Scorpion Down

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Edward Offley

Narrated By: Richard Ferrone

Publisher: HighBridge Company

Date: April 2007

Duration: 15 hours 3 minutes


The last thing they heard was the faint scree-scree of a high-speed propeller. Then the torpedo hit, the warhead detonated, the ocean thundered in, and 99 men died.

On May 22, 1968, an American submarine was sunk by the Soviets as reprisal for the sinking of a Soviet sub just 10 weeks before. The tragic loss of the USS Scorpion and its crew is still described by the U.S. Navy as an "inexplicable accident." In fact, it was a secret buried by both the U.S. and the Soviet governments to prevent the Cold War from turning into World War III.

For nearly 40 years, researchers, journalists, and family members of the lost crew have tried to learn the truth while the Navy and U.S. intelligence communities have covered up the facts. Based on a quarter-century of research, an extraordinary array of new resources, and hundreds of interviews with military personnel with direct connections to the disaster, Scorpion Down is the first book to tell what really happened. It's the first to reveal that the official Scorpion story—the sub's failure to make port, the frantic open-ocean hunt, the search that ultimately "found" the wreckage, and the Court of Inquiry's carefully crafted conclusions—was all a lie.


  • S. J.

    What an enormous waste of time. The Author has taken what could have been a tremendous story, and turned it into dull and unimaginable waste of approx 11 hours. As a career officer, I have had the priveledge to read more imaginative after action reports by junior officers.

  • Anonymous

    This is a very well written book which, for the most part, keeps the listener very attentive. It reads something like a mystery novel. The only criticism I could offer is that there are too many useless details. But in general it is an excellent book.

  • tom

    Overall this is very well done and documents a remarkable story that moves along fairly well. With that said there is repetition of many of the facts. When he finally gets around to the conclusion he does not spend a lot of time on it; not nearly as much as is spent documenting the navy brass cover up. Overall, though, it is well worth the time spent in listening.

  • rv9av8tr

    A fascinating inside look at the history of the Scorpion, it's mission and the implications of world politics at the time. Read Red Star Rogue first and the history of Scorpion makes so much sense.

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