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Summary

One of the great secrets of the Cold War, hidden for decades, is revealed at last.

Early in 1968, a nuclear-armed Soviet submarine sank in the waters off Hawaii, hundreds of miles closer to American shores than it should have been. Compelling evidence strongly suggests that the sub sank while attempting to fire a nuclear missile.

We now know that the Soviets had lost track of the sub; it had become a rogue. The Nixon administration launched a clandestine, half-billion-dollar project to recover the sunken K-129. The successful recovery effort helped forge new relations between the U.S. and the Soviets, even as it revealed a treacherous plan to provoke war between the U.S. and China, a plan that, had it succeeded, would have had devastating consequences.

©2005 Kenneth Sewell and Clint Richmond (P)2005 Blackstone Audiobooks
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  • Categories: History

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Excellent coverage of a topic, of which, not much was known. The information contained is overwhelming in detail, and one assumes, accuracy. It does manage to connect the dots for a number of already known facts and reveals a rather sinister, if not frightening, plot.
How one event in history can affect global relations is truly fascinating.
Superb, and engaging writing, and well worth a listen to.

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Interesting record. Stretched reconstruction

Interesting record of intelligence leaks, framed within the historical landscape of the time. But the reconstruction of the facts actually happened is really stretched, based on many logical leaps "it could have happened", so "it must have happened"

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Well researched but very poorly written and narrated

Interesting full story that covers more than one is lead to initially believe. However, there’s so much wordiness and repetition that it makes it really hard work. Could have been half the length but twice as good. Also, it’s important to put into context as it was written in 2005, the world has moved on a lot since then.

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Fascinating stuff.

Well worth listening to. Narrator is easy to understand, with an appropriate US accent.

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Excellent subject Comical narrater

Such a shame that an excellent book should be ruined by a totally useless narrater .......shame on who ever commissioned this reader

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Red Star Rouge

If you could sum up Red Star Rogue in three words, what would they be?

Enthroughling

What did you like best about this story?

The story, the factual evidence, and the mystery

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he presented it well, he kept your interest

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Its not for laughing or crying, but interesting and why havent we heared about it before. it make you wonder -Who are the enermy?

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Good factual knowledge and presented in a way that is listernable

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Cold War Submarine History Tale

A fascinating tale of near nuclear catastrophe. Also a partial history of the Cold War. Would be a great movie. A bit too long, particularly the second half.

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eye opening

I confess to skipping a few chapters. Makes you wonder what's being hidden from us now considering the Ukraine situation.

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The content is really good, but I feel like there wasn't a good structure to the information. I sometimes felt it was rambling through the story instead of clarifying each step. However, the content is still really interesting and the performance is good.

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only USA chanters need apply.

wow... this guy has such a blinkered and biased view of history that I can't even finish the first chapter.

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  • Scott
  • 13-10-14

Twaddle. Just twaddle...

"Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence."
- Carl Sagan

The chief problem here is that the author starts with *only* four facts; K-129 had 15 more crewmen on board than normal, K-129 failed to send out two routine radio reports, K-129 was closer to Hawaii than assigned when it went down, and K-129 was apparently on the surface when it suffered an explosion that sank it...

...and his conclusion is that this adds up to a plot by shadowy forces in the Kremlin to start a nuclear war between China and the USA by using K-129 as a stand-in for a Chinese missile submarine and nuking Pearl Harbor.

Add to this the old-time snake oil salesman's dodge of claiming, "my sources are secret and cannot come forward!" and you get the picture. A cop I know once observed, "in any criminal case, there are things the police believe, things the police know, and things the police can prove."

None of this silly book is remotely *proven*. It's all just conjecture. If you want to waste your time, stick with that TV show where they hunt for Bigfoot.

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  • Bryan
  • 31-01-08

Good but too long

A friend who worked on submarines recommended this book and said many of the facts are true from his experience and what he heard through his navy career. Still the book could of been cut in half at least. I kept thinking to myself. "You said that already move on" If you like subs and sub stories like I do, it is a MUST READ. I would recommend "Blinds Man Bluff" next.

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  • Martin
  • 14-01-06

Important story, poorly edited

The real story of the submarine K-129 - as told in this book - is important, startling and deserves to be known. Unfortunately, the available facts of the case can support little more than a long magazine article. As a result, the book is quite repetitive. One can feel the author straining to fill the pages. Further, he mixes fact and 'speculative re-creation' too freely in the first half, leaving it unclear what is Definitely True as opposed to Probably True. Nonetheless, this book tells an amazing story with far-reaching and historic implications. A must-read for enthusiasts of Cold War history.

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  • Etienne
  • 02-04-21

Not convinced

It seems to me that the authors struggle to understand the Soviet mindset and have disregarded the fact that the Russians were the best at playing the espionage and deceipt game. The authors take things said and done at face value, not seeing that these were often Soviet leadership tactics to hide their true intentions (or sometimes their confusion). In the last part of the book, it seems that every political decision from 1972 onward was because of that incident and the authors cite the contents of classified meetings as though they were there. They have no evidence to support their outlandish claims and I soon grew tired of their babbling speculation.

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  • PT
  • 06-02-07

Fantastic--But True

Very good. Could have benefited from some editing. I found myself wandering during some of the early details on Soviet military life.

I wasn't prepared when I found the book seemed to be in two or more parts: First, background and major events; then, later events and analysis. This arrangement was a pleasant surprise and served the story well. It kept things simpler.

A real-life thriller!

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  • TVFanatic
  • 03-04-21

I suppose it -could- have happened this way.

As i said, I suppose it could have happened this way. Unlikely, but possible.
A bit repetitive, it begins sounding more and more like a conspiracy theory by the end. Your views may vary, but this was just too thin for me, wouldnt recommend for a friend.

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  • Stuart
  • 29-03-09

Outstanding

Rich with detail, this fascinating account of a little-known moment in history and the resulting cascade of events that followed kept me riveted and sparked a desire to find out much more about this quandary. Well worth the choice.

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  • Thomas
  • 20-09-08

Awesome story, credible conclusion

In the tradition of Tom Clancy, a great spy story is pitched. Whether it is true or not may never be known, but the theory fits the available facts. In my experience, the story rings true, and presented some additional new information on a key event of the cold war. Red Star Rogue is a compelling read.

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  • David E. Barker
  • 29-07-06

Good and shocking

For those interested in cold war history and military issues, this book is very interesting, and shocking. Since listening, I have researched some of what is discussed in this book, and it has all checked out. It is hard to believe that the story this book tells isn't more widely known. The narraration is good, and the research is very detailed. I highly recommend this book to those inclined to detailed history.

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  • bruce
  • 31-10-20

Detailed

The book is detailed and explains evidence for a conjecture regarding a rogue sub crew. I enjoyed listening to the new information that I had not heard before. Also, I have taken a liking to Mr. Emerson’s narration style.

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