The Voyage of the Stingray is a Nautical Adventure, full of surprises, suspense and intrigue.
A new, top-secret type of submarine – USS Stingray (SSL 1001) – is being developed by the US Navy.
Commander Jeff Woodbridge is given command of the SSL project after it broke its first captain and killed the next one! Assistance comes in the unlikely form of an MIT dropout sent to help them with their new electronic toys. Slowly the captain and crew learn how to use it and to take advantage of its special talents – small size, stealth and littoral (close to shore) operations.
NCIS is sent to investigate the death of the previous captain and discovers it is not an accident!
Stingray is dispatched on Sudden Deployment, and sails on two hours’ notice – leaving part of the crew behind. The boat’s medical officer, Dr. Ellyn Gross, sails with her, contrary to Navy regs. In addition, an unintentional stowaway is found.
Stingray heads for the Middle East, takes on a SEAL team and heads for the Iranian coast!
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Richard Steinitz (b.1947) was born in New York City. After four years at S.U.N.Y. Buffalo, he moved to Israel in 1968, where he has lived since then with his wife, Naomi.
They have two children and two grandchildren. He is the author of three published novels: “The Voyage of the Stingray”, “Murder Over the Border” and “Kaplan’s Quest”.When not writing books, he works as a translator (Hebrew to English) and editor for local writers whose native language is not English.
“The Voyage of the Stingray” was born out of his love of ships and the sea, which has been with him since about the age of ten! The book is the product of his imagination and some four years of writing. When pushed to describe it in one sentence, he says: ‘It is a cross between The Hunt for Red October and the Horatio Hornblower books by CS Forester.’
A one-month stint at a small army outpost near the triangle border (Israel-Jordan-Syria) triggered something, which eventually led to his first novel – “Murder Over the Border” – which took some seven years to write. “MOB” is a classic detective novel, based in the Middle East and steeped in the Oslo Peace Process.
Having enjoyed the writing process, he tried his hand at 1st person narrative. This became his second novel, “Kaplan’s Quest”, which involves a genealogical search for a family member who disappeared during the holocaust.
Richard enjoys corresponding with his readers, so if you wish to contact him, write to: firstname.lastname@example.org