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Red sky at morning
Garrison, Paul, 1952-
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First edition.
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New York : Avon Books, [2000]

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369 pages ; 25 cm
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As Thousands of foreign ships arrive in New York Harbor for Fleet Week, beneath the surface of the Hudson River a rogue armada of Chinese attack submarines is taking position, poised to launch a blitzkrieg attack on an unsuspecting populace.

Tugboat captain Ken Hughes knows New York Harbor as few other navigators do. Now, in the midst of chaos and terror -- on a familiar waterway that has suddenly turned hostile and deadly -- he finds himself on the front lines of the battle to free a hostage Manhattan.

Time is running out for a city under siege as Hughes, a beautiful, gutsy sailing enthusiast, and a courageous handful of desperate citizens race to save the metropolis and the nation.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

If someone fantasizes about blowing up New York real good, Garrison is the dream come true. His instrument is the current enemy-object of combat-thrillers, Red China. Its instrument is a flotilla of submarines commanded by Admiral Tang Li. Before he exits the stage, Tang has destroyed most of Lower Manhattan--but why? Megalomaniacal geo-political plans motivate him, but these ambitions serve as bare props for the havoc he wreaks. Readers searching for deft international intrigue ala Frederick Forsyth or Robert Harris, drive through, please. Those ordering action and ammo get a swirling cacophony of both. The maelstrom starts with the torpedoing of a cruise ship off Long Island; almost every ship in New York Harbor, including tugboat captain Ken Hughes and girlfriend Kate, sorties to the rescue, just as Tang planned. After a slight hiccup in which Tang's sub sinks and he hijacks Ken and his tug, the attack on Manhattan proper begins. Fighting constitutes most of the story: 10,000 Chinese commandos disgorging from subs and shooting their way through the skyscraper canyons; a few NYPD officers resisting; the mayor repairing to a command post; and some feeble counterattacks from the U.S. Navy. In addition, there are sideshows a-plenty to the firefights amid the smoky, glass-sharded scenery. Escapist pulp with some niche in the guy-heavy action genre, but down-market from the Nelson DeMilles or Clive Cusslers. (Reviewed December 1, 1999)0380976935Gilbert Taylor

Publisher's Weekly Review

Unsuspecting readers are guaranteed sleepless nights as Garrison (Fire and Ice) out-Clancys the competition, tracking a driven Chinese admiral who leads a successful submarine invasion of Manhattan in the middle of a business day at the height of Fleet Week. Admiral Tang Li has slipped his diesel submarine force into the Hudson River and ventures into the Atlantic to torpedo a just-departed passenger liner to lure the visiting warships out of New York harbor. The invasion is intended to distract the U.S. from China's planned attack on Taiwan--but the obsessed Tang Li has more complex motives. Tugboat captain Ken Hughes is cruising the harbor with new love Kate Ross when Ken's tug is commandeered by Li's crew. Kate escapes in an inflatable raft, but Li makes the tug his command post, forcing Ken to help direct the subs. When Kate and Ken's buddy, TV reporter Jose Chin, tries to contact Mayor Rudolph Mincarelli (read Giuliani to a tee), Mincarelli's press secretary (and rumored lover), Renata Bradley, cuts them off. She is troubled enough, however, to hustle herself and the mayor out of Gracie Mansion. Meanwhile, 100 subs surface all around Manhattan, and commandos swarm ashore, shooting citizens, wiping out police stations and leveling One Police Plaza as they battle their way to City Hall and the World Trade Center. Garrison follows the battle through the travails of a wide ethnic mix of New York heroes, and the action hurtles along at bazooka blast speed, revealing the city and the harbor as Manhattan residents have never seen it before. National reaction and presidential response is understated and the cinematic confrontation between the main protagonists is a bit anticlimactic, but no matter: the blur of turning pages will keep readers engrossed. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

First it was King King, then Godzilla-and now an armada of Chinese submarines filled with soldiers has launched an attack on Manhattan, aiming to hold the city and the United States hostage. This is the probable but exciting premise of Garrison's second novel. Tugboart captain Ken Hughes and his new love, book editor Kate Hughes and his new love, book editor Kate Ross, are swept up by the events. Ken is captured by Chinese Admiral Tang Li, who wishes to be emporer of China, while Kate escapes to try and warn a disbelieving Gothem. There is action galore as the city and the nation fially areact to the peril. While this reviewer doesn'e think the United States has sold the Chinese quite enough secrets to enable them to pull off this caper, this book is exciting, escapist fun. Recommended for public libraries. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 11/15/99.]-Robert Conroy, Warren, MI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.