When Richard Marcinko wrote his best-selling autobiography, Rogue Warrior, he and co-writer John Weisman were bound by government restrictions and could only tell a fraction of his incredible story. Now the tales he could not tell, the secrets he could not reveal explode in Rogue Warrior II: Red Cell - a riveting ne novel with Marcinko himself as the hero.
He is the enemy's worst nightmare and lives by only one rule...win, by any means.
Freelance security consultant Dick Marcinko is playing terrorist at Tokyo's Narita Airport. Easily penetrating the facility's defenses, he engages in a deadly firefight with North Korean operatives - and discovers that a group of traitorous Americans are smuggling nuclear materials to North Korea and Japan. With no where else to turn, the former Secretary of Defense recalls Marcinko to the Navy against his will to command Red Cell, a dirty-dozen Seal team Marcinko created. From infiltrating Washington's Navy Yard offices and secret nuclear weapons depot in California, to raiding a North Korean Navy base and a target far out in the Pacific, the Rogue Warrior and his marauding SEALs fight incredible odds and increasingly dangerous enemies.
A relentlessly paced audiobook that hurtles to its electifying climax, Rogue Warrior II: Red Cell is as good as a thriller gets.
He's the man: take another thrill ride with the Rogue Warrior.
©1994 Richard Marcinko (P)1994 Simon & Schuster
"[P]aranoid military conspiracy buffs will find plenty to worry about here. A surefire bet for wannabe soldiers of fortune, this is also a frighteningly plausible scenario of political and military power gone astray." (Publishers Weekly)
...having read the book about ten years ago, I find it hard to believe this abridgement was approved by Mr. Marcinko. I guess it's likely he did though, since he's the one doing the narrating. I've listened to plenty of abridged audiobooks over the years (including titles where I have familiarity with the unabridged versions), but this one has *really* been gutted. There're a lot of details missing, and you lose a lot of Mr. Marcinko's enjoyable swagger which falls through the resulting cracks.
Either way, still a good story by itself, but if you like it check out the book or try to find an unabridged version.
FORTY SOMETHING THUG FOR HIRE WHO ENJOYS A GOOD BOOK.
THIS WAS ONE TITLE I THOROUGHLY EXPECTED TO ENJOY. I'VE READ ALL THE MARCINKO BOOKS, SOME YEARS BACK, AND HAD ENJOYED THEM FOR THEIR INSIDER'S KNOWLEDGE ON THE ART OF MAKING WAR, AND DICK MARCINKO'S UNIQUE VOICE. SO IT SEEMED A NATURAL CHOICE TO REVISIT THIS STORY ON AUDIBLE, AND THE PLUS WAS MARCINKO WAS DOING THE NARRATING. WELL, THAT FACT PROVED TO BE THE DOWN FALL OF THIS PROMISING OFFERING. THE STORY WAS STILL A FAST MOVING EXCURSION INTO EXCITEMENT AS MARCINKO AND CREW WAGE MAYHEM ON MILITARY INDUSTRIALISTS WHO HAVE STOLEN NUCLEAR WARHEADS FOR PROFIT. THE LANGUAGE IS FIERCE AND FULL OF VULGAR FOUR LETTER WORDS, AND WRITTEN IN SUCH A WAY THAT YOU SHOULD FEEL LIKE DICK MARCINKO IS TELLING YOU ABOUT HIS ADVENTURES AT A BAR, OVER A GLASS OF BOMBAY RUM; BUT UNFORTUNATELY, MARCINKO'S READING OF THE MATERIAL IS JUST THAT... A READING. THERE IS NO PERFORMANCE VALUE HERE AT ALL. MARCINKO SOUNDS LIKE HE IS READING HIS OWN MATERIAL RIGHT OFF THE PAGE, AND THE WAY HE READS IT SOUNDS LIKE HE MAY BE SEEING THE WORDS FOR THE FIRST TIME. IT REMINDED ME OF BEING BACK IN GRADE SCHOOL AND YOU WOULD HAVE TO READ SHAKESPEAR OUT LOUD IN FRONT OF THE CLASS. NO, WAIT, SOME OF THOSE READINGS HAD MORE INFLECTION THAN MARCINKO GIVES TO HIS OWN WORK. YOU WANT A FLAVOR OF MARCINKO, GO BUY THE ROGUE WARRIOR VIDEO GAME, HEAR WHAT ACTOR MICKEY ROURKE DOES WITH MARCINKO'S ROUGH MANNERISMS, PURE ENJOYMENT IN THAT VOICE WORK. HERE, MARCINKO DROPS THE BALL REPEATEDLY, AND JUST ABOUT SUCKS THE ENJOYMENT OUT OF THE WHOLE AFFAIR. DOOM ON YOU, MARCINKO. DOOM ON YOU!
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