Craig Thomas returns after writting two books under the pseudonym of David Grant. For this novel he reprises the Firefox formula; a highly advanced war-machine being stolen from the other side. But instead of a Russian plane being stollen by the West, it's a British submanrine being stollen by the Russians.
It's the Royal Navy's new sub, the Proetus, that has a new anti-sonar device codenamed Leopard. The Russians are hungry for the technology and will go to great measures to get what they want. Only USN Officer Ethan Clark, on liaison to the Admiralty, suspects a Soviet plot against the new sub, and desperately tries to convince head of SIS, Kenneth Aubrey, of what's really at stake. But Aubrey is busy worrying about Quin, the inventor of the Leopard device, who's been scared into hiding somewhere in England by KGB London Resident Tamas Petrunin and his cronies. Aubrey sends out field agent Patrick Hyde to track down Quin before the Russians get a hold of him.
The first of seven of Craig's books to feature Australian-born field agent Patrick Hyde. Though not one of his more complex characters, he's definately the funnest character to follow around on adventures. Though Craig confines him to England in this book, the following books would allow him to do more world traveling. A good book from Craig, though, like Firefox, has quite a bit more techno stuff than Craig usually puts in his books. I'm not a techno buff, so I had to labour through some of the submarine stuff, but everything else is typical Craig.
- Publisher: Viking Pr (1 August 1981)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0670626228
- ISBN-13: 978-0670626229
- Product Dimensions: 50.8 x 50.8 x 50.8 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 680 g
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