Just like you, but different
Start judging me.
It is a chapter book, each chapter it’s own story, and only a few pages long. It’s like a DVD but in text and paper format with a lot less pictures.
The long story short;
And… particle beam weapons are good for line of sight, so the bad guys have also modified a super-tanker to be equipped with a beam deflector, of course, allowing them to deflect or bend the particle beam to over the horizon targets.
So anyway this super-tanker beam-deflector has installed in it the deflector array, and the super-cooled magnetic ring to generate enough deflection for the particle beam. To power this they’ve installed a couple nuclear reactors from submarines. Of course. It bobs about in the ocean, extends the array and deflects the particle beam to another target. Clever stuff.
But the clever engineers have also routed all the power of the nuclear reactors through the ship to provide power the thrusters, needed to keep the boat ‘on station’. Same phase, same power generator. Not powered from the ships turbine engines or anything, but through the same power phase that is needed for the super-cooled magnets and the array.
You can see where they went wrong.
The hero gets in a lucky shot with an axe to the power conduit for one of the thrusters, and shock!!! the whole system goes down, the ship drifts, the super-cooling starts to warm and the array is flapping about in the wind. We’re saved. Phew. All that’s left is to escape in another submarine that’s stashed in the hold where the other bits aren’t.
It it was me I’d be asking for the money back from the design and engineering team that thought this power layout up.
Also in the book: Submarine races, underwater gas-axe escapes, paragliders and football stadiums, loose big-cats, a python, Russian spies, gorgeous of course, and derring-do.
Only took a few hours to read, and is improbable and as impossible as it sounds. Might try another one.