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.
“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)
Have oredered print version, just republished, for my son.
Hard to say, better than Patterson's book of mischief at sea.
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.
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.
Give me a spy novel, mystery, history, and a little science and I'm totally happy
I couldn't stop reading. For someone who'd spent considerable time at sea in a small boat it brought back lots of recollections of encounters with bad weather and big ships. The story is very gripping, to the point where I was awake most of two nights reading it.
Yes I would, if fact this WAS my second listen. I listened several years ago and thought it was worth a second listen.
As a sailor the plot incorporated enough technically accurate believable twists to keep it surprising and very interesting.
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.
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.
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.
I have not heard him before. He did a great job with this narrative.
Did pass the time but I have listened to better books.
Ship killer is a good title.
Needs more meat in the story. More twists and turns. Very predictable.
Avid audible listener for over 10 years.
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.
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