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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Time Warner Publishing M/M (February 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446835226
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446835220
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.9 x 3.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,739,693 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Linlou - Published on
Format: Hardcover
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 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!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Thats my Boat! April 20 2014
By sean blomeley - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I'm currently assigned to the Gold Crew on-board USS Alaska! Just stumbled upon this book on Amazon and will be bringing it with me on my next deployment, with the current geo-political climate this should be an exciting read! I will update my review when I return!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
One of the best ficiton on submarine warfare May 5 2013
By Elizabeth S - Published on
I read this book, back when it first came out. The author did a fantastic job of creating the tense atmosphere that could only happen during the cold war. The psychological test of a US ballistic submarine crew when it comes to actually firing the missiles goes wrong when the crew starts believing that the test is real, and that the threat of nuclear war is imminent.
The author is clever in writing the scenes that jump from the submarine and it's tense atmosphere to the home port of the crew and the Captain of the Blue crew discovering what is going on with the Gold crew, out to sea.
The book is a truly suspenseful read. Keeping you wondering what the end will be for the submarine crew. I highly recommend this book if you loved the book, The Hunt For The Red October. The suspense is similar and mail biting.
You will not be disappointed by The Gold Crew.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I'm sure he will like it and also point out any submarine "errors" which ... Dec 19 2014
By Ralph L. Murchison - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I had read the book several years ago. When one of my friends told me of his submarine service, I decided to find another copy and let him read it. He has it now. I'm sure he will like it and also point out any submarine "errors" which it may contain. It is a good read. Thanks for a well cared-for copy.
Worth your while, but could stand improvement July 21 2015
By Wikileaker - Published on
Format: Paperback
An interesting and entertaining submarine story. Unfortunately, the plot device of the paint fumes affecting the crew's behavior is a bit difficult to buy into. I'm fairly certain that the USN knows how to prevent such things from happening, particularly on its SSBNs. I think that the authors should have devoted more effort to devising some other cause for the crew's actions. I'm not even an expert on submarine operations, but I can think of two plausible causes: 1) Something goes wrong with the electronic black boxes that conduct the simulated USSR attack on the USA, and the crew is presented with an EAM that calls for more than the four dummy Trident missiles to be launched. 2) Some rouge element among the crew or the planners ashore tamper with the test somehow, perhaps for blackmail or to gain some political advantage within the Pentagon bureaucracy. Either of these two suggestions, if fully fleshed out and articulated in detail, would have added plausibility to the plot and injected alot more tension and suspense than simple paint fumes.

The other reviewers here seem to suggest that it was those paint fumes that caused the reliability test to go awry. This suggestion is very misleading, so permit me to set the record straight on The Gold Crew. It was in fact a sinister scheme by the CIA operative in the control center that created the danger of launching armed Trident missiles. Not the paint fumes. Those were just a plot complication. (I have not given away too much of the plot by mentioning the CIA guy; it's the brutal and audacious nature of his scheme that lends so much weight to the book's gravity)

The authors were quite right to point out that the Ohio class Trident submarines were in fact first-strike weapons due to their extreme quietness. So much for Clancy's putative Red October.

This book is worth reading but it could have been so much better. Three stars is still a respectable rating.

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