so good that I didn't mind.
Reminded me of Poyer's Dan Lensen series which I also liked.
Sep 08, 2016 B-Fitz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good memories!

Brought back some great memories from when I was in Navy and served on fast attacks. Especially the pranking - you had to be thick skinned to survive.
Robert J. Bishop
Great Book

Very enjoyable reading with many twists and turns. I enjoy military books and this was no disappointment. Looking forward to further books in this series.
Phil Hodge
May 03, 2015 Phil Hodge rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sep 03, 2016 Yossi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Welcome to Submarine High. You have the grumpy, but secretly nice, high school principal. You have the misunderstood bully and the class clown. But they are all on a submarine!" That's how this book felt for me. I would say that this is borderline YA writing and waaaay less than I would expected from an accomplished writer like Larry Bond.

Add to that the sloppy writing "Jerry this...Jerry that...Jerry thought...Jerry was..." (did anyone count how many ties the name Jerry pops up?), and the not
Aldéric Au
Nov 18, 2015 Aldéric Au rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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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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