Status 6: W. Craig Reed
Beneath the Artic Ocean a covert team of Chinese operatives are using stolen U.S. technology to capture Russia’s newest attack submarine called Status 6. Loaded with a huge number of torpedoes carrying enough explosives to destroy cities and millions of people the Americans want to sink her; the Russians want her back and the Chinese claimed they have nothing to do with it. NCIS Operative, former Navy Seal Team Two, operation is the main character of this suspenseful novel. Enlisted and activated for this mission in the Arctic working with Kate Barrett hoping to stop what someone has put into place. Their worlds collide and they must stop the deadliest submarine from killing millions of people but somehow they get taken and placed on another ship where they are goth being used as pawns in someone’s private war. The stakes are not in their favor when they learn that the AI is infected with a worm and set to kill millions of people. The President is about to sign a major accord with China. He is supposed to be signing a controversial agreement with the Chinese government. But here seems to be an underlying current when he speaks and that of the Secretary of Defense too. The LNG would be produced by a revolutionary new device invented by the Naval Research Labs that could convert saltwater into any kind of fuel while lowering the earth’s carbon footprint. Unfortunately, they found themselves on the wrong ship and being used as pawns to help this crew gain control of the torpedoes and Status 6. Rinaldo seems to be the one in charge but there is something about Major Liang that does not ring true. Jon explained his past and how a Chinese operative was skilled in the art of interrogation and was ratted out by an FBI agent on the take. But, Rinaldo had plans for Kate, Jon and Bobby the third one in their group. Then the information becomes known about the Ross and the Khabble both using AI. The Khabble uses AI control the subs function like navigation propulsion, sonar. But there are secrets that they are not revealing, and they know more about the Ross they are letting on. They want to Capture the Khabble and this mission could kill if they succeed.
They are submerged on a boat so how can they rig Ross to send out a short message to the Connecticut for help? Events get tense and tension rise as Rinaldo and Liang must bring about their own plan even if it means taking these three out. But Kate took the Ross and followed Bobby toward the ROCA sonar system. While she and Bobby worked on the unit, Kate glanced up long enough to peek at the navigation chart on a nearby table. Contacting the using the Ross she hoped to send a message herself. Then finding out that agent Chen stated that Torpedo bearing 272 range 20000 years. They fired without a solid lock. Who was after Rinaldo and her crew? Who was firing on the ASDS?
Things get out of control and Chen realized that they were hacking into their systems invading territories they do not even own and grabbling natural resources in international waters. The Chinese now have supercavitvating subs that can destroy from Shanghai to San Francisco in a heartbeat. Their goal was to take control of the 6 Status 6 torpedoes. As the story progresses we experience gravity of these torpedoes when they are fired. Imagine what will happen if all six explode and how many millions of people would suffer. Added in Jon realizes that someone close to the President is a mole and that somehow someone orchestrated this but why?
The author shares that the Khabble has one of the most sensitive sonar systems in the world. If she detects them and they do not get a firing solution what will the outcome be? If Bobby can interface with Beta Ross unit to the ORCA sonar system in the ASDS and if they go slow and quite so the Khabble cannot detect them they should be able to get close enough for the Ross to disable the propulsion and fire control systems, but will they escape? The AI was called Grigori and activate the maintenance robots. Three robot’s rites to neutralize the intruders. How can anyone stand up to these robots and the AI? Liang was in charge and he wanted to fire the Status 6 torpedoes all of them. Kate was in danger and Joh dropped his clock and did not believe that she was still alive when he found her on the other ship. Now, Ross was to become autonomous and that was the only way to stay ahead of Grigori. But somehow the Grigori managed to override the program and once again was autonomous.
Maria survived the drug injected in her and then somehow the truth behind Where the Russian stole worm infected AI and used to build a doomsday submarine? Who was behind it? Who in the cabinet orchestrated a rogue mission to keep the sub’s AL from going crazy and blowing up the planet? Who hire Liang to do his dirty work? Lives were at stake and Maria was talking to someone explaining what would happen if they turned out to be a plot for a book. Advance submarine AL technology created by Russians and given to the Chinese by the U.S. In exchange for a big oil dean and tons of money. Who would profit and why? When the final explosions occur, and the harsh realities come out will those that started this AI war win?
An ending that is heart stopping and a new beginning for Jon, Kate, Maria and agent Brad Tucker as Ted Flannigan entices them to join a special unit that was related to Maria Estevan as he was her boos. What was the new division and how would he run it a director of a new special operations division? Find out when the author pens the next assignment for this outstanding cast of characters that will keep you riveted to the printed page wanting more of each one of them.
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