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Publisher's Summary

In 1969, a Navy SEAL, a trained assassin on a confidential mission, is dropped off in the Vietnam jungle. Days later, a U.S. gunboat returns to pick him up, but the boat's young captain panics under fire and leaves the SEAL behind.

Twenty years later, that young captain is now a Pentagon admiral as the SEAL returns to Washington, D.C. with his own career change: he's become a sweeper - a clandestine cleaner of secret messes. And he's come back to claim "some things of value" - things the admiral can't afford to lose.

Navy Commander Karen Lawrence - sharp, smart, and savvy - is assigned to investigate the bad things that start happening to the admiral. She finds herself caught between one man's boundless ambition and another's relentless quest for revenge.

©2007 P. T. Deutermann (P)2007 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Deutermann's inside knowledge of the Navy and Pentagon politics, coupled with his likable protagonists, make this a gripping new addition to his line of naval mysteries." ( Publishers Weekly)

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  • Boyce
  • Brentwood, TN, United States
  • 06-09-14

Deutermann's Best!!!!!

What did you love best about Sweepers?

I read Sweepers about ten years ago, followed by several other Deutermann books. Now that I am an audiobook fan, I went back to Sweepers because the plot has remained fresh in my mind over the years, and I wanted to hear Dick Hill read it. Great story, very believable. Love the way Deutermann, with a Navy career behind him, talks about the machinations of military protocol so knowledgeably. The sweeper is an erie character.

In my opinion, this is Deutermann's best, but that may be because it just appeals me. I was in Vietnam, so I could really identify with the whole situation involving the sweeper (not that I did anything like that). I have enjoyed his other books that I have read also, and just finished Zero Option on audio, which is also excellent.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Amazing Story, Very Gripping

This book reaches out and grabs you by the throat and holds you there until you finish it, very well done. I also love how he works in "historical" pieces as well, it's so believable it's crazy. Very intense, very entertaining, and most of all a very good story!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Tamara
  • Dallas, TX, United States
  • 03-05-09

silly plot, no twists, no surprises

In reading the other review of this book, I can only say "to each their own." I found this book to be more than a little ridiculous. The admiral instantly knows that his stalker is: a one-eyed, one-handed "ninja" SEAL from his distant past...and, by golly, that's exactly who it is...and they still can't find him. No twists, no surprises, just silly macho action that has a few fun points but no real drama. The character development left me not really caring about anyone. The female lead is "strong" just when she "needs" to be to prove the author is a liberated type. In reality, the female lead does stupid things and only by miracle doesn't end up dead as the result. The baddies are over the top. Oh well, maybe I've listened to worse, but this one was no great shakes.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Cheryl
  • Long Beach, CA, United States
  • 06-09-09

Bit stupid, but still a good read

I found this earlier book less taut than the others I've listened to, but I did like the characters and the story. Some of them were kinda stupid, especially some of the actions and reactions of the female Navy lawyer, but it didn't spoil it for me.

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  • Paul
  • NORTH POLE, ALASKA, United States
  • 04-06-18

Ok But

The technical mistakes make this otherwise good story less interesting. A semiautomatic Glock will only fire one round if the trigger is held back. Poor research not artistic license. I find it frustrating when characters portrayed as highly competent repeatedly make silly mistakes. Dick Hill is one of my favorite narrators but, the synthesized voice was pretty much unintelligible. Good story made bad by poor research, poor character development and production.

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Wow! What a beginning

I don't know why more people aren't buying this author's books, because they are just great. The reader is also first rate.

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  • CBDC
  • Washington, DC USA
  • 02-02-11

I could not stop listening

I didn't rate it 5 stars only because I save that rating for books written by authors I experience as extraordinary (Pat Conroy and Bryce Courtnay for example), but Deutermann's books are really really good entertainment. And I like Dick Hill.

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Good but could’ve been great

Not a lot of action after initial chapter. The SEAL was not a sympathetic character despite what happened to him.

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Another great book!

I am a big fan of this author. The plot is great, with attention keeping twists and turns. Characters are well developed and give some good surprises. I'm glad I got this book.

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superb writer, enriching experience

Every one of Deutermann's novels have been absorbing, richly woven complex tapestries
that exhibit the intellect and superior craft of a master story teller. I've read every one, several, several times, the experience so rewarding. I find those that encompass naval history or the internal machinations of maritime culture to provide the most satisfaction, and me a 73 year old woman! Read this author. His work will enhance your life experience.