All The Right Words – The Hunt For Red October By Tom Clancy – Book – The Eighteenth Day. (Last Book Chapter)

The blog 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 the Seventeeth day -The Americans fooled the Russians into thinking that Red October is at the bottom sea, Most of her crew I now safely on their way home back to Russia itself, So the Russian Navy is also given the order to return home all apart from one ship who slips through the Americans sonar system and begins to search.
The small convoy made up of the Red October the Dallas and the small submersible vehicle and making their way to the Norfolk Naval Dock each leapfrogging the other at a 10 mile radius when the Russian submarine comes in contact with them the Americans could not fire on the Russians and the Russians cannot fire on the Americans. But the Russians release a missile and target the Red October and with the help of the deep sea submersible vehicle they are able to avoid being killed the Russian ship them rams day October and ends up sinking to the bottom with all hands lost. The convoy 10 group together and then head to Norfolk.

THE EIGHTEENTH DAY MONDAY 20 DECEMBER – pages 461 to 469

The Red October.
Mancuso Ryan and Ramius all stand on the outside of the red October’s control tower she has been made ship-shape enough to carry on on her own steam, with the Dallas and Pogy submerge somewhere after adding for additional interference so they cannot be picked up on any sonra or radio. They talk about what it means to be truly free and ramius is surprised that they might run into a member of the public as they enter the Norfolk Channel. Ramius asks the men about their families and if they have wives to which Mancuso replies he will miss another Christmas as their ship will be sent out again. Ryan tells her that he’s on family as well and says that when everything is straightened out you would like to get everybody together for a meal and have the CIA paid for it.

Norfolk Virginia
20 minutes later they are at their destination huge concrete box over 800 feet long larger than it had to be covered with a steel roof over satellite could not see what was inside.
With help the red october is locked into place and ramius gives the order to the remaining crew to come top side of the boat is then asked by Dan Foster chief naval operations Norfolk for permission to come aboard.
Ryan is then takeaway in gray chevy and then fly by helicopter back to the CIA headquarters by this time he is too tired to argue and think much of the pain of the journey

CIA HEADQUARTERS
Back where it all began Ryan is debrief and he is very upset that they couldn’t rescue the other members at the Russian submarine that run into the red october but as one of the Admirals points out there at war and if they were to rescue the crew members what would they have worked for in the end. All Ryan really wants to do is go home but he’s pleased to find out the British office it will be ok

Norfolk Naval Shipyard
The crewmen of the Dallas are back to their boat and ordered to stay out for 30 Day more during which time the crew will be encouraged to forget everything they have seen heard or wondered about.
The red october sits alone in the dried up as the water slowly drains away from her already a select group of engineers and technicians for beginning her inspection.
As for Ramius and his officers their person gear was taking off and they were taken by bus to the same airfield wine use an hour later they were in a CIA safe house in the Rolling Hills of charlottesville Virginia.

Dulles International Airport
Ryan missed the sunrise be bordered the TWA 747 that left us on time 7:05 in the morning sky overcast and Ryan did something he never done before for the first time in his life Jack Ryan fell asleep on an airplane.

What I think – well that’s the end of it the end of The Hunt for Red October book and like I said in the previous blog post the book and it ended in the last chapter with them heading literally into the sunset for Norfolk this chapter seems to be just tying up all the loose Ends, Well some of the Loose Ends anyway the Russian spy for 1 I don’t think really had a proper ending and the interesting part I think would be to see what captain ramius would be like after a year in the Americas. All in all it’s very enjoyable but if you’d like to find point and the little details that Mr Tom Clancy seems to enjoy putting into his books that go back stories of many of the characters and the history of pieces of equipment that are used.
Next week we shall begin the film version of the book how much will translate from page to screen is yet to be seen and I have a feeling that some of the chapters within the DVD setup will be smaller than the pages of the book I will have to work out where exactly to compare it to and not end up boring both myself and you the reader.

So as always if you have been thank you for reading and I hope you can join me next week as we restart telling the tale for the the hunt for Red October.

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Narrowboat Ezri – The 100 Miles Adventure – Half a Dozen Down

This week we forge further ahead on the Trent and Mersey, At the junction we be turning left (right would take us to the Harecastle tunnel) this was easy said then done. Before we set off there were two boats tied together with one tied up and the lock landing, which as the locks are double, it didn’t present a problem I could just move to the right hand side of the canal on go down the free one. But by the time we got there and I’ve made my wide sweep to the right the boats had disappeared and I was too far wide to come in elegantly so I hit not only the bank in front of me but when I done reversing tapped the front of Ezri on the now free lock landing, So not the best of starts.

I’m not sure how many locks there are in total on the complete length of the Trent and Mersey as I only intend to do as many as it will take to get to the Anderton Boat Lift around I think twenty five. So in this journey we that is my Dad and myself will do the first six we will come across. The way the locks work on the Trent and Mersey are exactly same really is all locks you add a fill it up or empty it float in and fill it up or empty it again, The only difference is a double Chambers that’s two locks next each other one can be used for going down a one can be used for going up at the same time.

We did the first one with no issues and no problem we’ll stay down the left hand side from the mooring landing, that working a lot with the big handle windlass and me steering Ezri. But I did forget to do was to take the camera off my pocket and film because I wanted to show the fact that you travel underneath the the Trent and Mersey section which links with the Macclesfield it was only halfway through the trip when I remembered I had the phone.

There is quite a lot of room between 2nd and 3rd locked and there were a few boats made up mostly mostly holiday boats but there is enough room so that the lock emptying and filling doesn’t ground you so on the way back I might stop here. At the second was about coming the other way so they were going off as we were coming down and they were extremely helpful as the young lad on the boat open the gates so I could just sail to the lock on the left, they also pointed out further on the water would get a bit shallow as we were only going to do the first six it didn’t and hasn’t become a problem yet.

With our system in full swing with Dad setting the locks and walking a few yards ahead, I was able eventually to get the phone at my pocket and start taking pictures I even managed to take a video at some point exactly what lap and not sure because the numbers like I said don’t really correlate they not in 123 order. The Trent and Mersey actually passes the main offices well the regional offices, for the canal and River Trust so there are places where you can more up and take on water there is also a little Museum/shop thing but we didn’t have time to go and look inside maybe on the way back or in a few days I will have a look myself are there are two water points as well so that’s quite useful.

As we travelled along I think it was the fourth lock there was a volunteer who helped us though which nice and said we were about the 14th boat he’d helped. There were a few more boats than that after us so on behalf or all us thank you.

We went along to the next lock and with the system going we finished it in next to no time the rest of the journey was just a case of finding a place to Moor. Near a set of rings Ezri’s centre line being used as the Middle Rope to moor on the ring and the back and front mooring chains.

As always we left plenty of room between myself and the boat in front but half an hour after we stopped the people in front of our but decided they didn’t want to stick around so Ezri Dad and Me had a nice diner of steak pasties, pie and coffee.

So as always thank you for reading and see yo next week for the blog post

Total Miles covered so far (Start point Bugsworth) =  40 miles  7 furlongs

Miles covered this trip =  2 miles  4 1/4 furlongs.

Places been/Stopped- Bugsworth, Strines Road Narrows, Carr Swing Bridge, Bancroft Bridge No 8, Higher Poynton Winding Hole, Braddocks Bridge No. 19, Lane Head Winding Hole, Clark’ Change Bridge, Leadbeater’s Bridge No 40, Royal Oak Swing Bridge No. 49, Locketts Bridge No. 53. River Dane Aqueduct (12 locks) Congleton Bridge No 61, Buglauton Cattle Aqueduct, Biddulph Valley Aqueduct, Kent Green Pipe Bridge Knowsley Lane Bridge No 95. Coopers Bridge No. 135.

Bookends – Bookreview- 11.22.63 by Stephen King – Part Three – Living In Past – Chapter Thirteen

The following blog has Spoilers for the Stephen King  book 11.22.63 this your one and only warning.

STEPHEN KING -11.22.63

The day that changed the world. 

What if you could change it back ?
On November 22, 1963, Three shots rang out in Dallas,
President Kennedy died,and the world changed.
If you had the chance to change history, would you?

Would the consequesnces be worth it?

The Book So Far-  Jake how makes him away across the U.S. first To New Orleans and keeps tabs on Lee Harvey Oswald and his family, Coming across the 1950s and 60s racism, He makes his way eventually to Dallas and in the summer of 1960 tries to get himself a place to live to, but there is something about Dallas he does not like and when he he Witnesses a shooting he makes his mind up And moves on ending up in a small town taking a teaching job.

And now continuation.

  1. It now May 18 1961, Jake is working on his book when Michael Coslaw comes to see him
  2. The darma department at the school is now being run by Jake  thanks to Mimi Corcoran 
  3. Jake talks Micheal into staying on As part of the play Of Mice and Men playing Lenny
  4. The play is an amazing Triumph
  5. Jake Has given mini his manuscript which she reads she then cuts out if anybody publishers it he will never be able to teach again.She then offers him a job as a permanent teacher at school and Quick mental set of notes he has Jake decide to take the job and become a permanent member of staff, and sets him up with a friend of hers
  6. Mimi gets married and Jake/George meets Sadie Clayton
  7. In August the same Mimi died Jake is given the task of Putting together a memorial
  8. Sadie help him put together the memorial and they become friends
  9. Together they go to a football match and during the match the cheerleaders end up shouting the same thing the yellow card man had shouted when Jake had bumped into him the first time.

What I think – So Jake really has got himself into this world has become a working member of society but almost reluctantly first because he can’t find a house in the centre of Dallas so he comes to a place called Jodie. Then he finds a part-time teaching job I was coerced into becoming a full-time member of the teaching staff, by a charismatic older lady who actually runs the school and now he even has his own set of Friends who don’t want anything more than just to be in his company. 

Simply put the book has become two stories and man knowing the future but with only parts come back to him. Trying to write a book reflecting on what he has already done and seen.

I have no idea yet what the eventual outcome will be but I do have a feeling that the yellow card man is a will become Jake at some point in the story which is a bit of a shame in a bit of a cop-out.

How is interactions with the people at the school will affect his eventual saving of John F Kennedy and The Killing of Lee Harvey Oswald will play out I have no idea but I look forward to finding out.

So if you have been thank you for reading and I hope you can join me next week for the next chapter as we go deeper into the book.

All The Right Words – The Hunt For Red October By Tom Clancy – Book – The Seventeenth Day.

The blog 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 the Sixteenth day – All the crew of the red october apart from its offices and now a board to us ships that take them to the docks in DC they are then taken on a tour through DC and then eventually onto a commercial plane back to Russia all the time under the watchful eyes of the Russian political offices they are shocked to discover the freedom and the availability of food that they were told westerners do not have .
As for the officers on the red october the ones who have been shot a recovering nicely and they have a philosophical conversation with Jack Ryan and the skeleton crew of the dalles who are abroad to help them pilot the ship to safe Harbour.
The American President and the Russian ambassador have a quiet heated conversation on how the crew are being treated and if any are to be left behind the Russian ambassador accuses the Americans of torture and brainwashing.

THE SEVENTEENTH DAY SUNDAY 19 DECEMBER pages 413 – 460

The Red October
Eight hours and they will be in Norfolk, the American crew working the controls as together with the remaining Russians they follow the Dallas, the Pogy trailing. The caterpillar drives have been switched off. Ramius is still a little up set about being found so early. He is also trying to get grips with the ethnic diverse crew and the fact that the Americans have volunteers rather than conscription in the army. Ryan is still texts get to grips with the steering on October.

The V.K.Konovalov
Unlike the rest of the fleet, Tupolev was to move west getting lost in The Shuffle and observe and hopefully find the Wreck of the Red October for themselves.

The Pentagon
Admiral Forest if they had more cover general Harris explains they can’t be too obvious the Russians would be watching all the way home and the HMS invisible is now out of the operation and halfway home itself.

The New Jersey
Commander Eaton a flag officer of the New Jersey is happy it’s all over and nothing happened and he’s looking forward to his crew being home for Christmas.

The Red October
The pogy it was now 10 miles ahead of the October and the Dallas the idea was that after she had gone ahead and listen for 10 minutes a single ping from her active sonar would signal that the 10 miles to the pogy and the 20 or so miles beyond that were clear the pogy it would drift slowly to confirm this and the mile to the red october East and the Dallas West was full speed ahead to leapfrog 10 miles beyond each other.
Jones have been working with the other Russian officer and they talk a lot mostly about what Jones was doing before he joined the navy the fact that he studied electrical engineering with a strong minor in cybernetics and the fact that he really enjoys being a sonar chief.
And then Jonesy let him know all about buying a computer and little about the company and how it works on the submarine.

The V.K. Konovalov
The orders were passed by word of mouth the Konovalov was now on silent running, until further notice the crew were on a strict diet of cheese sandwiches as cooking meant moving metal parts on metal grates, anyone who made a sound would attract attention of the captain and everybody knew what that meant.

SOSUS Control
They have been told about the USS Georgia a clip of missile boat with a partially damaged turbine being escorted by two pairs of attack but their job is to make sure she is not followed back in to Norfolk by any trailing Russian submarines.

The Red October
While Shepherds watched again it should be nearly five hours are long time to sit in one to the 8th power estimate have been very optimistic or his misunderstood them everybody on the boat except the Cook was looking tired.

The Dallas/The Pogy
The best parts to the pub at 32 knots leapfrogging again lieutenant Commander willy Chambers did not like being blind, Polegate noted her passage and turned to allow the lateral array to track the Red October knots Pogy sonar chief now she said to his companion the Dallas doesn’t make that much at thirty

The V.K Konovalov
To the south of submarine Bay here and nights of Captain Tupolev orders the reactor to be switched the further reducing noise and they able to work out that it is a Los Angeles class submarine doing 35 knots

The Dallas
They signal the pogy and then the pogy signs the red october telling them it is cleared for another 10 miles the pogy moves followed by the US navy’s newest boat

The V.K. Konovalov
Tow more submarines one singles group the other twin screw whatever was coming seems to be coming right father well he keeps the imperialists something after all

The Red October
Mancuso takes over Ryan position at the wheel there another 4 hours tops to arrive at Norfolk the idea is to arrived after dark.

The Pogy/The Red October
The pogy storm passed the Dallas at 30 knots and continued of 20 minutes stopping 11 miles beyond her, miles 3 from the Konovalov

The V. K. Konovalov
They identify the ship but don’t know whether it’s an Ohio with one propeller or two so they make course to intercept it.

The Pogy
The Pogy hears the submarine for the first time and can’t identified but knows it’s coming in red hot.

The Red October
Jones hears two pings

The Dallas
The Dallas hears the danger signal and calls an all stop.

The Red October
Mancuso thinks should stop, but Ramius disagrees, as the danger signal was not repeated.

The Pogy
They kill power on the pogy and begin to search for the submarine.

The Dallas
On the Dallas they noticed a pogy is not pinging something and that is another submarine out there but were.

The Pogy
The boomer is now between the target and the pogy. So they signal again danger danger

The Red October
Finally the red October’s switches off all power and Jonesy begins to sweep and check find out what exactly is out there

The Dallas
They’re trying to locate the submarine using one ping but it is not enough for firing solution.

The V K Konovalov
Tupolev winced he had acted to soon, he should have waited until they were past, but then if he had waited that long he would have had to move and now he had all three of them hovering nearby or most still.

The Red October
Ryan makes back into the control room and asks what the problem there is a hostile submarine out there and there is a contact to the north west range unknown probably not very far we know for sure it’s not one of us Norfolk says this area is clear which leaves one possibility that they drift.

The Dallas
The Dallas move back South, problem was neither but had authority to shoot both attack submarines operating the normal Rules of Engagement, Arcade Fire only in self-defence and only to defend the red october. the question was whether the alpha you what the red october was.

The V K Konovalov
They move towards the Alfa

The Pogy
Amanda Woods debated whether or not to get another bearing with active song decided against it if used at keeps on his position would be likely of that a policeman looking for a burglar in the dark.

The Red October
The red october was moving north east at 6 knots, The Konovalov was coming south east at 3 The Pogy was heading south ease the Dallas South at 15. All boats submarines right now within a 6 mile diameter circle all converging at the same point.

The V K Konovalov
For whatever reason the Americans had chosen to play the Conservatives game that he had not expected the smart thing he thought would have been bought one of the attack boat to have chosen to close in and harass them.
The sonar man notices an odd sound in his set it lasts only a few seconds and then it’s gone some far of seismic rumble.

The Red October
Jonesy doesn’t like the passive Russian sonar as it’s not up to the same drill so he’s basically not blind but almost just as bad.

The V K Konovalov
The have contact Captain Tupolev can’t believe it the sound it the Red October, but his zampolit wants to contact Moscow but by the time they have contacted Moscow Red October would have gone there is no other thing for the captain and the politics officer to make notes in the logs and the captain to take responsibility if anything goes wrong they have to destroy the Red October.

The Red October
They are being ping port side mid shift maybe a little forward not one of those.

The Pogy
They hear the ping and moved to one third towards the sound

The V K Konovalov
Moving closer to a range of 7000 yards they have a firing solution the chief fire control supervisor quickly entered the data into the computer and it with a simple matter of geometry the outer torpedo doors are open and the tubes are flooded.

The Pogy
Hear the torpedo doors open

The V K Konovalov
fire two torpedoes

The Red October
Jones hears the two torpedoes and orders left full rudder down.

The Pogy
The pogy hear the torpedo targeting the boomer

The Dallas
The Dallas hear them too,

The Red October
Jones gives Ryan a course to move out of the way

The Pogy
The exec asks can the shoot at the alfa the captain says no

The V K Konovalov
The two mark C torpedoes were charging at 41 yards at slow speed of this range so they could easily be guided by the sonar system they projected 6 minutes with one minute already completed.

The Red October
Ramius is using a tactic that Mancuso doesn’t like turning into the fish,to minimize the target profile and if the October were to dive all the better

The V K Konovalov
Tupolev knows the moves Ramius moves and now tires the reach the bottom first

The Red October
As they head down Ramius gives the order the send out decoys which will jam the torpedoes.

The V K Konovalov
The jamming works and Tupolev tells them to be careful.

The Red October
Jones counts the torpedoes movements number one is two thousand yard number two is 2300 yards.

The Pogy
The pogy sends out a timed wave in the hope it interfere with the Konovalov soanr

The Red October
The first torpedo has missed them and under them but number two is still locked on

The V K Konovalov
The 500 pound warhead struck the target a glancing blow off of midships just forward of the control room it exploded in millisecond later.

The Red October
The Force of the explosion had torn a hole 12 feet across and shredded the interior ballast tanks baffles and ruptured a half a dozen air flasks not already much of the forcecd had but already much of the force had dissipated the final damage was done to 30 of the large nickel cadmium battery cells Soviet engineers had place that deliberately. After being knocked out of his chair Ryan with the impact he was back on his feet trying to determine if his instruments still worked.
Ramius give the orders for the submarine to go even further down.

The V K Konovalov
The explosion had greatly disturbed the water there were rumblings and echoes of the initial impact we’ve been through the scenes of creating an impossible situation for the sauna mad to hear correctly.

The Dallas
On the Dallas they’re having the same problem captain decides to go down and try and find the alpha in the hopes that you will be alive.

The Red October
The red october moves quicker than expected down to the surface but the radio room is full of water and a pubs are automatically kicking in. Mancuso thought to himself they might just survive after all in that case he have to give his boat plans a closer look

The Dallas
The sonar gets the sound of water pumps so they plot the boomers course

The V K Konovalov
Moves closer towards the sounds Tupolev has no idea if the red October is down

The Pogy
The pogy is within 2000 yards of the Konovalov.

The Red October
Jones is given permission to communicate with the Dallas.

The Dallas
After talking to John’s at the Dallas deploys counter measures try and divert the Russian submarine.

The Red October
The red october proceeds now on a north Easterly course

The V K Konovalov
The captain of the Russian submarine is not convinced of the American Digger for Currys on following the red october he knows the Americans will not shoot him without asking permission first.

The Red October
But then Ramius is realises he must go back and help the Dallas because they cannot shoot, Mancuso doesn’t like this but he knows it’s the best and cleverest way to escape.

The Dallas
The Dallas know they have not been heard by anybody, so they move in to help.

The Pogy
It’s commader does not have a clue what to do nex.

The V K Konovalov
On their sonar they pick up movement in the water and the captain wants to know where there is the Red October but the sonar man does not think it could be.

The Dallas
The Dallas moves into position using it under ice sonar they don’t believe the Russians know about

The V K Konovalov
A high frequency sound hits the Russian ship and they now know it could be the Red October

The Red October
They move the Red October into rent and are given a firing solution

The V K Konovalov
On the Soviet submarine they work out the that submarine in front of them is not the Red October in is in fact the Dallas so they then turn a submarine around to face the Red October.

The Red October
The crew on the red october still do not know that they are in danger so they wait to see how the full turn is completed.

The V K Konovalov
The very second the Russians have completed their term the catching orders them to fire.

The Red October
The red october closes the gap and the torpedo hits the side of the hull with a soft bang

The V K Konovalov
The reason the torpedoes of did not go off is because of the safety locks that the captain had left on he set the firing solution to fast and not remembered and the red october to close the gap. but they are still on a collision course.

The Red October
The Red October rammed The Konovalov just aft of midship at the 30 degree angle, the force of the collision ruptured the Konovalov the titanium pressure Hull and crumpled the October’s bow as if it were a beer can.

The V K Konovalov
The only Marcus on the submarines grave with a mass of bubbles as it made its way to the seabed all hands lost.

The Red October
As the crew of the Red October and Ryan recovers ramius begins to blow up the ballast tanks and they fly almost heading to the surface.

The Dallas
The crew of the Dallas know someone has hit something so there to head periscope depth up to the surface themselves.

The Red October
The October was now sitting still on the surface down by the bath and listening 12 degrees to put from the vented ballast tanks.

The Dallas
The crew of the Dallas at able to see that the red october is the safe ond and asked out standing waiting for a fire and rescue team.

The Red October
The damage was not as they had feared. The torpedo room had not been flooded a sensor damaged by the impact had given a false reading. The red october was now unable to dive deep into the water It would take longer than they though to get Norfolk to but they would get there.

What I think – that was a very painful chapter, not only it’s size but the fact that you kept bouncing around from one to the other submarines to little submersible vehicles and then adding information that was not really needed when all the sentence or a smaller paragraph would have done. At some stages I’m sure he just put the pogy in there to add variety so he didn’t start repeating himself as it went from place to place it may be exciting to read but to read and then try and break into simple paragraphs or sentences very difficult to do.

Next week will be the last chapter of the book and after looking at the book is only 4 pages long the shortest chapter so far exactly what is in there I have no idea because it feels as if the book is over already.

So that’s your lot for this week and if you have done thanks for reading and I hope you can join me for that

Narrowboat Ezri – The 100 Miles Adventure – What went before.

Last weeks blog post was about crossing the divide between the Macclesfield Canal and the Trent and Mersey which got me thinking, after two year on Ezri how many other canals which make up the two thousand mile length network have we completely covered.

The funny thing is that I never kept a complete record (just are few notes and Condensed diary dates) when I did the trip from Blue Water marina in Thorpe West Yorkshire to my eventual destination of Littleborough in Lancashire.

I knew my starting point and had a vague the idea of my end destination, but really no idea what was really involved, so it was one big push, afraid if I slowed down that I would have been left behind and lost from the people who were help me, But now I know better. 

Yet sad because with all the rushing about I missed all most everything and its only when I watch other people’s YouTube videos or see a Mention of a lock do I just about remember the trip, the heat from the sun as it was high in the sky and working the wood 2 by 4 paddle on the Aire and Calder, all memories which wish I could hold on to longer. 

When I do think about things its amazing that I was able with help cover so many parts of the canal network even crossing the Lancashire Yorkshire border more than once.

The First Three Weeks
New Junction Canal 
Aire and Calder Main Line
Aire and Calder – Navigation – Wakefield
Calder and Hebble – Navigation

The rest of the year
Rochdale Canal 99%
Ashton Canal

The 100 mile Adventure
Peak Forest
Macclesfield

The following is a simple map showing our movement this side of the Pennines, the red shows the first Adventure and the Purple shows the new 100 mile adventure we are still continue to do.

the map was Illustrated by Bek Cruddace, for More information go to Bekcuddace.co.uk.

That’s your lot for this week, and As always thank you for reading and I hope you can join me next when head up the Trent and Mersey.

Bookends – Bookreview- 11.22.63 by Stephen King – Part Three – Living In Past – Chapter Twelve.

The following blog has Spoilers sor the Stephen King 11.22.63 this your one and only warning.

STEPHEN KING -11.22.63

The day that changed the world. 

What if you could change it back ?
On November 22, 1963, Three shots rang out in Dallas,
President Kennedy died,and the world changed.
If you had the chance to change history, would you?

Would the consequesnces be worth it?

The Book So Far – Jake thinks about the girl Al tried to save, so he sets out to do the same thing but not in the same, he plays cards with the guy who’s stay bullet hit her. The man wife thinks Jake is angel.

 and now the continuation,

  1. Jake travels though 1950 American and is shocked to see a coloured sign for the restroom which turns out be a hole in a plank of wood
  2. Sixty miles south of Tampa Jake takes a room and becomes a guy with a rich uncle he even starts to write two books one the book we are reading the other cover all about a murder, he tries to read Al notes but there just become an Obsessive addiction
  3. To make money, Jake puts down a few bets. and by the end knows a man who worked Lee Harvey Oswald uncle
  4. After visiting the library Jake write off for a phony degree and managed to end up having a teaching job where upon he is told off by the school administration for reading Catcher in the Rye.
  5. In July of 1960 Jake heads out of town so the mob guys he’s been betting with don’t come knocking
  6. In New Orleans Jake finds himself standing outside want will be come LHO (Lee Harvey Oswald) home when an old men tells him the place is Haunted
  7. Jake finds he has library book which he needs to returned, so he rings the number of the library and told by the librarian that someone has set fire to his empty house. He tells the librarian he will send the book back.
  8. Sitting outside the School Book Depository in Dallas Jake feels a sense of Menace, Al wanted him to kill LHO before the idea even enter him head but Jake has his plan
  9. Jake keep a light touch on LHO and moves to Dallas and hates the place
  10. Jake finds a place to live but the landlord is a racist
  11. Walking around the town Jake is witness to a shoting a patron shots a young woman for calling in a few rude names then shoots himself
  12. Jake tries to stop the woman from bleeding
  13. He can’t sleep and can’t think, so Jake will move out of the city away from the crazy
  14. He heads south and to a dinner run by Al Stevens, the town is quiet and Al tells Jake about the town football and to talk to Principle Simmons
  15. Three hours later Jake has a five room shotgun house in the town called Jodie
  16. Later that some evening with Principle Simmons and Miss Corcoran the latter asking all If not most of the questions.She asks even about The Catcher in the Rye book to which Jake replies it should be in library but only given to certain students at the librarians discretion.
  17. In need of money Jake makes one last bet which turns out to be a mistake.
  18. When he goes to collect his winning he’s asked for his ID and address which makes him nervous.
  19. Jake’s narrative jumps forward in time to 1960 Jake Witnesses an argument between Oswald’s mother and his older brother Robert and her insistence that Robert get me to call her when he can and his brother pointing out that he is now a communist. 

What I think – Jake seems to have settled down quite a lot of bounce around In the physical world and his own narrative it’s quite a lot of detail like before but it also doesn’t repeat itself it doesn’t tell you things That are commonly known history but it also doesn’t fill in all the blanks it just keeps going back to the notes that Al made for Jake. 

It also seems to not gloss over it but not make the racism and the hatred to obvious which is actually what somebody would do if you were from back into the late 50s early 60s you would want to distance yourself very much from it. but I don’t really get the need for needless shooting of the woman in the ally. Jake says that he’s not good to stay with the racist and it doesn’t suit him still hasn’t really no need to run home the point.

We also have Jake constantly looking over his shoulder having now taking a teaching job making sure that they don’t find his references are funny and then he makes a big mistake by trying to put another bet down one last time. What the outcome will be and how it will affect the Lee Harvey Oswald mission he is now and I have no idea and the fact that we are once again bouncing around the timelines those show a sort of restless feeling.

As always thank you for reading, and I hope enjoyed my look at the chapter from this book and that you can join me next week for the next chapter as we work our way through Stephen King 11 22 63.

All The Right Words – The Hunt For Red October By Tom Clancy – Book – The Sixteenth Day.

The blog 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 the fifteenth day – Jack Ryan and the remaining crew of the Red October meet up with the Dallas and have medical team to see to the people who have been shot, and then join by a small crew from the Dallas who will help take the Red October into US waters.

 The Russian for their part are being told of the death of the officers on the Red October and as proof they are shown the wreckage of Russian submarine sat at the bottom on the sea bed, but two of the Russian government officials don’t fully believe it.

The are doing there best to turn the spy who has been working for the US Senate and pull out there inbeded spy in Russia.

THE SIXTEENTH DAY SATURDAY 17 DECEMBER pages 389 – 412

The East Coast
The pigeon with the Russian crew, make their way to the docks, The trip has hard for them with remaining offices making sure they’re contact with their American counterparts it’s kept to a minimum. Even when they offered Asylum by the Americans on the Pigeon this also is very difficult to do when they dock a marine band meets them and a big literally fanfare is given in their honour even the United States press turn up so the sailors have to pretend none of them speak English. By this time some of the crew expect it states bit steady so they can experience American hospitality in full. As they head into Washington they are showing the real American Dream every household having a car, I and the free museums, later the political officer may tell them that it was all a lie all the shop but who could deny all this activity at a moments notice.

Washington DC
The Russian ambassador now believes the crew of Red October have been kidnapped by the United States government, but the Ambassador to the US is quick to point out that last year offices of the Soviet armed forces of money women and other enticements to the crew members of an American boat that was rescued by the Russians last year. But the Russian ambassador still insists all crew members will be sent back to Russia but the Ambassador them points out that all men are free to do as they wish, and if they want to return to Russia they will he also points out that there is now a Russian submarine called the red october 300 miles from the American coast
When the Russian ambassador leaves the president says they may not keep the Secret of the Red October for very long but he wishes to meet the crew members who wish to stay.

Tyuratam, USSR
Albatross 8 passed over Pimlico Sound at the 11:31 local time respond programming is designed to trace thermal receptors over the entire visible Horizon and interrogate everything in sight,And now thanks to the clear whether the Russians are able to see there are three submarines moving around in the water. And the technicians using the equipment muse that it is a pity their feet are being recalled as it would be interesting to track them.

Soviet Naval High Command Moscow.
The heads of the Navy are now recalling the submarine fleet but are also going to use this opportunity to keep back one or two submarines to spy on the sea bed

The New Jersey
The Captain watches the crew finish there drills and is thankful when the Russian boat Kirov start to head home.

Dulles International Airport
The Soviets send a Aeroflot Illyushin Il-62 to retrieve the men of the Red October and when they both played one of the KGB officers begins to interrogate interview it’s crew, But there is no evidence or conclusive proof that Ramius acted in anyway contrary to Russian beliefs and political systems and in fact the whole thing does appear to be an accident.

The Red October
Ramius is now up and walking around Ryan asks him about what the letter he sent to his superiors actually said and Mancuso points out that they were lucky to find him if the Dallas had done on time they would have been too close to the shore and not been able to find him. They give Ramius an American plate of food and he’s quite surprised about the size of the portions and Ryan goes on to talk about how a supermarket works even in the winter time. Questions fly back and forth between all three Men and Ryan sees that men from two different places and two different cultures trying to find common ground both sides reaching out to the other Andy hopes they would succeed and make the transition from communism To Freedom it was people like those who have built the American dream and people like those who were going to maintain it.

What I Think – the world has opened up from the small cramped feelings of the ships and submarines, to the to the flash bulbs and media spotlight for the crew of the Red October are there taking off the rescue ship, and bust around from Norfolk to DC and then on to Airfield all the time seeing glimpses of the American way of life but yet eventually to be trapped and imprisoned by their own people, and then back we had to the cramped conditions of the Red October and the fleets of ships out see the contrast quite striking and it’s quite impressed if that even today after how many years has books been out it’s still holds up.
There are two chapters left and exactly what they have left for the Red October and her offices is anybody’s guess either vague recollection of the film ending but there is too much alterations so far in the book to have the great dramatic ending I believe there is as Jack Ryan is painted as a hero.

That’s your lot for this week and as always if you have been thank you for reading and I hope you can join me for the next chapter.

Narrowboat Ezri – The 100 Miles Adventure – Two Down, One More To Go.

The Peak Forest complete, The Macclesfield complete. So this week we head on to the Trent and Mersey, well in fact without knowing it we have done a few furlongs already. 

You would think that links between the canals happened at junctions but the link for the Macclesfield and Trent and Mersey happens at what is called a stop lock a link between systems to prevent water leakage the odd thing is that it’s not really a lot it’s two gates and it drops you about six inches in total. So deep in a secluded area of the Macclesfield just after the last water point, there it is.

But I am jumping ahead, Having walked to Ezri checked water and oil levels it was a simple case of  starting her engine and undoing her ropes then pushing off. The first part of that went fine, check, count switch off, but when I came to the middle rope I found it was lose, no big deal is happened before. Well this time the chains were not even linked into the barrier, 

Pulling the chain out the water it became clear, why one of the rings had been undone and in fact missing. as if someone had unscrewed if the D clip and left it fall in the water and the ring sinking to bottom of the canal lost. I always tie Ezri at three points so she didn’t become adrift but it still very maddening, I plan to make more than one spare next time.

After finding out all this we had wait as three boat went past one narrowboat heading up the Macclesfield one heading down and a small canoe which made waves, real hard big waves, We let them head out of our way and set ourselves.

Having been down this bit of canal it was some what easy to work out were Ezri needed to be, but half way down we came across the canoe people again which even moving Ezri out of the way rocked her a lot, the rest of the trip was nicely done and simple and it was somewhat odd to stop for the lock, It was only when made to our end point did we find out it was link between the Macclesfield and the Trent and Mersey.

So as always thank you for reading and see yo next week for the blog post

Total Miles covered so far (Start point Bugsworth) =  38 miles 3 1/2 furlongs

Miles covered this trip =  1  miles  1 1/2 furlongs.

Places been/Stopped- Bugsworth, Strines Road Narrows, Carr Swing Bridge, Bancroft Bridge No 8, Higher Poynton Winding Hole, Braddocks Bridge No. 19, Lane Head Winding Hole, Clark’ Change Bridge, Leadbeater’s Bridge No 40, Royal Oak Swing Bridge No. 49, Locketts Bridge No. 53. River Dane Aqueduct (12 locks) Congleton Bridge No 61, Buglauton Cattle Aqueduct, Biddulph Valley Aqueduct, Kent Green Pipe Bridge Knowsley Lane Bridge No 95.


Bookends – Bookreview- 11.22.63 by Stephen King – Part Three – Living In Past – Chapter Eleven.

The following blog has Spoilers for the Stephen King Book 11. 22. 63 this your one and only warning.

STEPHEN KING -11.22.63

The day that changed the world. 

What if you could change it back ?
On November 22, 1963, Three shots rang out in Dallas,
President Kennedy died,and the world changed.
If you had the chance to change history, would you?

Would the consequesnces be worth it?

The Book So Far – Jake make the trip back in the 1950’s This time however he doesn’t change the timeline he keeps his head down and for several months does nothing but pretend to be the real estate man he once was. He takes time and works out where Dunning will be and one fateful night when Dunning is going to the graveyard to see his dead parents Jake shoots him dead and puts his body in a mausoleum, he write a letter to the gentleman helped him out before to tell him to go to the doctor’s and then drives out the Derby so good.

And now for the continuation (Unlike the other chapters so this is not split into numbered parts) five pages

As he drives Jake starts to think about Al Experiment with the girl that would end up in a wheelchair in the end he decides to take the same path and is the same cabin and wait there till October, Jake then finds that Cullum plays cribbage and after lot of Persuading Cullum teaches Jake how to play. When they have finished the game Cullum’s wife thinks that Jake has been sent by God and Jake does nothing to change that idea.

What I think – It’s the second time Jake has been called a angel, I just hope this time it’s sticks and that changes made a happy ones, So it’s very odd having such a short chapter but he does do two things it keeps the fact that Al set out to help somebody alive and shows what Jack does with his time hiding in the woods and the areas that I told him about so not to affect the timeline too much. I don’t know how much of the 1950s Jake will tell as about as we have got to get our way to 1963 but I suppose it will be fun finding out.

As always thank you for Reading, And I hope you can join me for the next chapters.

All The Right Words – The Hunt For Red October By Tom Clancy – Book – The Fifteen Day.

The blog 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 the fourteenth day – Two Russian speaking officers who will help Jack Ryan when he makes contact with the red october crash into the sea leaving a question mark or whether the mission can continue.So Jack has to pick a British officers can speak Russian,The USS pigeon in the Ethan Allen meet at the set location and Jack and office at Williams at transferred to the pigeon

The pigeon manages to dock with the red october and they begin to evacuate the crew members who wish to leave and return to Russia Ramuis and his officers remain a board but one of the crew members has secreted himself away between the reactor core and the bulkhead.

Back in the CIA headquarters the Americans are trying to pull up the Russian officer spy from the hospital he is in. As the American officers try to do exactly the same for the Russian officer of the Russian submarine they found.

The crew member of board the red october begins to threaten Jack Ryan and the remaining Russian officers but Rami a steps forward and shoots the gentleman.

As the red october removed itself from the area the Ethan Allen is blown to kingdom come.

THE FIFTEENTH DAY 17th DECEMBER pages 361- 388

Ocracoke Inlet
After 18 hours inside the Red October the three ships the Porgy, the dalles and the October itself through a moonless dark Sky make their way through to Ocracoke inlet as they make their way into the inlet the zodiac type rubber dinghy with an outboard motor zooms towards them and asks if they need anything to which Ryan replies they need a doctor.

The Dallas.
Mancuso gives the order for ten men including a medic to make their way to the Red October.

Cherry Point, North Carolina
Commander Ed Noyes is air lifted to the sea stallion

Pamlico Sound
The Dallas pulls next to the Red October, both the medical team and the captain Mancuso are giving permission to come aboard. Mancuso even brings sonar operator jones with him. He Bugayev and Captain Borodin talk about how they were able track the Red October and to get the ship to ship working again.
The zodiac then delivered food of the men, and a few minutes late Jones went back to the Dallas. Manion then ask Borodin if he can take the depth gauge from the October what reason he is not exactly sure.
Doctor Noyes is a little shocked to find out he’s being dropped to a russian submarine, Ryan explains the best he can and tells him about the gunshot wounds to the captain and William’s. Noyes goes to work.
Josie comes back with a video tape machine and the television as well as some food, After Jones fixtures up a sonar communication. Mancuso asks Borodin for permission to dive and is given it. But borodin begins to feel as if she’s lost control

The White House
Dr. Pelt is on the phone to the Russian ambassador and tells him that the USS pigeon and rescue the crewmen of the Red October, as it blew up because of the reactor problems but unfortunately was not able to rescue the officers the crew are now on their way directly to Washington.

The Pentagon
Skip Tyler is told that the plan has gone well, and if he wants he can become part of the navy again. Even with his missing leg. But turns them down.

The Red October
With crew working away at the controls of the Red October, Ryan finds a bottle of vodka takes mouthful and ends up sleeping on a bunk.

The Sea Cliff
The Sea Cliff was a small rugged research submarine used mainly for oceanographic tasks, its job is the help and locate what is left of the Red October on board the seacliffe is Russian captain Kaganovich he tells the crew that the submarine they find is not be touched and tells the the crew that it is an expiration vehicle not a missile boat, So the crew find out they are very annoyed with a captain and make a break straight for the surface without him being able to see much more.

The USS Austin
Captain Kaganovich is it able to signal to Moscow they have found the Red October

The Red October
Six hours later on the real red october Ryan wakes up to the end credits of the ET film, the Russians think that all children in the film behave like that in America free is there a term for it Mancuso explains that some do and some don’t.
Ryan asks the doctor how William’s is and is told he will make it, and so will Captain Ramius. The Doctor them asks what the real story is and Borodin tells him that they are all become American citizens.

Moscow
Narmonov and comrade general secretary Gorshkov are briefed about want has happened to the Red October but Gorshkov thinks its very clever piece of this information. So they begin a KGB investigation into the same as business along 2 lines one group will investigate information from the agent in Washington and the other will proceed in the assumption that the letter from a captain ramius was in fact fake.

What I think -So the plan worked the red October is now under the control of the Americans and a great Russian officers will become American citizens very shortly, deep in darkest Moscow the people who didn’t act or did act for the greater good of the political party are under investigation and Jack Ryan has been bounced about from boat to ship to plane to Submarine and now is semi drunk in the bottom of a bunk on the Red October, 

It’s not your usual spy story that’s for sure because most of the action is not focused on one character is spread around from the CIA to the KGB to the characters on the 3rd October and the Dallas in to Malvern by leaps from each point to British ships and two planes it’s quiet a read nice but only in small chunks, I wouldn’t spend days or weeks trying to read it all at once it is one chapter at a time so of a book. I think there are three more chapters left what exactly happens in these two chapters I’m not exactly am not sure but it will be fun finding out.

So that’s you lot for this week, and as always thank you for reading and I hope you can join me next week for the next chapter.