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3.54 out of 53.54 out of 53.54 out of 53.54 out of 53.54 out of 5 3.54 (26 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: W. Craig Reed Narrator: Tom Weiner Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2010 ISBN: 9781455198368
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Few know how close the world has come to annihilation better than the warriors who served America during the tense, forty-five-year struggle known as the Cold War. Yet for decades, their work has remained shrouded in secrecy. Now, in this riveting history, W. Craig Reed, a former navy diver and fast-attack submariner, provides an eye-opening, pulse-pounding narrative of the underwater struggles and espionage operations between the US and the USSR that brought us to the brink of nuclear war more than once.

Red November is filled with hair-raising, behind-the-scenes stories that take you deep beneath the surface and into the action during the entire Cold War period from 1946 through 1992. Reed served aboard submarines involved in espionage operations, and his father was a top military intelligence specialist intimately involved in the Cuban Missile Crisis. Reed is one of the first authors to obtain so many in-depth interviews with dozens of navy divers, espionage operatives, submariners, and government officials on both sides (including several Soviet submarine captains) about the most daring and decorated missions of the conflict, including top-secret Ivy Bells, Boresight, Bulls Eye, and Holystone operations.

Transcending traditional submarine, espionage, and Cold War accounts, Red November is an up-close examination of one of the most dangerous times in world history and an intimate look at the men and women who participated in our country’s longest and most expensive underwater war.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “If Tom Clancy had turned The Hunt for Red October into a nonfiction thriller, W. Craig Reed’s Red November might be the result. Here is the full-throttle and riveting story of espionage, secret missions, and the never-before-told tales of submariners on the front lines of a clandestine war. Not to be missed!”

    James Rollins, best-selling author of The Doomsday Key

  • Red November is palpably gripping and packs the excitement of a real-life thriller. I felt like I was literally on-board a submarine in the middle of a hair-raising mission and on the brink of World War III.”

    David Morrell, bestselling author of The Shimmer

  • Red November is a compelling narrative that covers most of the years that I rode the boats. The action in the book is particularly intriguing, as I shared many of the same experiences endured by the characters portrayed within the pages. Submariners will enjoy the book, as did I.”

    T. Michael Bircumshaw, Editor, American Submariner

  • Red November is a terrific, real-life thriller, filled with larger than life warriors, technological wizardry, undersea games of chicken, and a civilian world perched unknowing on the brink of push-button nuclear destruction. History buffs, naval warfare enthusiasts, and all Tom Clancy fans are guaranteed to love this book.”

    Barry Eisler, author of Fault Line

  • “This is an astonishing and important book. With its new disclosures about covert submarine operations during the Cold War, and especially its eye-opening account of what really happened at the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis, Red November is a book that anyone with an interest in espionage or clandestine naval operations should read.”

    George Friedman, author of America’s Secret War and The Next 100 Years

  • “This is an astonishing and important book…Red November is a book that anyone with an interest in espionage or clandestine naval operations should read.”

    George Friedman, author of America’s Secret War and The Next 100 Years

  • Red November delivers the real life feel and fears of submariners who risked their lives to keep the peace. Smart, detailed, and highly entertaining, this is a story everyone should read. I live in a submarine town and I can tell you, men who live underwater for 90 days at time, ferrying nuclear weapons, are unsung heroes. My hat is off to Craig Reed for telling their story.”

    Steve Berry, author of The Paris Vendetta

  • Red November is one of the most suspenseful and frightening books I’ve read this year. It gives you a new appreciation for the major role submarines play in shaping world history. They may be out of sight, but after reading this book, they will never again be out of mind.” 

    Raymond Obstfeld, co-author with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, On the Shoulders of Giants: My Journey Through the Harlem Renaissance

  • “This history of the Cold War beneath the sea reads very much like a thriller…For serious submarine buffs, a feast.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gary Brecht | 2/15/2014

    " Written by one of the participants in the cold war submarine warfare of the past couple decades, this is an inside glimpse into the nerve wracking operations undertaken by our military to preserve superiority. The brinkmanship of the sixties and subsequent covert naval operations take center stage in this non-fiction account. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheri | 1/26/2014

    " Having "submariner blood" on both sides of the family (My maternal great uncle went down on a sub off of Kiska in WWII and my father was a cold-war submariner), I have read several books on the subject. Although the subject matter can get pretty technical sometimes, the overall stories always fascinate me. Putting a small group of people in a enclosed area and subjecting them to danger is the ultimate test of the human psyche. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ed | 1/4/2014

    " Book was ok, book kind of Wandered all over the place. I personally like Blind Man's Bluff a lot better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sam | 11/17/2013

    " this is a absoultly great book, and opens your eyes to just how close war could of broken out. it is a great read for anyone that is intrested in the cold war or other wars "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bpw White | 11/15/2013

    " wicked awesome in that it is basically a real life spy thriller. The downside of real life spy thrillers is that they aren't quite as thrilling. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 WTL | 11/15/2013

    " (audiobook) - Quite enjoyable! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anders | 10/24/2013

    " Very interesting book, covering the role of the submarine in the Cold War era. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dennis Willingham | 7/5/2013

    " Pretty good submarine book. Not a lot of general appeal, but good if you're interested in spook missions and eletronic warefare. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kevin | 6/15/2013

    " "Interesting stories about what happen underneath the oceans of the world during the 45 year period of the Cold War. If you like submarines and The Hunt for Red October, you'll like this one. Me? Not so much." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David Warren | 9/23/2012

    " This is a firsthand account of the cold war by a submariner who was there. It is not well written, but full of interesting details about events we were never told about by our government. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steven Dzwonczyk | 7/25/2012

    " It's a poor-man's "The Hunt for Red October." But I learned a lot about subs and their role in the cold war. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ray | 6/23/2012

    " Reed, a former submariner himself, details many unknown stories of "the silent service". Of special interest were the many clandestine and secret operations conducted by the "spooks" and underwater divers in the U.S. Submarine Navy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 5/25/2012

    " A fairly interesting look into a time and place that I have never given much thought. I gave it 3 stars because by chapter 3 I was getting distracted by typos. A better job of proof reading/editing would have made this a more enjoyable read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pete Williamson | 9/14/2011

    " Not the best-written book, but the stories told are gripping. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patrick | 8/26/2011

    " If you like submarine adventure and the soviet/US dangerous cat and mouse game you will love this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Douglas | 8/6/2011

    " Lots of facts, history and pieces to the puzzle of how close we came to WW3. It was nice to see through two generations of submariners. Scary and exciting. Makes you thankful for what others have done to keep us safe. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ray | 4/10/2011

    " Reed, a former submariner himself, details many unknown stories of "the silent service". Of special interest were the many clandestine and secret operations conducted by the "spooks" and underwater divers in the U.S. Submarine Navy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bpw | 10/6/2010

    " wicked awesome in that it is basically a real life spy thriller. The downside of real life spy thrillers is that they aren't quite as thrilling. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Douglas | 8/31/2010

    " Lots of facts, history and pieces to the puzzle of how close we came to WW3. It was nice to see through two generations of submariners. Scary and exciting. Makes you thankful for what others have done to keep us safe. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dennis | 8/18/2010

    " Pretty good submarine book. Not a lot of general appeal, but good if you're interested in spook missions and eletronic warefare. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patrick | 5/28/2010

    " If you like submarine adventure and the soviet/US dangerous cat and mouse game you will love this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anders | 5/20/2010

    " Very interesting book, covering the role of the submarine in the Cold War era. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 5/6/2010

    " A fairly interesting look into a time and place that I have never given much thought. I gave it 3 stars because by chapter 3 I was getting distracted by typos. A better job of proof reading/editing would have made this a more enjoyable read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keith | 5/6/2010

    " This fascinating account effectively ties several stories together while painting an understandable picture of how the relevant technology works and why it was important. Aside from a few repetitive passages and web site references not including access dates there is little room for improvement. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 5/6/2010

    " I won this on first reads.

    Being into history and the truths that are out there not being talked about. I found this a super read. I enjoyed the personal accounts as those are hard to find when dealing with history. I will be keeping this for a long time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tammie | 5/6/2010

    " The perfect Fathers Day gift for my husband....though I will read it carefully first so I can do a GoodReads review on it. Should arrive right in time! Perfect giveaway win! "

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About the Author

W. Craig Reed served as a U.S. Navy reconnaissance diver, submarine-weapons technician, and special-operations photographer deployed on nuclear fast-attack submarines. He earned commendations for completing top-secret operations during the Cold War and is an alumnus or member of several military, veteran, and technology associations. Born into a Navy family on the island of Guam, he is now a partner in a technology marketing-consulting firm and lives in Silicon Valley, California.

About the Narrator

Tom Weiner, a dialogue director and voice artist best known for his roles in video games and television shows such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Transformers, is an Earphones Award winner and Audie Award finalist. He is a former member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.