Item description for Black Sea Affair by Don Brown...
Overview As the Navy searches for weapons-grade plutonium that has been smuggled by terrorists out of Russia, a submarine mishap in the Black Sea brings the U.S. and Russia to the brink of nuclear war. It is a race against the clock, with Russian missiles activated and programmed for American cities.
Publishers Description It s a mission that could bring the world to the brink of nuclear war. Now time is running out. It starts with a high-stakes theft: weapons-grade plutonium is stolen from Russia. The Russian army is about to attack Chechnya to get it back. But U.S. intelligence discovers that the stolen shipment is actually on a rogue Russian freighter in the Black Sea. It turns into a global nightmare: a secret mission gone awry; an American submarine commander arrested and hauled before a military tribunal in Moscow; and a game of brinksmanship so dangerous that war might be its only possible conclusion. As the U.S. Navy searches for weapons-grade plutonium that has been smuggled out of Russia by terrorists, a submarine mishap escalates the international crisis. With the world watching, JAG Officer Zack Brewer is called to Moscow to defend submarine skipper Pete Miranda and his entire crew. It is a heart-stopping race against the clock. With Russian missiles activated and programmed for American cities, Brewer stalls for time as the U.S. Navy frantically searches the high seas for a floating hydrogen bomb that could threaten New York Harbor."
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.4" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.87" Weight: 0.8 lbs.
Release Date Jun 1, 2008
Publisher Zondervan Publishing
Series Naval Justice
ISBN 0310272149 ISBN13 9780310272144 UPC 025986272142
Availability 0 units.
More About Don Brown
Don Brown is the author of Malacca Conspiracy, The Navy Justice Series and Black Sea Affair, a submarine thriller that predicted the 2008 shooting war between Russia and Georgia. Don served five years in the U.S. Navy as an officer in the Judge Advocate General's (JAG) Corps, which gave him an exceptional vantage point into both the Navy and the inner workings of 'inside-the-beltway' as an action officer assigned to the pentagon. He left active duty in 1992 to pursue private practice, but remained on inactive status through 1999, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Commander. He and his family live in North Carolina, where he pursues his passion for penning novels about the Navy.
Reviews - What do customers think about Black Sea Affair?
Enjoyable Read. May 12, 2010
I have read four books by this author and I have enjoyed them. He has excellent characters and a good story each time.
Could have been very good Mar 20, 2010
When I started reading this book, I'll admit it was enjoying it thoroughly. I'm a fan of the military fiction genre, and while this may not have been the absolute best, it certainly wasn't lacking in most aspects.
My issue with this book is the author's constant need to insert multiple references to his religious views. The "good guys" are fundamentalist Christians, and the "bad guys" are either Muslims or Atheists. I understand that writing about a character's religion could be relevant to plot development or character development, but this was nothing more than a thinly veiled attempt to preach. In all honesty, I would classify this book as a "Christian" novel. It would not be out of place on the shelves of a Christian bookstore. The constant insertion of blatant religious references wasn't even in keeping with the plot of the story. It almost felt as though the story stopped and the author jumped in and said "Hey, by the way, I'm a fundamentalist Christian, and I just want everyone to know that everybody else but Fundamentalist Christians should burn in hell."
If it wasn't for this, Black Sea Affair truly could have been a very entertaining book, but it felt more like I was reading a "Do you know Jesus?" pamphlet than a military novel.
Additionally, even the religious aspects of this book were frankly quite insulting. Christians are portrayed as all being fundamentalist lunatics, and non-Christians are portrayed as being lawless, uncaring, unfeeling, and generally evil people. The author needs to realize that in many cases, religious believe or the absence thereof has no bearing on a person's moral character.
In the end, I never even finished the book; I couldn't force my way through it. This book really needs to be re-categorized as Christian fiction. Calling it anything else is misleading.
Horrible Book Mar 19, 2010
This book is horrible. It is superficial, vapid and transparent. I will never buy another Don Brown novel.
SUBMARINE ACTION-POLITICAL THRILLER Jan 25, 2010
In my opinion, Black Sea affair is well worth the money. The author, Don Brown, is a former JAG officer (Navy Judge Advocate General's Corp) who certainly knows his way around submarines and the Russian politic well enough to write a very interesting submarine action-political thriller. The story is based on the principle that there's one thing the Russians love more than their vodka, and that's their plutonium. So, in Black Sea Affair, Don Brown puts forth the question: What would happen if the Russians lost a sizeable amount of plutonium and it fell into the hands of unscrupulous opportunists who intern sold it to Chechnya extremists, who then used it to build a nuclear bomb with enough yield to blow up a major city: London, San Diego, Los Angeles, St. Petersburg, it really didn't matter to them. Based upon their own sense of revenge, they just wanted to blow up something big and kill lot of people. And that scenario sets the stage for a complex, actions filled, cliffhanger, and I think Don Brown pulled it off in way that only a seasoned JAG officer who knows international law as well as his way around a nuclear submarine could have done.
Now it's important to say that this isn't just a book about an American submarine that hunts down the enemy in the Atlantic Ocean. That's too easy. In this story, the bad guys steal the plutonium and stow it away on a sea-going freighter in the Black Sea where it is to be transported to another freighter where more bad guys will ultimately assemble the bomb. They then set sail for a point off the coast of the intended target to detonate a huge nuclear explosion. Knowing all of this through spies and other intelligence, however, the American President authorizes a Los Angeles class submarine to seek out and destroy the freighter in the Black Sea before it gets to its unknown destination. But there's a giant catch. There's no way to get a Los Angeles class submarine into the Black Sea. The access to the Black Sea is heavily monitored. No big deal. The author comes up with an ingenious, eyebrow raising solution for that problem. But then there's another huge problem, and another even bigger problem and yet another problem, and the list of almost unsolvable problems go on and on right down to the death-defying, cliffhanger ending. Whew! What a great read.
This is the first book by Don Brown I have read. I thought it was a little slow in the first half, but the last half kept me on the edge of my seat. I give the book five stars.
Great author combines page-turning action with Christian themes. Very refreshing. Jan 19, 2010
I read all four of Don Brown's works in about a six weeks and I found them to be some of the best page-turners I've read in recent months. The characters are interesting and the plots are extremely compelling and relevant. I also appreciate Mr. Brown's ability to intertwine Christian themes with very dramatic military and legal themes. I highly recommend these books for anyone looking for some fresh material in the thriller/espionage genre.