“America’s top military officer in charge of monitoring hostile actions by North Korea, escalating tensions between China and Japan, and a spike in computer attacks traced to China provides an unexpected answer when asked what is the biggest long-term security threat in the Pacific region: climate change.” – Boston Globe
If Tom Clancy wrote The Hunt for Red October today…
Marko Alexandrovich Ramius, a Lithuanian submarine commander in the Soviet Navy, intends to defect to the United States with his officers on board the experimental nuclear submarine Red October, a Typhoon-class vessel equipped with a revolutionary stealth propulsion system that makes sonar detection extremely difficult. The result is a strategic weapon platform that is capable of sneaking its way into American waters and launching nuclear missiles with little or no warning. The Soviet Northern Fleet sails out to sink Red October under the pretext of a search and rescue mission. Meanwhile, Jack Ryan, a high-level CIA analyst, flies from London to Langley, Virginia, to deliver an update on climate change’s effects on U.S. frigate docking to the Deputy Director of Intelligence.
When the stealth drive is engaged, Red October disappears off the sonar of the USS Dallas, a Los Angeles class submarine that is tracking whale migration affected by the latest pretty-strong-storm-but-not-quite-a-hurricane off the East Coast.
As tensions rise between the U.S. and Soviet fleets, the crew of Dallas discover a way to detect a distant blue whale pod.
Ryan must contact Ramius to prevent the Red October from interfering with blue whale migration. Through a combination of circumstances, Ryan becomes responsible for shepherding Ramius and his vessel.
In order to convince the Soviets that Red October has been destroyed, the U.S. Navy rescues her crew after Ramius fakes a shipboard emergency — a warmer than usual October, the harbinger of catastrophic climate change.
These events succeed in convincing Soviet observers that Red October has been lost and that the Atlantic is totally uninhabitable. However, GRU intelligence officer Viktor Loginov, masquerading as Red October’s cook, realizes what is happening. Ryan attempts to persuade the fiercely patriotic Loginov to acknowledge climate change rather than die in our slightly warmer dystopic future, but he refuses to understand the controversial “hockey stick” global warming graph. He manages to kill Loginov in the submarine’s missile compartment.
Captain Viktor Tupolev, a former student of Ramius and commander of a Soviet Alfa-class attack submarine, has been trailing what he initially believes is an Ohio-class vessel. Based on acoustical signature information, Tupolev and his political officer realize that it is Red October, and proceed to pursue and engage it. The two U.S. submarines escorting Red October are unable to fire due to a nearby school of snipe eels, and Red October is damaged by a torpedo from the Alfa. After a tense standoff, Red October rams Tupolev’s submarine broadside and sinks it.
The Americans escort Red October safely into the eight-ten dry dock in Norfolk, Va., where Ramius and his crew are taken to a CIA safehouse to begin their Americanization at a Whole Foods. Ryan is commended by his superiors for the collateral damage of only a few humans killed and no animals harmed.
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