The story in HMS Unseen is a loose follow-up to Nimitz Class. Once more Ben Adnam is back in the action. He survived the action in the previous book in the series, but he is still in trouble. However, he manages to evade the Iraqis that are hunting him and instead joins up with the Iranian government. He wants revenge. And he sees a possibility for doing so by carrying out a terrorist attack and making certain Iraq is blamed for it. And his goals are shared by his new allies.
What Adnam proposes is unprecedented. Outrageous. Preposterous. On the other hand, if anybody can do it, it is him. He has knowledge and training no other terrorist has.
The H.M.S. Unseen is one of the most efficient, lethal submarines ever built. But suddenly, on a training mission off the English coast, it vanishes, baffling military intelligence on both sides of the Atlantic, including National Security Adviser Admiral Arnold Morgan. Submarines do not just disappear.
A missing weapon is dangerous enough. But then the unthinkable begins to happen. Planes begin blowing up across the skies.
Searching for answers, Morgan is convinced that only one man can be behind all these devastating events: his archenemy, the world’s most cunning—yet reportedly dead—terrorist spy. Arnold Morgan is determined to stop his old nemesis, but this time the challenge is huge. Morgan must use all his wits to find a madman armed with a powerful sub hidden somewhere in a million square miles of ocean. What Morgan doesn’t know, however, is that the fanatical terrorist has a plan of his own, one that will bring these two intense warriors face-to-face.
Patrick Robinson is a great plotter, and Admiral Arnold Morgan is actually an excellent character. At times the writing is not quite up to the standards of the plotting, but still H.M.S. Unseen is entertaining enough and sufficiently action-filled so that Robinson kept me reading at a pretty brisk pace. HMS Unseen is a pretty good and suspenseful thriller by Patrick Robinson.