Fire at the Bottom of the Sea
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?