Off the east coast of America, an aging Soviet ballistic missile sub, a "boomer," suffered a crippling accident, coming within moments of a nuclear meltdown. Her reactors exploded, the radioactivity released into the Gulf Stream would have dwarfed the Chernobyl disaster.
This is the gripping, true story of the young Soviet sailors who fought to save their submarine, risking fire, smoke, poison gas, and intense radioactivity. Their secret struggle and sacrifice saved the American coast from nuclear catastrophe.
Told in the words of the survivors, it is a story never before revealed outside the submarine community. Hostile Waters reads like a page-turning thriller, a Tom Clancy tale of underwater intrigue and terror, but this story really happened. The Hunt for Red October was a novel, Hostile Waters is true.
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In October 1986, the Russian missile submarine K-219 was on patrol off the coast of the U.S. when one of its missile silos sprang a leak. Captain Igor Britanov sought to save his ship and crew from aJun 30 1997 | Read Full Review of Hostile Waters
The authors criticize as well a U.S. government and a U.S. Navy that, in hindsight, seems to have exaggerated ridiculously the ""threat"" posed by K-219 and her sister ""boomers."" The Cold War's stakes were, however, no less mortal because the Soviet Union was incompetent.| Read Full Review of Hostile Waters
The U.S. Navy hoped to reach K-219 before the Soviets in order to search the submarine for useful intelligence data, while ostensibly rendering assistance to her crew.Aug 12 2001 | Read Full Review of Hostile Waters
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