Gold Crew Paperback – Feb 1981
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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!
You’d be wrong.
“The Gold Crew,” although it was first published in 1980, is a pulse-pounding thriller that grips the reader as much today as it did during the height of the Cold War.
Penned by veteran authors Thomas N. Scortia and Frank M. Robinson (who also wrote “The Towering Inferno”), this carefully crafted, relentlessly paced and immensely readable book tells what happens when a psychological test on board the Trident submarine USS Alaska, designed to determine if the crew would actually fire their nuclear-tipped missiles when ordered to do so, goes horribly wrong. What was supposed to be a harmless drill turns into a nightmare when the only people in the crew who know that it is a test begin to believe that it’s all for real.
Part undersea adventure, part detective story and part character study, “The Gold Crew” is mostly a story about Cold War paranoia and how it affected the military officers and enlisted men entrusted with the most devastating weapons ever devised.
Although the world it takes place in doesn’t exist any longer, “The Gold Crew” is still a highly satisfying and engaging read today. It grabs the reader on the first page and doesn’t let go until the last word on the last page. I recommend it most highly.
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.