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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
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,124,129 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xade4c444) out of 5 stars 7 reviews
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xaddffd14) out of 5 stars FROM THE BOOK DUSTJACKET..... Sept. 10 2007
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
HASH(0xaddff150) out of 5 stars 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
HASH(0xaddffcfc) out of 5 stars A Cold War Thriller That Has Aged Remarkably Well Nov. 8 2015
By Terry Sunday - Published on
Format: Hardcover
You might think a book written in the era of Mutual Assured Destruction, when the U.S. and the Soviet Union saber-rattled their ballistic missiles at each other 24/7 and when the possibility was very real of an all-out thermonuclear war, could not possibly be of interest in today’s world.

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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xaddf0dec) out of 5 stars 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
HASH(0xaddff570) out of 5 stars 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.

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