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I've read most of Robinson's books, and I think his earlier ones are better. They were more submarine technothrillers. The last few were more about land-based operations and politics. This book follows the villain introduced in Scimitar SL-2 and re-introduced in Barracuda 945. Those two books were excellent. In this book, the villain is obsessed with attempting to assassinate Admiral Arnold Morgan. I can't speak for most of his research, and I understand that it is fictional, but I laughed at two things: The first was about a Canadian connection to terrorism. They made a fictional airline, Thunder Bay Airlines, which is supposedly owned by Saudi's, and whose purpose is to bring vacationers to the ski resorts in Thunder Bay. As far as I can remember, there's only one ski hill there, generously called Mound MacKay, but Thunder Bay isn't known for resorts of any kind. This airline also apparently flies out of Downsview Airport, which was a former army base, and I'm sure wouldn't have a long enough runway. Anyway, the Americans shoot this plane out of the sky and hardly blink at the loss of life, since there were no Americans aboard. The other was that this Middle Eastern terrorist chose to pass himself off as a Finnish businessman. He should have chosen to be something easier, like a Swede or Russian, because even I have trouble doing a Finnish accent because it's so unique. He also put on a blond wig. Later it said he decided to shave off his dark beard. Did he really wear a blond wig with a dark beard? Great disguise! I finished it, and it was okay, but not the kind of book you can't put down. I also find that Robinson has all his characters curse like sailors (no offence to sailors): Christian, Muslim, Jew, male or female, all curse Christ. It's quite offensive, actually, and another reason I probably won't bother with any more of his books.
Publishers Weekly, 2008-04-07 Even fans of bestseller Robinson's previous techno-thrillers featuring Adm. Arnold Morgan and his archenemy, SAS-major-turned-Hamas-general Ravi Rashood (Hunter Killer, etc.), may find this climax to their struggle a bit hard to swallow. After an attempted terrorist outrage at Boston's Logan Airport is foiled by chance, the captured bombers implicate Rashood in their scheme, leading the U.S. and Israel to redouble their efforts to eliminate him. While the Israelis manage to trace Rashood and his wife and partner-in-killing, Shakira, to a quiet block in Damascus, the hit on him fails when the professional squad somehow manages to detonate its explosive without verifying that the man entering the couple's house is, in fact, the quarry. Furious that Shakira was injured in the attack, Rashood devises a complicated plan to assassinate Morgan while the admiral is visiting London. Full of plot implausibilities, this entry makes a weak ending to this popular series. 5-city author tour. (June) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
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