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The Last Saturday of October: The Declassified Saga of Black Saturday by Douglas Gilbert is a breathtaking novel that will take readers into surprising places, filled with historical references and declassified information about one of the most decisive moments in modern history. Could anyone have believed that it was a Russian sailor who saved the United States from a nuclear firestorm? What actually happened in that military standoff on Black Saturday in 1962? This book provides stunning answers to these questions and leads readers into a detailed account of the courageous journey of a Russian sailor, Vasily Arkhipov, who forestalled the nuclear raid on the US. The author leads readers into the depths of the Soviet submarine B-59 to explore events that took place inside the hull.
This story is so disturbing, so gripping, and so wild that it’s hard to believe it’s based on declassified facts. The author does a wonderful job keeping the reader engrossed from the very first page, through each well-written scene to the next gripping one. Douglas Gilbert seems to have done great research on the subject, and his writing, coupled with the unique phraseology, comes across with unusual confidence and grace. I couldn’t stop reading from the very first page. This well-researched, beautifully written thriller is grounded in historical evidence, a story that is as enjoyable as it is disturbing. If you read one naval thriller this year, let it be The Last Saturday of October: The Declassified Saga of Black Saturday. It is a satisfying story.