Peter Huchthausen, Igor Kurdin, and R. Alan White. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1997. 303 pp. Bib. Photos. $23.95 ($21.55).
Reviewed by Rear Admiral Thomas A. Brooks, U.S. Navy (Retired)
Retired Captain Peter Huchthausen, former U.S. Naval Attaché in Moscow, has coauthored a "factual" account of the sinking of the Soviet Yankee-class nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) K-219 off Bermuda in October 1986. Collaborating with Huchthausen were retired Soviet Navy Captain First Rank Igor Kurdin, a former executive officer of K-219, and novelist R. Alan White. The heart of the book is based on extensive interviews with the crew of the K-219.
The dust jacket of Hostile Waters states that the book "reads like a page-turning thriller, a Tom Clancy novel of underwater intrigue, but this story really happened."