Stalking the Red Bear

The True Story of a U.S. Cold War Submarine's Covert Operations Against the Soviet Union

Peter Sasgen

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The thrilling untold story of Cold War submarine espionage and an inside look at the U.S. Navy’s “Silent Service”

Stalking the Red Bear—for the first time ever—describes the action principally from the perspective of a commanding officer of a Sturgeon-class nuclear submarine during the Cold War, taking readers closer to the Soviet target than any work on submarine espionage has ever done before.

This is the untold true story of a covert submarine espionage operation against the Soviet Union. Few individuals outside the intelligence and submarine communities knew anything about these top-secret missions, and with good reason: the curtain of secrecy surrounding submarine operations, beginning in World War II, is nearly impenetrable.

Cloaking itself in virtual invisibility to avoid detection, this Sturgeon-class boat went sub versus sub deep within Soviet-controlled waters north of the Arctic Circle, where the risks were extraordinarily high and anything could happen. Readers will know what it was like to carry out a covert mission aboard a nuke and experience the sights, sounds, and dangers unique to submarining.

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Praise for Stalking the Red Bear

“An exciting and realistic journey deep into the cold black waters of covert submarine espionage during the Cold War era.”  —Kenneth Sewell, New York Times bestselling author of Red Star Rogue and All Hands Down

“No submariner has ever served aboard a boat called Blackfin, and every submariner has. For nukes especially, Stalking the Red Bear is a cross between finding a covert diary and coming home.” —Sherry Sontag, coauthor of the New York Times bestseller Blind Man’s Bluff: The Untold Story of American Submarine Espionage


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Peter Sasgen

Peter Sasgen, who worked closely with the sub’s commanding officer on this project, is an expert on submarines. He has written both fiction and nonfiction on the subject, including several thrillers and a nonfiction book, Red Scorpion, on World War II submarine warfare. He lives in Florida.    

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Stalking the Red Bear
The True Story of a U.S. Cold War Submarine's Covert Operations Against the Soviet Union
Peter Sasgen

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
March 2010
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312605537
ISBN10: 0312605536
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 336 pages, Includes 2 maps and one 8-page black-and-white photograph section
$16.99

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St. Martin's Press
March 2009
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429966979
ISBN10: 1429966971
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 320 pages, Includes two maps and eight pages of black-and-white photographs
$9.99
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