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Before he was anointed to carry on the legacy of Robert Ludlum's Janson Command series, and before he collaborated with Clive Cussler on the fan favorite Isaac Bell series, Justin Scott created this suspenseful adventure tale, a novel of love and revenge set on the high seas. Written in 1978, this is considered by many to be one of the best maritime thrillers of all time. As an expert in the world of ships and sailing, Justin Scott creates an authentic maritime world, making The Shipkiller all the more thrilling because it could be a true story. Audible favorite Marc Vietor brings this suspenseful adventure tale to vivid life with his exciting and well-paced narration.

©1978 Justin Scott (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

“A stunner. Absolutely riveting. A marvelously taut, brilliantly told story of revenge, and the sea, and the dark forces than can shape the human condition.” (Robert Ludlum)

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Review of listening experience of novel Shipkiller

Very exciting.... even for a non-sailing person...kept my attention .
Shipkiller was worth every penny.

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  • Paula
  • Overland Park, KS USA
  • 06-12-14

Great Nautical Adventure!

Such a nice surprise! This 1978-era novel of the high seas is a real gem! Scott has produced an engaging story of adventure, revenge and romance (minimal emphasis) on the high seas. It is about one man's war against a behemoth oil tanker and the listeners are taken to sea on both the oil tanker and small yachts. The author has skillfully crafted a story that pulls listeners into the adventure, wondering all the while whether Peter will live to complete his revenge, or simply die trying.

Loved the narration and recommend this maritime thriller to all!

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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The Thiller of the YEAR!

This book is fantastic. It has all the elements that you want from your favorite authors all rolled into an incredibly suspenseful, thrilling story.

And if you have any plans on boarding anything larger than a dingy, do not read this story the night before departure. Do you remember "Airport" (1970) and impact it had on everyone who had to take a flight soon after watching it. Well, this story is going to effect folks who "take to the water" in the same way forever too.

There is also wonderful commentary about the behemoth ships that wonder the world to quench our never ending craving for oil. It is as hard to comprehend their size as it is to grasp the size of the Universe. And the threat that they pose to the entire planet is just a hull plate away.

Gosh, just get the book, take your Dramamine, and enjoy this thrilling journey.

Signed,
Captain of my bathtub only

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Not what I expected!

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The story never let me down. I enjoyed every minute of it and am looking for more by this author of the same genre. I have only a minimal experience in sailing but enjoyed the details of the boat and the sea. Highly recommended!

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All time favorite

If you could sum up The Shipkiller in three words, what would they be?

cant put down

What did you like best about this story?

creative

Any additional comments?

I read this book many years ago, was excited to see it on Audible that I had to download it and listen. This is my all time favorite book.

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  • Brad
  • Littleton, MA, United States
  • 12-26-12

One of the Best Seafaring Novels Period, A Classic

If you could sum up The Shipkiller in three words, what would they be?

Modern Moby Dick<br/><br/>This is a modern Moby Dick tale of obsession, hinted at in the foreboding ship name of Leviathan. This book has hugely high ratings here and for the book edition at Amazon. It is that type of book that grabs you and holds you to the last second. Nothing is inevitable. Peter Hardin the protagonist is a man of exceptional determination and sailing skills. You get a pretty good education on sailing as this book progresses. This book even has a terrific romance, love story. <br/><br/>The author has collaborated, and I believe nearly solo written many of the fine Clive Cussler Isaac Bell series novels and the later landmark Robert Ludlum books. So you are talking about that type of author, skilled at story telling and maintaining the action. I only regret that Justin Scott's unaffiliated output (such as The Shipkiller) are sparse as he has devoted so much energy to this collaborative series.<br/><br/>This is a book that you really did not want it to end.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Peter Hardin, of course. He was a character rich in humanity, ingenuity and seamanship. He was so clever throughout the book, nearly always a step ahead.

What about Marc Vietor’s performance did you like?

Stellar, perfect on the accents, a vastly entertaining voice to listen to. Superb job on the English accents.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, but at nearly 14 hours, that would be impossible for me. It kept me up late, listening to it on the drive to work and every free minute I could find.

Any additional comments?

I wish there were 6 stars to give. This is a magnificent book and an honor to read and recommend.

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  • William
  • Winston Salem, NC, United States
  • 11-29-12

Couldn't get past all the sailing jargon

Knowing nothing about sailing, the nautical jargon in this book was just too much for me in spite of very good writing. I can imagine that a sailor would find the book fascinating, but I bailed out halfway through and skipped to the last chapter.

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  • Alan
  • Rossville, GA, United States
  • 11-05-12

Disappointing

What disappointed you about The Shipkiller?

Not much of a story.

Would you ever listen to anything by Justin Scott again?

not sure

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

never listened to this narrator before, but he was very good.

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

the ending was ridiculous. I would re-write the ending.

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  • O. Crosby
  • Park City, UT United States
  • 09-28-12

Goes on and on and on and on and...

What would have made The Shipkiller better?

Ability to write plot

What do you think your next listen will be?

"Velocity"

What didn’t you like about Marc Vietor’s performance?

The reader was fine, but the book just stank.

What character would you cut from The Shipkiller?

the company captain, or even better the main character

Any additional comments?

I am fairly easy to please. For those who choose to listen to this book, it has 4 logical endings, yet theplot resets to zero and another tedious voyage is described, rignt down to the screws that hold the cleats. Note that the book was written in 1978 and is just now revived as an audiobook.Even though the book grinds on forever, it has clearly been edited with an axe. The main character, in his sailboat, hops from one place to another with no continuity. The author is a decent wordsmith, but this epic might have survived if cut by half. Anticlimactic ending.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Entertaining

Where does The Shipkiller rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I give it a C +

What other book might you compare The Shipkiller to and why?

A little like some of Clive Cussler' works, but without the fantasy factor.

What three words best describe Marc Vietor’s voice?

Scratchy, accented and ok.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Not really. It did make you wanting to "turn the page" at the conclusion of a capter. Many of the endings of a chapter were cliff hangers.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful