It is 2007, and three supertankers are ablaze in the Strait of Hormuz. World oil prices skyrocket. US Military Intelligence concludes that behind this catastrophe at the gateway to the Persian Gulf stands Iran, assisted by an expansionist China. Joined by new, young naval intelligence officer Lt. Jimmy Ramshawe, Admiral Arnold Morgan threatens the ...
It is 2007, and three supertankers are ablaze in the Strait of Hormuz. World oil prices skyrocket. US Military Intelligence concludes that behind this catastrophe at the gateway to the Persian Gulf stands Iran, assisted by an expansionist China. Joined by new, young naval intelligence officer Lt. Jimmy Ramshawe, Admiral Arnold Morgan threatens the Iranian Navy with annihilation, deploying the US Navy to Hormuz along with the nuclear submarine, USS Shark, carrying two teams of Navy SEALS. With the US Navy distracted, China is able to unleash an attack on Taiwan, America's weak ally. The situation is critical as mutiny occurs onboard the USS Shark, jeopardising the entire operation by preventing the SEALS from assisting the increasingly desperate Taiwanese Air force ...
My first go at the novels by Patrick Robinson and I believe it will be my last. I found the book rife with errors. Examples: the White House does not reside at 1400 Pennsylvania Ave, the USN does not use a "tannoy" but rather the 1MC, and the US Navy is not the "senior service". While the narrative was at times exciting, the dialogue is enough to make you wince. 'Recommend you stick with Nelson DeMille, Vince Flynn or George MacDonald Fraser.
Jun 9, 2008
While they were busy...
This submarine thriller features a partnership between Iran and China, who team up in an effort to gain control of the world's oil supply. Of course, the U.S. won't just stand by, so their Navy is mobilized to that part of the world. They refer to this as Pax Americana, or peace on American terms. While the U.S. is busy dealing with mines blowing up tankers, China takes the opportunity to attack Taiwan, supposedly to get back the cultural treasures of China that were taken by Chiang kai-shek when he was exiled to Formosa (now Taiwan). The American public has to ask whether they want to get involved in a war with China, even though they promised to protect Taiwan. This book has SEAL Black Ops, including one where a character from previous books is killed. It made me sad. But I was glad to see Commander Rick Hunter back leading the SEALs. He's quite a guy, in my imagination, at least. In another operation, the Captain of the submarine, USS Shark develops strange and paranoid ideas. That, along with his cowardice, leads him to decide to leave the SEALs stranded, in order to save his own skin. The XO who steps in to save them is charged with mutiny. In the inevitable court martial, he's found guilty although they agree with him. For the greater good of Naval discipline, he's hung out to dry. Not a surprising verdict in situations like this.
Publishers Weekly, 2001-04-30 The fifth in a series of naval techno-thrillers that includes Nimitz Class and H.M.S. Unseen, Robinson's latest offers little more than tired anti-Beijing paranoia and chest-thumping adulation of U.S. military might. It is the year 2007, and the U.S. national security adviser, Adm. Arnold Morgan (the curmudgeonly patriot who has graced all of Robinson's previous novels), is unhappily marking time. He has been persuaded to stay on past his planned retirement date by a jittery Joint Chiefs of Staff worried about the aging Republican president ("a complete flake"). Bored now because "the goddamned world's gone quiet," Morgan and a junior intelligence officer named Ramshawe are almost relieved to discover that devious Chinese admirals, familiar from previous installments, have teamed up with the mad mullahs of Tehran to hatch a dastardly plot: they have set up a massive minefield across the Strait of Hormuz at the mouth of the Persian Gulf, directly in the path of the world's oil tankers; destroying them will drive world oil prices through the stratosphere and derail the global economy. Of course, the navy's chain of command gets in the way of those alert enough to smell a rat, and Ramshawe's warnings go unheeded until tankers start going boom. At that point, Morgan deploys the bulk of naval forces to the Gulf, and the U.S. and China go to the brink again. Robinson's description of submarine operations is not as detailed as Tom Clancy's, and his portrayal of SEALs is not as realistically gritty as Richard Marcinko's, but he does pick up handily on real world tensions. Whether or not he triumphs and here he does not neither he nor his hero show signs of slowing down. (May 22) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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