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North Star Bay [Paperback]

Richard Thompson
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Dec 22 2010
On January 21, 1968 a B-52 Boeing Stratofortress, carrying four 1.1 megaton H-Bombs, caught fire and crashed in the Arctic Circle near Thule, Greenland. The Strategic Air Command's (SAC) Arctic Circle route was an airborne alert operation, referred to by the pilots of these large bombers as the "Chrome Dome," and was a 24-hour round-the-clock strategic undertaking. Carrying four 1.1 megaton H-Bombs, the B-52's were ready on a moment's notice to wage all-out warfare on an enemy that dare provoke an attack. The "official" response by the United States was that all four H-bombs were destroyed on impact but theorist have long maintained that one of the bombs survived the crash and lies on the seabed off Greenland near Thule airbase. 34 years later, the lost bomb that America has always denied existed, has been found - snagged by a fisherman's net - setting off alarms deep in the bowels of the most fortified structure known to mankind - the CIA. Although the United States is eager to avoid a crisis in relations with its NATO ally Denmark there is more at stake than NATO relations: America is secretly mining raw plutonium in the area and conducting its most clandestine operation in the history of the United States - National Missile Defense. In a remarkable depiction of clandestine adventure, North Star Bay weaves men, submarines, individual acts of heroism, moments of tragedy and unimaginable endurance into an intricate spellbinding story.

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Richard Thompson entered the literary field in 1999 when he wrote The Tiger Cruise, his first novel. The Tiger Cruise is a captivating story about a nuclear attack submarine, the USS Woodbridge, that leaves Norfolk, VA on a routine tiger cruise only to find itself faced with preventing Iraq from unleashing an anthrax attack on America. In a strange twist, the story portrayed in the book, now borders on prophecy. The Tiger Cruise is still in publication and was recently published in June 2002 in the Netherlands. Richard's latest page-turner, North Star Bay, a gut-wrenching thriller about America's National Missile Defense program sees the return of Knox Jones, the CIA wizard in The Tiger Cruise who is now Director of the CIA in this, his newest thriller.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Gut-Wrenching Thriller! March 8 2003
Format:Hardcover
This is our first fiction review and we picked a dandy. By a stroke of luck we got our hands on a galley copy and it almost found its way into the circular file had it not been for the first chapter in the book, which is factual.
As a maritime and military history book reviewer we were quite familiar with the January 21, 1968 incident in Thule, Greenland when a B52, flying the Strategic Air Command, caught fire and crashed into the ice spewing radiation from its cargo of four hydrogen bombs. The U.S. has long maintained that all four bombs were destroyed in the fiery crash but many Greenlanders believe otherwise. The theory is that one of the bombs survived the crash and lies on the bottom of North Star Bay.
The author turns the theory into fictional fact when a local fisherman inadvertently snags the weapon while fishing the fjord. Not surprisingly, the bad guys (Libya and China) learn of the discovery when alarm bells go off in the CIA - activated by sensors placed on the H-Bomb 34 years ago. The CIA, FBI and the NSA, not all that concerned with an antiquated nuclear weapon, aren't really worried about its discovery until they get word that the Libyans are going to sail halfway around the world intending to snatch the bomb and bring it home. It seems that America's National Missile Defense (NMD) pet project is located in Thule's backyard and the thought of the Libyans snooping around the area makes for some very nervous bureaucrats in Washington.
Things deteriorate quickly for the U.S. when the bad guys find out there's more in Thule than the bomb. When a test of NMD goes awry resulting in a live "shoot," the Chinese and Libyans decide against snatching the bomb but instead plan to detonate it and destroy the NMD site that, heretofore, they did not know existed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thompson Does it Again March 13 2003
Format:Hardcover
His first book (Tiger Cruise) was great. With the luck of the Irish, I managed to purchase the Proof for North Star. I was actually in fear that Thompson could not meet the high bar he set in penning Tiger Cruise. Nothing is worse than being let down by an author. As I began to read the proof, my mental state was totally absorbed within it. Thompson has done it again! He manages to take facts, slide in amazing and totally believable fiction and presto... another suspense novel with real life action. The plot twists and turns, keeps your mind racing with the result of your eyes wanting to absorb the words on each page faster than your brain can process. IT is a Winner! He has brought "Clancyism" to a new era. I now call it "Thompsonism"! Read the book! Few new author's of our era have the ability to come out of the box swinging like Thompson.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A compelling read from beginning to end April 9 2003
Format:Hardcover
North Star Bay is an exciting novel by Richard Thompson which is set in 1968 when a clandestine clash takes place between diverse nations over lost megatonage H-Bombs, one of which has survived in the sea near Greenland. A fast-paced, action-packed thriller about deadly scuffles and desperate machinations, acts of heroism and terrible tragedy, North Star Bay is a compelling read from beginning to end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Gut-Wrenching Thriller! March 8 2003
By Baltimore Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is our first fiction review and we picked a dandy. By a stroke of luck we got our hands on a galley copy and it almost found its way into the circular file had it not been for the first chapter in the book, which is factual.
As a maritime and military history book reviewer we were quite familiar with the January 21, 1968 incident in Thule, Greenland when a B52, flying the Strategic Air Command, caught fire and crashed into the ice spewing radiation from its cargo of four hydrogen bombs. The U.S. has long maintained that all four bombs were destroyed in the fiery crash but many Greenlanders believe otherwise. The theory is that one of the bombs survived the crash and lies on the bottom of North Star Bay.
The author turns the theory into fictional fact when a local fisherman inadvertently snags the weapon while fishing the fjord. Not surprisingly, the bad guys (Libya and China) learn of the discovery when alarm bells go off in the CIA - activated by sensors placed on the H-Bomb 34 years ago. The CIA, FBI and the NSA, not all that concerned with an antiquated nuclear weapon, aren't really worried about its discovery until they get word that the Libyans are going to sail halfway around the world intending to snatch the bomb and bring it home. It seems that America's National Missile Defense (NMD) pet project is located in Thule's backyard and the thought of the Libyans snooping around the area makes for some very nervous bureaucrats in Washington.
Things deteriorate quickly for the U.S. when the bad guys find out there's more in Thule than the bomb. When a test of NMD goes awry resulting in a live "shoot," the Chinese and Libyans decide against snatching the bomb but instead plan to detonate it and destroy the NMD site that, heretofore, they did not know existed. That's enough for now; we don't want to give too much away.
A page-turning thriller set on top of the world, North Star Bay will keep you on the edge of your seat until the exciting, surprising ending. Grab it wherever you can and get ready for the best darn fiction to come your way for some time. Five stars all the way!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thompson Does it Again March 13 2003
By Chet Dunican - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
His first book (Tiger Cruise) was great. With the luck of the Irish, I managed to purchase the Proof for North Star. I was actually in fear that Thompson could not meet the high bar he set in penning Tiger Cruise. Nothing is worse than being let down by an author. As I began to read the proof, my mental state was totally absorbed within it. Thompson has done it again! He manages to take facts, slide in amazing and totally believable fiction and presto... another suspense novel with real life action. The plot twists and turns, keeps your mind racing with the result of your eyes wanting to absorb the words on each page faster than your brain can process. IT is a Winner! He has brought "Clancyism" to a new era. I now call it "Thompsonism"! Read the book! Few new author's of our era have the ability to come out of the box swinging like Thompson.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Decidedly Inaccurate Dec 6 2011
By essendubya - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is the earliest I have ever abandoned a novel. The inaccuracies begin in the first chapter with equipping the B-52H with a seventh ejection seat. It never had seven; the plane could accommodate the crew of six plus three additional individuals. Any passengers beyond the six crewmembers could abandon the aircraft only through one of the downward firing ejection seats in the lower crew compartment only after the seat had been fired and ejected. And there were no "switches" for ejection. The ejection sequence began, for the upward firing seats, by rotating the ejection seat handles located at the end of each armrest. The rotating of the handles exposed the firing trigger which was then squeezed to initate the firing of the ejection hatch followed quickly by the seat and its occupant. The two navigators in the lower compartment had an ejection loop located between the thighs which was pulled up. This initated the firing of the hatch below their feet followed by the seat and occupant being thrown down and out. No switches and, in a controlled bailout, there was a specific sequence for leaving the aircraft. In the scenario presented by the author, it would have been everyone for themselves.

Secondly, under no circumstances would a crash cause a nuclear explosion. There are certain protocols that have to be followed by multiple crewmembers. A crash could possibly cause the high explosives to detonate, however the nuclear material could not, would not detonate and a crewmember with Major Woods' experience would have known that.

The last straw occurred in the second chapter when the trawler snagged one of the supposedly missing weapons setting off an alarm. In the first case, even if the weapons did have alarms on board, underwater transmission of radio signals is, at best, problematic. The US Navy nuclear subs have to receive ELF transmissions directing them to a shallower depth in order to deploy an antenna to receive communications. Assuming this underwater signalling capability did exist in 1968, any signal would certainly have been encrypted preventing any foreign government from accurately analyzing the meaning of the signal. And the author conveniently skips over exactly how the Libyans and the Chinese received the alert.

I just couldn't go any farther. As a retired USAF B-52 Navigator and Radar Navigator (instructor for both positions) with over 3,000 flight hours, the errors just eliminated any credibility for me. There may be a good story here, but it is hidden beneath severe errors.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A compelling read from beginning to end April 9 2003
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
North Star Bay is an exciting novel by Richard Thompson which is set in 1968 when a clandestine clash takes place between diverse nations over lost megatonage H-Bombs, one of which has survived in the sea near Greenland. A fast-paced, action-packed thriller about deadly scuffles and desperate machinations, acts of heroism and terrible tragedy, North Star Bay is a compelling read from beginning to end.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars North Star Bay Feb. 2 2008
By A. Lawing - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Agents,Secret Agents,Double Agents,double crosses and turn coats with a Patriot thrown in here and there! This novel has it all!Richard Thompson will keep you guessing and reading as he takes you on a journey in this action packed,suspense, thriller centered around the loss of an H-Bomb in an aircraft accident near Thule,Greenland and several foreign powers interest in the bomb.I was blown away( no pun intended) by the way Thompson blends Star Wars technology with todays conventional military hardware and makes it all believable and interesting. He will make you ask yourself whether or not you are reading fact or fiction.Inter-agency jealousy keeps the government involvement interesting.It's a must read for military buffs.2-03-08 A.Lawing
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