Todd Tucker's COLLAPSE DEPTH
Book review by Dennis D. McDonald
COLLAPSE DEPTH is one of the first thrillers I’ve read in a long time. It deserves that genre tag.
Just about everything that can go wrong on a nuclear sub on a dangerous mission does go wrong.
Having recently read Andrew Karam’s RIG SHIP FOR ULTRA QUIET much of the detail in COLLAPSE DEPTH rings true including the crew’s constant search for sleeptime. Characters are economically but well drawn, technical information is clear, the personality contrast between the Captain and the XO is entertainingly illustrated, and there’s just enough time devoted to “the wives back home” to play out one of the most interesting sub-themes of the book, i.e., “No matter what technology you’re using secrets get out in the real world.”
This was a real page turner and I’m happy to add it to my list of favorite submarine books.
- James Cameron’s THE ABYSS
- Stephen Budiansky’s BLACKETT’S WAR: THE MEN WHO DEFEATED THE NAZI U-BOATS AND BROUGHT SCIENCE TO THE ART OF WARFARE
- Andrew Karam’s RIG SHIP FOR ULTRA QUIET
- Eugene Fluckey’s THUNDER BELOW
- Andrew Williams’ THE BATTLE OF THE ATLANTIC
Review copyright (c) 2014 by Dennis D. McDonald