Feb 28, 2012

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Joan Lunden Invades the Submarine Force/SEAL Teams!!!

The Joan Lunden Inspiration

I had a reviewer dog my book because he didn’t understand the need to have a female reporter and her companion come aboard the submarine. I can’t give him too much grief about it. The fact is, I never thought the whole gimmick would be construed as hokey simply because it was rooted in fact. However, if I hadn’t been aboard the Key West when we sent Joan Lunden off with the Navy SEALs to do a simulated special op, I may have landed in the camp that perceived a book that had a female reporter on the submarine as being, well, dumb. I never did give it a second thought though, because the Navy loves press like that. It’s like the movie “Act of Valor” if the Navy has a chance to get some good press, they are all over it. As well they should be. Otherwise, the only thing that would be in the news about the Navy would be scandals about CO’s being dismissed. When a reporter, like Joan Lunden, is willing to come aboard and highlight the stressful conditions an entire crew will put themselves through, that is a good thing. I know for me, even though my screen time is only about .5 seconds, this was a great time for me and I was able to show my mom and dad a little of what life was like for me.

In the book, it works out nicely to have the female reporter. She provides a way to dig into the mind of the Captain without Captain Maddox having to monologue to no one in particular for an entire chapter. That would have been hokey. So, if Joan Lunden ever did read “Hot Run,” I hope it would make her smile to think back to her time aboard the submarine and with the Navy SEALs.  It was fun for us all. By her coming aboard the boat, it also saved me and a few of my pals from a whole heap of trouble. You see, we had been operating out of Roosevelt Roads naval base in Puerto Rico and the night before we were headed out to sea, a couple of my buddies and I went to San Juan for the evening. Well, on the way back from San Juan we got lost, got a flat tire, changed it, got another flat tire and ended up missing the boat when it went back out to sea. If the boat hadn’t been coming back in three days to pick up Joan Lunden and her crew, we would have had to meet the boat back in Norfolk. Then, we would have really been in trouble. So it’s a big thanks I have to give Joan Lunden for saving my butt!

Here is the episode of “Behind Closed Doors” where we sent Joan Lunden off with the Navy SEALs. My .5 seconds of fame is at 5:38. I am the NUB sleeping in the torpedo room.


  1. James Peterson says:

    This is a great website. I just completed reading the nook version of “Hot Run” and enjoyed the book. I came to the website and look at what is available and actually learn some things about subs that I did not know. I am a Navy vet where I served as a Corpsman. I want to thank you for the great read and I look forward to reading the next novel.

    • T.S.S. says:

      Hey James, I’m glad you like the site and enjoyed Hot Run. Thank you for your service as well. I will keep you posted on the next book.

      ~ T. Steven Sullivan

  2. David E. Anderson says:

    I enjoyed the book Hot Run. I have just watched the video of the Key West and as a Sailor aboard the USS Gurnard SSN 662 during the early “70’s, I enjoyed the “newsclip” for its reality as well.
    I have read many, sub books and seen many viewing of life on a submarine but I think yours is the best. I hope to be able to meet you at Norfolk at the USSVI convention in Norfolk this fall or at Rochester, MN next year that the Mpls/St Paul base is hosting.
    I look forward to your next book.

    • T.S.S. says:


      Wow, thank you for the great compliment! I tried to write a story that would capture the enlisted submariner as genuinely as possible while still having fun with the fiction story line. I would love to make it to the convention this fall, especially since it is going to be in Norfolk. I spent two years stationed there and would love to see the old stomping grounds.

      ~ T. Steven Sullivan (Tim)

  3. Tomas Gonzalez says:

    Hey how are you. Haven’t read the book but the video brought back memories as I was on the boat at the time of filming. I’ve since been out of the navy since 1999 and moved on. It’s hard to believe that I would be retiring this year. Hahaha. Anyways good luck with your book and God Bless!!

  4. Mark Hendrickson says:

    Great read Tim I look forward to your next novel. I was USAF for 4 years in Vietnam but I’ve worked with the Navy for the last 30 (civilian) Many exercises off Rosy Roads. I’ve mostly ridden bigger ships CVN, LCC or LHA? A couple trips on smaller ships like DDG but I love the subs and you bring the boats alive.

  5. george.pilkington says:

    Great book. Looking forward to the next. I was a PR1 with VR24 in Rota Spain. We had a couple of first class go to OCS and we had a mustang officer. I once led a work party on the docks to help deliver supplies to be loaded on the subs based at Rota.
    Thanks for the memories.

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