The Delta Solution is an action-packed novel pitting Navy SEAL Mack Bedford (from Diamondhead and Intercept) against the Somali pirates operating off the southerly reaches of the lawless East African republic on the Indian Ocean. For the past three years, these heavily armed tribal brigands have been capturing and holding for ransom massive cargo ships, and violently demanding millions of dollars for their return. When the "Somali Marines" make a big mistake, seizing at gunpoint two United States ships and demanding a $15 million ransom for their return, hero Mack Bedford is deployed to obliterate them in the middle of the Indian Ocean, at all costs, once and for all.
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I am an avid listener. I listen between 75-100 hours per month on my iPhone: 60% fiction to 40% non-fiction.
Patrick Robinson loves the US Navy seals. I don’t remember one of his books where they are not in some way the star of the novel. In Delta Solution, pirates from Somalia are nabbing boats like fishing in a stocked pond – catch, ransom and release. The US Navy is impotent to do anything about until the Delta Solution headed by Mack Bedford rolls onto the scene.
The narration is done by Peter Berkot who does an acceptably average job on with inflections and accepts. Here is the rub with this book, it’s at least two ship seizures too long and drags in the middle causing the “enough already” response. At one point, I wound up listening at 2X speed just to get the story moving. I am a strong Robinson fan but he has lost his voice since the Arnold Morgan series which ended badly – the terrorists ultimately getting what they wanted there too. I am going to the read the fourth book, but if he doesn’t turn the corner, I think it's the end of the line for Patrick Robinson.
I would hazard that Mr. Robinson has some ghost writers. If this was the first of his books I ever read, I would never listen to another one. However his early stuff is brilliant. This was US ra ra rubbish. Mack Bedford and his bullet proof SEAL's are over blown to the max, I mean really give me a break. Since when do Muslim pirates eat ham sandwiches. As far as Peter Berkrot's reading went it was over played and really annoying. Somebody should edit these narrators and give them the proper pronunciation of some fairly basic seagoing terms like how to pronounce bow as in bow of a ship not a bow and arrow you putz. don't waste your money on this one.
This book is excellent. The author really gets into the minds of pirates, their sponsors and their villages. Gives a great understanding of what might motivate these thieves on the high seas. Also, the activities on two continents merge nicely.
I couldn't put this book down. I knew from the beginning how it would end at a high level (common with most books), but this one unfolded differently from what I had imagined. This book kept me up @ night listening and accompanied me on several long walks as it kept my attention. Not once did I think that the author was filling a word quota or writing just to amuse himself. Every description and every incident fed into the plot.
It seems to me be a book just praising the US armed forces and especially SEAL's.
I got the impression after a few minutes that the book was produced as propaganda for the US, and scrapped it.
Not write it at all.
I only listened a few minutes before giving up.
At least the first chapter
I agree with other reviewers in their disappointment with this book. I have read just about every seal book available and am usually riveted. The author seemed to need to tell me how impressed I should be, again and again. There was very little story or action. Lots of unnecessary verbiage and honking of seal horns. Our special forces are so exceptional that you don't need to tell me how exceptional they are. Just tell the story, the awe is in understating their feats. Thanks to our military at every level. You can all spend your credit on most anything, it would be better than this thing. 3 stars because of the tiny insight into piracy.
Dwells overlong on the training and the invincibility of super humans. We all know by now the training process .
Mac Bedford's time has come . . . need a fresh character and plot
Great book if you're interested in the Pirate problems of this century. I recommend it for sure, but have the following complaints...
1. The book leads up to the last chapter, then ends very abruptly. Unlike other Robinson books, the military heroes in this book don't get much print in actual operations.
2. The narration wasn't bad, but the effort at making the military men sound "tough" diminished their characters to knuckle dragger types, rather than the superior men that they really are.
Extremely boring, expected a book about Navy Seals to be action packed, from beginning to end. No such luck, took me at least 6 weeks to finish the book. Just didn't want to pick it up & be bored to death.
The idea was good. Could have been great. Way, way too wordy with irrelevant fluff. Very little action in this action thriller. p.s. please leave your political views out of it. When I read I'm looking to relax and enjoy a good book, that's all. I've read all of your books. Hurry up and get back to the Nimitz Class glory days. Less words and political views, and more action.
"If you like a nice bit of cheese"
Patrick has always gone almost homoerotic when describing his seal characters, in the same way he always goes simpering schoolboy slave like when describing his conservative American women characters.
But in the past I have overlooked his faults in the cause of a good plot and a decent tale and I have either listened or read them all.
However this latest shabby offering is so cheesy all that is required to make it complete is a glass of port and some biscuits. The books failings are made even worse by the “American blockbuster” style delivery by the narrator.
Towards the end of the story it was so appalling I just got angry It gives a wholly inaccurate portrayal of the manner in which what we are supposed to believe are professional special forces people senior admirals and a retired admiral conduct themselves, the language they are likely to use and the manner in which they use it! Is a complete joke.
This is quite simply the single worst audio book I have ever listened to and the last Patrick Robinson I shall waste any of my money or credits upon.
I have read Patrick Robinson books from the start and enjoyed them all ,but I think he must had an off-day when he wrote this . I have listened to nearly half of this and just got so fed up with it I would welcome being boarding with pirates. I have consigned this to the big mistake bin .
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