Ice Station Zebra Author:Alistair MacLean A British trawler operating in the North Seas has picked up an SOS from Ice Station Zebra, a British meteorological station on the polar ice cap. The message indicates that the Station been mysteriously swept by fire and that time is running out for the handful of survivors. American and Russian long-range bombers circle the North Pole, trying... more » vainly to pick up the location of Zebra, but their radar is nullified by the Arctic storms.
At this point, the American nuclear Submarine, The Dolphin, stationed in the Firth of Clyde, is ordered to proceed north under the Arctic ice in hope that she may be able to break through somewhere near the last reported location of Ice Station Zebra. Before she can weigh anchor, a British civilian doctor suddenly appears on board, with orders from the British Admiralty and some impressive credentials from Washington. The American submarine commander is suspicious of his credentials, but they seem to be in order. He is also unwilling to reveal the secrets of a nuclear submarine to a foreigner. Reluctantly, he takes him on board, not realizing what an important part the British doctor is destined to play in the adventures which lie ahead.
Thus begins one of Alistair MacLean's most memorable novels of intrigue and suspense. The story takes the reader from the dangerous waters under the polar ice cap to the sub-zero weather above it. From the small accidents which can lead to instantaneous disaster to the planned attacks of a cunning and unscrupulous enemy.
The book has some real heroes, but not the least of them is the nuclear submarine itself, with all the devices which give it a fantastic ability to survive.« less