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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (95 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joe Buff Narrator: John Bedford Lloyd Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2002 ISBN: 9780739300763
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In his electrifying first novel Joe Buff instantly established himself as the ultimate chronicler of 21st-century warfare by taking military fiction and submarine combat to a new level of authenticity, vision, and power.

Thunder in the Deep picks up where Deep Sound Channel left off, bringing to life a frightening seascape where technology pushes warriors to new extremes, and warriors push technology to the max. This time the difference between victory and defeat hinges on the two most advanced nuclear attack submarines in the world.

The Challenger is the weapon of the future, a ceramic-hulled nuclear attack submarine whose electronic eyes and ears are the most advanced ever created. It is commanded by acting captain Jeffrey Fuller, a former SEAL turned submariner whose aggressiveness has made him a rising star — and sometimes scares the hell out of his crew. Fuller’s mission is to rescue the Virginia-class fast attack sub Texas, now lying on the bottom of the Atlantic just off the Azores.

But the enemy — a newly resurrected and fanatically militaristic Germany — knows where the Texas is, too, and knows the Challenger is coming. It is Challenger the Germans want, dispatching their own high-tech supersub, the Deutschland, to destroy her.

In this war your enemy is a blip on a console hardwired into an integrated nuclear weapons system. Ships are vaporized off the surface of the sea, nuclear shock waves unleash deadly tsunami waves, and smart submarines do battle with smart aircraft sent to hunt them down.

For Jeffrey Fuller and the Challenger, for the men on board the Deutschland, the race beneath the ocean’s surface across a horrific underwater war zone will demand every bit of courage and skill they can muster just to survive.

Before it’s over, the Challenger’s mission is radically redefined: Fuller, his SEALs, and freedom fighter Ilse Reebeck are sent into Germany itself — to plant a nuke right in the gut of the enemy’s power structure.

Thunder in the Deep plunges the reader into the middle of some of the fiercest and most thrilling depictions of underwater warfare ever written. It is an electrifying novel of military strategy and action, a powerful tale of technology and humanity that will have you breathlessly turning pages until the explosive climax.


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Quotes & Awards

  • Notable ... formidable ... mounds of high-tech detail. Kirkus Reviews
  • A sobering look into the possible future of undersea warfare — the one environment where nuclear weapons can, and probably will, be used. P. T. Deutermann, Capt., U.S. Navy (Ret.), author of Train Man and Scorpion in the Sea
  • [A] breathlessly paced thriller ... provides satisfying action for battle lovers. Buff’s admiration for submarines and their crews comes across from the start. His meticulous attention to the details of life aboard the Challenger and the obstacles it faces help heighten the drama. Publishers Weekly
  • Once again the author out-Clancys Tom Clancy’s lust for detail ... the action lives up to the jargon.... Buff gives us terrific battle maneuvers.... Talk about fun. Kirkus Reviews
  • Nonstop and exhilarating ... chilling and fascinating. Joe Buff takes the reader on a frightening ride in harm’s way. A damn good story. Eric L. Harry, author of Invasion and Arc Light
  • Exciting battle scenes, fascinating naval maneuvers ... suspenseful submarine action ... [with] a satisfying, cliff-hanging ending. Publishers Weekly
  • Deep Sound Channel is a hell of a read. David Hagberg, author of Assassin and Without Honor
  • A page-turner that will keep technothriller fans at sea most of the night ... Buff’s fast-paced prose gets the job done. Booklist
  • Puts the reader in the hull of a deep-diving combat Virginia-class submarine on a mission to hell itself.... A superb high-water mark in naval fiction. Michael DiMercurio, author of Threat Vector and Piranha Firing Point
  • A great premise ... Buff knows weapons and warfare. Library Journal
  • An action-packed thriller that is all too real. Lots of action, lots of grit. Dick Couch, Capt., U.S. Navy (Ret.), author of Rising Wind
  • Deep Sound Channel demonstrates Joe Buff’s intimate knowledge of undersea warfare.... Nonstop action! Barrett Tillman, author of The Sixth Battle and Warriors

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul | 10/24/2012

    " Once again buff has an amazing story to tell......the world that is created is vivid with descriptions and great characters. Can't wait to read the next one and see what happens next in the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat | 2/18/2012

    " Nerve wracking nail biting submarine warfare in the near future - very well done. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Samuel | 3/9/2011

    " Great submarine book with an engaging plot. Really though, I read it for the realistic depictions of underwater technology and submarine warfare. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul | 1/31/2010

    " Once again buff has an amazing story to tell......the world that is created is vivid with descriptions and great characters. Can't wait to read the next one and see what happens next in the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Samuel | 8/9/2008

    " Great submarine book with an engaging plot. Really though, I read it for the realistic depictions of underwater technology and submarine warfare. "

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About the Narrator

John Bedford Lloyd, Earphones Award–winning narrator, is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama, has appeared in many major motion pictures, including The Bourne Supremacy, Crossing Delancey, The Abyss, The Manchurian Candidate, and Philadelphia. His television credits include Suits, Pan Am, Law & Order, Spin City, and The West Wing.