Written by USS WILLIAM H. BATES (SSN 680) submariners Dean Macris (73-75) and Tim Mazza (73-76), Moral Revenge is a work of fiction about family, honor, devotion, and revenge set in the world of fast-attack submarines. When global events, egos, and naval careers drive the United States Navy to use Vice Admiral Alexis Kochenko as a scapegoat it shakes him and his family to its core.

Finding himself inadvertently complicit in a corrupt consortium jeopardizing the safety of the elite submarine service that he and his son have committed their lives to, the Admiral is consumed protecting the family name and the legacy his Lithuanian immigrant parents had so hoped to create.

Torn by revenge, patriotism and honor, the Admiral’s son, John Kochenko, the commanding officer of one of the Navy’s newest nuclear fast attack submarines, the USS REDFISH (SSN 68X), risks everything as he leads a select group of crew members to do the unthinkable. In apparent disregard for his family tenets, John sets out to right the wrong done to his father, simultaneously exposing the consortium in hopes to save his family, the United States Submarine Service, and the country from an unimaginable fate.

Moral Revenge triggers every human emotion, leading you to ask the crucial question: “Was this final act justified?”


What readers have to say…

“Let me be upfront with anyone who reads this commentary regarding the novel Moral Revenge. I served with the authors in the early 1970’s on a US Navy fast-attack nuclear submarine at the height of the Cold War and each of us has maintained a close friendship since those days.

Moral Revenge is one of many Cold War submarine related novels to be published recently. A work of fiction, the authors have nicely woven a tale that is not probable but certainly plausible. In doing so they have clearly captured fast-attack submarine life. This clear picture includes the life style, jargon, crew member assignments, and the cultural aspects of submarine life. The reader will be intrigued by the fast moving plot, but perhaps more importantly, the reader will become very well versed in submarine operations and capabilities. Even folks with no submarine experience or knowledge will feel as if they are witnessing and understanding the peculiarities of submarine life!

As the authors have clearly stated, this book triggers every human emotion, and begs the individual reader to ask if the actions of a few highly capable and well trained individuals were justified!

I would recommend this fine novel to anyone who yearns for a fast moving tale involving ‘engineering works of art’; the nuclear powered fast attack submarine!”

~ Al Konetzni Jr.
Vice Admiral USN (retired)
Former Commander of US Submarines in the Pacific


Very good story line, was hooked right from the beginning.


Being a surface sailor, I have always had deep respect for the sub surface sailors, the life they live, the sacrifices all these submariners make, going under the surface for months on end.


It was a good read, I only hope what was portrayed was fiction, and never happened. Loved it from start to finish.


I found the book very interesting and a good read. The story kept my interest throughout.


As a former submariner from the era of the 70's. I was wrapped up in the story and the details had me thinking and feeling like I was back on board my old boat. I could again feel the boat move and I could hear the sounds of the boat. It was a great voyage. Thanks to the authors for a great trip.


Strap in and get ready, this is one book you don't want to miss.


This book was amazing from beginning to end. The storyline was great. Kept my interest and was hard to put down. Action, mystery, adventure and gives you the feeling of such a strong family bond. Great read! I highly recommend it!


Absorbing work of fiction that seems like it could be real. Very well-written by two Cold War Era submariners. I highly recommend to anyone who enjoys military topics. You’ll learn a lot about submarines, and develop a deeper appreciation for those who serve!


This storyline will keep you on the edge of your seat. Brilliant writing with the most incredible details that make it so real, you will think you lived it. Please bring us more.


Book was well written and most factual in the submarine information. I highly recommend this for the people whose father read books about Submarines.


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The book is currently available at Bank Square Books in Mystic, CT, the book alone is available via Amazon and Barnes and Noble in both print and Kindle versions.

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Just a quick update on this years Amoeba Races 21, at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando, FL, scheduled for 1000 30 AUG 2021 until you decide to give up or the end of the USSVI Convention on 03 SEP 2021.

Those who have already registered and paid include:

  • Frank Allen
  • John Connon
  • Ken Crosby
  • Randall Davis & Gloria
  • Bob Emmitt
  • Dave Gordon
  • Mark Herber
  • Paul Huber & spouse
  • Michael Jack
  • Lee Johnson
  • Randy Kahl
  • Jerry Lundquist
  • Carlos Manzo
  • Chuck Phillippe & Cyndie
  • Terry Stanley

In addition, Chris Watson and Matt Crossley have indicated they are attending, but have not finalized their registration as of this date.

The main event will be the Wekiva Island Outing at the Wekiva Island Resort just north of Orlando on Monday, 30 AUG 2021, 1000-2100, which includes a genuine Chuck Phillippe barbecue, drinks and snacks of all sorts, beach cabanas on the river, reconnecting with shipmates, and probably many lifetimes of not-to-be-missed sea stories. (If you aren’t there, you won’t be able to defend yourself!)

The USSVI Convention this year is being held at the Shingle Creek, along with thirteen other boat reunions, so there will be plenty to do and plenty of catching up with old friends.

It’s not too late to register and attend, so if you don’t want to miss out, follow the links below for more information and registration.

If you still need a hotel room, I have two reserved that I will not be using - see the Two Rooms Available article below (in the Familygram) or on the SSN-680 P.O.D. on the website.

There is not a moment to lose!

19 regroupex 17It turns out that I am not going to be able to get away for the Amoeba Races or the USSVI Convention in Orlando, FL. 

Just one of those years...

I have two rooms reserved at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort from 8/29 to 9/03 at the group rate, one double queen, and one king suite. I have to release these in the next few days so I don't pay for them.

21 regroupex 17If you need a room at the Shingle Creek, let me know so we can work out a swap with the hotel. If I don't hear from you by 1800 on 20 AUG 2021, I'll release these back into the general USSVI room pool.

If you are interested, email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

See you at REGROUPEX 22!

The preparations for the USS WILLIAM H. BATES (SSN 680) AMOEBA RACES 21 are in full swing.

AMOEBA RACES 21 kicks off Monday morning, 30 AUG 2021 at 1000 with our main event, the Wekiva Island Outing, and continues for the first day or so of the USSVI Convention, where thirteen other boats are also having reunions.

In the true spirit of the Amoeba Races, we are once again off to the races! The Amoeba Races!

Now that most states are opening up for travel, we are moving ahead with the Amoeba Races 2021, also known as this year's USS WILLIAM H. BATES (SSN 680) reunion.

We are coordinating our reunion with the USSVI annual convention in Orlando, Florida. This allows us to take advantage of their hotel rates as well as their scheduled activities. Plans are still being developed but here is what we have now:

SSN-680.org is dead.

Well, the website is still up, and if you type www.ssn-680.org, you’ll still get to the familiar blue and orange Bates site. It’s still usable to a degree, and you can still register and log in. Maybe dead-locked is a better word.

Time marches on. We have reached the point I can’t continue to modify and improve the website because of the database that drives the site. I found out last week when I wasn’t able to incorporate tracking of RSVP ’s to the August get-together in Orlando. The data structure behind the web site literally reached its limit, and without a major overhaul we can’t do much with it. That’s all on me, based on decisions made over eight years ago during the sun-680.org website’s first overhaul.

There is a hint of reunion in the air. A good idea, long overdue, is coming together. Enough of you have expressed interest to motivate a few of you to push this forward.

We really haven't established anything more than the possibility at this point, but it's looking like Labor Day weekend of this year in Orlando, FL, with the USSVI Annual Convention might be a real possibility.

Check here for conversation as this evolves. Look for updates through the P.O.D., Facebook groups, and the occasional Familygram.

We'll keep you posted!


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