In his electrifying first novel Joe Buff instantly established himself as the ultimate chronicler of 21st-century warfare by taking military fiction and submarine combat to a new level of authenticity, vision, and power.
Thunder in the Deep picks up where Deep Sound Channel left off, bringing to life a frightening seascape where technology pushes warriors to new extremes, and warriors push technology to the max. This time the difference between victory and defeat hinges on the two most advanced nuclear attack submarines in the world.
The "Challenger" is the weapon of the future, a ceramic-hulled nuclear attack submarine whose electronic eyes and ears are the most advanced ever created. It is commanded by acting captain Jeffrey Fuller, a former SEAL turned submariner whose aggressiveness has made him a rising star -- and sometimes scares the hell out of his crew. Fuller's mission is to rescue the Virginia-class fast attack sub "Texas, " now lying on the bottom of the Atlantic just off the Azores.
But the enemy -- a newly resurrected and fanatically militaristic Germany -- knows where the "Texas" is, too, and knows the "Challenger" is coming. It is "Challenger" the Germans want, dispatching their own high-tech supersub, the "Deutschland, " to destroy her.
In this war your enemy is a blip on a console hardwired into an integrated nuclear weapons system. Ships are vaporized off the surface of the sea, nuclear shock waves unleash deadly tsunami waves, and smart submarines do battle with smart aircraft sent to hunt them down.
For Jeffrey Fuller and the "Challenger, " for the men on board the "Deutschland, " the race beneath the ocean's surface across a horrific underwater war zone will demand every bit of courage and skill they can muster just to survive.
Before it's over, the "Challenger"'s mission is radically redefined: Fuller, his SEALs, and freedom fighter Ilse Reebeck are sent into Germany itself -- to plant a nuke right in the gut of the enemy's power structure.
Thunder in the Deep plunges the reader into the middle of some of the fiercest and most thrilling depictions of underwater warfare ever written. It is an electrifying novel of military strategy and action, a powerful tale of technology and humanity that will have you breathlessly turning pages until the explosive climax.
"[A] breathlessly paced thriller ... provides satisfying action for battle lovers. Buff's admiration for submarines and their crews comes across from the start. His meticulous attention to the details of life aboard the Challenger and the obstacles it faces help heighten the drama."
-- Publishers Weekly
"Once again the author out-Clancys Tom Clancy's lust for detail ... the action lives up to the jargon.... Buff gives us terrific battle maneuvers.... Talk about fun."
-- Kirkus Reviews
Praise for Joe Buff and Deep Sound Channel
"Nonstop and exhilarating ... chilling and fascinating. Joe Buff takes the reader on a frightening ride in harm's way. A damn good story."
-- Eric L. Harry, author of Invasion and Arc Light
"Exciting battle scenes, fascinating naval maneuvers ... suspenseful submarine action ... [with] a satisfying, cliff-hanging ending."
-- Publishers Weekly
"Deep Sound Channel is a hell of a read."
-- David Hagberg, author of Assassin and Without Honor
"A page-turner that will keep technothriller fans at sea most of the night ... Buff's fast-paced prose gets the job done."
"Puts the reader in the hull of a deep-diving combat Virginia-class submarine on a mission to hell itself.... A superb high-water mark in naval fiction."
-- Michael DiMercurio, author of Threat Vector and Piranha Firing Point
"A great premise ... Buff knows weapons and warfare."
-- Library Journal
"An action-packed thriller that is all too real. Lots of action, lots of grit."
-- Dick Couch, Capt., U.S. Navy (Ret.), author of Rising Wind
"Notable ... formidable ... mounds of high-tech detail."
-- Kirkus Reviews
"A sobering look into the possible future of undersea warfare -- the one environment where nuclear weapons can, and probably will, be used."
-- P. T. Deutermann, Capt., U.S. Navy (Ret.), author of Train Man and Scorpion in the Sea
"Deep Sound Channel demonstrates Joe Buff's intimate knowledge of undersea warfare.... Nonstop action!"
-- Barrett Tillman, author of The Sixth Battle and Warriors
From the Hardcover edition.