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Dark Transit

By: Michael DiMercurio
Narrated by: Joseph Courtemanche
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Lieutenant Anthony Pacino reports aboard the “project boat” USS Vermont two years after having survived the catastrophic sinking of the Piranha. Pacino quickly learns that Vermont’s missions are all ultra-secret with the boat reporting only to the sub force commander, the national security advisor, and the president: Vermont does the dirty deeds that need doing in deadly silence and obscurity.

After Vermont misses the mark on an easy mission, there are questions asked about her ability to conduct the next mission, one that is vital to the security of the United States and the future of the submarine force. Vermont is tasked with stealing a revolutionary submarine that the Russians are testing with an Iranian crew because it’s too risky to use Russian sailors. It’s a high-stakes gamble for all involved, with the losers vanishing if things go wrong, the winners validating a world-changing technology.

Pacino is part of the mission to steal the submarine, but the toughest obstacle is a wolf-pack of Russians coming to the defense of the Iranian submarine. Getting it back to the United States for evaluation becomes secondary to surviving an exchange of missiles and torpedoes in an underwater battle that threatens to let the final genie out of the bottle.

“DiMercurio has used the last decade to refine his writing and produce the best naval thriller in decades. I couldn’t put it down.” (Joseph Courtemanche, author of Assault on Saint Agnes)

©2021 Michael DiMercurio (P)2021 David N. Wilson

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I Waited a Long Time

Michael DiMercurio's most recent book, dark transit, is one of the most entertaining books ive ever read. Its introspection, seeming confession, and personal revelation were real treats. I was greatly pleased to get an intentional peek inside his mind.
The book is a fictional yet realistic book about submarine warfare and the sailors and politics involved.
A confession of my own is my lifes dumbest decision has me living vicariously through the characters in Dimercurio's books. As a young adult my asvab score was high enough to try for nuclear engineering. I chose to go to college instead and flunked out in a single semester. I then, even having the chance again to be a nuclear engineer chose to do army infantry.
Try the books out. You wont regret buying them.

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Dark Transit

Dark Transit is an entertaining novel that should satisfy fans of submarine fiction. The narration was adequate. Some of the Navy technobabble and acronyms could have been scaled back to make it less monotonous. It felt like an owner’s manual for submarines at times. The characters seemed more realistic than the author’s previous works, with flaws and personality quirks more evident. The “bad guys” were fleshed out better than previous works by this author. Overall, an entertaining read.

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Fantastic as expected

I've read, re-read, listened and re-listened to this entire series several times over since I first read it in high school 30yrs ago.

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Good Story with Poor Narration

Story was good-ish. Nice enough to pass the time. Narrator was so bad and made everyone sound like dismissive or playful college students rather than hardened military men.

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Good performance; Clumsy, unrealistic story

This was my first Michael DiMercurio book. I recognize that there’s a lot of backstory from previous books in this universe.

I enjoy naval thrillers from the likes of Larry Bond, P.T. Deutermann, and Tom Clancy. It’s obvious that the author has real world knowledge and experience in submarines. However, outside of the technical aspects and crew interactions, I felt that the story and the way the plot unfolds was very unrealistic. I also felt like there was a long period of foundation-laying at the beginning of the book but the main plot was rushed. The epilogue where everything was wrapped up felt like so much of an afterthought and added to the complete implausibility of the whole story. Without spoiling the story, the president’s directives as well as the Russian president’s response to the whole thing was just so implausible as if global politics were just a fun little game for their mutual entertainment and there are no consequences.

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Great book, poor narration

I like the book a lot, has a good story and is interesting. How ever the narrator puts 0 effort into characters. And in all honesty, sounds like I’m watching an episode of how it’s made. In my own humble opinion a narrator can make or break a book. I had a hard time following character swaps due to him. I almost didn’t listen to the whole book. Hoping for a better narrator on the next book!

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Great story.

Hard to believe something like this could ever happen, but it was good none the less. Look forward to more books in the Anthony Pacino series.

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Michael DiMercurio Strikes Again!

A great Submarine adventure! I can’t wait for the next book! The Pacino series lives on, Thank Goodness!

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Painful narration

I couldn’t get past the narrator and returned the book. I’m sure the story was probably good.

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Fiction stranger than truth with romance novel overtones

My impression of this book as submarine thriller/action novel is …. not so much. My first point of contention is that there was too much “romance novel” story lines, both on the Russian side and the US side. I agree somewhat that Russian naval personnel have lots of similarities with US naval personnel, I think there were other ways to show this without distracting from the overall theme of this book. I served on two Nuc submarines aft of frame 85, in the 70s, and have a high degree of respect for the professionalism of the crews that I experienced. My 2nd point of contention is in the depiction of kumbayah attitude after the US and Russian sailors shot torpedos at each other and the US sub sank three Russian subs. This,imho, is far fetched that after having lost all of those comrades to US actions they would be so conciliatory. My 3rd point of contention is that a project boat would, in the midst of a shooting war without knowing whether other enemy subs are close would surface and render aid with the risk of being torpedoed. To me this doesn’t jive with the project boat psyche. I understand that this is fiction, but to me the stories in a book like this should be aligned with reasonable expectations of a real submarine crew actions in similar situations and circumstances. and build from that. To me , this book falls short in that regard.

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Brilliant in all aspects.

As usual both this author and narrator don't disappoint. Can't wait for the next book in this new series.