The year is 2018 - a highly volatile nuclear world. Israel has obliterated the deep underground nuclear weapons facility built by Iran. The United States has destroyed the nuclear facility of a defiant North Korea. The Russians have upped the stakes in the latest world power-play - cyber warfare - to reduce the United States to helplessness: a three-strike missile attack on the National Security Agency at Fort Mead, Maryland, while simultaneously jamming the top-secret electronic access key to America’s nuclear launch system - the nuclear football. If successful, Russia would blow the United States off the nuclear map.
Meanwhile the British Royal Navy, formerly the most powerful in the world, is rapidly crumbling, leaving the United States without its main deep-sea ally at a time when they’re needed most. As this geopolitical battle comes to light behind closed doors dealings and dark secrets, it is up to Mossad spymaster, codenamed the 'Golan', to avert the Russian scheme, and there is only one man he in turn can trust to get the job done: US Navy Seal Mack Bedford.
It’s up to Mack Bedford to devise a plan to stop the Russians before they and their cyber weaponry reach the Chinese border - the launch site of their master plan. And with the entire country’s fate in his hands, Mack and his hard-trained, one of a kind SEAL Team 10 must not, cannot fail.
©2012 Patrick Robinson (P)2012 AudioGO
I am an avid listener. I listen between 75-100 hours per month on my iPhone: 60% fiction to 40% non-fiction.
Power Play is the latest in the Mack Bedford series. At this point there is no doubt that the old Patrick Robinson style of the Admiral Moran series is not coming back. In that series, Robinson made you feel for the villain almost as much as for the hero.
Power Play is about a resurging Russian nation and a plan to strike back at the United States for making it feel impotent. The plot is interesting and there are plenty of twists -- however, many of these twists are foreseeable and the story lack surprise and depth. Joe Barrnett did not add any punch to the story, his character voices were mainly flat and without emotion.
This is a fence novel in that, if you are a eager fan of Robinson - listen ; if you are considering reading this novel as a first Robinson reader -- I'd pass. I am going to pass on novel 5 if it is ever released.
Intense, scary, wiped-out
Other books by Robinson, Tom Clancy books, Marc Cameron books They are all military/what we could face. I would cal them realfiction.
I can't tell because it would spoil the book so I will just say the build up to the seals mission.
Oh yeah. Things kept getting in my way of listening to it straight through.
If you like Clancy but a little shorter, get this book.
Patrick is back with a great book. Only problem is that it went by to quickly. His character of Mack Bedford teamed up with Arnold Morgan made for an interesting plot. I wonder what the Irish would really think about becoming out 51st state. A nuclear strike on Fort Meade Md. is a chilling possibility. Look forward to Patrick's next book
Listening to books is the way I separate from the stress of being an attorney. I enjoy fiction, mystery thrillers, an occasional romance, and books about cutting edge medicine and science. I was a History major so that is always interesting too.
The gutsy responsiveness of our country and the particular island chosen be our partner and ally in the future. United States could use more of the determined spirit of that nation.
The old fashioned devotion to do what is right.
Hard not to like a Seal
Good plot and ideas for future partners to fight what is already global insanity
I would, but disappointing compared to all the other Patrick Robinson books. Way too much detail and not enough operational action.
Not the ususal Patrick Robinson blend of detail, planning and action.
Te original narrator for all of the Arnold Morgan books. He makes Morgan sound like a wimp. More action and less useless background.
The basic plot is good but how the story is told is lacking.
No, I think I have summed it up.
The story was really good, just as I had susptected it would be. Unfortunately the narrator challenged me to stay in the story. It was simply things, pronuciations, accents, etc that bothered me. Especially pronuciations. Seriously, if you're going to read a book, you had better understand what you're saying because I sincerely believe that the author did.
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