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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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    mark harshaw, WI, United States 09-10-12
    mark harshaw, WI, United States 09-10-12 Member Since 2011
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    "half good - half bad"
    What did you like best about The Shipkiller? What did you like least?

    The premise, concept was interesting. The writing went from very good to very bad.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Sanford, Anne Rice, Balducci


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The search and finding his replacement boat.


    Did The Shipkiller inspire you to do anything?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Not every book can be a good one. This proves it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    TSJ 09-08-12
    TSJ 09-08-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Ridiculously implausible story"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No - I agree with others that three-fourths of the book was taken up with great detail of sailing and maritime challenges. The story was weak and almost silly.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Justin Scott again?

    unlikely


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The end


    Could you see The Shipkiller being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Time well spent only if you have a passion for sailing, otherwise dull. Excellent performance, however, by Marc Vietor.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Linda DeSoto, TX, United States 08-29-12
    Linda DeSoto, TX, United States 08-29-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Only for sailors"

    For someone who doesn't know a gaff from a halyard I found this book tedious. More than three-fourths of the book is our hero fighting the weather and ocean in his sailing vessel. It was probably very exciting for someone who knew what was going on. However, if you're a landlubber like I am, give the book a pass.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    james 08-27-12
    james 08-27-12
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    "Good Sleeper"
    Would you listen to The Shipkiller again? Why?

    Yes this book is very easy to read and you want to finish it. I must read.


    What other book might you compare The Shipkiller to and why?

    none


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

    no


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    very good and i do not like ships

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Alan CLARKSTON, MI, United States 09-16-12
    Alan CLARKSTON, MI, United States 09-16-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Contrived Story"
    Would you try another book from Justin Scott and/or Marc Vietor?

    Maybe


    Has The Shipkiller turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    Which character – as performed by Marc Vietor – was your favorite?

    Oglevee


    Any additional comments?

    For those interested in nautical procedures and sailing, this might be a book for you. But the story is a contrived one mearly a venue to talk about sailing details.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    joan YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, NY, United States 08-22-13
    joan YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, NY, United States 08-22-13 Member Since 2006

    71 year old avid reader using either my eyes or ears. I make earrings that I donate to shelters and while I work, I listen to wonderful books. I also keep in mind that you have to kiss frogs to find princes - time's too short to bother with losers.

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    "Not what I expected"

    I shouldn't pan a book just because it wasn't what I thought it was but once I realized what it was (a novel not a fantasy) I listen on bravely but couldn't get into it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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