Submarine: A Guided Tour Inside a Nuclear Warship by Tom ClancyOnly the author of The Hunt for Red October could capture the reality of life aboard a nuclear submarine. Only a writer of Mr. Clancys magnitude could obtain security clearance for information, diagrams, and photographs never before available to the public. Now, every civilian can enter this top secret world...the weapons, the procedures, the people themselves...the startling facts behind the fiction that made Tom Clancy a #1 bestselling author.
Submarine: A Guided Tour Inside a Nuclear Warship
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It depicts Soviet submarine captain Marko Ramius as he seemingly goes rogue with his country's cutting-edge ballistic missile submarine Red October , and marks the first appearance of Clancy's most popular fictional character Jack Ryan , an analyst working for the Central Intelligence Agency , as he must prove his theory that Ramius had intended to defect to the United States. The book was loosely inspired by the mutiny on the Soviet frigate Storozhevoy in President Ronald Reagan remarked that he had enjoyed reading the book. Since then, the book has become instrumental in bringing the book genre of techno-thriller into the mainstream. During the Cold War , Marko Ramius, a Soviet Navy submarine commander of Lithuanian descent , plans to defect to the United States with his hand-picked officers on board the ballistic missile submarine Red October , a Typhoon-class vessel. It is equipped with a cutting-edge silent propulsion system, known as the caterpillar drive, that makes audio detection by passive sonar extremely difficult and enables the submarine to sneak its way into American territorial waters and launch nuclear missiles with little or no warning. As the ship leaves the shipyard at Polyarny , Ramius kills Ivan Putin, his political officer , to ensure that he will not interfere with the defection.