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Laughable on many levels
posted by Anonymous on June 12, 2007Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 2, 2014
Ro inson writes ok, seems have outstanding knowledge of his subject matter, but cannot seem to grasp how to write a novel!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
For example he spends the vast majority of the first 20% of the text developing chacters and providing some backstory only to wipeout all the charactors and make most of the backstory irrelevant,,,at which point the reader loses trust in the author i speed read the remainder just so i could conclude the book but i didnt enjoy it anymore it ultimately becomes a military operarional whodunnit story,,,but in any good murder mystery you dont want the audience angry over killing the hero the hero supposed to be the detective worse yet- spoiler alert - we learn the villain gets away at the very end
Posted December 19, 2013
I thought I'd try this author as I've fairly run out of the Napoleanic Era naval fiction that I love. But this novel is not only a perspective of 90's naval thinking, it's a fantasy of right wing rationalization and illusion. The premise is intriguing, and the story and pacing isn't awful, though the prose is wooden. Where it tries to be insightful it's mostly illogical (c'mon, any high school student knows a nuclear warhead can't go off by accident, and it's attempt to suggest romance is just silly) but that's consistent with right wing thought. Granted, it was written before 911; before Obama - one wonders how the author has evolved. If he recognizes that the xenophobe attitudes of 1997 are the reason the rest of the world hated us by 2007. Still, I admit I was interested enough to finish. I enjoyed it when the story was purely focused on strategy. I may indeed try something else in the author's catalog, just to see. So, one day, we'll see.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 13, 2009
It was Ok I guess
I could not relate to or like the characters. All of the main characters were highly educated blue bloods from aristocratic, wealthy families. They were all charming, refined, ejoyed good wine & liquor, and listened to opera...YUCK!! They were all popular, at the top of their game professionally, and all got along swimmingly with NO conflict between them. I sincelerly believe that the ranks of the modern United States Navy are filled by some of the best people in the world but this novel does a terrible job of actually representing them. The plot wasn't the greatest. It moved along a little slow, started to pick up and things were making sense but then way too many plot elements were introduced into the last hundred pages or so making it a bit confusing. Frankley, I thought the overall premise of the book was a bit far fetched both in what happens to the Carrier Battle Group and what the "response" is. I don't think I would recommend this book.
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