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Fire at the Bottom of the Sea

Fire at the Bottom of the Sea

C ommander Daniel Farriott takes his crew on a training run in the billion-dollar nuclear submarine John P. Craven (JPC) in the Pacific Ocean near Hawaii. Underwater, it catches on flotsam left over from an earlier Japanese tsunami and loses power. The junk threatens to drag the sub to the ocean floor 9,000 feet below, where pressure would crush the hull and kill everyone aboard.

Although Farriott radios for assistance, there's only so much a rescue ship can do. ... Luckily, JPC finds its way to shallow water--unluckily, now it sits atop an active volcano that's oozing hot lava.

Gunn relentlessly builds tension as the JPC sits in superheated water and the volcano gets angrier by the minute. Farriott must avoid lava bombs, prevent explosions, be careful not to spark a tsunami-producing landslide, and of course save the JPC and its crew. Is that too much to ask?


Wow! What an exciting tale! Lucid writing, well-developed characters, a gripping plot, and a fascinating and credible disaster scenario. The author has obviously spent a lot of time researching submarine operations. As a former naval officer, I can assure you that, although the author is a retired Army doctor, he has also mastered Navy lingo and procedures and gives a very credible account of life aboard a submarine. This is a great novel, deserving of wide recognition and a major publisher. It would also form the screenplay for a great movie. ★★★★★

This was a little different kind of book from Alain Gunn,but I have liked all of his other books so I knew I would like this one also. It's pretty exciting, and it is so realistic that you have to keep reading it to see what is going to happen The author is both a Yale physics graduate and an orthopedic surgeon, so he's brilliant, but he also has a great sane imagination and it's fun to get into his books and see where he carries us. The introduction to the book on Amazon tells us what it is about but once you get into it, you will get involved with the characters and the situations as though you were there. I thought this book was well written, the character development was good, and the plot was amazing, All in all, a great book. ★★★★★

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