The Seventh Angel
Author: Jeff Edwards
Publisher: Stealth Books (2010)
Binding: Paperback, 354 pages
A military revolt in southeastern Russia puts a former hard-line Soviet leader in command of a ballistic missile submarine and its arsenal of nuclear weapons. His goal: re-ignite the communist revolution, and recapture the might and glory of the fallen Soviet Union. Without warning, Russia, Japan, and the United States become hostages in a scheme of international nuclear blackmail. When the warheads start falling and people begin dying, no one can pretend that it’s a bluff.
As the earth rushes toward extinction, a lone U.S. Navy warship must penetrate the Siberian ice pack to destroy the submarine before it can destroy the world.
MWSA 2011 Gold Medal for Military, Navy
This is a rollicking good read. It is fast paced, packed with cool technical information, and is politically relevant. Another good movie candidate, as the author takes his place next to Clancy when it comes to novels about submarine warfare. He pulls no punches as he grimly describes the realities of nuclear war, and all of the political maneuvering that goes on behind the scene at the highest levels of government when countries are faced with horrific scenarios that deal with national survival. Particularly interesting is the science evoked to describe the complicated chain of events that not only take place in a nuclear detonation, but the challenge of delivering a weapon of this sort thousands of miles away, accurately. Mind boggling technology, all intertwined in a story that reveals the humanity, and staggering challenges faced by our military every day.
Fiction is always at its' best when supported by true to life experiences, and facts. That is certainly the case with The Seventh Angel.
Reviewed by: Bob Flournoy (2011)