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The most powerful warship in the world, the nuclear-powered U.S. Nimitz-Class aircraft carrier is seen as impregnable. But when the USS Thomas Jefferson suddenly disappears at sea, the Pentagon is stunned. There are no survivors, and all signs point to a tragic nuclear accident.While the world stands in shock, reports suggest that it was no accident. A rogue submarine armeThe most powerful warship in the world, the nuclear-powered U.S. Nimitz-Class aircraft carrier is seen as impregnable. But when the USS Thomas Jefferson suddenly disappears at sea, the Pentagon is stunned. There are no survivors, and all signs point to a tragic nuclear accident.While the world stands in shock, reports suggest that it was no accident. A rogue submarine armed with nuclear warheads may be on the loose. Where did it come from? How could it get within striking distance of the Thomas Jefferson? Worse yet, where is it now and could it strike again? The tension mounts, and a deadly chase begins....

Title : Nimitz Class
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ISBN : 9780060564421
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Number of Pages : 495 Pages
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Nimitz Class Reviews

  • Glen
    2019-06-07 15:36

    First in a series of novels focusing on submarine warfare.When an aircraft carrier is sunk in the Mediterranean, the navy starts investigating the reason why, and starts the search for a submarine.Very good, with a lot of tension, in the way the best submarine books and movies have.

  • E. P.
    2019-05-25 19:49

    "The shooter, his eyes glued on the cockpit, saluted, bending his knees and touching two fingers of his left hand onto the deck. Skip Martin gestured: "Forward." A crewman, kneeling in the catwalk narrowly to the left of the big fighter jet, hit the button on catapult three, and ducked as the outrageous mechanism hurled the Hornet on its way, screaming down the deck, its engines burning flat out, leaving an atomic blast of air in its wake. Everyone watched, even veterans almost holding their breaths, as the aircraft rocketed off the carrier and out over the water, climbing away to port." -page 22.Nimitz Class is one of a kind, ranked closest to some of my highest ranked thrillers yet. Two sides- the offender and the defender, desperately trying to outlast the other. Propaganda, tragedies, mysteries, . . . and someone right under you, carefully calculating your every step. This could easily be one of the best novels I’ve read.Patrick Robinson writes this novel in the genre, realistic fiction, published in 1997. It takes place in the Indian Ocean, Asia, and the U.S. The main characters include Bill Baldridge, Admiral Morgen, and the offender (yet to be discovered). The conflict happens when a torpedo collides with the Jefferson( a ship), holding hundreds of important military figures. That begins the search for the person responsible for this awful tragedy. The point of view is told from the offenders, and the defenders. It is told in third person omniscient. The plot consists of huge twists, breath-taking events, and a shocking ending. The theme is: people who commit a crime, will be given their punishment. The whole story is set in a quizzical, erudite tone. I believe Nimitz Class should be seen to others as a beautiful piece of literature for its power to constantly keep the reader to question the next set of events. It makes the reader grasp every detail and every word, and imagine everything. Constantly replaying over and over again in your mind until you are able to get back to it, and finish the book to the end. The book is also somewhat didactic, speaking of marine radars, the military, submarines, and other useful knowledge that can give you an advantage over others. Others may see it as complicating and confusing to ones who do not understand the complex words and events that take place. However, if might force you to research and engage in topical subjects you once never knew about. This book can expand your vocabulary and knowledge drastically.

  • David
    2019-06-10 16:41

    Nimitz Class has a decent plot, a lot of interesting technical information about submarines, carrier fleets, and Naval operations. ON the surface this book had the potential of being a Tom Clancy class Naval thriller. However, the author dropped the ball by rushing his story telling.One would think that a terrorist/spy/mole could be found simply by going to a naval base in Scotland and examining the records of all who had passed through their special submarine school. The author rushes the tale of a related seal mission into a short chapter.Instead of storyline and characterization we have a rushed summation of a hunt for truth after a ship evaporates (nuclearly speaking) outside of the Gulf of Hormuz. The characters sit around and discuss the need to obtain information, only to have the information practically handed to them on a silver platter. Jack Ryan never had it this easy when he was an analyst for the CIA.Was this book worth reading? Yes, but just barely. The author has written a number of books relating to naval operations and seems to know his technical stuff, but in this case he was unable to bring about enough tension to the story. Final resolution is rushed and leaves the reader wondering why he didn't provide better details. As much as Clancy has lost his touch... sorry.. I'll stick to Clancy over this author just about any day.

  • Nooilforpacifists
    2019-06-19 14:35

    Plenty of plot--but no characters at all. Hard to care about anyone. Motives of villain slightly more understandable then hero's. At most, a novelist with potential.

  • Michal Angelo
    2019-06-14 12:39

    * I actually set aside my trek thru Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp series to entertain this volume after it had been teasing me from the shelf for almost a year. * If you like espionage thrillers but are a little worn out by the lengthy Clancy types (my opinion only) then you will thoroughly enjoy Robinson. * Admiral Sandy Woodward puts it best: "And in its' pages [the book] also raises the question of how, in a turbulent and dangerous world, we make our resolution plain, without excessive cost in both material and, more particularly, people ... I would suggest that serving Naval officers read it, perhaps especially Navy cadets, who may have ambitions to join the Submarine Services on either side of the Atlantic."* Vince flynn will remain on-hold as I now pursue Robinson's next work Kilo Class

  • Jerry
    2019-05-30 15:24

    An interesting and technically accurate read that, while it held my attention, came across as rather flat and one-dimensional. Not the edge of my seat, nail biting, cat-mouse suspenseful Naval drama I was hoping for. This was not the US Navy in action. Instead we have a LCDR, and a couple US and British Admirals who are able to figure everything out effortlessly and come up with everything with a brief time out for the Seals to retaliate against the wrong country. Not much drama here.

  • Andreas
    2019-06-18 11:46

    Patrick Robinson’s debut is a passable technothriller about a Nimitz class carrier getting destroyed. While it has many Clancy-like traits, it fails when it moves out of the military and into the political and administrative arenas. Cool submarine stuff though.

  • Charles Dingman
    2019-06-05 17:19

    What I listened to was only about 3 hours and did seem too sudden in transitions, so it makes sense that it was this abridged version. Overdrive and my library catalog did not make that clear. The dark horse anti-hero of the story is a submariner who manages to vaporize a US nuclear aircraft carrier and sneak away. The US is left playing catch up and payback. The sponsors of the action are not targeted, though a different possible nation is attacked, all to satisfy a blustering, trigger happy US President.

  • George
    2019-06-13 13:44

    Patrick Robinson’s debut is a good technothriller about a Nimitz class carrier getting destroyed and the resultant search for the guilty. lt It was as exciting as a Clancy novel, but without the tedious explanations of minutiae. I enjoyed this book. Interesting plot. The version that I listened to was only about three hours long and it was exciting all the way. While I thought it was a solo book, I found out that there are 9 more in the we go!

  • MMc14
    2019-05-31 17:23

    I enjoyed this book. Interesting plot. The interspersing of the two different sides early on was interesting.I inadvertently read Kilo Class first, so this helped fill in a few holes.

  • Sándor Szabó
    2019-06-13 19:23

    Quite an interesting start with many details. The hunt for the attackers is also interesting but the end is not equal to all of these. It still kept me interested in the sequels.

  • Jeffrey Linck
    2019-06-15 14:27

    Good fictional story about a Nimitz Class aircraft carrier that vanishes in a nuclear blast. Gives detail about the inner workings of that warship.

    2019-06-07 18:36

    Great story.Excellent. Full of surprises with excellent technical information. Fine political thinking as well. Where is the revenge I looked for?

  • Steve Howarth
    2019-06-02 19:21

    I'd seen these around for a while and took a punt when having a break from reading other genres and fancied something different than a comfort read in Ryanverse.The comparison with Clancy is apt and no doubt Sandy Woodward chipped a few doses of realism in with a plausible techno thriller, good characters and an interesting thread through the initial series. The first three stand out (in comparison to Clancy who I found a little up and down but slightly more enjoyable at times). Whilst being bricks they are an enjoyable read with a good pace, plot-line and prose. I'd highly recommend the first two books in particular to anyone looking fir a good thriller.

  • Brian
    2019-06-06 16:43

    Intriguing storyline that kept me guessing most of the way. Not quite all of the way, I saw through the last two surprises. I like stories focused on the Navy, and especially the submarine corp. The Hunt for Red October is an all time favorite and this is in that vein. Well written, I'm going to see what else the series holds.

  • Brian Hill
    2019-06-08 16:30

    You can't go wrong with any of his sub books. While the meta narrative over all books eventually stretches probability. Each of these on their own is a great narrative focused on sub warfare.

  • Rob Trans
    2019-06-14 19:22

    Nimitz Class - This book is a mixed bag. The author is at his best when describing the Navy and naval actions. The book is awkward when he is trying to, what I believe to be, humanizing the characters. There is a lot of material in the book that could have been edited out without damaging the main plot. It might even have built suspense. The first 5th is a somewhat tedious intro to numerous characters and carrier battle group procedures and lingo. Many of these characters do not survive the first 5th. Many realistic details. The Bosporus mission seems far fetched. The president requires this mission before he will authorize a surveillance operation even though it will delay the surveillance by weeks at a minimum. Everything clicks right for the Americans. The author enjoys and is proficient at describing his characters and settings. All of the characters are highly proficient at all of their duties. They are the best and brightest. No one makes mistakes. It includes romance and personal relationships, although they seem a little artificial as if author is trying to humanize characters. Dialogue is a little stilted. I found the character descriptions distracting from the story. Comments salted throughout opposed to any human welfare programs in the US. Strong Republican sentiments are expressed ("We are lucky to have this [Reaganesque]president."). Contempt for the media and Democrats freely expressed. Not very PC in their attitudes towards third world countries. If they are an American ally, then praise cannot be too high. Everyone will do anything for the beloved Americans. If they are a perceived enemy, then they are often described in derogatory terms. An interesting comment near the end of the book is that the US should rethink its use of Carrier Battle Groups. This is after the book has been touting the superiority of the impregnable Carrier Battle Groups. (Its a tough job, but someone has to be the world's policeman and guard it from the darkness.) Reminds me of the adage the military is always fighting the last war. It is also interesting that the Americans have almost no intelligence successes, but must rely on their military might to succeed.

  • Neil
    2019-06-15 16:28

    Even with a third reading, the book moved at a good pace. The characters and character development were believable, as were the various levels of relationships; the characters and emotions were relatable. I thought the author did a great job with this novel.This novel involves an unthinkable scenario - a diesel-powered submarine manages to infiltrate a Carrier Battle Group's various screens and manages to sink a Nimitz-class carrier [previously believed to have been impregnable], followed by the mystery of discovering who dunnit and why. I remember having a powerful emotional response the first time I read the book; it was not quite so strong this time around, but it was still there. The antagonist is a brilliant mastermind trained by the British and claiming to have an Israeli background. The United States lashes out against the most obvious target [due to the nation having a missing submarine]. In the end, though, it is careful detective work, interagency and international cooperation, and a younger brother seeking justice (view spoiler)[ in conjunction with a miraculous break in the case(hide spoiler)] that sees the case solved (view spoiler)[ and the missing submarine destroyed(hide spoiler)].Apparently the author spent two years working on this novel in conjunction with a former commander from the Falkland Islands conflict between Britain and Argentina. I have read in other publications authors speculating on the abilities of diesel-powered submarines in terms of attacking a Nimitz-class carrier and it does leave one somewhat concerned. One can only hope that no nation of the world ever tries it [and succeeds].On a side note - Admiral Morgan strongly reminded me of Admiral Sandecker from Clive Cussler's books, save that Admiral Morgan was more involved in this book than Sandecker seems to be in the Dirk Pitt books. Bill Balldridge strongly reminded me of a US Navy version of a young Dirk Pitt [including the womanizing, except Dirk rarely engaged in adultery] what with quick wit and intelligence. Not saying the author intended these men to mimic Clive Cussler's characters; I'm just saying I saw similarities between the two sets of characters.

  • Luisa
    2019-05-29 18:24

    Libro consigliatomi da un appassionato di navi, sottomarini... nonchè ingegnere navale. Ero curiosa di conoscere tale ambito, quindi ho deciso di leggere il primo di una lunga serie di libri di Patrick Robinson.Devo dire che, nonostante non sia proprio il mio genere, mi è piaciuto... i discorsi tra i vari personaggi all'interno del romanzo scorrono bene, non sono complicati da capire(per chi non è un'appassionata come me); l'unica cosa è che ci sono parti più specifiche, ovviamente, su come funzionano le armi nucleari, i sottomarini, le portaerei, insomma dei procedimenti che bisogna leggere attentamente per poter comprendere quello che sta succedendo. Per il resto, l'ho capito perfettamente(anche perchè ho avuto la fortuna di avere chi mi spiegava le cose che non capivo ahah).E siccome alla fine della lettura sono rimasta un pò sulle spine, sicuramente leggerò il seguito!

  • Anthony
    2019-06-20 11:24

    If you are looking for a naval thriller in the same theme as Clancy or Larry Bond then I highly recommend this book. If you are expecting character development that is believable then look to the previous mentioned authors (in Clancy's case his earlier books). Set in current times you are given a ride on a nuclear carrier battle group operating in tenacious waters. The Thomas Jefferson is America's newest technologically advanced aircraft carrier and it's mission is to keep the Persian Gulf and American interest safe. Then the unthinkable happens the ship disappears. In comes Bill Baldridge a naval commander with an ax to grind and the truth to find. From Washington to Russia to the Mid-East the thrilling search escalates into a scenario of intrigue and political espionage. The added suspense is that the events portrayed by Patrick Robinson could possibly happen and add that realism that one expects in good fiction.Now for the bad news. The author should not reference romance novels or Hollywood for his fictional characters. Having been in the military and knowing high ranking officers there are zero people that I know who look, live, or in any way have a background like the main characters of this book. When one reads a book a story without believable fictional people is like a book without a believable story line. This book has one of these.

  • David
    2019-06-07 16:21

    I don't often give up on a novel I've started, but after 125 pages I set this one down and opted to read something else.Nimitz Class has a decent premise for a thriller (the unexpected destruction of an aircraft carrier in a nuclear explosion), but eventually I got the sense that its true aim is to proclaim that the American battle group (i.e., an aircraft carrier and accompanying vessels) is, by threat of violence, the single greatest force for peace in the world. One way to make that claim would be to portray the chaos that results in a battle group's absence. But the first quarter of this book mostly does it with characters who repetitively agree with each other about the importance of their world-dominating military presence. The story is driven by a fascination with the technical specifications of the tools of war and an exaggerated faith in military might. There may be an exciting plot in there somewhere, but I didn't get that far.

  • Paul
    2019-06-08 18:30

    A good and suspenseful story that kept me reading and wanting more The storyline is believable, the characters are well-drawn, descriptions are detailed without being intrusive into the story, and the author has clearly done his homework in technical aspects of the story.The only two things marring the book are its gratuitous and inaccurate right-wing political remarks and the laughable notion that $5 million could be fit into a suitcase. The idea that a million dollars could be fit into a suitcase occurs in many books of fiction and is probably a necessary staple of the trade needed to make some plots work, but it requires a lot of suspension of the disbelief to accept it.Still, this was a good book I enjoyed reading.

  • Carnivorous Mower
    2019-06-20 18:40

    Well, this took a shitload longer to read than it should have. While the plot was just as fantastical and huge and messy and destructive as his other books, I think this was his first. As a result, the book got too bogged down in technical detail, and the action didn’t flow. There were the big explosive set-pieces like the nuclear attack on the aircraft carrier, and the destruction of the Iranian subs in port, but the bits in between were a bit too drawn out. Most of the characters were like cardboard cutouts of real people, although Arnold Morgan starts to take shape. This certainly never sets out to be high literature, and so character development is minimal. A harder read than it should have been, but at least I know this guy gets better.

  • David Rubin
    2019-05-25 16:22

    Lots of "technico" in the first book of this military thriller series. But, the book lacks character development; the good guys are all the greatest and smartest of their type and are completely flawless. With such great personalities, potentials, educations, and intellects one can only wonder why they all end up in the military and are not running some super-profitable hedge-fund. Not every author can be a John le Carre, but a little more humanity would go a long way toward making the characters who populate this book real and sympathetic.In addition, we would be better served if he political issues in this thriller were presented with more sophistication.

  • P
    2019-06-16 19:39

    Listened to this on audio book several years ago. As a Tom Clancy fan, I thought it would be similar to his writing--nope! Starts off strong, but Robinson moves the story too quickly. Just like the movies "Independence Day," "Sum of All Fears" and others, the plot includes events with massive casualties and there is no discussion of even the public's reaction. "Well, 5000 naval personnel have just been wiped out...let's carry on with our work..." Written four years before 9/11.Suddenly, we know who the culprit is and it's just a matter of time before the US Navy wipes him out. Very little character development. Not near the quality of a Clancy thriller.

  • Maria
    2019-05-23 13:19

    Since I know very little about submarines, but have toured two in port at a Navy base, I found the book very interesting. The title implies it is about aircraft carriers, but I learned little about aircraft carriers. I learned more when I was aboard one in port. The story was exciting and made me want to learn more (nonfiction) about submarines and the kind of people who are able to work on them. I also wondered if such an event (that the book is based on) and series of events could actually happen.

  • Kevin
    2019-06-18 16:44

    The book began well, with a good mix of mystery and techno-thriller. Then, the author immediately reveals who sank the carrier, and the rest of the book becomes a poorly written chase sequence around the world. To top it all off, the identity of the culprit was just about as unrealistic as you can get. According to this book, a fifth-rate power with no submarine experience and no nuclear capability somehow managed to use both to sink a carrier.In conclusion, read it if you are really bored or at the airport, but it will never go down as a classic or even anything memorable.

  • Francesco
    2019-06-18 13:37

    Come thriller è davvero molto bello, solo alcune piccole sbavature in un paio di dettagli. In particolare, come l'inizio è adrenalinico, così il finale è loffio e banale; lo stesso si può dire dell'attraversamento del Bosforo in immersione, che per quanto presenti due "pericoli" li rende troppo rapidamente e con poco coinvolgimento da parte del lettore.Per il resto la spy-story ideata è geniale e convincente, e tiene la lettura tesa per tutta la narrazione, con pause rilassate nei punti giusti per evitare collassi cardiaci.

  • Mark P
    2019-06-15 19:48

    I liked setting into the minds of various characters at the same timeThe story is laid out in such a way that you feel like a fly on the wall listening to the inner voices of various characters at the same time. Anyone who likes a suspense with a military twist still enjoy this book. The only downside is that it hops all around the world giving you only latitude and longitude. However if you have google maps handy, you'll be fine.

  • Dan Smith
    2019-06-18 16:19

    Remember Lone Survivor? this was the writer that helped Marcus Lutrell tell that true story of his survival. this is the story of the search for the person responsible for the destruction of a Nimitz class aircraft carrier.. A rogue middle easterner has infiltrated the Israelly Navy for years and "buys" the russian sub used.. It is up to the Americans to find the sub and destroy it.Outstanding story. Patrick Robinson has hit a home run on everything I have read thus far..