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9" (15.24 x 22.86 cm)
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BISAC: Fiction / War & Military
In Silent Battleground by D. M. Ulmer, the Cold War did
go hot when the Soviet Union attacked the US Navy coastal installations and all but destroyed the American surface
fleet. Ulmer moves the reader through tense combat events with skill and expertise using his 32 years of experience as a professional submariner to make this page-turner complete with intrigue
and speculation. Reviewers are touting this naval-action thriller about submarine warfare as the next Hunt
for Red October.
Wartime operations on board the
nuclear submarine USS Denver take an unexpected turn as weapons officer, Lieutenant Brent Maddock, faces numerous challenges
to his combat tactics skills from both an elusive enemy and a vindictive and ambitious skipper. While the complex war
unfolds beneath the waves, Herculean efforts ashore restore a Washington west coast submarine facility to keep the war defense
effort ongoing as the President of the United States resists powerful political advocates for surrender.
James H. Patton, CAPT USN (Ret) and technical advisor to the film Hunt for
Red October states in his review, 'Captain Ulmer parlays his knowledge and experience gained from command of
a US Navy Diesel-Electric submarine and earlier service as a Department Head on one of the first nuclear-powered Polaris ballistic
missile submarines to craft a fascinating 'alternative history' in the early part of the last decade of the 20th
century … unusual in this “techno-thriller” genre, Silent Battleground absolutely reeks of both technical
and tactical credibility … readers will find a delightful blend of elements from On the Beach, Incredible Victory,
Thirteen Days and Hunt for Red October. Submariners will approve, non-submariners will learn, but all
will enjoy Silent Battleground.'
Another reviewer, who once worked in the Office of Submarine Warfare (OP-31) in the Pentagon, The
Late Donald S. Campbell Jr., CAPT USN (Ret) wrote 'Captain Ulmer's conjecture framed in his novel Silent Battleground envisions a realistic possibility
of internal confrontations within the US submarine officer corps had the Cold War turned hot in 1987.
In this regard, he provides interesting insight to
a professional issue kept submerged within the Silent Service community. Did
the technical broom of nuclear propulsion sweep away a nucleus of officers, highly qualified and needed to
insure combat readiness of the Submarine Force? A revealing read for submariners and lay persons alike.'
'Silent Battleground is a powerful, compelling novel. Author, D. M. Ulmer, a Navyman
of 32 years, moves the reader through tense events with skill and expertise using his professional savvy to lace the
plot with intrigue and speculation that makes the book a page-turner. Ulmer's rare talent
exposes torn loyalty and self discovery the characters endure. They serve with duty, fear, and vengeance but the
human element of love and family challenges them. I found myself believing fiction to be fact possible.
JR Reynolds, author, Sustenance of Courage
and Woman of Courage.
Dave Bartholomew, CAPT
USN (Ret) and former commander of two US warships writes: 'Don Ulmer’s Silent
Battleground leaves me breathless at the end of every chapter. Don brings us, realistically, into the
shipboard world. His wardroom scenes are so realistic that I found myself there. Don shows us a scenario that
very nearly happened. In doing so, he not only gives us a view of professional Navy officers, but opens a rare glimpse
into the war-fighters’ personal lives – on both sides of a conflict we hope never happens.'
About the Author
Captain D. M. Ulmer, a 1954
graduate from the US Naval Academy, served a thirty-two year career in submarines and is the author of Count the
Ways, Missing Person and The Roche Harbor
Caper. He now lives in Redmond, WA with his wife Carol.
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