A Book to read – To Hunt a Sub

Instead of an essay this week I’d like to share a little news from fellow blogger, Jacqui Murray.  Her book, To Hunt a Sub is now available on Kindle.  She posts monthly over at Today’s Author, which is where I first saw her writing.  I’ve been following her progress on this book and am looking forward reading it.  It’s a big step to put your work out in public and I wish her all the best with this book.  Someday, my book might be available as well.

Here’s a summary of the book:

The USS Hampton SSN 767 quietly floated unseen a hundred fifty-two feet below the ocean’s surface. Despite its deadly nuclear-tipped arsenal of Trident missiles, its task for the past six months has been reconnaissance and surveillance. The biggest danger the crew faced was running out of olives for their pizza. That all changed one morning, four days before the end of the Hampton’s tour. Halfway through the Captain’s first morning coffee, every system on the submarine shut down. No navigation, no communication, and no defensive measures. Within minutes, the sub began a terrifying descent through the murky greys and blacks of the deep Atlantic and settled to the ocean floor five miles from Cuba and perilously close to the sub’s crush depth. When it missed its mandated contact, an emergency call went out to retired Navy intel officer, Zeke Rowe, top of his field before a botched mission left him physically crippled and psychologically shaken. Rowe quickly determined that the sub was the victim of a cybervirus secreted inside the sub’s top secret operating systems.  What Rowe couldn’t figure out was who did it or how to stop it sinking every other submarine in the American fleet.

Kali Delamagente is a struggling over-the-hill grad student who entered a DARPA cybersecurity competition as a desperate last hope to fund a sophisticated artificial intelligence she called Otto. Though her presentation imploded, she caught the attention of two people: a terrorist intent on destroying America and a rapt Dr. Zeke Rowe. An anonymous blank check to finish her research is quickly followed by multiple break-ins to her lab, a hack of her computer, the disappearance of her three-legged dog, and finally the kidnapping of her only son.

By all measures, Rowe and Delamagente are an unlikely duo. Rowe believes in brawn and Delamagente brains. To save the America they both love, they find a middle ground, guided with the wisdom of a formidable female who died two million years ago.


Just downloaded this one to my Kindle.

Just downloaded this one to my Kindle.

Author bio:

Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. She is the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer,  a columnist for TeachHUB, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, monthly contributor to Today’s Author and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. You can find her books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning.

I follow Jacqui’s blog over at: Word Dreams

Till next time,

About Andrew Reynolds

Born in California Did the school thing studying electronics, computers, release engineering and literary criticism. I worked in the high tech world doing software release engineering and am now retired. Then I got prostate cancer. Now I am a blogger and work in my wood shop doing scroll saw work and marquetry.
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17 Responses to A Book to read – To Hunt a Sub

  1. Marvin Tanneer says:

    Couldn’t resist a submarine book, so I bought it.. I worked on the design and cosntruction of the SSN-671 (USS Narwhal) and its full-size prototype. Also went on sea trials down to design depth.

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    • I thought you might like it. Do let me know what you think.

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    • What an amazing background, Marvin. I don’t spend a lot of time inside the sub in this book because us laypeople aren’t allowed to wander around too often (I did get a couple of unclassified tours, though). I like that the Navy is so careful about the interior of subs. It makes what that sailor did (releasing interior shots of the sub he worked on) so much worse.


    • BTW, my daughter is a plankholder on the USS San Diego. That’s quite an experience, building an LPD 22 like that.


  2. Thank you for hosting me on your wonderful blog, Andrew. I am honored. I always enjoy chatting with your readers.


  3. GP Cox says:

    Jacqui is an amazing woman with many talents and I’m very proud to call her a friend!

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  4. PiedType says:

    Wow, talk about overachievers.

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