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My French publisher asked for a forward to the tenth anniversary publication of ATTACK OF THE SEAWOLF.

How do you say how you feel about a book without spoiling the fun of reading it?

It wasn't easy, but here was my attempt:


After ten years of writing, I would like to say a few words about what the books of the Pacino series and the enthusiasm of my French fans have meant to me.

When I left the U.S. Navy's Submarine Force in 1987, I knew the Cold War was drawing to a close, but I missed serving aboard my submarine. It was hard to realize that I would never again hold a periscope optics module for hours on end, never again peer through the cross-hairs at a Russian destroyer. I'd taken my ship to periscope depth for the last time, shot a torpedo for the last time, and ordered the ship to submerge for the last time. I felt like I grew up on the deckplates of the USS Hammerhead, and I missed that part of my life. My mind continued returning to that first day that I reported aboard. It was one of the best moments of my life, finally fulfilling my professional destiny to fight the Cold War against the Soviets from the deep. I remember thinking what it would be like to take on the lead submarine of the Russian Navy, just the two of us, under the polar icecap, exchanging torpedoes, and may the best man win. I wondered, with all our training against all their technology – would we prevail? Would it come down to the character and bravery of the captains? In that moment, my first novel VOYAGE OF THE DEVILFISH was born, even thought it would be a decade before I took pen in hand to start the manuscript.

I had always intended to write novels, and a submarine novel is what I wanted to begin my writing career with. I hadn't intended to begin until I was fifty or even later – life was busy with one small child and a second on the way. But Tom Clancy's Hunt for Red October had come out – I actually read it while on a submerged patrol on the Hammerhead – and I was disappointed. It was nothing like the reality of a submarine. The Americans didn't act like they were portrayed, nor did the Russians. I wanted a real combat submarine novel, written by a submarine insider, that captured the taste and feel of being submerged. Such a book didn't exist. It was up to me, I thought. I began VOYAGE OF THE DEVILFISH, writing about my vision the day I came aboard Hammerhead. After a year of struggle attempting to get published, VOYAGE OF THE DEVILFISH came out in 1992.

The question became, what do I do now? As it turned out, ATTACK OF THE SEAWOLF, my second novel, was even better than my first, and remains to this day my favorite of all the books I've written. The book has deep meaning to me, and represented my attempt to understand what was going on in my life at the time. To say any more would ruin the story, so I will allow the reader to make his own determination. I particularly hope my French readers will enjoy this story.

The books after ATTACK OF THE SEAWOLF told the story of the aftermath, and how Michael Pacino rose in the ranks of the Navy to eventually be placed in command as the Chief of Naval Operations. As he fought the conflicts of the early 21st century, my French readers took notice and have made my success in Europe. For that fan loyalty, I would like to thank you. In 1984, my submarine Hammerhead pulled into Toulon, and I have never forgotten the hospitality given me by the French. I extend my deepest thanks to my French readers for all their support.



First in an electrifying new series from “A MASTER RIVALING TOM CLANCY.”

--Publishers Weekly

U.S. Navy submarine commander Peter Vornado is at the top of his game in underwater warfare when a devastating illness takes him out of the service and almost to the grave. Without duty, honor, or something to fight for, his life is as good as over.

But the CIA needs a man like Vornado…

A terrorist cabal has acquired a scrapped Soviet sub from the Cold War -- a technologically advanced failure still able to outrun any torpedo or enemy vessel and strike at will. With a nuclear payload, it will enable them to strike directly at Israeland throw the world into chaos. All that remains is to modernize the sub with the latest technology.

Only one man can infiltrate the group, take the helm, and stop a holocaust -- a man who has already stared down death, and is ready to do battle once more…

“Compelling and visionary. DiMercurio’s characters run as deep as his submarines themselves!”

--Joe Buff, author of Crush Depth and Thunder in the Deep

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Michael DiMercurio
Princeton, New Jersey



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