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H.M.S. Unseen by Patrick Robinson
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Dec 08, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: military

I almost didn't read the book because of the corny name for the submarine. I'm glad I persevered. Excellent story of an imaginative plot to retrofit a submarine so it can knock high-flying aircraft from the sky. By the time the renovated HMS Unseen downed it's third--and that the Concorde, I wished the F-15 Eagle was out of mothballs and trolling the LEO skies above me. A nuclear sub has never been hijacked, but Robinson makes it believable thanks to the level of detail he includes. He also adds an interesting twist to character development when he makes the reader like the terrorist--before we realize that's what he is. Clever plotting.

The book ends about 2/3's of the way through--sadly, the bad guys win--but the story takes on a new life which carries it through to the end. This is my only complaint. That side plot should have been woven better into the main plot so they finished simultaneously. As written, I was confused by what came off as almost a new book.

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