How do you counter your own weapon system when it's turned against you? The Falklands War posed just this problem. January 1982 and the Exocet sea skimming missile is a killer. The British should know, they co-developed it with the French. However, the Argentinians have them as well.
Marcel Bertrand, a French missile expert, is recruited to help them. On April 2, 1982, Argentina invades the Falklands. Soon after, Lieutenant Jon Hunt flies his Lynx helicopter from HMS Prometheus with a Special Forces team to covertly infiltrate the Argentinian Air base at Rio Grande. His mission is to persuade Marcel, who has been kept in the dark about the invasion, to agree to work for them. Once Jon explains the truth about the invasion, Marcel and his girlfriend Maria agree to help and manage to modify the missiles warheads with a software update so that they won't explode.
As the war heats up, Argentina desperately tries to make their missiles more effective, and the British try just as desperately to develop countermeasures. While down south, Jon Hunt discovers what it's really like to fly in combat. Eventually, Marcel and Maria find themselves in the Islands just as the British are closing in. A rescue attempt to get them out is led by Jon which culminates in a desperate encounter in the mountains surrounding Port Stanley, just as the final fight for the Islands takes place around them.
This novel is based on the personal experiences of the author and many true stories that have never been fully told before. This is the first in a series of modern naval adventures, following the career of Lieutenant Jonathon Hunt through the turbulent modern military times of the last three decades.
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The story is very attractive but it is hard to distinguish the novel from the true facts. At the end the author details which events were true but it is not clear if the main characters existed or not. So it is a little dissapointing since this is a theory that existed and it is not clearly defined here. but once you start listening, can not stop,
I'm was only going to give this book 3 stars, but decided on 4 at the last minute.
This was a decent audiobook, if a little outside what I usually listen to. The story itself was decent with an average unremarkable narration.
This book is based on events during the Falklands war. It actually inspired me to do my own research into the events of the war and how it came about. All-in-all, I thought the book was very accurate to true events. I think that fans of military fiction will really enjoy the listen.
Narration was only ok. I can't say it was great, but it was decent and did the job.
I received a free copy of this audiobook from the author, publisher, or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review. I was NOT required to write a positive review and this reflects my honest opinion of the work.
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What did you like best about Sea Skimmer? What did you like least?
Oh dear I hate writing negative reviews but I do feel motivated for this one. Let's start with things I like. The plot and technical stuff is pretty decent. It has the makings of a really good story, in fact the opening read like a history rather than a novel which is just as the author intended I'm sure.
How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?
From a technical point of view, the thing that lets this down more than any other is the unbelievable dialogue. It's stilted; servicemen just don't speak like that. In fact I don't think anyone spoke like that even in 1982. If you aren't comfortable with large tracts of speech adapt your style to use another vehicle .
What didn’t you like about Larry Jeram-Croft’s performance?
I understand the desire for an author to narrate his own work both from an interpretation point of view and to minimise production costs but I'm afraid Larry is not a narrator.
The intonation is mainly flat and where some is attempted it isn't done well. I have definitely heard many more talented narrators on LibriVox.
The production quality is awful but I'll deal with that below.
If this book were a film would you go see it?
As long as they get someone competent to do the screenplay and acting I think it would make an excellent film! Yes, yes I would love to see it as a film.
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I'm actually most annoyed with audible for this. The production quality is extremely amateurish and I must assume recorded by the author at home. You can regularly hear what I think are mouse clicks for the narrators cues.
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What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
As an ex Lynx Flight SMR and a prolific audible reader I was looking forward to this and Larry's other titles. I am enjoyed Larry's book The Royal Naval Lynx, an Operational History. So this book had all the right ingredients. Unfortunately it was spoilt by Larry reading this himself. I would have given this 5 stars if a professional voice talent had been used... Sorry Larry, I shall be reading your other titles on a Kindle...
Really enjoyed but could the lick of the money use as pages are turned be buffered out.
The story is great, close to fact. The narration, however is very flat with no characterisation, mouse clicks and traffic noise in the background.
Thrilling book, a must read for any military enthusiasts! A rare & fairly modern story based on true accounts!
Great story you would think everything did actually happen as written. quite believable and we'll written also commentary excellent.