Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Subs in Fiction

[Crossposted from Unconsidered Trifles] You may recall I'm reading Ted Bell's terrific page-turner, Pirate. Well, I've now finished it.

No spoilers here, but I want to let my fellow sub bloggers know that two subs are mentioned in the novel. The USS Jimmy Carter (SSN 23) is mentioned in passing--and the news is not good. (Come to think of it, it's a bit of a loose thread that the novel leaves unresolved.)

The Seawolf (SSN 21) plays a crucial role in the novel, though there were a few problems with this. First, for reasons I cannot explain, the boat supposedly makes a high-speed transit on the surface. Second, and more disturbingly, the part that it plays gets, I believe, bested by a couple of lousy F/A-18 Hornets. You read the book yourself and decide if I'm overly sensitive to the reputation of submarines in works of fiction. LOL.

When you add it all up, my hunch is that Ted Bell is more of an aviator nerd than a sub nerd, and that I'm gonna have to set him straight if I ever get the chance to meet him!! LOL.

Regardless, be sure to ask Santa for a copy of Ted Bell's Pirate!

(note: any opinions expressed in this posting are solely my own and may not reflect the opinions of other sub bloggers on this site. lol)


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