This account of the US conflict with the Barbary "pirates" (Muslims) is entertaining, succinct and accurate. The book's observations of how the Muslims negotiate, fight and act holds true today as the conflict between the West and Islam continues.
I have seen the movie which is excellent several times, but the book is awesome.
Dickey can write and uses words like a railroad man drives a spike.
I loved his description of canoeing. Amazing.
This is a man's book about men in the wilderness with a great intro about contemporary culture.
Will Patton's accent and inflection makes the narrative come alive.
I have done whitewater rafting and canoeing. Listening to the book I was on the water again..
If you like the Revolutionary War, this covers a time period rarely written about:
from the Battle of Long Island to the Surprise attack on Trenton.
However, the writing style is very poor with lots of repetition.
The author writes a good basic narrative but then sidetracks from time to time into discussions of aspects of the war that are dry and boring.
He repeats quotes from various characters.
Not one of his better efforts
The reader was o.k.. It was not the reader but the writing that I disliked.
I found the book to be a window into the mystery of the Turkish mind as it wrestles with Islam. Set in a snow storm, it is haunting and surreal throughout. It may take a couple chapters to get into so be patient.
This was my first experience with author Vince Flynn and his hero Mitch Rapp. The book was fun, fast, refreshing blunt and filled with macho bravado and violence. It is centered on our current crisis with IRAN and offers some predictable yet solid insights for escapist fiction.
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