In "White Plague", a US nuclear submarine, the USS Montana, has been stranded high up in the Arctic, far from any American assets or facilities. A fire has broken out on the sub, forcing the crew to evacuate onto the ice. A fatal illness has swept through the crew, leaving them helpless. The boat carries cutting edge naval weapons, bait for any of the US' adversaries tempted to take advantage of the situation. US Marine officer Joe Rush is tasked with saving both the crew and submarine in a race against time, while stranded crew members continue to die and a foreign sub races to beat US rescuers to the Montana.
Blurbs on the back of this book compare its author, James Abel, to Tom Clancy and Michael Crichton. White Plague could, I suppose, be likened to a Clancy work in that it is a naval thriller, and that Mr. Abel punches most of the PC card requirements. The Captain of the Coast Guard ship is a nigger, the meteorological officer is a cigar chomping dyke, the protagonist's best friend is a gook, and there's even a mistreated Jew shoehorned into the story.
The first part of the story was, to me at least, a bit of a snoozer. However, it picks up the pace and over time becomes a real page turner. But then the very last part turned out to be anticlimactical and disappointing. While I would definitely read this author again, I won't be going out of my way to look for one of his books.