Every member of the Special Ops US Air Force pararescue jumpers, the PJs, swears by the motto "That Others May Live." A top-secret mission to save a kidnapped Saudi princess will put that oath to the ultimate test.
With a force of armed men, a former mujahideen chases across the desert of Yemen to recover his Saudi wife, kidnapped by her powerful father, a prince of the Kingdom. The kidnapping turns violent, she is badly wounded, and the PJs are dropped into the vast sere badlands to rescue the princess and a young American diplomat swept up in the plot. The mission becomes a minute-by-minute race between the pursuing husband’s band of tribal allies and the PJs rushing to the rescue, as the princess’s life seeps away.
The Empty Quarter is a pulse-quickening tour de force featuring the tactics and men of modern combat search-and-rescue and the complex politics of today’s Arabian peninsula. It’s a moving tale of desperate love and sacrifice set in the wastes of the Rub’ al Khali, the world’s largest and harshest sand desert.
©2014 David L. Robbins (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved..
I started this book, then stopped before the end of the second chapter. I had a hard time connecting to the story. I read another book that, coincidentally, had some "military" stuff in it & decided to give this book another go. I'm glad I took the time to "get into it", and ended up enjoying the book. Being both a woman & non-military, I think it was initially hard for me to connect to the military "lingo", but, I looked up the things I didn't "get" & eventually it made sense & I could follow the story. I also looked up some of the Middle Eastern references to try to better understand that part of the story.
Read both books on the PJ hope there more in the planning stage ! Hope they include Josh and if he joins the team. Story held my attention and I had difficulty stopping !
This is a book that you don't want to stop listening too and when you do you keep thinking about it! It's as if you have been watching a movie. Great story. Great characters. Great writing. Great descriptions. GREAT NARRATING. I consider this author a great and much needed fine. My new favorite.
I liked it, good dialogue. Story bogged down just a bit in places but now t to bad.
This was among my first stories about middle east missions and it was good. Nothing extremely original, but a straightforward good guys and bad guys story. I enjoyed the use of insiders lingo. The writer did a good job of using soldiers' lingo and explaining it deftly without it sounding forced. Also great, gory detail of a field surgery. Eww cool!
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.” - Dr. Seuss
I liked this book better than the first one. I still feel like the writing is kind of dense, a little "too", but I also appreciate getting to know the characters and the surrounding situations before all of the threads come together for the ultimate confrontation. It was fun to revisit the crew and I appreciated the tie ins with with first book.
Again, this isn't really my genre, and I do not have any rt military knowledge so didn't have to go far to suspend my disbelief. That said, I found this story to be interesting, the characters, their backgrounds and their motivations believable and I was entertained.
I like Luke Daniels as a narrator. Glad I delved into a slightly different arena and spent some time with this author and in this world.
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