- Title: SSN Seadragon: The Crucible of Leviathan
- Author: J P Ronald
- Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense
- Length: 977 pages
- Publisher: Xulon Press
- Publication Date: August 30, 2017
SSN Seadragon: The Crucible of Leviathan – Synopsis
A “Leviathan spirit” is said to be a demon spirit controlled by Satan. When unleashed, it leaves total destruction in its wake, and cannot be subdued by normal human methods, but only by the power of God. The Cold War saw “Leviathan” snarling at his gate, salivating to be let loose, when humanity was treading ever closer to nuclear holocaust. During this period, American servicemen went into the breech to stand against whatever form “Leviathan” took, and like the American warriors of past years they held strong to their faith in God to see them through.
Such a warrior is Daniel O’Kean, a World War II UDT/OSS veteran and commissioned naval officer, turned covert deep-penetration maritime CIA specialist, who has only his faith to see him through his own encounters with “Leviathan.” His first test is a pre-invasion, reconnaissance mission behind the lines of Inchon Korea, where the threat of capture by North Korean invaders is around every corner. Later he leads an assignment into Latvia with near disastrous consequences. Then called upon again, into the steaming jungles near Haiphong Vietnam, while attempting to retrieve evidence of active Soviet intervention in the war, he uncovers an unusual and vital turn of events that leads to a twisted plot in the streets of London England.
With each step he takes he sees God’s hand guiding him closer to a fate he does not fully understand, but follows faithfully.
While O’Kean is battling an evil he cannot see, the captain of the nuclear submarine USS Seadragon, LCDR Renzo MacKenna has his own faith challenged in another form of “Leviathan” as he and CDR David Heidleman of the USS Permit coordinate to foil a Soviet plot to end America’s involvement in Vietnam. One wrong move by them and “Leviathan’s” bite could go nuclear.
About the Author
J.P. Ronald: A native son of Southwestern Pennsylvania, he is currently still living there with his wife and daughter. He graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelors of Science in Industrial Engineering with an emphasis of Manufacturing Engineering. His career spans twenty years as a Mechanical Engineer in heavy machinery, tooling, and automation design. While a student at Ohio State he was a member of the Navy ROTC Corps, seeking to become a nuclear submariner.
J.P.’s love for military history and technology comes through a family linage involving the United States Navy. His maternal grandfather was a commissioned Navy officer aboard the carrier USS Wasp CV-18 during World War II, and he eventually retired from the reserves as a Commander.
His paternal grandfather, while beyond military service age during World War II, built LSTs at a local shipyard in Pittsburgh PA. J.P.’s father and uncle both had a major influence in his career choice as both graduated from Carnegie Institute of Technology (Now Carnegie Mellon University) with Mechanical Engineering degrees. Both worked together at the Bettis Westinghouse Atomic Laboratories (Now Bechtel Marine Propulsion Corporation), working on refueling procedures for America’s nuclear-powered sub-marines and surface ships during the Cold War. J.P.’s father’s last assignment was the refueling procedures of the USS Seadragon SSN-584 in the mid-1970s, which is the reason JP chose her as the focus submarine of his book. J.P. is “born again” Christian and Catholic as the result of personal tragedies and experiences surrounding this beloved father’s death to cancer while finishing up at Ohio State.