Creative works by author Dan Foley.

Intruder Back Story

Every story has a back story. Sometimes it’s laid out in the story, sometimes the reader never gets to see it, it stays firmly in the author’s head. Intruder has a back story, and I’m going to share it with you.

Everything about the technical aspects of the USS John Hancock are based on the USS George Bancroft SSBN 643. I was a member of the Bancroft’s Blue drew from early 1969 to December 1971 when I transferred to the attack submarine USS Gato SSN 615. I made four deterrent patrols aboard the Bancroft and qualified on all mechanical watchstations in the engine room and AMRII lower level.

Many (most) of the non-supernatural events in Intruder actually happened. My intent was to show the reader what the day-to-day life aboard a submarine is actually like. The ghost was my way of showing the reader what is was like living within a steel shell surrounded by an unforgiving ocean. The ocean is always with us, always trying to find a way in. Always ready to kill every man on board and destroy the submarine.

I also wanted to convey the status of the enlisted men who absolutely no say whatsoever in the decisions that affect their lives. I think I managed to do that. IF you come and join me on the Hancock, or have already been there, I hope you feel just a bit of what we lived with every day on patrol.