IT WAS THE MOST DANGEROUS TEST SINCE THE FIRST A-BOMB. Aboard the mammoth submarine ALASKA, on patrol and cut off from contact with the outside world, the crew was deliberately and systematically being led to believe that Russia had attacked the United States. Would the crew follow standing orders and fire the ALASKA'S missles in retaliation? Would they release the final weapon in a war that could not be won?
IT WAS A PSYCHOLOGICAL TEST, probing the ability of flesh-and-blood men to perform under the ultimate stress. If something went wrong, the Gold Crew who were manning the sub might be lost. But even more was at stake...if the real missles, instead of those secretly equipped for the trial with dummy warheads, were fired, the entire world could explode.
NOW SOMETHING HAS GONE WRONG. An unseen, unfelt, unplanned for "something" has emerged as the sub sinks below the waters on it's way to it's rendezvous with unreality, to it's fantasy-induced confrontation with the enemy. And who can stop the inevitable...now that the unthinkable is just a matter of time?
Since there was no review telling the real description of the book, I simply retyped the words from the hardcover bookjacket I own, onto here. Hope it helps you.
I am not military so I won't try to analyse the authenticity of this story but I am an avid reader and I LOVED THIS BOOK! Of course it has since been made into a movie but I've always loved stories from the book rather than from the screen. Authors do it so much better than screen writers!
With a copyright date of 1980, it is 435 pages of pure suspense. Forget reality. Forget that it's now 2007 and simply enjoy the story these two authors have created for you. I've read it many times and plan to keep it in my private library until the pages crumble from use. Then I'll have to track down another copy to wear out!