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Nimitz Class (Admiral Arnold Morgan Series #1)

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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I highly recommend reading this book. Patrick Robinson wrote a riveting, suspenseful, action packed novel, you will not want to put down until the last page. This is my first read from this author, and I am extremely impressed. It is fast paced, characters strong and...
I highly recommend reading this book. Patrick Robinson wrote a riveting, suspenseful, action packed novel, you will not want to put down until the last page. This is my first read from this author, and I am extremely impressed. It is fast paced, characters strong and well defined. There was a heart wrenching and catastropic event that left me stunned and saddened. This writer really put forth a lot of effort in writing this story, in just the reasearch alone, he must have interviewed the whole navy! I found myself totally immersed in reading this book, a sign of a great read.

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1 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

Laughable on many levels

The stereotyped rantings of the supposed conservative leaders in 'Nimitz Class' are so unbelievable as to verge on satire. The Chief of Naval Operations and his fellow senior officers refer to Iranians as 'towel heads' and 'rag heads'. The President, a Bush standin almo...
The stereotyped rantings of the supposed conservative leaders in 'Nimitz Class' are so unbelievable as to verge on satire. The Chief of Naval Operations and his fellow senior officers refer to Iranians as 'towel heads' and 'rag heads'. The President, a Bush standin almost as idiotic as the real thing, wishes he could shut down the newspapers, but opines that the liberal courts wouldn't stand for it. The President is depicted as getting 'trigger happy.' The Presential Press Secretary goes on a rant about the press, Congress, liberals, etc etc that sounds like a drunk Birtcher on speed. But the good guys in Nimitz Class are the real joke-- cartoon characters one and all. Robinson seems to want to stuff every virtue into his characters, and every manly manly manly American icon is trotted out. The square-jawed naval officer is a cowboy from Kansas...but wait...he's got a Ph.D. from MIT as well...but wait, he's charming and handsome and his mom far from being a rancher's wife is a sort of Jackie Kennedy of the plains, the Wellesley girl to the core. We're even told she might as well have had a 'W' branded on her forehead. 'ouch!' Oh, and he loves opera and knows his wines. A REAL AMERICAN ARISTOCRAT, see...even the Brits with their infallible nose for class distinctions recognize that. Your more blue collar characters also come in for the Norman Rockwell treatment. The Navy SEAL who is the son of a Maine lobsterman, for instance. Piercing blue eyes? Check. Will of iron? Check. Heart of a lion? Check. Please pass the airsick bag. The author is an Anglophile to the point of absurdity. You will find only WASPs among the Americans, excepting the brief appearance of a black nco on an aircraft carrier whose function is to testify to how much he loves one of the white pilots. In a manly, manly way you understand. The list of characters reads like the membership of a Westchester country club circa 1930. In a way, perhaps that is the point of Robinson's writing. It's a fantasy of a conservative WASP America. The reason to think this book might be intended as a satire is that the right wing stuff is so overdone, and yet the heroic characters are basically screw-ups, while the enemy-- the arch-terrorist-- is hyper competent, multi-dimensional and interesting. The good guys fail to prevent a terrorist enemy attacking us,with the result that many thousands die in response. The President and his inner circle want to attack somewhere, but aren't too picky about where or whether the country they attack is actually responsible. The President himself seems to be a clueless dope. Hmmm...maybe 'Nimitz Class' is more realistic than I thought.

posted by Anonymous on June 12, 2007

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2007

    Laughable on many levels

    The stereotyped rantings of the supposed conservative leaders in 'Nimitz Class' are so unbelievable as to verge on satire. The Chief of Naval Operations and his fellow senior officers refer to Iranians as 'towel heads' and 'rag heads'. The President, a Bush standin almost as idiotic as the real thing, wishes he could shut down the newspapers, but opines that the liberal courts wouldn't stand for it. The President is depicted as getting 'trigger happy.' The Presential Press Secretary goes on a rant about the press, Congress, liberals, etc etc that sounds like a drunk Birtcher on speed. But the good guys in Nimitz Class are the real joke-- cartoon characters one and all. Robinson seems to want to stuff every virtue into his characters, and every manly manly manly American icon is trotted out. The square-jawed naval officer is a cowboy from Kansas...but wait...he's got a Ph.D. from MIT as well...but wait, he's charming and handsome and his mom far from being a rancher's wife is a sort of Jackie Kennedy of the plains, the Wellesley girl to the core. We're even told she might as well have had a 'W' branded on her forehead. 'ouch!' Oh, and he loves opera and knows his wines. A REAL AMERICAN ARISTOCRAT, see...even the Brits with their infallible nose for class distinctions recognize that. Your more blue collar characters also come in for the Norman Rockwell treatment. The Navy SEAL who is the son of a Maine lobsterman, for instance. Piercing blue eyes? Check. Will of iron? Check. Heart of a lion? Check. Please pass the airsick bag. The author is an Anglophile to the point of absurdity. You will find only WASPs among the Americans, excepting the brief appearance of a black nco on an aircraft carrier whose function is to testify to how much he loves one of the white pilots. In a manly, manly way you understand. The list of characters reads like the membership of a Westchester country club circa 1930. In a way, perhaps that is the point of Robinson's writing. It's a fantasy of a conservative WASP America. The reason to think this book might be intended as a satire is that the right wing stuff is so overdone, and yet the heroic characters are basically screw-ups, while the enemy-- the arch-terrorist-- is hyper competent, multi-dimensional and interesting. The good guys fail to prevent a terrorist enemy attacking us,with the result that many thousands die in response. The President and his inner circle want to attack somewhere, but aren't too picky about where or whether the country they attack is actually responsible. The President himself seems to be a clueless dope. Hmmm...maybe 'Nimitz Class' is more realistic than I thought.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2001

    An act of literary terrorism.

    A very disappointing book that had started with some promise of not being just another Clancy clone. That promise ended early and the author indulged in Arab bashing, and western society jingoism. In supporting his agenda, the author presents his hero, the U.S. president, as a warmonger with no qualms about killing innocent Arabs, but who rails against Arabs who act with exactly the same attitude. The author presents his political views with the subtlety of a suicide bomber. He makes no effort to understand the regional and global perspectives of the Middle East. His knowledge and insight are simplified into a Tarzan movie style of dialogue of ¿Me good, you bad¿. A definite pass on any of his other books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2013

    From dafish: What a dud!

    Pencils are like big trucks; it doesn't take a lot of brains to drive one. It is painfully obvious here. His political bias proves it. Many big holes in his logic; too many to list, however; there are no silent torpedoes--would the Pentagon guys really be so calm about something like this--would one really walk to announce the news to ones superior officer? I have purchased my last book from Robinson

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2000

    Fails on many, many levels

    This book is just awful. It reads fairly smoothly, but fails miserably on at least four distinct levels. It ambles into a lot of useless territory for no reason at all. Virtually all of the first few chapters could have been dropped as contributing nothing to the plot. Many characters are introduced in detail, then killed off as a group. We hear about lots of relationships that have little or nothing to do with the story. The second major failing is that I don't believe any of the characters would act they way they did for vast segments of the book. Do you really think the military would rather have you believe a nuclear bomb ACCIDENTALLY went off than that the ship was bombed by a terrorist? Oh, come on! Would any country (including our own) allow an aircraft carrier to dock after such an incident? Do you really think the press will buy a military cover story and not even ask questions? I could list some real extreme examples, but would have to spoil plot elements. There's at least one point in the story when they know who, what, when, why, and how in exquisite detail, but won't accept all of the heaps of evidence because some small part might be (not is, might) be questionable. Suffice it to say that I could not believe intelligent people would make the decisions that were made in this novel. The book has a serious problem that it mostly consists of meetings. We don't participate in the discoveries. We hear about them at meetings. Yes, it's probably reality that goverment does things in meetings, but you write about the action, not about characters telling what happened. One of the most significant elements of the end of the story is simply told to us like an afterthought. Finally, there's a big problem with pacing. This story takes months. Most of that time is spent by the major characters DECIDING if they are going to do anything. We have a potential madman running around with nuclear weapons, but have plenty of time for social gatherings, horse rides, sightseeing, facility tours, etc. I can't believe that such a major incident could go on as long as this story has it going on. It is the author's resposibility to suspend my disbelief. This book only increased my disbelief.

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