It is discovered that Ravi Rashood, America's nemesis, the former SAS officer who is now the head of Hamas, has hatched a diabolical plot against the West: to fire a nuclear-headed guided cruise missile, Scimitar SL-2, named for the curved sword of the Muslim warrior Saladin, into Cumbre Vieja.
United States Admiral Arnold Morgan, the retired National Security Adviser, knows something worse is to come after Rashood explodes Mount St. Helens. But stopping him won't be easy.
As the terrorists' deadline approaches, Morgan and his team must consider the unthinkable and assume the daunting task of organizing the mass relocation of major population centers along the East Coast to safer ground.
Morgan finds himself battling his greatest enemy yet, racing against time to locate Rashood, the silent, underwater marauder, and stop him before the unimaginable occurs.
©2004 Patrick Robinson; (P)2004 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.
"Robinson's full-bodied, measured prose has a retro feel, and his narrative, studded with informative historical and political tidbits, turns every new setting into its own short story." (Publishers Weekly)
I have read many other books by Patrick Robinson, and would like to hear more by this author. The Scimitar 12 was unbelievable in it?s timing of would events. The down side is that I felt shorted as this was not the unabridged version. I like the way he play?s the character against one another, and in this version some of that is missing. This is a good intro into Patrick Robinsons work, and I hope that audible would get the rest of his works , only in the unabridged version.
This had potential to be an excellent story but failed to be really that good. Characters were rather poorly developed, plot got a little thin at times. What really detracted from the story was the gaps. Maybe it got cut when abridged (that is why I prefer unabridged), or maybe left out. But there are huge gaps in the story and it takes several minutes to figure that out.
Robinson appears to be suffering from the Ludlum syndrome. He's trying to "top" his excellent earlier works by being more far fetched and imaginative. The trouble is that he has lost touch with reality. His hero swiftly and easily seizes control of the U.S. government, then in two weeks manages an evacuation of the East coast. Even if we had all of the omitted parts of this dreadfully abridged work, it's difficult to imagine that he could have made it credible. It's a shame. Robinson's first four best sellers were superb. Nothing recedes like success.
The story line was great. Fast paced and very descriptive. However, the short ending left me feeling cheated. I kept looking for another disc. What happened to the thrill of the chase.
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