Top critical review
Interesting premise, poorly executed.
March 5, 2018
The book has an interesting premise and a few promising subplots. However, the book is plagued with bad writing, forgettable characters, implausible situations, and plot holes large enough to prompt this reader to say: "That's not how any of this works." For example, underlings who can walk in, unscheduled, to an Admiral's office, when Admiral's time is scheduled in five-minute increments and appointments often have to be scheduled weeks and months ahead.) Or an agency head who can simply pack up, head to Antartica, and lead an expedition, leaving her statutory responsibilities behind. Or how a special forces team can storm a facility, yet somehow fail to cover the back entrance, allowing the civilian targets to escape. [Spoiler alerts] Or how a presidential staffer can somehow order a nuclear attack without the knowledge of the president. Or how 12 submarines can be destroyed in their own crossfire when avoiding crossfire is tactics 101. Or the weird and unexplained deus et machina that resolves things at the end---like how the dolphin survives a nuclear blast.