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30 review for Search and Destroy: A World War 3 Techno-Thriller Action Event (Nick Ryan's World War 3 Military Fiction Technothrillers)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Nik Morton

    Nick Ryan’s sixth book in his World War III techno-thriller series is gripping stuff. Where the earlier books relate to combat in Europe, this one concerns submarine warfare in the Pacific against China. Commander Chris Coe is an old-school submariner and is abrasive with regard to his XO, Richard Wickham, so we have two types of conflict – personal and military. The nuclear boat Oklahoma City is tasked with searching for a Chinese convoy and destroying it. The technical details seem authentic: th Nick Ryan’s sixth book in his World War III techno-thriller series is gripping stuff. Where the earlier books relate to combat in Europe, this one concerns submarine warfare in the Pacific against China. Commander Chris Coe is an old-school submariner and is abrasive with regard to his XO, Richard Wickham, so we have two types of conflict – personal and military. The nuclear boat Oklahoma City is tasked with searching for a Chinese convoy and destroying it. The technical details seem authentic: the tension is raised as the vessels employ counter-measures, guile and gutsy experience. Interestingly, Ryan’s website gives a blow-by-blow account of WWIII – without recourse to nuclear weapons! He must have been prescient, anticipating the January 2022 announcement from the five powers that they would not resort to nuclear weapons in any conflict! The website is www.worldwar3timeline.com – and it makes fascinating reading. Gradually, he appears to be writing thrillers of similar length based on this timeline. Let’s hope it all stays as fiction. (There were issues with the paperback, but they didn't detract from my appreciation of the story).

  2. 4 out of 5

    Eric Esterline

    Decent read. Overall the book is worth reading. I generally enjoy books about the "silent service". It seems technically accurate and detailed. It's well edited. For me there is too much time spent on the relationship between the commander and his XO. The commander is pretty much a micromanaging jerk for the bulk of the book. You get the feeling that he will come around, but doesn't until he epilogue. I know the new Navy is overly woke, but great leaders respect and appreciate their subordinates, Decent read. Overall the book is worth reading. I generally enjoy books about the "silent service". It seems technically accurate and detailed. It's well edited. For me there is too much time spent on the relationship between the commander and his XO. The commander is pretty much a micromanaging jerk for the bulk of the book. You get the feeling that he will come around, but doesn't until he epilogue. I know the new Navy is overly woke, but great leaders respect and appreciate their subordinates, in an out of the military.

  3. 4 out of 5

    George Tonzetich

    The submarine technology and action was great! But the plot was thin and the protagonist was an asshole and totally one dimensional. This author may have gotten great naval help from ex-sub skippers but he really ignored giving the protagonist any sort of personality other than angry, old school sub skipper. I would have rated this book much higher had he corrected this one dimensional character! In real life, ship captains can't be so lacking of people skills to make the ranks of a ships' comma The submarine technology and action was great! But the plot was thin and the protagonist was an asshole and totally one dimensional. This author may have gotten great naval help from ex-sub skippers but he really ignored giving the protagonist any sort of personality other than angry, old school sub skipper. I would have rated this book much higher had he corrected this one dimensional character! In real life, ship captains can't be so lacking of people skills to make the ranks of a ships' commander. Just not realistic...

  4. 5 out of 5

    John LeBourgeois

    Relieved for cause I come from an old navy family. Admirals galore. I have had to work with command assholes like the captain of this boat. Did a big stint in organizational leadership. The Martinet in this book would have been relieved. Kick ass is not an effective leadership style. Not a book you can get into or identify with. Would have never been left in command by my grandfather..

  5. 5 out of 5

    Roland Laking

    War story that unfolds makes you aware of the skills they need This war story that unfolds makes you aware of the skills they need to keep going and the characters grow in many ways during the storyline and plot. The submariners world is unlike any battlefield its cold dark world without daylight in a steel ship deep under the oceans being silent and listening for your enemy that can detect you if you make a wrong move

  6. 4 out of 5

    S.David Long

    Below the Sea This is an action packed book about under sea warfare. Not only does it give you a fairly accurate sense of the technical side of submarine warfare, it explores that various relationships that form when men and women are confined in close quarters for extended periods and how that can impact their missions. Another great read in the series and I can't wait for the next in the series, Airborne Assault. Below the Sea This is an action packed book about under sea warfare. Not only does it give you a fairly accurate sense of the technical side of submarine warfare, it explores that various relationships that form when men and women are confined in close quarters for extended periods and how that can impact their missions. Another great read in the series and I can't wait for the next in the series, Airborne Assault.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ajitabh Pandey

    Note - The World War 3 Techno-Thriller Action Event Series by Nick Ryan can be read in any sequence and each book in the series restricts to one battle. The mission given to USS Oklahoma City, a Nuclear Powered Submarine, was to find and sink the Chinese convoy on the way to Pakistan to deliver a shipment of arms. In the process they found something more dangerous for the US forces and the captain of the lone submarine decided to dent a blow on this new convoy.

  8. 5 out of 5

    NOEL MC CARTHY

    A one sided fight This story is a one sided fight where one sides weapons work and the others does not and totally neglects the fact that an asw frigate costs one tent the price of a submarine and can be built by the hundreds . Last I checked China has a lot of brilliant engineers.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Peter Dundee

    Submarine Warfare at its best. The action is fast paced and none stop. Kept me involved from start to finish and I really enjoyed the characters interplay, the angst between the Captain and the XO was so awesome and well written that it made the story so real. Looking for the next one.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Carl Gillespie

    At war with china I wonder if these tales are read in China. Might give them heartburn. Tons of detailed procedures which I found wearing as they accumulate. But otherwise great story.

  11. 5 out of 5

    MR CHRISTOPHER

    Another winner We have a totally different setting for this book, but the same superb action shines through. These are really good reads, short, but so well told that you feel a part of the action.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Ken Griffeth

    Not bad. Not bad at all! It's not often that I read any Navy story (or any war story for that matter) that contains as much combat action as this story does. Well written and entertaining. Not bad. Not bad at all! It's not often that I read any Navy story (or any war story for that matter) that contains as much combat action as this story does. Well written and entertaining.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Tom Watson

    Taught, very entertaining read packed with tension Ryan's series of WW3 are entertaining and filled with page turning action. Search and Destroy focuses on submarine Avion and offers a tense story that flows extremely well and is hard to put down. Highly recommended Taught, very entertaining read packed with tension Ryan's series of WW3 are entertaining and filled with page turning action. Search and Destroy focuses on submarine Avion and offers a tense story that flows extremely well and is hard to put down. Highly recommended

  14. 4 out of 5

    Adolf von Wurttemberg

    Book review of "Search and Destroy" by Nick Ryan: Having read this novel, I have a new appreciation of the complexity of nuclear submarines and submarine tactics in warfare. It is well-written, and I found it difficult to put down. Highly recommended! Book review of "Search and Destroy" by Nick Ryan: Having read this novel, I have a new appreciation of the complexity of nuclear submarines and submarine tactics in warfare. It is well-written, and I found it difficult to put down. Highly recommended!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Carter F.

    Superb undersea warfare novel of courage against overwhelming odds… Mr. Ryan has done a spectacular job of what a future submarine conflict with the Communist Chinese may well involve. Bravo Zulu, Mr. Ryan. You’ve honored our Silent Service, and America…

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan McKay

    Superb Well written, very tense action, I am very enthusiastic about the work of this author. Ready for the next instalment please

  17. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    All I can say is WOW! This was a great military thriller. I was surprised in that it was also a study in leadership - an excellent study in leadership.

  18. 5 out of 5

    alison phillips

    Edge of your seat. Couldn’t put this down I know nothing about submarines but feel like a I have been on one engaged in combat.

  19. 5 out of 5

    TPG

    Exciting Run! Entertaining and suspenseful underwater combat mission. Very realistic circumstances. I felt as though I was there on the boat with the crew.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Bernard J Armer

    Not my mind of book This is the second book of the series and I have found Nick Ryan isn't my mind of author. Very boring Not my mind of book This is the second book of the series and I have found Nick Ryan isn't my mind of author. Very boring

  21. 5 out of 5

    Mike Ibbotson

    Great writer, keeps you going to the end.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Mark Baller

    Yes was the most exciting of all the books This book on submarine warfare is 1 of the best he's written. I highly recommend Reading this 1 it's very exciting. Yes was the most exciting of all the books This book on submarine warfare is 1 of the best he's written. I highly recommend Reading this 1 it's very exciting.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    Non stop action This was one of few books which I didn't want to put down. This was a quick read with plenty of action. Non stop action This was one of few books which I didn't want to put down. This was a quick read with plenty of action.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Steve Collier

    Great Read, Edge of the seat stuff. Enjoyed this book so much, gonna read some more of the author (Nick Ryan).

  25. 5 out of 5

    Charles Dawley

    Riveting! An excellent read! The author did his research and presented a story that was hard to put down. I highly recommend this book!

  26. 4 out of 5

    David Mulkey

    Hold Your Breath Exciting military submarine drama. Exciting through the whole story. Very realistic. Good enough to make you wonder why do we even have tv

  27. 5 out of 5

    Bobby Joe Blankenship

    Better than most Very authentic The dialog was spot on as far as the operation of Los Angeles class fast Fast attack submarine . I was very impressed By the storyline Of placing a submarine under A destroyer And it's baffles And just riding Safely back to the west. I have known commander in the (USMC) who were that arrogant as this sub captain in combat. They usually had high casualties in enemy contact. Senior NCOS Were usually able To show them the areas of their ways. Decob should have had mor Better than most Very authentic The dialog was spot on as far as the operation of Los Angeles class fast Fast attack submarine . I was very impressed By the storyline Of placing a submarine under A destroyer And it's baffles And just riding Safely back to the west. I have known commander in the (USMC) who were that arrogant as this sub captain in combat. They usually had high casualties in enemy contact. Senior NCOS Were usually able To show them the areas of their ways. Decob should have had more Intestinal fortitude And protected he's men.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kevin

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jim Buckley

  30. 4 out of 5

    david bayless

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