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The Taking of K-129

How the CIA Used Howard Hughes to Steal a Russian Sub in the Most Daring Covert Operation in History
May 23, 2018CMcC rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
I found the book to be very interesting as a description of the solution to a mammoth engineering problem. The specifics given of the technology implemented was minimal but enough was described to let a little imagination fill in the blanks to suggest just how exotic the ship and the job was. The description of the management of the multiple companies involved and the lies that supported the deception was mindbending. As well, the cast of characters was epic, with many described with high praise for their personality and leadership skills. The timeline of the story also never slowed as hurdles were encountered with equipment, people, or politics, then overcome by someone injecting innovative thinking into the situation. I would think that building the ship and trying to raise the Soviet sub was worth all the effort just for the new technologies developed. To have brought up even a small section of the sub from three miles under the surface of the sea is just icing on the cake. I found the story far more exciting than any adventure novel. It would be very difficult for an author to manage to invent such a complex and exciting story. I just wish there were pictures and drawings of the ship, but it is a spy story, so clearly I cannot expect these.