Front Cover
Putnam's, 2003 - Fiction - 388 pages
2 Reviews
"Typhoon lifts the veil of secrecy that shrouds the sub-mariner's world, one of near-total isolation, black operations, and tense cat-and-mouse games played by silent warships beneath the polar ice." "Typhoons are the largest submarines built. They're as big as World War II aircraft carriers and infinitely more deadly. Their Cold War mission was to ensure Soviet primacy of the seas. That war is over, and the entire fleet was scheduled for scrapping in exchange for billions in American cash. But there's a problem: the Russians took the money and kept one Typhoon, the Baikal. Now she's set sail for the Arctic on a secret mission that could destabilize the world." "Only USS Portland, a Los Angeles-class attack sub, stands in her way. Portland's skipper, Commander James Vann, has been ordered to turn Baikal back. But the American crew is divided, and her critical mission is threatened before it can begin, by the presence of a new crew member: Lieutenant Rose Scavullo." "Scavullo is a Russian linguist and the first woman to serve on a U.S. Navy submarine. She's sealed inside Portland with 120 men who don't want her there, commanded by a captain who has vowed that the first woman on the sub will also be the last." "Vann's executive officer, Lieutenant Commander Will Steadman, is wary of Vann's judgment. He wonders whether a captain who says that "a submarine is always at war" can be trusted not to start one, or how an officer who allows no mistakes from his men can face his own flaws. Standing up to Vann puts Steadman's entire career at risk." "As the submarines thrust and parry across the top of the world, as American technology and grit are pitted against Russian steel and determination, it will be Rose Scavullo who holds the key to completing Portland's dangerous mission, as well as Portland's very survival."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review


User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A solid, Arctic-set technothriller in which a cold war—cold as icebergs—breaks out when a pair of inimical subs (one US, one Russian) take each other on.Oh, that Baikal! Not only is the Russian sub ... Read full review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - martinhughharvey - LibraryThing

I am a sucker for submarine novels and while I have not been really enthused for a while I really enjoyed this book. It's difficult to think of a new theme I would imagine but this one has a different ... Read full review


Section 1
Section 2
Section 3

22 other sections not shown

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2003)

White has been an oilwell roughneck, a science writer, an architect by vocation, and an instrument-rated pilot of vintage airplanes by avocation.

Bibliographic information