Imagination … flying in like humming birds, and I am in the midst of something I did not expect.
Such imagination can be fun, good for a writer’s brain; and it shakes off the mediocrity.
So, there I was, up on the Conn of the Red October. Captain Ramius is trying to defect. Russian planes, ships, and subs, are out to destroy Ramius and his sub, the Red October. A Russian torpedo, incoming! Ramius and Jack Ryan (CIA) both have serious poker faces. Things are pretty tense. Here is a glimpse of the conversation that is happening:
Capt. Vasili Borodin: Torpedo impact, 20 seconds.
Captain Ramius: [to Ryan] What books?
Jack Ryan: Pardon me?
Captain Ramius: What books did you write?
Jack Ryan: I wrote a biography of, of Admiral Halsey, called “The Fighting Sailor”, about, uh, naval combat tactics…
Captain Ramius: I know this book!
Capt. Vasili Borodin: Torpedo impact…
Captain Ramius: Your conclusions were all wrong, Ryan…
Capt. Vasili Borodin: …10 seconds.
Captain Ramius: …Halsey acted stupidly.
The orders Captain Ramius has given had brought about an evasive maneuver, and the torpedo missed it’s mark. Captain Ramius looked at me,
“And you, an eccentric? You are known as … ‘T’? Change your name, T, and be famous with me and Jack Ryan. Do you write books?”
“I am finishing up my first book. More importantly, I read other books written by good authors, but only when I am not on top-secret missions aboard submarines.”
Sometime apparently in August 2013, the U.S. Navy’s nuclear-powered attack submarine USS Seawolf eased out of the port of Bremerton, in Washington State …
A month later the U.S. Sixth Fleet, in charge of ships in European waters, posted a series of photos to the Website Flickr depicting the U.S. ambassador to Norway, Barry White, touring the 350-foot-long Seawolf pierside at Haakonsvern naval base … in southern Norway. Thousands of miles from Washington State.
How Seawolf got to Norway—and what she might have done en route—offer a rare and tantalizing glimpse into some of the most secretive quarters of the most poorly understood aspects of American naval power.