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Danger's Hour

Shadowing one Russian submarine, the USS Tulsa never sees the other, which causes a collision with the American boat in the Norwegian Sea. The US sub sinks to the bottom, but her hull is not breached - most of the men are still alive, but the clock is ticking. Do the Russians tell the US and face their wrath, or keep quiet and hope the collision is never discovered? And will the men in the sub survive? From Commander Richter, captain of the US sub, to Commander Borzhov of the Russian vessel, and all their officers and men, this is written realistically and excitingly. Not everyone is a hero, or cool under pressure. As the clock ticks, an American officer's wife - who once loved Richter - and other people on the surface (including Brits, who are major players in the rescue party) deal with the ever-increasing possibility that the crew will not be rescued, while Borzhov has to face the anger of his masters.

Dr James Francis has had a distinguished career spanning almost twenty years in the Royal Navy, during which time he served in the Falklands war, spent five years in the USA researching decompression sickness at the Naval Medical Research Institute, attained the rank of Surgeon Commander, and served as Head of Undersea Medicine at the Institute of Naval Medicine. In 1996 he left the Royal Navy and was invited to work for the US Navy on their submarine rescue and escape project. He has published over 100 scientific articles, reports and book chapters, mainly on diving medicine. DANGER'S HOUR is his first work of fiction.

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (June 5, 2002)
  • Length: 496 pages
  • ISBN13: 9780743430166