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Diamondhead Audiobook

Diamondhead

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When Navy SEAL Mack Bedford's fellow officers are brutally killed by Iraqi insurgents using a cruel, new anti-tank Diamondhead missile, Mack avenges their murders by gunning down the then-unarmed attackers, ultimately getting himself court-martialed and kicked out of the Navy. To make matters worse, Mack then learns that the Diamondhead missiles were sold illegally by French industrialist and infamous politician Henri Foche. Mack believes Foche will become the next French President, and fears that his election will result in the cancellation of all navy-ship purchases from the United States, and thus protect French interests in the Diamondhead. End result: doom for Mack's hometown shipbuilding yard and the spread of international terrorism.

©2009 Patrick Robinson; (P)2009 BBC Audio

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    Jerry Lee White 04-29-16 Member Since 2016
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    "E xellent Author"

    A strong story of the way we feel, and the folks who protect us and our way of life. This book is hard to put down for very long.

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    John Bundaberg, Australia 04-01-16
    John Bundaberg, Australia 04-01-16 Member Since 2016
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    "wow great novel. interesting from start to finish"

    Really loved it. the author and narrator do a brilliant job. give me more please.

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    Donald Austin, TX, United States 01-26-14
    Donald Austin, TX, United States 01-26-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Simply awful."

    About 1/4 way through this book I could not figure out why I was still listening to it. To say that it is adolescent pablum was insulting to adolescents. I hung in as long as I could 1/2 way then left and started listening to the newest Nelson DeMille to purge this nonsense from my system.

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    GH Sherborn, MA, United States 01-09-13
    GH Sherborn, MA, United States 01-09-13 Member Since 2017
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    "A Disastrous Departure of Style and Genre"

    I have read or listened to all ten of the Robinson’s novels in the Arnold Morgan series. The last “To the Death” was a horrible close to the ten. I am sad to say that the first of the Mack Bedford series is even worse – something I never thought possible. One of the most interesting parts of Robinson’s novels was his humanization of the obstacle character. He forced you to get to know the bad guy and at some level sympathize; and then when the bad guy would slither away and ultimately get killed -- I was conflicted. Sure I wanted the bad guy to get what was coming, but there was still emotion there. The stories were complex, with many characters. So many characters that you sometimes needed to take notes and they resurfaced like old friends throughout the novels.

    All of these reason for loving his works gone. Diamondhead is a flat story with very little thrill and thin non-existent conflict. I couldn’t connect with the plot and the main character never seemed to be in any bodily danger and just cut through challenges; by the three quarter mark I was begging for it to be over. There were no auxiliary characters of note, certainly none that I want to hear from ever again and the mission just made no sense and just doesn't tie my mental model of a Navy Seal. More laughable, the French bad guy Andre Fosch, was about as impotent bad guy as you can conjure – even his wife was flat and her backstory added nothing, was unresolved, and a yawner.

    The narrator, Charles Leggett did not succeed in bringing any interest to the story. His voice was monotone, uninspiring and undifferentiated.

    Maybe I’ll read the next just to see if Robinson got off on the wrong foot; but this is strike two Robinson. It will take me six months to recover from this poorly conceived and sloppily executed work of uninteresting fiction before I'll consider reading the next installment. If you had been a fan of Robinson, like me, skip this book and try the next – maybe it will be better; but I am not counting on it. All in all – a disaster.

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    Brad Littleton, MA, United States 01-05-13
    Brad Littleton, MA, United States 01-05-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Terrific Sniper Thriller"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Diamondhead to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the book. This is a large work and the Audible version was interesting, entertaining and hard to take a pause.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The author Patrick Robinson does spectacular character development. All to often in these types of thrillers the characters are like cardboard with no depth and simply carictures. These are living, breathing real people that come to life. The story is very interesting and the action well-paced and yes thrilling.

    This is a very well written novel by a very accomplished and successful author. There are excellent details on a sniper kill, covert travel and stalking a target. This book has an excellent pace and structure that propels the listener at a fast, but not out of control pace. The plot is very creative and the action is uniquely interesting.


    Which character – as performed by Charles Leggett – was your favorite?

    The narrator did a fine job.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A Relentless Revenge Thriller


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    lloyd mollymook, Australia 10-22-12
    lloyd mollymook, Australia 10-22-12
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    "alonzo"

    Tedious is the only way I could discribe this book. It is the second book I have bought by this author , the first was in my view excellent and was the principle reason I bought this. To me it was a series of barely connected stories looking for a plot, regretably it didn't find one. the narration was very god, indeed it's one saving grace. finally it was far to long given that it didn't seem to get to any sort of plot

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    PismoPat Central Coast of California 10-18-12
    PismoPat Central Coast of California 10-18-12 Member Since 2006
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    "First Rate"

    I've only recently began listening to Patrick Robinson. This is my third book featuring Mac. The narration was first rate! It stands out as one of the best I've heard.

    Robinson is a great story teller and seems to understand the warrior psyche. Not being a SEAL, I have to say "seems."

    This is a wonderful "thriller" type of book and a standout for those who like spy / terrorist / special ops type of books.

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    Shawn Carrollton, TX, United States 10-14-12
    Shawn Carrollton, TX, United States 10-14-12
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    "Rarely do I write a Review but I must on this one!"

    I find it very fortunate that I listened to the Novel Intercept prior to listening to this FANTATSIC book. A novel that riveted my mind and intelligence for almost a full non-stop marathon.
    The Novel "Intercept" was clearly number two in this series and I knew the whole 1st half of the book was very detailed and seemed to educated the reader with descriptive, flowing and transfixing detail. Some may have lost interest at this, but I became even more intrigued in the whole series. The character development was a masters work. Mr. Robinson has found his way to the top of the great Intrigue and international operations series in all 300 books i have purchased through this site.
    Diamond head had me from the 1st sentence. I would love to sit and discuss this fantastic novel with anyone.
    Oddly I would even most enjoy a discussion from someone who does not share my appreciation. It would be a look at a mind that may need to seek a different genre that would fulfill them in a better way. Clearly this series could not be challanged in its entirety for the exact Mystry and Suspense division it sits in.
    The Diamond Head novel was as an ice cold Coka-Cola would to a man who thrists for a break from heat and dust. I thristed for a series that could hold me as well as the greats we all know, After the 30 plus great (some just mind candy) suspense series this sits with the top 4 men of talant.
    We thank you Mr Patrick Robinson

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    Sparkleplenty Westerville, Ohio USA 09-25-12
    Sparkleplenty Westerville, Ohio USA 09-25-12 Member Since 2004
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    "This is not Robinson's best effort"
    What would have made Diamondhead better?

    A much better plot development. He telegraphed where he was going, but took half the book to get there and it was torturous. No Navy Seal would behave like this. The set up is so contrived and so full of holes that I was talking back through the first half of the book. The action part was nicely done.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I have just started Line of Vision. I just finished Lee's Child's latest book about Jack Reacher - Outstanding.


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

    No, but he was just excellent.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Diamondhead?

    I would have rewritten the whole first half of the book to set it up properly.


    Any additional comments?

    I was very disappointed.

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    Tony 08-08-12
    Tony 08-08-12
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    "Not one of Robinson's Best Stories"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I have enjoyed many of Patrick Robinson's books. Nimitz Class was the first of his that I read and it was a great story. This story leaves a poor taste in my mouth. I think he over-writes the story and treats the "honor" of the Navy Seals in a poor light. I cannot say much more without giving away the plot, but I was unhappy with this book.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    His main character, Mac, would have had the "honor" that was overplayed in the first part of the book.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    It was way too, dramatic of a reading, and too monotone. It felt less like a story with many different characters and more like a 14+ hour reading of Dragnet, "Just the facts ma'am."


    Do you think Diamondhead needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, this one wasn't a good enough story to bring a second into the mix.


    Any additional comments?

    I really like Patrick Robinson's books but this was a complete miss for me.

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  • Robert
    atherstone, warwickshire, United Kingdom
    3/15/10
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    "Hes done it again."

    It never ceases to amaze me how everytime i read a book by Patrick Robinson the ending takes me completely by surprise. The way he articulates the story and also the way that the narrator tells the story are in perfect harmony. Brilliant book excellently narrated.

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  • david
    2/13/15
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    "Brilliant should put more books on audible"

    Patrick Robinson should put more books on audible 3 books not enough the the navy seal person is brilliant narrated also very good so come on Patrick it's time

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  • GregP
    Chelmsford, UK
    3/1/11
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    "A guilty pleasure"

    The plot is 'Boys Own' silly, the politics jingoistic and yet it is madly compelling and enjoyable. A genuine 'guilty pleasure'.

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