The exhilarating chase swirls through southern Ireland, London, and Scotland. Desperate to protect the admiral at all costs, the president must summon the most dangerous Navy Seal team that the USA has to offer.
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Five stars isn't enough
It is an excellent story, every bit as good as "HMS Unseen" Not as political as Patrick Robinson's others, but nonetheless a compelling story. I was sad to have it end it could have gone on forever.
Since the characters were developed in his other books, Robinson can just get into plot development, which he does right away The only problem that I had, was I could not believe that a Lt Commander, even one who worked closely with Arnold Morgan would call a 4 star Admiral by his first name to his face.
. I highly recommend this to military novel buffs.
This book was awesome. He's so informative, I don't know if it's fiction or not. I was hooked from the first 30 min's to the very end. This the 4th of his books I've read (listened too) and I've enjoyed everyone.
I am an avid listener. I listen between 75-100 hours per month on my iPhone: 60% fiction to 40% non-fiction.
There have been ten novels in the Admiral Arnold Morgan series and I have read them all. Robinson has several hallmarks that you learn to love: 1) his ability to humanize the obstacle characters; 2) creating interwoven backstories which play out over many novels; and, 3) his penchant for patriotism. In this work, he does a fabulous job of humanizing Admiral Morgan’s old perennial foe, General Ravi Rashood, by providing deeper color about his wife. Also, allusions to previous missions and people still play a role although I would have liked more memory cue of the ones he included in the story.
However, I felt that they story did not have its usual authenticity. Things were deduced too quickly, Morgan was too stodgy, slow on the uptake, out of character and took actions endangering others that in previous novels he would have never done. I suppose that in this last Morgan novel, Robinson was going for a break with Admiral Morgan’s history. But, I would have preferred Morgan go off into the sunset strong and spectacular instead with a dull thud.
You have to read this book to end the series. But if you have not read the series, go back to book one and read them all; they are worth reading and then the last one fits in context. If you don’t intend on reading the series, I don’t recommend you reading this one.
Anyone who enjoys Tom Clancy -- and techno-thrillers in general -- has to love Patrick Robinson, despite his politics. I have loved all his books, and will continue listening to them; although I don't think he and I would get along. In fact, we would probably come to blows. Still, he invents such exciting, (almost) believable plots that I can't stay away. I fear that Patrick Robinson's books should carry a warning label about habit-forming tendencies. We know that the good guys (us) will always come out on top, in the nick of time; rendering the harrowing, white-knuckle ride not only bearable, but even fun, like a roller-coaster. With "To the Death," I enjoyed Erik Steele's narration. He expertly handles the characters' many accents, ranging from various American, to near-Eastern, to English, to Scottish. Listen to "To the Death" for the fun of it, and disregard the politics.
I've read a lot of the Patrick Robinson suspense books and enjoyed them all, until now. At the end of "To the Death" he retires Admiral Morgan. If this story is any indication, it's high time. I don't know how the author managed to work in as many cliches and cliched events, but it was unbelievably corny. I probably will not take a chance on any more of the Robinson works for a while. Save your credits and use them on something else.
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