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Intercept

By: Patrick Robinson
Narrated by: Charles Leggett
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A left-leaning judge liberates four of the most dangerous al-Qaeda terrorists from Guantanamo Bay and the CIA field officers track them back to Pakistan's northwest frontier mountain range. But the men vanish and rejoin the dark and mysterious forces trained by Osama bin Laden high in the Hindu Kush. These are men with hatred for the United States and Great Britain, and they are sworn to hit back at the USA, which imprisoned so many of their high command. They know there is only one man who can stop them--retired Navy SEAL Lt. Commander Mack Bedford--and he is called in to assist on one of the most highly classified missions ever launched from CIA headquarters.

©2010 Patrick Robinson (P)2010 BBC Audio

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Satisfying thriller, good reader

Patrick Robinson is an unabashed right-wing extremist, with clear symptoms of testosterone poisoning, unapologetic approval of presidents Bush and Reagan, and uncompromising hard-line opinions. He also writes consistently rip-roaring good thrillers, all of which I have read ??? and will continue to read ??? despite my disagreement with his politics. In each novel, Robinson intelligently examines some important political/military issue ??? and, I have to admit, makes a pretty good case for his opinion and proposed solution. In "Intercept," he poses the question: Do terrorists deserve due process? And he performs a thought experiment, in which liberal human-rights activists force the United States government to grant accused terrorists court trials ??? with defense attorneys ??? according to United States law. Since the detainees' guilt cannot be proved beyond a reasonable doubt, two Afghan terrorists are released from the Guantanamo Bay facility, only to begin planning another heinous attack ... this time on a United States Jewish school. Of course, that sets the stage for Robinson's hero, Navy S.E.A.L., Lt. Commander Mack Bedford, to step in and save the world ... again. Mr. Robinson idolizes the S.E.A.L.s; and, if half of what he attributes to them is true, rightly so. His tales of their exploits make for exciting listening; and Charles Leggett renders a near-perfect reading of the story. I recommend "Intercept" ??? indeed, all of Patrick Robinson's novels ??? to any thriller-lover, even those with liberal inclinations, like me. He makes you think, if you keep your mind open a little bit, about difficult issues from a different perspective. He might even make you think about certain issues that you had never even considered before.

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  • 07-07-13

Robinson returns to form and believability

Robinson's book two in the Mack Bedford series is quite a bit more realistic and plausible than book one. There are troubling things in this series so far and in this work in particular. First, the first 3 hours are a monologue of the narrator telling not showing. All interesting information but without any meaningful dialog, it is a bit tedious. By half way, the dialog was a little better; but still tedious -- it did pick up near the end. Also, by the half way mark the main character is barely involved -- his involvement is setup, but no real action until well into act II.

As to the story line, the premise hangs together rather nicely. However, if you favor left wing politics, I think you are going to be put off. Robinson goes out of his way to paint left-wing politics in a much less than reasonable light. If you are politically right or a centrist you'll think it okay. I normally wouldn't mention politics in a tech-thriller but Robinson makes so may cutting remarks it has to be mentioned.

The narration is very good. As always, the portrayal of the US Navy Seals is fabulous. I am a fan of Robinson. The first book in the series was substandard, this one was average -- perhaps he is on a trajectory. We'll see. I recommend reading at least the abridged version, that ought to cut out much of the political commentary -- but I am still a fan.

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Reliably diverting and engrossing

As with any Patrick Robinson books I've listened to, this was full of military themes and personnel, and a dastardly plot by evil doers to commit mischief on the US of A. Not being a right wing conservative who thinks Dick Cheney walks on water, the far right political bent can be a little tedious. But the story telling is terrific, and his characters, while rather one-sided, always leave you rooting for the good guys. One my favorite lines from his books is the Navy Seals philosophy that there are few problems in the world that cannot be solved with enough high explosive. If you like action and military themes, you'll enjoy this (or any other) Patrick Robinson book.

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Outstanding!

This is a good and credible story.
To all who are complaining about the talk of the consequences of the left-wing politics of the Obama administration: Get use to hearing the truth!

I'm a Norwegian, even I see the global consequence of a softer America,

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Right wing drivel

I enjoy military/spy/adventure books and will suspend my grasp of reality to indulge in a little rooting for the good guys. Unfortunately "Intercept" spends most of its narrative railing about the soft liberal left wing and how it aids terrorism. It is more than happy to characterize all Muslims as celebrating the events of 9/11.
I only made it 1/4 of the way through before I just could not dismiss its one sided view of the world.

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Overall good but

Nice book but some sections about Islamic terrorist was not researched thoroughly. Overall an enjoyable book. The reader was irritating at the start of the book but got used to his way of reading.

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Reality Check

If you are looking for a shoot from the hip action thriller, you may find what you want in this one. Robinson paints a frank no nonsense look at the SEALs and what it takes to do that job. He gives you a good look at the mindset of the radicals our military have to deal with on a daily basis. No matter where you are on the matter of "Due Process' for terrorists I think you will enjoy this thriller. I liked the performance of the narrator but I feel there were places in the story where a slower pace to his words would have been more effective. I have read a couple of Robinson's books and this was the best of the lot.

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Slow at first ..

It takes a while to get going, but the story goes into character deinition for some time. It's a good plot and it also has some comedy entertwinined, as the terrorists do some goofy things as they move across our country .This is the first time I have heard or read about what they may face just getting somewhere.

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Good "read". Too much detail in parts though.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. The characters are likeable and the suspense keeps you listening.

Any additional comments?

This is a good series. You will get very involved with the characters but there are times when you could fast forward through some of the details. Parts of the books in this series, I've read two, could be muted and you wouldn't miss any pertinent information. I still love these books and will continue reading them.

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Prejudice makes novel unreadable.

What would have made Intercept better?

Forty minutes into this book I had to give it the hook. All middle easterners are 'camel jockies', even the ones who represent their countries at the U.N. I love a good thriller, but it wasn't possible for me to respect this one because of the ethnic biases so obvious from the start.

Would you ever listen to anything by Patrick Robinson again?

No.

Would you be willing to try another one of Charles Leggett’s performances?

Yes

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I gave it short shrift so really shouldn't try to answer this question.

Any additional comments?

A zero.

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  • alan harkens
  • 10-06-22

over explained

slow build up with too much info, narration good except for accents used. story unbelievable but suppose that's how this genre goes

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  • MRS MELANIE I BOOTH
  • 06-11-22

Another great book great detail and suspense

magic book from Mr Robinson with the current day detail we love and the can't put it down suspense we love

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  • 06-02-22

Storyline sounds better than the actual book

The narrator whilst fine with American accents was laughable at some Pakistan and English accents.

The research behind some of the novel was poor, as they continually talked about Royal Navy site transport which there is no such thing.
Story was ok and kept me engaged but the issues listed detracted from the overall enjoyment.

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  • tim frank
  • 06-01-22

Jingoistic & poorly narrated

I really tried to listen to this, feeling I ought to give it a chance BUT the jingoism was offensive & narration, particularly the West Yorkshire Police, was ridiculous.

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  • Per
  • 05-21-22

Odd, polarised and slightly wannabe insider

It's a good spy/spec op story, however, and it may be down to the either the vooce artist or thw author, it comes across as quite simplistic, judgemental and and time annoyingly unresearched. Sure, its an entertaining piece of "blah" suitable for background noise as one does some gardening but it is far from an assential nor even remotely accurate piece. If you consider it along the lines of a Steven Segal movie script and attach no factual accuracy to it and you wont be disappointed.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 05-10-22

Faultless

Recently discovered this author and the books are riveting. A crash course in, history, geography, geography politics and battle strategy. Whew!

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  • Paul
  • 07-15-18

another kick ass ride

Anothet MacBedford story that again is a kick ass ride start to finnish you want a good story listen to this.

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  • 03-17-22

Okay, lefties bad; GW Bush good, I get it.

The story is great. Really great.
But we could do without the author’s editorialising over ‘towel-heads’, ‘savages’, ‘primitive tribesmen’ and other hermeneutics. The moral superiority assumed over everything not American is hard to swallow, and the constant hagiographic support for George W. Bush as president (and the sneering dismissal of his [unnamed] successor) defies both belief and history.
Mr Robinson needs an editor with a spine to take what is otherwise a good story and judiciously employ the DELETE key over the anti-liberal, anti-intellectual, anti-Democrat, anti-judicial rights content, and just tell the story.
So, story good, narrator good, politics crap.

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  • Mr. Warren L. Beresford
  • 07-06-16

Usual Fair from Patrick Robinson

If you know and like Patrick Robinsons other fictional works then this will be right up your street.

Some of the accents are a bit questionable but the story is sufficiently entertaining to overlook this.

Enjoy