Dark Transit

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Pub Date 14 Dec 2021 | Archive Date 30 Sep 2021
Crossroad Press, Gordian Knot

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Lieutenant Anthony Pacino reports aboard the “project boat” USS Vermont two years after having survived the catastrophic sinking of the Piranha. Pacino quickly learns that Vermont’s missions are all ultra-secret with the boat reporting only to the Sub Force commander, the National Security Advisor and the President: Vermont does the dirty deeds that need doing in deadly silence and obscurity.

After Vermont misses the mark on an easy mission, there are questions asked about her ability to conduct the next mission, one that is vital to the security of the United States and the future of the submarine force. Vermont is tasked with stealing a revolutionary submarine that the Russians are testing with an Iranian crew because it’s too risky to use Russian sailors. It’s a high-stakes gamble for all involved, with the losers vanishing if things go wrong, the winners validating a world-changing technology.

Pacino is part of the mission to steal the submarine, but the toughest obstacle is a wolf-pack of Russians coming to the defense of the Iranian submarine. Getting it back to the United States for evaluation becomes secondary to surviving an exchange of missiles and torpedoes in an underwater battle that threatens to let the final genie out of the bottle.

“DiMercurio has used the last decade to refine his writing and produce the best naval thriller in decades. I couldn’t put it down.” Joseph Courtemanche, author of Assault on Saint Agnes.

Lieutenant Anthony Pacino reports aboard the “project boat” USS Vermont two years after having survived the catastrophic sinking of the Piranha. Pacino quickly learns that Vermont’s missions are all...

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I feel privileged to have been provided an ARC of Michael DiMercurio's latest in his long running series of books on submarine warfare in the modern era, to be published by Crossroad Press. "Dark Transit" sees Admiral "Patch" Pacino playing a subsidiary role as his son, Anthony, a young Annapolis Graduate and newly minted officer in the submarine service, takes center stage. I have been following DiMercurio's work for many years and have yet to be disappointed. This book is no exception. For those of you not familiar with DiMercurio's canon, think of it as kind of taking off where Tom Clancy's "The Hunt for Red October" left off. The key difference is, that as a modern leader in the field of the sub-genre represented by submarine warfare, DiMercurio is very good at technical detail, to a much greater extent than in Clancy's somewhat more accessible work.. This is not meant as a criticism, for those of you familiar with this sub-genre and its ilk, it is, if anything, a compliment. The action is fast paced and nerve racking (I read the book in two days), but it is backed up by a thorough going understanding of undersea warfare and the technology which makes it possible. This is to say that if military and technological jargon puts you off, this is not the book for you. However, if you like plausible and often visionary approaches to the subject matter and the technology which necessarily underpins it, you are going to love it. After only a few chapters, the significance of the title becomes clear and from then on, the author holds the reader in his grip and doesn't let go. If I could give this well written and exciting tale 6 stars, I would!

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Another great book in the series! This book is full of action and being a submariner himself, the author has the knowledge to make this a true to life novel. I could not put this one down! If you crave an action packed novel, this is it.

Thank you to #NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for my honest review.

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'You are the new one on the submarine, you learn what is like to serve on a submarine and then you go to war.'

That is what this book is in one sentence. I have read other novels about submarine action, but Michael DiMercurio takes you deep into the language used in a submarine and the culture inside the vessel. The story of a Pacino on a submarine continues with the second generation. The tension comes off the page when a situation comes up with so many uncertainties and unknowns, the options and the catastrophical effects which a decision might have. In everything it is so clear that the writer has served on a submarine.

Thanks to NetGalley to receive an upfront copy to read, enjoy and review.

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