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Sea of Shadows

Jeff Edwards

Sea of Shadows (original title Torpedo) is one of those novels that grabs you quick and doesn't let go until the final page. Retired Chief Sonar Technician Jeff Edwards takes the reader inside the day to day operations of a high-tech destroyer, part of a small group hunting a quartet of deadly, state-of-the-art German submarines en route to a tyrannical Middle Eastern dictator's navy, in violation of an embargo.

But this more than just a "hunt down and stop" mission. The Luftwaffe has sunk one British destroyer and damaged another to allow the subs through the Straits of Gibraltar, and the subs have taken on an American carrier battle group, shooting down two helicopters and seriously damaging an aircraft carrier. Now only U.S.S. Towers and her small group of destroyers and frigates stand between the subs and their destination—if the subs don't get them first.

The stakes are incredibly high. A Bio-war attack has killed most of the British Embassy staff in Washington, and if the German subs reach their destination war is almost certain to follow. Trained in NATO tactics, the Germans are anticipating every move of the forces arrayed against them. From the White House to the Arabian Gulf, the action and suspense never lets up, with the future of the world in the balance.

For anyone who likes naval action or techno-thrillers, Sea of Shadows is a "must read."

Review © 2004, J.T. McDaniel