ABOUT: Kirov III – Pacific Storm
They just keep getting better. That says it all about
Kirov III, which is perhaps the most engaging and
compelling novel of the three book set from the standpoint of naval combat, an outstanding thriller pitting the most powerful Russian battlecruiser
ever built against a ruthless and determined foe in the Imperial Japanese Navy.
The story begins by taking the last two pages of the epilogue from Kirov II and extending them out
into a much longer full scene where Admiral Tovey calls on Alan Turing at Bletchley Park and the two
men come to some startling conclusions about the ship they have been chasing through the Atlantic and the Med. Tovey proposes to deliver news of
what has just happened to the ship in the Pacific, where “Geronimo” has suddenly reappeared a few days earlier. The tale he tells is the full story
presented here in Volume III.
The author briefly sets the table at the outset with some interesting foreshadowing and several engaging scenes where the Japanese
commanders plot a very plausible campaign in lieu of battles that were not fought in the Pacific due to alterations in the history. There was no Pearl
Harbor when America entered the war early as a result of action in Kirov I, and the course of events in the Pacific has been radically changed.
With this broader strategic script well drafted, Kirov now enters stage left and begins raising
hell. The Japanese reaction to the presence of the ship is immediate and violent, and they prove to be the most able and determined naval force Kirov has yet encountered in the long
saga. The result is a riveting series of air and sea battles as Kirov is pursued by the 5th Carrier
Division under Admiral Hara, an enraged Captain commanding Hara’s screening force aboard battleship Kirishima, and then eventually encounters a powerful surface action group centered
on the most formidable ship of that era, the battleship Yamato.
In the course of these engaging naval actions the reader is also given answers to many
questions raised in the earlier books. What has actually caused the ship to move in time? The officers aboard Kirov now learn how and why it has happened. What happened to Desron 7 at
the conclusion of the first volume in the series? The answer is tucked away in a few wonderful dialogues between US intelligence officers working out of a special unit in Australia. What
caused the terrible war that left the future a desolate, empty world? The answer is here. And all the questions the historical figures in 1942 have raised about the ship come to their own
impossible conclusions here as well.
The heart of the novel, however, is a series of desperate and incredibly exciting duels with the
Japanese Navy, where each battle twists the tension higher as Kirov slowly expends her remaining missiles. Just when you think the ship has endured the worst, Admiral Yamamoto has
other plans and steers his task force to find this mysterious enemy that has been battling his
forces in the Coral Sea. The resulting engagement is one for the history books that were never
written, a titanic clash spanning three chapters between the most powerful ships ever conceived by two different eras.
And yet that is not the final action in this well crafted and exciting tale. Something else happens
to make for a truly incredible and satisfying ending that I won’t breathe a word about here. If you have enjoyed the first two volumes in the series, Kirov III will deliver all the same crisp and
engaging dialogue, wonderful characterizations, incredible naval engagements, and so much more than you expect as the trilogy comes to its mind shattering conclusion...Or does it?
The one loose end left unanswered, what happened to Chief Gennadi Orlov after he made his
harrowing jump to freedom in Book II, appears to have been saved by the author as the seed and root of his next story. The last paragraph of the epilogue offers an enticing hint, and is
followed by a more detailed description of a novel entitled “Men Of War” wherein the author
promises to reprise the roles of Alan Turing, Admiral John Tovey, Orlov, and a curious young officer who is still pursuing the mystery of what happened to the ship, Anton Fedorov. Other
characters from the series also figure prominently, including Admiral Volsky, Captain Karpov and others.
At this point the three volume set now stands as one massive naval saga spanning the entire
globe from the Arctic Sea to the South Pacific, and stretches your imagination the whole long
way. It is simply some of the best naval fiction to come along in years, meticulously researched
and deeply satisfying. The three eBooks are available on Amazon at $4.99 each, and to think
you get over a thousand pages of this well crafted story for less than fifteen bucks is a real value. If you are a fan of the Kirov series, or naval fiction in general, you won’t want to miss this one.
Grab it today, and enjoy!
Note: As with the first two volumes, the Writing Shop web site has detailed battle maps to
follow all the action, but don’t get too curious if you don’t want to know what comes next until you encounter it in the narrative.