Time to Die

Time to Die

The Untold Story of the Kursk Tragedy

Book - 2002
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A At 11:28 a.m. on Saturday, August 12, 2000, high in the Arctic Circle under the roiling surface of the unforgiving Barents Sea, Captain Gennady Lyachin was taking the Kursk, the pride of Russia's elite Northern Fleet, through the last steps of firing a practice torpedo, part of an elaborate naval exercise. Suddenly, the torpedo exploded in a massive ?reball, instantly incinerating all seven men in the submarine's forward compartment. The horror, however, was just beginning. The full, gripping story of the remarkable drama inside the Kursk and of the desperate rescue efforts has never been told--until now. InA Time to Die, a critically acclaimed best-seller in the United Kingdom, international reporter Robert Moore--who covered the Kursk tragedy from Russia as it happened--draws on exclusive access he obtained to top Russian military figures in telling the inside story of the disaster with the factual depth of the best journalism and the compelling moment-by-moment tension of a thriller. He takes us right down inside the Kursk as two massive explosions--the second measuring 3.5 on the Richter scale--rip through compartment after compartment. Bringing the horror of the explosions vividly to life, he details the agonizing drama of the twenty-three men who survived as they fight against time to be rescued. In a journalistic coup, Moore obtained secret access to the Kursk's highly restricted Arctic submarine base, and he makes the desolation of that forbidden world palpable on the page. As word of the tragedy breaks, he portrays the fear and growing rage of the families of the crew as they clamor for news of their loved ones and confront Vladimir Putin, Russia's newly elected president. Moore also vividly re-creates the nail-biting tension of the heroic but deeply flawed Russian rescue efforts as men are sent down again and again, aboard antiquated mini-subs, in perilous attempts to get to the survivors. As Western rescuers are at last called in, Moore richly describes the fascinating world of the offshore divers who drop everything to make one last, desperate attempt to reach the trapped submariners. A Time to Dieis a riveting, brilliantly researched account of the deadliest submarine disaster in history and its devastating human cost.
Publisher: New York, NY : Crown : 2002
ISBN: 9780609610008
Branch Call Number: 359.93 M786t
Characteristics: 271p illus


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Apr 29, 2012

A Time to Die: the Untold Story of the Kurst Tragedy ----- by Robert Moore. This book has all the elements of a first class novel: it has good guys and bad guys; it has deception and stupidity; it is riveting and compelling; the story line is enough to make you anxious and at the same time angry with institutionalized red tape and ass=covering protocol. But this book is not a novel: all the outrageous events in the book are for real. The time is in the early 1990’s. Putin has just assumed the Russian throne. Only a few years earlier Gorbachev signed the USSR into oblivion. The economy of the former USSR has imploded. The former Soviet Socialist Republics have gone their separate ways. The economy is a shambles. Miners in the Far East are striking because they haven’t been paid in a year. On the Barent’s Sea, some members of the crews, not well paid at the best of times, have initiated action tol receive their back pay. The Russian nuclear fleets, once the pride of the USSR and capable of delivering nuclear anihilation to its enemies in the far reaches of the globe, have been allowed to rust into useless hulks, tied of at the docks of maqjor Soviet naval bases, destined for the scrapper's torch. The fleets are but a shadow of their former capabilities. But in spite of all this political neglect morale is still high and seamen, submariners in particular, carry out their duties with pride and dedication. During fleet manoeuvres, the Russian submarine the Kursk is met with tragedy as the propellant in one of her poorly maintained torpedoes explodes. After a subsequent and much larger explosion, 27 crewmen find themselves alive but trapped in one of the sub’s rear compartments. The rest of the book is of bungled attempts to rescue the rrapped drew using defective and abysmally maintaiuned Russian equipment; blaming the course of events on US skullduggery; and denial. Finally, after over a week, the Russians accept proffered western aid but by this time it is too late for the entombed Russian sailors. In so many ways, this book stands as an indictment of what has gone wrong in this Russia and in the USSR before it. This book is almost as spellbinding as anything written by Cussler and it is certainly a page-turning book that you will find difficult to put down.

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