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The Shipkiller: A Novel | [Justin Scott]

The Shipkiller: A Novel

Before he was anointed to carry on the legacy of Robert Ludlum's Janson Command series, and before he collaborated with Clive Cussler on the fan favorite Isaac Bell series, Justin Scott created this suspenseful adventure tale, a novel of love and revenge set on the high seas. Written in 1978, this is considered by many to be one of the best maritime thrillers of all time. As an expert in the world of ships and sailing, Justin Scott creates an authentic maritime world, making The Shipkiller all the more thrilling because it could be a true story.
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Publisher's Summary

Before he was anointed to carry on the legacy of Robert Ludlum's Janson Command series, and before he collaborated with Clive Cussler on the fan favorite Isaac Bell series, Justin Scott created this suspenseful adventure tale, a novel of love and revenge set on the high seas. Written in 1978, this is considered by many to be one of the best maritime thrillers of all time. As an expert in the world of ships and sailing, Justin Scott creates an authentic maritime world, making The Shipkiller all the more thrilling because it could be a true story. Audible favorite Marc Vietor brings this suspenseful adventure tale to vivid life with his exciting and well-paced narration.

©1978 Justin Scott (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“A stunner. Absolutely riveting. A marvelously taut, brilliantly told story of revenge, and the sea, and the dark forces than can shape the human condition.” (Robert Ludlum)

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    Paula Overland Park, KS USA 06-12-14
    Paula Overland Park, KS USA 06-12-14 Member Since 2012

    Enjoying one good listen after the next!

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    "Great Nautical Adventure!"

    Such a nice surprise! This 1978-era novel of the high seas is a real gem! Scott has produced an engaging story of adventure, revenge and romance (minimal emphasis) on the high seas. It is about one man's war against a behemoth oil tanker and the listeners are taken to sea on both the oil tanker and small yachts. The author has skillfully crafted a story that pulls listeners into the adventure, wondering all the while whether Peter will live to complete his revenge, or simply die trying.

    Loved the narration and recommend this maritime thriller to all!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John S MA 01-17-14
    John S MA 01-17-14 Member Since 2014

    Avid audible listener for over 10 years.

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    "Interesting premise that falls apart"

    The villain in this book is the world's largest oil tanker. If you are interested in sailing stories or are a sailor you may like this. As a thriller it's just okay. It's also sort of dated based on the improvements in navigation. If you like thrillers there are many better ones. Although the book kept me interested, the ending was quite bizarre. I thought I had missed something because it takes a big jump in the plot line. It's almost as though the author got tired of writing the book. So in summary, if you do not like ocean sailing, then I doubt this would keep your attention.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joe Kansas City, MO, United States 11-18-13
    Joe Kansas City, MO, United States 11-18-13 Member Since 2011

    I read science, biographies, histories, mysteries, adventures, thrillers, educationals, linguistics but not no way, not no how, romances.

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    "A Master of Plot"

    This is the kind of book you can sink your teeth into. It opens with a shocking maritime disaster and plunges into a revenge tale that you could and will follow to the ends of the Earth. One man, desperate for revenge, sails around the world, hunting Leviathan, an oil tanker, the largest moving thing on the planet Earth. He has one shot and a single sail yacht. The circumstances working against him mount in an ever-tightening noose.

    This is one of the best plotted thrillers I've read. The tension never lets up, the characters are interesting, the actions are realistic, and despite this realism I still couldn't guess that our main character would do next. Made all the better by Marc Vietor, the narrator from the Deadly Sin Series, this is an amazing book that has not aged with time. Treat yourself!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kelli REDDING, CA, United States 11-16-13
    Kelli REDDING, CA, United States 11-16-13 Member Since 2013

    spa wench

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    "not my cup of tea"

    If I had any knowledge of boating, or boat parts or how sailing works, I might have enjoyed this book. There is a plethora of exquisitely detailed descriptions of boats, and the demanding business of sailing and outfitting them. But since I do not, long parts of it were totally un-engaging. This book is written by someone who seriously knows their boating, or researched it to the point of insanity. Unfortunately, it is written as though every reader has the same depth of knowledge, with no even minimally helpful explanations. There is one passage, about a monster ship navigating a narrow seaway, that could have been moderately gripping, but was not because of the technical language. I buy these books to help me stay awake on long drives, not to be put to sleep =)

    I didn't care for it much even past the technical language. The main character is strangely unsympathetic, esp considering what he has been through. A couple of the side characters become interesting, but are soon left behind. The circumstances are all just a little too pat, and a couple twists are so bizarre and out of left field, i had trouble wrapping my brain around them.

    so, to summarize: if you really like sailing and boats, then go for it. if not, perhaps skip.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joan 09-14-12
    Joan 09-14-12
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    "For this book I'll write a review"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, this is a great book that I've read several times. I was estatic to see it as an Audible selection and for this book, and this book only, I'll take the time to write a review.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Great sailing and adventure story. For those who sail, the description of sailing was spot on. If you don't sail, it won't take away from the adventure and intrigue of the story.


    Have you listened to any of Marc Vietor’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not heard him before. He did a great job with this narrative.


    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Steven BOGART, GA, United States 09-06-12
    Steven BOGART, GA, United States 09-06-12
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    "Liked it but didn't love it."
    What did you love best about The Shipkiller?

    Did pass the time but I have listened to better books.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Justin Scott? Why or why not?

    Maybe


    Have you listened to any of Marc Vietor’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Ship killer is a good title.


    Any additional comments?

    Needs more meat in the story. More twists and turns. Very predictable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Anne 01-10-15
    Anne 01-10-15
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    "Sailed right through"

    While I don't know much about the art of sailing, I found this to be a thoroughly interesting book! The narration was good and the plot, along with the main character's determination and tenacity, definitely kept me interested and entertained.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brett Charlotte, NC, United States 07-16-14
    Brett Charlotte, NC, United States 07-16-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Revenge on the High Seas"

    Shipkiller is an action novel that tells the story of a man who, upon being run over by a giant tanker named "Leviathan," loses his wife and almost his life. This event sets him on a quest to sink the giant ship.

    The hero's quest is leads him to link up with a woman who's character is largely there to reveal things about the hero and so is drawn in pretty 1-dimensional terms. The hero also links up with the Mossad, which I still don't completely understand as to why. This linkage brings him in conflict with entire countries and allows for some political intrigue that I felt was a little out of step with the rest of the story. I wish that the author had stayed closer to a modern version of Moby Dick and played on the idea that obsession consumes. Instead this is more of a James Bond story where the hero has a mission that brings him in peril and political intrigue (and in love with a woman).

    I think that this was a pretty fun story and the first two chapters cannot be beat as examples of how to start an action novel. The narration was good but very slow. I wish that the narrator would have talked faster and paused less often.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    R. Keith Brown 06-26-14 Member Since 2013
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    "This book went on, and on, and on."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Somebody really into sailing. I mean really, really into sailing.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Don't know.


    What aspect of Marc Vietor’s performance would you have changed?

    Don't know.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not really


    Any additional comments?

    This book needs some serious editing. The hero gets out of one mess after another. I got to point where I said "enough already."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Woodworker 06-06-14
    Woodworker 06-06-14 Member Since 2012
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    "12 hours of sailboat anatomy"

    I have read over 250 books on tape and rarely write a review in an effort not to be redundant. I am motivated to write this review in amazement that anyone would publish it.The plot is is simple: the "hero?" seeks to sink that largest tanker in the world in revenge for it running down his sailboat and killing his wife. So the author fills the book with 12 hours of boring technical details of the anatomy of a sailboat and sailing interspersed with the details of the African and Mid-east coast. Unless you want to test your nautical vocabulary and geography, avoid this trash.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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