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One of the great secrets of the Cold War, hidden for decades, is revealed at last.

Early in 1968, a nuclear-armed Soviet submarine sank in the waters off Hawaii, hundreds of miles closer to American shores than it should have been. Compelling evidence strongly suggests that the sub sank while attempting to fire a nuclear missile.

We now know that the Soviets had lost track of the sub; it had become a rogue. The Nixon administration launched a clandestine, half-billion-dollar project to recover the sunken K-129. The successful recovery effort helped forge new relations between the U.S. and the Soviets, even as it revealed a treacherous plan to provoke war between the U.S. and China, a plan that, had it succeeded, would have had devastating consequences.

©2005 Kenneth Sewell and Clint Richmond (P)2005 Blackstone Audiobooks

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  • Bryan
  • 31-01-2008

Good but too long

A friend who worked on submarines recommended this book and said many of the facts are true from his experience and what he heard through his navy career. Still the book could of been cut in half at least. I kept thinking to myself. "You said that already move on" If you like subs and sub stories like I do, it is a MUST READ. I would recommend "Blinds Man Bluff" next.

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  • Scott
  • 13-10-2014

Twaddle. Just twaddle...

"Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence."
- Carl Sagan

The chief problem here is that the author starts with *only* four facts; K-129 had 15 more crewmen on board than normal, K-129 failed to send out two routine radio reports, K-129 was closer to Hawaii than assigned when it went down, and K-129 was apparently on the surface when it suffered an explosion that sank it...

...and his conclusion is that this adds up to a plot by shadowy forces in the Kremlin to start a nuclear war between China and the USA by using K-129 as a stand-in for a Chinese missile submarine and nuking Pearl Harbor.

Add to this the old-time snake oil salesman's dodge of claiming, "my sources are secret and cannot come forward!" and you get the picture. A cop I know once observed, "in any criminal case, there are things the police believe, things the police know, and things the police can prove."

None of this silly book is remotely *proven*. It's all just conjecture. If you want to waste your time, stick with that TV show where they hunt for Bigfoot.

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  • TVFanatic
  • 03-04-2021

I suppose it -could- have happened this way.

As i said, I suppose it could have happened this way. Unlikely, but possible.
A bit repetitive, it begins sounding more and more like a conspiracy theory by the end. Your views may vary, but this was just too thin for me, wouldnt recommend for a friend.

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  • PT
  • 06-02-2007

Fantastic--But True

Very good. Could have benefited from some editing. I found myself wandering during some of the early details on Soviet military life.

I wasn't prepared when I found the book seemed to be in two or more parts: First, background and major events; then, later events and analysis. This arrangement was a pleasant surprise and served the story well. It kept things simpler.

A real-life thriller!

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  • Martin
  • 14-01-2006

Important story, poorly edited

The real story of the submarine K-129 - as told in this book - is important, startling and deserves to be known. Unfortunately, the available facts of the case can support little more than a long magazine article. As a result, the book is quite repetitive. One can feel the author straining to fill the pages. Further, he mixes fact and 'speculative re-creation' too freely in the first half, leaving it unclear what is Definitely True as opposed to Probably True. Nonetheless, this book tells an amazing story with far-reaching and historic implications. A must-read for enthusiasts of Cold War history.

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  • Etienne
  • 02-04-2021

Not convinced

It seems to me that the authors struggle to understand the Soviet mindset and have disregarded the fact that the Russians were the best at playing the espionage and deceipt game. The authors take things said and done at face value, not seeing that these were often Soviet leadership tactics to hide their true intentions (or sometimes their confusion). In the last part of the book, it seems that every political decision from 1972 onward was because of that incident and the authors cite the contents of classified meetings as though they were there. They have no evidence to support their outlandish claims and I soon grew tired of their babbling speculation.

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  • Stuart
  • 29-03-2009

Outstanding

Rich with detail, this fascinating account of a little-known moment in history and the resulting cascade of events that followed kept me riveted and sparked a desire to find out much more about this quandary. Well worth the choice.

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  • Thomas
  • 20-09-2008

Awesome story, credible conclusion

In the tradition of Tom Clancy, a great spy story is pitched. Whether it is true or not may never be known, but the theory fits the available facts. In my experience, the story rings true, and presented some additional new information on a key event of the cold war. Red Star Rogue is a compelling read.

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  • David E. Barker
  • 29-07-2006

Good and shocking

For those interested in cold war history and military issues, this book is very interesting, and shocking. Since listening, I have researched some of what is discussed in this book, and it has all checked out. It is hard to believe that the story this book tells isn't more widely known. The narraration is good, and the research is very detailed. I highly recommend this book to those inclined to detailed history.

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  • bruce
  • 31-10-2020

Detailed

The book is detailed and explains evidence for a conjecture regarding a rogue sub crew. I enjoyed listening to the new information that I had not heard before. Also, I have taken a liking to Mr. Emerson’s narration style.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30-07-2007

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Excellent coverage of a topic, of which, not much was known. The information contained is overwhelming in detail, and one assumes, accuracy. It does manage to connect the dots for a number of already known facts and reveals a rather sinister, if not frightening, plot.
How one event in history can affect global relations is truly fascinating.
Superb, and engaging writing, and well worth a listen to.

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  • Niall Yeldham
  • 13-09-2021

Fascinating stuff.

Well worth listening to. Narrator is easy to understand, with an appropriate US accent.

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  • Trevor
  • 17-02-2016

Excellent subject Comical narrater

Such a shame that an excellent book should be ruined by a totally useless narrater .......shame on who ever commissioned this reader

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  • Scott Sibbald
  • 14-08-2021

super book enjoyed from start to finish

I found that the detail level was good for a balance for myself with no prior technical knowledge.

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  • Adam Chittenden
  • 13-08-2021

Seemed really abridged

Loved the story, well told too. The story did seem abridged, jump cuts between points being portrayed and sudden ends to sentences or statements. Having not read the book itself, I can't tell whether it was written that way or not. Nevertheless it is a fascinating story.

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  • Mr
  • 03-12-2015

Fascinating story

Would you consider the audio edition of Red Star Rogue to be better than the print version?

Without doubt a super story. Expertly read and keeps your interested from start to finish

What was one of the most memorable moments of Red Star Rogue?

That special moment when the glomar explorer got involved

What does Brian Emerson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Brian Emerson brings to life this Cold War thriller. He has the perfect "Company" espionage voice.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The sub plots discussing Cold War espionage tricks such as wire taps etc

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  • paul
  • 25-05-2014

good story - interesting

I found the whole story fascinating - more so as I had never heard of it before. I don't draw the same conspiracy conclusions s the author but that didn't spoil it .

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  • Stuart
  • 08-03-2014

Red Star Rouge

If you could sum up Red Star Rogue in three words, what would they be?

Enthroughling

What did you like best about this story?

The story, the factual evidence, and the mystery

What about Brian Emerson’s performance did you like?

he presented it well, he kept your interest

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Its not for laughing or crying, but interesting and why havent we heared about it before. it make you wonder -Who are the enermy?

Any additional comments?

Good factual knowledge and presented in a way that is listernable

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  • Ollie
  • 20-10-2013

Great Story

What did you like most about Red Star Rogue?

This story is really interesting. The author manages to go into quite a lot of technical detail but doesn't let it get in the way of the story.

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  • ZL600A1
  • 11-09-2012

Great detail and research = probable truth!

A well researched possible scenario makes for a great story that is completely believable if not the truth!

The narrator was brilliant.

Well worth purchasing.

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