The following blog has spoilers, for the Tom Clancy book The Hunt For Red October this your one and only warning.
Somewhere under the Atlantic, a Soviet sub commander has just made a fateful decision. The Red October is heading west.
The Americans want her.
The Russians want her back
And the most incersdible chase in history is on…
Recap Frist Day- Captain First Rank Marko Ramius has taken control the Soviet Submarine Red October as it begins sea trials, as they a pulled out to sea Ramius reflexs on his life and is not to happy about it, when they reach open water and inside the safety of his quarters he and his political officer Ivan Yurievich Putin open the orders for the sea trials. Ramius then kills Putin making it look like a accident and now has full control of the nuclear weapons aboard the vessel.
THE SECOND DAY SATURDAY, 4 DECEMBER – pages 17 – 26
The Red October – One day has past since Ramius has killed Putin, Ramuis has let the crew settle into the ship’s routine and so now its time to disclose their orders he enters the contorl room and talking up the microphone in one hand and set file cards in the other beings
He starts be telling them about the tragic accident that killed their beloved friend and comrade Putin and how the orders do not permit them to tell fleet headquarters, but they are to dedicate their efforts and work to his memory.
The orders are to make the ultimate test of the new silent propulsion system, they are to head west though the imperialist sonar nets, skirking around the American coast evade dection from not only them but there own fleet, and then the pormised land of white sand beaches and dusky girls and socialist brothers that is Cuba for one whole week.
Inside the aft galley a petty officer heards Ramius talking and knows that wasn’t what their orders werw supposed to be, had there been a change in plans.
Back in the control room Ramius stops talking and orders the swiching on of the new drive which has been called ‘the caterpiller’ by a young engineer who had been involved in the development. Everything is set and functioning well so they head bearing two-six-zero.
The USS Bremerton – Thirty miles to the northeast, USS Bremerton hears the screws of the Soviet sub Red Octoder shutting down two weeks early at fourteen knots but soon lose contact and think she will do a long slow drift they move closer.
Severomorsk, USSR – In the Cental Post Office a mail sorter pulls out an offical-looking envelop addressed to the Main Political Administration of Navy, What did the letter say ? He plays out ideas in he’s head but at sixty-two he know that it will just be is some pampered prima donna submariners writing home. The letter falls to the floor tomorrow it will someone else job to pick it up.
Morrow England – Jack Ryan sits at his computer working on the authorized biography of Fleet Admiral William Halsey a task he’s had for the last three years, when his daugter come to ask if Santa will know where they are this year. And yes he will. So Sally goes off the play happy Jack however save the work he’s been doing and prints out the christmas list so as not to forget something. When he’s back in Washington next week (There is a little bit here I am leaving out as its to do with spanking a child)
The V.K. Konovalov – In grid square 54-90 waits the VK Konovalov, Captain Second Rank Viktor Alexievich Tupolev paces the periscope pedestal, waiting for his old mentor and the start of the October Frost exercise. Hoping to beat the old man by mimicing the American tactic of drifing. No-one as yet to embarrass the schoolmaster Tupolev wants to be the frist.
What I Think – The deeper we get into the book more smaller the world gets Mr Clancy makes you feel the cold, the mind set of the good and the bad party members. As they come to terms with life on the subs plus there everyday lives at the post office.
And the Americans as they watch and wait.
Then there is Jack Ryan who for three years has been writting a book, and is stop by his little to ask about Santa, which has happend more that once.
So what will happen next, How will Jack Ryan play role in want Ramius has planned, what is the letter at the post office. And will Tupolev become the new schoolmaster. Only time will tell
As always thanks for reading and see you next week when we cover All The Right Words – The Hunt For Red October day three