The Declassified Secrets of Black Saturday

Vasili Arkhipov saved the world from death by firestorm...

New Book Reveals Nuclear Near Miss

Based on the true saga of a daring Russian Submarine Sailor

You Know the Ending, but You Don't Know the Story

Suffering PTSD and radiation poisoning from the K-19 disaster, Vasili Arkhipov rode the B-59 submarine carrying a nuclear torpedo into the Cuban Missile Crisis that thrust him between Captain Savitsky and apocalyptic disaster.

The Last Saturday of October

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The brink of Nuclear Apocalypse in the Sargasso Sea

This Breathtaking Novel Lets You Feel History

"If you read one naval thriller this year, let it be The Last Saturday of October: The Declassified Saga of Black Saturday ... so disturbing, so gripping, and so wild that it’s hard to believe it’s based on declassified facts."

The B-59 Incident of Black Saturday 1962

"Dark and intense ... enjoyable as it is disturbing ... a powerful encounter with history ... a stunning submarine thriller."

The true story of Russian naval officer Vasili Arkhipov who stopped a nuclear firestorm and saved the United States, and the world. 

The Man Who Saved the World--Vasili Arkhipov


"Vasili Arkhipov is arguably the most important person in modern history, thanks to whom October 27, 2017 isn’t the 55th anniversary of WWIII." Max Tegmark, October 27, 2017.


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The Last Saturday of October


Nuclear Near Miss

Cuban Missile Crisis

"The Cuban Missile Crisis just isn't what it used to be." Thomas S. Blanton

Soviet Foxtrot Diesel Submarines

 Responsibility for war and peace delegated itself to a handful of marauding, sea-roving Soviet sub captains. 

Nuclear Torpedoes

 The nuke lay in its cradle, sealed orders rested in the safe, and the clock ticked. 

Ride the B-59 to the Sargasso

 We are heading into Bermuda Triangle and the Battle of the Sargasso Sea.

We follow orders. We keep attacking.

Prevented Nuclear War


You just can’t have this kind of war. There aren’t enough bulldozers to scrape the bodies off the streets.

Dwight D. Eisenhower. 


About the Author

Inventor, researcher, engineer, mathematics professor.

US Naval Academy and Yale University


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