When the nuclear submarine USS Hartford unexpectedly needs repairs, it's a minor annoyance for Commander Darius McCann, who's covering an early-duty shift for his executive officer. But once he and engineer Amy Russell are on board, it's clear that something odd is going on.

By the time Darius realizes that the submarine is being hijacked, it's too late. Terrorists control the deadly craft, and some of them are members of his crew. All Darius can do is try to stay -- and keep Amy -- alive, and take down as many hijackers as possible.

The audacious theft hasn't gone unnoticed. Lt. Col. Sarah Connelly and Commander Bruce Dunn are piecing together the details and working feverishly against the clock. The submarine is capable of attacking any city on the Eastern Seaboard, but it's heading for New York.

Timely, chilling and breakneck-paced, this story has it all: political intrigue, a touch of romance and humor -- an unbeatable combination. (Apr., 384 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Catherine Witmer