James Cobb comes from a navy family and is currently a member of the Navy League of the US and the US Naval Institute. He has toured almost every warship in the fleet in researching his thrillers, which feature Commander Amanda Lee Garrett and the USS Cunningham.
In the year 2006, Argentina seizes British research stations in Antarctica, aiming to take over the entire South Pole and its rich mineral deposits. Commander Amanda Garrett, boss of the high-tech stealth destroyer U.S.S. Cunningham, is ordered to Antarctica to prevent the Argentineans from supplying their invasion force. With the nearest U.S. naval forces a week's sailing away, Garrett must defend her ship and crew against wave after wave of attacks. She uses her ingenuity, the advanced stealth features of her ship, and the ship's considerable arsenal to combat the enemy. First novelist Cobb, a member of the U.S. Naval Institute and the Navy League, has written a taut military thriller that grabs the reader's attention and holds it to the last word. This page turner is as hot as a Sea SLAM missile with target lock. Buy this book: that's an order. For all fiction collections.‘Grant A. Fredericksen, Illinois Prairie Dist. P.L., Metamora
Cobb brings feminism and environmentalism to the naval thriller‘and does it remarkably well in this lightning-paced and well-informed tale of a lone U.S. destroyer holding off an Argentine incursion into Antarctica. Amanda Garrett captains the USS Cunningham, a stealthy, well-armed vessel with the best technology available in the year 2006. The ship is on patrol off Antarctica when a surprise invasion by Argentina (seeking mineral wealth and prepared to abrogate existing international treaties) leaves her as the only defense for treaty partners and for the ecologically fragile continent itself. As captain, Amanda uses her seamanship and her knowledge of the talents of her staff in a breathtaking sea battle fought in one of the most challenging environments on earth. Cobb not only demonstrates his control of action and plot but also incorporates intriguing military and political topics that couldn't be more timely. Best of all, he allows Amanda to command her ship as a woman‘not as a manly soul in a woman's body. Her strengths are a willingness to listen to all points of view, respect for each participant, evenhanded consideration of proposals and, finally, firm and objective decision-making. This is the rare military thriller whose message is gender-blind and leading-edge. (Aug.)