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Commander Jonathan Ward and his crew on the old attack sub Spadefish are on one last mission. A US Navy SEAL team is inserted into South America. Their orders are to destroy the secret laboratories of the world’s most notorious drug cartel, and the Spadefish has been sent to provide assistance.But Juan de Santiago, the violent billionaire drug lord, has an entire private a Commander Jonathan Ward and his crew on the old attack sub Spadefish are on one last mission. A US Navy SEAL team is inserted into South America. Their orders are to destroy the secret laboratories of the world’s most notorious drug cartel, and the Spadefish has been sent to provide assistance.But Juan de Santiago, the violent billionaire drug lord, has an entire private army and a futuristic new mini-submarine of his own. He will do anything to protect his empire.And he knows the Americans are coming...


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Commander Jonathan Ward and his crew on the old attack sub Spadefish are on one last mission. A US Navy SEAL team is inserted into South America. Their orders are to destroy the secret laboratories of the world’s most notorious drug cartel, and the Spadefish has been sent to provide assistance.But Juan de Santiago, the violent billionaire drug lord, has an entire private a Commander Jonathan Ward and his crew on the old attack sub Spadefish are on one last mission. A US Navy SEAL team is inserted into South America. Their orders are to destroy the secret laboratories of the world’s most notorious drug cartel, and the Spadefish has been sent to provide assistance.But Juan de Santiago, the violent billionaire drug lord, has an entire private army and a futuristic new mini-submarine of his own. He will do anything to protect his empire.And he knows the Americans are coming...

30 review for Final Bearing

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jim A

    Very well written military thriller. The author went to great pains to develop all of the major players including the bad guys. Doing so made the book very long but very interesting. Because this was originally written back in 2003 and then recently re-released the technology is dated. The author also goes into a lot of effort to share almost everything that can go wrong in an aging nuclear sub. Almost to a distraction. Fans of military action thrillers will enjoy this. Action with subs and thei Very well written military thriller. The author went to great pains to develop all of the major players including the bad guys. Doing so made the book very long but very interesting. Because this was originally written back in 2003 and then recently re-released the technology is dated. The author also goes into a lot of effort to share almost everything that can go wrong in an aging nuclear sub. Almost to a distraction. Fans of military action thrillers will enjoy this. Action with subs and their missiles, action with a SEAL team, DEA and all of the politics that are attached to each entity. A fun read.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Nick

    Overly flag waving military book porn. I love submarines, ships, etc. so the in depth "technical descriptions" and descriptions of maneuvers were most interesting to me and seemed well portrayed. Also, most of the characters showed good potential and had depth to them at the beginning of the story. However, this soon gave way to what seemed to be a slacking, rushed sense of storytelling mixed with over the top, "flags waving in my ears patriotism" that gets in the way of the actual story flow. I Overly flag waving military book porn. I love submarines, ships, etc. so the in depth "technical descriptions" and descriptions of maneuvers were most interesting to me and seemed well portrayed. Also, most of the characters showed good potential and had depth to them at the beginning of the story. However, this soon gave way to what seemed to be a slacking, rushed sense of storytelling mixed with over the top, "flags waving in my ears patriotism" that gets in the way of the actual story flow. If I wanted that kind of experience, I might as well watch an old war propaganda film. There's also a clear sense of naïveté when it comes to the "drug war". It is seen as a one dimensional black and white issue that it clearly is not in real life. Again, it comes back to a feel of a modern day military propaganda story with no hint of realism. It could have been developed into something more realistic and entertaining, but it sadly falls short.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Chaplain Stanley Chapin

    Well worth reading The storyline was interesting, characterization was good, Although it was somewhat confusing as it switched back and forth between a number of locales.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Db69

    I liked this first book so much, I couldn't wait to read the second in the series. A good plot with different angles to follow and keep up with but the authors do a nice job of tying everything together. The characters in this book continue on in the series. A very good read if you like Naval plots. I liked this first book so much, I couldn't wait to read the second in the series. A good plot with different angles to follow and keep up with but the authors do a nice job of tying everything together. The characters in this book continue on in the series. A very good read if you like Naval plots.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Bill Barnes

    Excellent Boat Book I served on the 637 boat namesake of the Sturgeon class boats. Did one sightseeng cruise to the north. We didn't have an excercise machine back in 1968-69. This is only one of two submarine tales that are accurate. The first was Run Silent Run Deep. This could make a great movie if Hollywood directors could listen. Unfortunately they destroyed what is probably a good book , Hunter Killer. This book is well documented, factual and funny in spots. Only thing missing was a trim p Excellent Boat Book I served on the 637 boat namesake of the Sturgeon class boats. Did one sightseeng cruise to the north. We didn't have an excercise machine back in 1968-69. This is only one of two submarine tales that are accurate. The first was Run Silent Run Deep. This could make a great movie if Hollywood directors could listen. Unfortunately they destroyed what is probably a good book , Hunter Killer. This book is well documented, factual and funny in spots. Only thing missing was a trim party. Looking forward to the next book and hope it is as good as this one.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Walt Mccluskey

    Final bearing Excellent story with several aspects playing out in synchonized harmony to the main thread. Much detail without the boring parts so many books have. Obviously well researched.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Burma

    Eh... I wanted to like this, but honestly only was able to read 37% before putting it away. The characters are interesting, and the story was developing nicely, but the book is poorly edited. I had planned to read the entire series, but I read for pleasure, not to be irritated.

  8. 4 out of 5

    John

    Assign an aging nuclear submarine, complete with captain and crew, a DEA agent on a crusade, and a Navy Seal team to a drug interdiction mission. On the other side of the coin is a billionaire drug lord with almost unlimited resources, technology, and the "home field advantage" in the jungles of South America. Add in the usual bungling governmental bureaucracy and a secret information source for each side, and the end result is an interesting story. The chase extends from the cocaine production Assign an aging nuclear submarine, complete with captain and crew, a DEA agent on a crusade, and a Navy Seal team to a drug interdiction mission. On the other side of the coin is a billionaire drug lord with almost unlimited resources, technology, and the "home field advantage" in the jungles of South America. Add in the usual bungling governmental bureaucracy and a secret information source for each side, and the end result is an interesting story. The chase extends from the cocaine production fields in Colombia to the streets of Seattle, with a couple of side ventures out into the trackless Pacific Ocean. Lots of action, and a very high body count.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Dirk

    I discovered this author after I watched the movie “Hunter Killer”. The movie has a great plot. This book has a storyline with enough surprises and realism to keep me interested. The identity of the informant, however, was given away too early. It should have been kept secret till the very end. The plot would have been much stronger if not only the bad guy, but the reader, too, would have been left guessing until the finale. The good guys’ characters are OK, but the bad guy is deranged to the poin I discovered this author after I watched the movie “Hunter Killer”. The movie has a great plot. This book has a storyline with enough surprises and realism to keep me interested. The identity of the informant, however, was given away too early. It should have been kept secret till the very end. The plot would have been much stronger if not only the bad guy, but the reader, too, would have been left guessing until the finale. The good guys’ characters are OK, but the bad guy is deranged to the point of being almost unbelievable. But I guess such revolutionaries do exist. And of course the bad guy is going down.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Robert Gurin

    This book, though a pretty good read, differed from your typical submarine adventure story. The plot line centers on the use of a submarine and Seal unit seconded to a US anti-drug agency. I found it somewhat interesting although the pace of the book seemed to lag a bit in a few places. The author made a pretty good attempt to develop some of the main characters but I still found them to be a bit two-dimensional and a bit stereo-typed. In summary, it was a nice, easy read and reasonably entertaini This book, though a pretty good read, differed from your typical submarine adventure story. The plot line centers on the use of a submarine and Seal unit seconded to a US anti-drug agency. I found it somewhat interesting although the pace of the book seemed to lag a bit in a few places. The author made a pretty good attempt to develop some of the main characters but I still found them to be a bit two-dimensional and a bit stereo-typed. In summary, it was a nice, easy read and reasonably entertaining.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Wendy

    Three intertwined stories of forces fighting drug smuggling - Police working with DEA against a spate of ODs from a newer and more addictive form of drug, Navy Seals on a related mission, and lastly submariners on their related mission tracking a suspected smuggling ship and minisub. Fast paced story with a lot of moving parts. This is the first in a series, but they don't have to be read in order. I read Hunter Killer when the movie came out and moved on to this one. I will read more in this se Three intertwined stories of forces fighting drug smuggling - Police working with DEA against a spate of ODs from a newer and more addictive form of drug, Navy Seals on a related mission, and lastly submariners on their related mission tracking a suspected smuggling ship and minisub. Fast paced story with a lot of moving parts. This is the first in a series, but they don't have to be read in order. I read Hunter Killer when the movie came out and moved on to this one. I will read more in this series.

  12. 4 out of 5

    David C.

    637 Class boats rule Great tale of drug trafficking and the effort to stop it. As a former submariner to a sister boat of USS Spadefish, the sub descriptions and crew actions were spot on. There are a lot of subtle things that may go unnoticed to someone that had not served on this class, so Bravo Zulu to the authors. The overall storyline kept me interested and I found it easy to follow. I will look forward to the second book in the series.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Tom Boyer

    For once, a book that did not have some heroic white guy shooting up all the Muslim or Black criminals and sexing all the blond dames. Granted there was a submarine with Tomahawk missiles and torpedos and a SEAL team that blew up everything after hiking through the jungle for days, but that's different. I did appreciate the very real descriptions of the Puget Sound area and San Diego and of submarine life (I'm ex-sub sailor). For once, a book that did not have some heroic white guy shooting up all the Muslim or Black criminals and sexing all the blond dames. Granted there was a submarine with Tomahawk missiles and torpedos and a SEAL team that blew up everything after hiking through the jungle for days, but that's different. I did appreciate the very real descriptions of the Puget Sound area and San Diego and of submarine life (I'm ex-sub sailor).

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ev

    Final Bearing Well written and very well laid out! A number of stories in one that leave the mind free to wander to different places and yet keep you on track. The good guys don’t walk through the story without getting a bloody nose and finding out who the spies are is a bit of a surprise. Looking forward to reading your next story!

  15. 5 out of 5

    william c. dunlop

    Fast paced submarine novel Having spent 30 years in the Army I knew little about submarines and sub warfare. This book was as exciting as they get. Fast paced,entertaining and factual. You felt as if you were along side side he crew members and on patrol with the SEALS. Cannot recommend enough.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Steve

    Mostly, But Not 100% Believable ... This was an OK tale ... though, it seems to stretch the credibility factor in some areas, particularly the infinite capabilities of the main bad guy. I suspect the submarine activities and capabilities are the most accurate parts of the book, but even some of THAT stretches the reader’s credibility.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Edwin Bessant

    Difficult to get into. Good storyline. Interesting subject. I just could not get into the book. The story just did not grab me so that I really needed to read the book. Like I say a very good subject but not that interesting for me. I am sure there are Plenty of readers who will disagree with what i,he said. Good for them.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Brendon O'Shea

    Excellent read. Very detailed great writing made it easy to immerse myself and picture everything, which was particularly useful having no naval background. This could have almost been two books given the length and plot points, not that I minded it being rolled into one. Can’t wait to read the second in the series.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Horace Clinard

    Pleasant and comfortable to read. As in most every book, there were a small number of improbable portions, but they weren't a big deterrent to enjoying this book. The closing portions were the more improbable parts, though they weren't offensive. The ending came rather quickly, even if it was entirely predictable. Pleasant and comfortable to read. As in most every book, there were a small number of improbable portions, but they weren't a big deterrent to enjoying this book. The closing portions were the more improbable parts, though they weren't offensive. The ending came rather quickly, even if it was entirely predictable.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Greer Andjanetta

    An excellent thriller involving a Columbian drug maker/smuggler and an about-to-be retired submarine and her crew. DEA agents and a new anti-drug agency all combine to make a very readable and enjoyable action story.

  21. 5 out of 5

    John Wood

    Pretty good story. Pretty good story overall. I think it was bit elongated though. Also I don't think a single Petty Officer was mentioned in this story, which is kind of odd, seeing how there were Navy and Coast Guard people deeply ingrained in this story. Pretty good story. Pretty good story overall. I think it was bit elongated though. Also I don't think a single Petty Officer was mentioned in this story, which is kind of odd, seeing how there were Navy and Coast Guard people deeply ingrained in this story.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Thomas R. Winscher

    Great Read An excellent read with lots of excitement and details that keep the mind engaged. The writing was great and the story comes together beautifully. Well worth the time. Enjoyable, fun, interesting...

  23. 5 out of 5

    Tom Watson

    Great story where the good guys win. Enjoyable read. Very fast read, hard to put down. Story lines were well integrated and interesting with characters that were identifiable as people that you rooted for or loathed. Very much recommend

  24. 4 out of 5

    Preston Dannelley

    Excellent story! A great story about our submarine service and their diligence in keeping us safe. Also educational about Navy technology and terminology. Thanks to all of our naval heroes! I think most anyone would enjoy reading this book.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Donald T Taylor

    Could have been ... ... taken from today's headlines. Great storyline, believable characters, and enough "combat" action to keep you turning the pages. Looking forward to #2 in the series. Could have been ... ... taken from today's headlines. Great storyline, believable characters, and enough "combat" action to keep you turning the pages. Looking forward to #2 in the series.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Dan A. Foster

    Final Too bad some take liberty with sacred things and make them profane. It doesn't matter whether Islam, Christian, or any other religious diety. Not my kind of language or writing. Final Too bad some take liberty with sacred things and make them profane. It doesn't matter whether Islam, Christian, or any other religious diety. Not my kind of language or writing.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    Excellent Thriller An excellent book that deserves 6 stars. The story line was divided into several p!ots which flowed together as the story developed. A long book that was difficult to put down. I would look forward eagerly to book 2 but the price is a bit excessive.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Steve Loose

    Fascinating, exciting and informative I enjoyed the details of the intricate operations inside a sub. Also the story and the ultimate outcome was "fictionally" satisfying. Too bad our military does not in reality take out drug lords and their assets! Fascinating, exciting and informative I enjoyed the details of the intricate operations inside a sub. Also the story and the ultimate outcome was "fictionally" satisfying. Too bad our military does not in reality take out drug lords and their assets!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Colette McGran

    I just found a new author I really enjoyed this book from start to finish looking forward to reading the next one

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jules J Rothus

    Great book of submarine tactics and navy operations Really action packed

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