Hostile Waters by Peter A. Huchthausen

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The Cold War was nearly over by 1986, yet under the sea the deadly game of hide-and-seek played by Soviet and American submarines continued unabated.

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.


About Peter A. Huchthausen

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CAPTAIN PETER A. HUCHTHAUSEN, U.S. Navy (Retired), served as Electronics Materials Officer and a watch officer aboard the USS Blandy when it took part in the blockade of Cuba in 1962, mere months after his graduation from the U.S. Naval Academy. In a distinguished career, Captain Huchthausen served as a Soviet naval analyst and as a naval attache in Yugoslavia, Romania, and Moscow, where he met Russian submariners who had been involved in the Cuban encounter at sea. He is now a consultant and writer living in Maine.
Published January 1, 1997 by HUTCHINSON. 320 pages
Genres: History, War, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Biographies & Memoirs, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Professional & Technical, Travel. Non-fiction

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In maneuvering to evade the US Navy submarine shadowing it, the K-219 suffered irreparable damage to an already leaky missile silo.

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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 a

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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.

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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.

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