©2000 by Patrick Robinson; Cover Illustration ©2000 Danilo Ducek; (P)2000 HarperCollins Publishers Inc.
"An absolutely marvelous thriller writer." (Jack Higgins)
I found the plot confusing, and essentially no character development. I tried to get through it twice, but turned it off both times. Mr. Robinson is not the next Tom Clancy.
Not a bad twist. Helped make an otherwise awful story more paletable.
With the right story (British spy novel), yes.
When I once served in submarines movies were the mainstay of entertainment. Often times the movies brought aboard were the leftovers not selected by other deployed boats. But once started you had to suffer through the really awful ones lest you be ridiculed as a "non hacker." Catcalls during these flick ofter heard were "punch my hacker card!" Another favorite was "this is a three fingered gager." I offer this background to explain why I finished this book. I had to get my hacker card punched once again. The most obvious flaw was David McCullum attempting to mould his British accent into Chineese, or that of a cigar smoking American admiral. It didn't work. In fact, it didn't work so badly that it became my quest to suffer through to the end. I like David as an actor and enjoy his skills but he didn't fit this at all. The story itself was OK, not great, not very authentic, but OK....assuming that you can suspend belief easily. Anyway, this is just terrible and I was very disappointed. Still, it has been a long time since I suffered a 3 fingered gager and got my hacker card punched. So, from that standpoint, I'm glad I finished it. To those of you who quit half way through, you are just a bunch on non hackers.
the audio is very interesting with lots interesting parts of latest technology in submarine and the conflict between US and China in the deep south China sea
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