Soviet Submarines in Red Star Rogue by Kenneth Sewell

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The novel Red Star Rogue is a novel about a particular submarine that served in the Soviet Pacific Fleet during the Cold War. The book follows the Golf Class submarine K-129 on her final mission which occurred in the spring of 1968. K-129 was a Soviet ballistic missile submarine whose purpose was to launch nuclear weapons at the United States in case of the commencement of hostilities between the two superpowers. The author Kenneth Sewell, who is a former submarine officer (Hutchinson) does an outstanding job of not only describing the overall picture, but also breaking down not only the submarine, but also the men who served on her final mission. He provides personal information about everyone from the commanding officer all the way…show more content…
Another strange occurrence is that 15 extra sailors boarded shortly before departure. This was rare in that the crew of 83 men was already at full muster. The submarine set sail, and things appeared to be going smoothly. The submarine is heading to its assigned patrol area in the central Pacific. Suddenly, on March 1st, after a week at sea, “the first indication that something is amiss aboard the submarine comes…” (77) K-129 failed to send its regularly scheduled message to fleet headquarters. Four days later, on March 5th, another signal that something is wrong on board. “The submarine instead of slowing down to begin the usual silent patrolling in the mission, K-129 keeps sailing towards Pearl Harbor.”(78) After two weeks at sea, the submarine surfaces and then proceeds to attempt a nuclear missile launch at Pearl Harbor. The author points out that what exactly happened will never be known unless Russian files are declassified and the CIA release what documents they recovered from the submarine. Although Mr. Sewell cannot provide a first-hand account, he can relate with a fair degree of certainty what happened based on his experience as a submariner and his experience in dealing with the Soviet navy. Also with the use of recently declassified documents, Mr. Sewell can provide more accurate descriptions of what possibly happened then anyone before. The last section of the book is something that thrill writers like Tom Clancy or

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