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Nimitz Class (Admiral Arnold Morgan Series #1)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Patrick Robinson

Highly Revommended/ He knoes what he is doing.

posted by ME6135 on November 19, 2011

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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 February 2, 2014

    Poorly edited

    Ro inson writes ok, seems have outstanding knowledge of his subject matter, but cannot seem to grasp how to write a novel!
    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2013

    Unfortunate Vision

    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.

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  • 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.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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