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We shall explode the warhead electronically about 1, yards after it leaves the ship — it has to travel eight hundred yards anyway before a safety device unlocks and permits the warhead to be armed.
We shall be bows-on to the detonation and with a hull designed to withstand the pressures this one is, the shock effects should be minimal. Reading this book you learn a lot about all aspects of underwater navigation as well as a large amount of information about Arctic conditions, the behaviour of ice packs and so on.
All research on display. Verbose Where Deighton conveys a situation in the briefest possible number of words or sentences, Maclean piles on the agony to a level of obviousness and beyond. Then the wind would drop, the furious rattling on the sail would fade and in the momentary contrast of near-silence we could hear the stealthy rustling as of a million rats advancing as the ice-spicules brushed their blind way across the iron-hard surface of the polar cap.
Ch 4 Where Deighton has highly-worked smart similes, MacLean has a peculiar kind of laboured jokiness, as in that last sentence. Cringeworthy, but peripheral to the core purposes of the text: a technical expertise b physical extremity c intense suspense. Although there are twists and turns in the plots, and the narrator generally turns out to be different to what he seems in the first half of the text, and there are further revelations down the line, these revelations, when they come, are fully explained and worked through for the reader.
Not so in Deighton where it is often difficult to figure out what the plot is even about! So, in Ice Station Zebra, a British government weather station high up in the Arctic has suffered a catastrophic fire and is sending out pitiful mayday signals.
The narrator, Dr Carpenter, arrives at the US naval base with authority from the highest level to be carried to the base to rescue the survivors. For the first hundred pages or so there is textbook level of detail about the working of a nuclear submarine, about sonar and ice-depth detectors and radio in high latitudes and so on which powerfully convey the difficulties of the mission.
Eventually they surface through one of the rare available thin areas of ice, and three naval volunteers accompany Carpenter through a devastating ice storm to the burnt-out wreckage of the base, and the handful of burnt, frozen survivors huddled in the unheated cabin.
But of course, this is where the plot thickens, where we learn there is more to Ice Station Zebra than we have so far been told and that, in fact, the fire was no accident! Someone is up to no good.
Two shot, one knifed. Their bodies were burned to conceal traces of the crime. Four others died in the fire. The killer is aboard this ship. His eyes were wide, his face pale and shocked. Ch 8 And now like a classic tennis match, like a Grand Prix, we enjoy the sport, we relish watching a professional at work, as MacLean makes our hero pit his wits against the murderer or murderers, as there are just as we expect many more unexpected twists and turns in the plot.
In the midst of the horrors there is grim humour.
Death must have been swift, swift for all of them. I have! David Jones[ edit ] The Russians put our camera made by our German scientists and your film made by your German scientists into their satellite made by their German scientists.
Boris Vaslov[ edit ] They say - a bull in the ring dies a much better death, than a steer in a slaughterhouse. A bull has a chance.
Ostrovsky[ edit ] Commander Ferraday, this is not the time or place to play with words. You have undoubtedly discovered by now that the capsule will explode if opened.
I believe your expression is: booby trap. Ferraday: Just what's been in the papers, sir. They're in some sort of trouble, apparently. Admiral Garvey: Trouble, yes. They've been sending out distress signals; but, too weak and garbled to make much sense.
Something has gone wrong up there, that's for sure. Ferraday: Those men up there must be pretty important. Admiral Garvey: They're not the reason you're going. They're just the excuse. Ferraday: Well then, what is the reason sir?
Admiral Garvey: Oh, I can't tell you that. But I can tell you this: it is important - vitally. David Jones: Where were you stationed, Captain, before you were picked up in transit? Leslie Anders: No, Sir.
A bullet goes just as fast up here as it does down there. David Jones: Not quite. An insignificant difference, perhaps, but I think you'll find the operational characteristics of the M indicate that a bullet will decelerate as much as 40 feet per second per second faster in these climate conditions. It's denser air, you know. Ferraday: There's one thing that cannot happen on board a submarine by accident David Jones: You cross-connect the hydraulic manifold to the outside door mechanism so that the indicator reads shut when the door is actually open.
The same sort of electrical cross on these two panels, and the open position reads green when it should flash red.
Then you plug up the inlet to the test cock with chewing gum, sealing wax, anything And then you open the tube, and good night. Ferraday: It wasn't sealing wax. It wasn't chewing gum.
It was epoxy glue. And all of a sudden you know a whole damn lot about submarines. David Jones: I know how to wreck them, and I know how to lie, steal, kidnap, counterfeit, suborn and kill. That's my job. I do it with great pride.