I remember when this book first came out. I was a teenager and my father picked it up immediately and was so excited about it that he told me about half the book in an evening when he was done. I remember lots of stories from it but always felt like I was missing some. It was one of those books he had insisted on me reading one day and even gave me but that I didn’t feel like I needed to read because I knew most of the stories (which did not turn out to be true).
Then I came across it again this month. It’s been a week or so since I finished it, my reviews this month have been woefully behind. I had come across the audiobook version in my library when I was looking for a new book and it is on one of those few subjects that I knew my husband wouldn’t mind listening to on our two day drive back home from visiting my parents. It turned into the easiest part of the drive.
I have always had a particular fondness for history surrounding boats and the sea, so this book was especially fascinating for me. I loved all the crazy stories about espionage and the way that became a big job for submarines to do. I don’t remember all the names, unfortunately, but the man who used bets to factor intuition into calculations of where to look for things was amazing. That’s an interesting concept all by itself.
It was crazy to get into the mindset of the Cold War while listening to this book. I don’t remember much from that timeframe but I’m old enough to remember just a little. The fear and paranoia were strangely different from what terrorism has done in the last few decades. It’s hard to explain but the book really brings you back there. I appreciated that the authors included that element, particularly since I’m reading it so long after both the period it covers and its publication.
I know herstories are normally my thing for the blog but I decided to include a review when I noticed that two out of the three authors were women. I enjoyed the narrator, Tony Roberts. He got a little monotone sometimes but kept the sense of suspense throughout the book.
For those interested in reading this, check out your library or click on the cover to go to the book page on BookLikes where they have lots of options.