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A massive tsunami triggered by a terrifying weapon in the hands of a madman ...

Scimitar SL-2

He calls himself Ravi Rashood, a former SAS officer who currently masterminds one of the world's most virulent terrorist organizations. An elusive madman dedicated to the annihilation of the West, he now possesses the means to accomplish his nightmarish goal: a nuclear-tipped cruise missile named after the avenging ...

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Overview

A massive tsunami triggered by a terrifying weapon in the hands of a madman ...

Scimitar SL-2

He calls himself Ravi Rashood, a former SAS officer who currently masterminds one of the world's most virulent terrorist organizations. An elusive madman dedicated to the annihilation of the West, he now possesses the means to accomplish his nightmarish goal: a nuclear-tipped cruise missile named after the avenging sword of the Muslim warrior Saladin.

Fired into the crater of the most dangerous volcano in the Canary Islands, the Scimitar SL-2 will trigger a sequence of geophysical events that will create a mega-tsunami the likes of which have not been seen in modern times. It would pound the southern coastlines of Europe and flatten the entire eastern seaboard of the United States.

U.S. Admiral and retired National Security Adviser Arnold Morgan knows that Rashood must be stopped, but finding him won't be easy. The killer and his terrorist crew are hiding aboard a virtually undetectable submarine somewhere in the vast depths of the ocean. But for Morgan and the U.S. Navy, there is no choice — because time is an enemy ... and the only alternative is the first Atlantic mega-tsunami in 4,000 years.

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Ravi Rashood, the arch-villain of Robinson's 2003 adventure, Barracuda 945, returns for another round with Adm. Arnold Morgan, national security adviser for the former U.S. president, a militaristic Republican. Rashood and Morgan's showdown takes on some of the aura of the Holmes/Moriarty duel Rashood has even named his new submarine Barracuda II thanks, in part, to Robinson's rather plummy prose; not even Clive Cussler would have a character utter "Streuth" as an expletive. At 64, the crusty Morgan has earned his retirement and married his longtime love (and longer-time secretary), Kathy O'Brien. The recently elected Democratic president, "peacenik" Charles McBride, has little use for Morgan's services; Morgan's sidelining gives Hamas General Rashood the opening he needs to hatch another nefarious plot. Robinson builds the story's tension slowly; the lesser lights newly installed in federal security positions are slow to put together the pieces of seemingly unrelated events including the murder of the world's leading geophysicist in London and the surprising eruption of Mount St. Helens. Rashood's plan, which tangentially includes evergreen Western foes Russia, North Korea and China, involves triggering an apocalyptic mega-tsunami via volcanic eruptions caused by a nuclear-tipped guided cruise missile launched from the aforementioned Barracuda... whew! Robinson's full-bodied, measured prose has a retro feel, and his narrative, studded with informative historical and political tidbits, turns every new setting into its own short story. Agent, Ed Victor. (Aug.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060086657
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/26/2005
  • Series: Admiral Arnold Morgan Series , #7
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 431,598
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 1.16 (d)

Meet the Author

Patrick Robinson is the author of seven international bestselling suspense thrillers, including Nimitz Class and Hunter Killer, as well as several nonfiction bestsellers. He divides his time between Ireland and Cape Cod.

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First Chapter

Scimitar SL-2 LP

Chapter One

Thursday, January 8, 2009
The White House, Washington, D.C.

The brand-new Democratic Administration, fresh from a narrow election victory, was moving into the West Wing. With the exception of the President, who knew he was going anyway at the end of his second term, every hour of every day was a trauma for the outgoing Republicans. For the big hitters of the military and government, handing over the reins to what most of them believed to be a bunch of naive, inexperienced, half-assed limousine liberals led by an idealistic young President from Rhode Island, who would have been pushed to hold down a proper executive job -- well, anywhere -- was appalling.

And today was probably the worst day of all. Adm. Arnold Morgan, the retiring President's National Security Adviser, was about to leave the White House for the last time. His big nineteenth-century Naval desk had already been cleared and removed, and now there were only a few good-byes left. The door to his office was wide open, and the Admiral, accompanied by his alarmingly beautiful secretary Kathy O'Brien, was ready to go. In attendance was the Secretary of State Harcourt Travis; the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Gen. Tim Scannell; the Chief of Naval Operations, Adm. Alan Dickson; the Director of the National Security Agency, Adm. George Morris; and Morris's personal assistant, Lt. Comdr. James Ramshawe, American by birth, with Australian parents.

As the great man took his leave, they all stood in a small "family" huddle, veterans in the last half-dozen years of some of the most brutal secret operations ever conducted by the United States Military. Their devotion to Arnold had grown from the series of great triumphs on the international stage due, almost entirely, to the strengths of the Admiral's intellect.

Like Caesar, Admiral Morgan was not lovable -- except to Kathy -- but his grasp of international politics, string-pulling, poker-playing, threats and counterthreats, Machiavellian propaganda, and the conduct of restricted, classified military operations was second to none. At all of the above he was a virtuoso, driven by an unbending sense of patriotism. During his reign in the West Wing he intimidated, cajoled, outwitted, and bullied some of the most powerful men on earth. His creed was to fight and fight, and never to lower his blade short of victory. Gen. Douglas MacArthur and Gen. George Patton were his heroes. And now the Admiral was departing, leaving his Washington confi- dants devastated, convinced that another heaven and another earth must surely pass before such a man could be again.

Many of the high-ranking civilians would themselves go within a few short weeks of the incoming Democrats, but none so utterly ignominiously as Admiral Morgan himself. Called on the telephone by a Miss Betty-Ann Jones, a Southern liberal who had never been to Washington, he was told, "President McBride thinks it would be better if y'all resigned raht now, since he dun't think you and he's gonna get along real well."

Arnold Morgan had needed no second bidding. Five minutes later, he had dictated his short letter of resignation to Kathy, and ten minutes later, they were working on their wedding date, the colossal job of National Security Adviser no longer standing between them.

At Arnold's farewell dinner, at a favorite Georgetown restaurant, Secretary Travis, always the voice of irony and sly humor, had arrived at the table humming theatrically and loudly the tune of "Those Wedding Bells Are Breaking Up That Old Gang of Mine." Shortly he would return to Harvard to take up a professorship.

The military members of Arnold's inner circle would remain at their posts, more or less, under a new Commander in Chief.

And now Admiral Morgan stood at the great oak door to his office. He hesitated briefly, and nodded curtly to the empty room. Then he strode outside to the corridor, where his former colleagues waited. He smiled with some difficulty. "I'd be grateful," he said, "if each one of you would come and take me by the hand."

And so they said their farewells, each consumed by the private sense of trust they all shared with the National Security Chief. The last handshake was with the youngest of them, Lieutenant Commander Ramshawe, with whom Admiral Morgan had a near father-son relationship.

"I'll miss you, Jimmy," he said.

"And I'll miss you, sir," replied the young officer. "I don't suppose you'll ever know how much."

"Thanks, kid," said the Admiral informally. And then he turned on his heel, immaculately tailored in a dark gray suit, gleaming black leather lace-up shoes, blue shirt, and Naval Academy tie.

He walked resolutely, shoulders back, upright, full of dignity, with Kathy, his bride-to-be, at his side. He walked among the portraits of Presidents past, nodding sharply to General Eisenhower, as he always did. He walked like a man not departing but like a young officer recently summoned to the colors. In his mind a lifetime of thoughts, a lifetime of service to his country. The different people he had been ... the Commanding Officer of a surface ship and then of a nuclear submarine out of Norfolk, Virginia ... the Intelligence Tsar, head of the National Security Agency in Maryland ... and finally the right hand of a faltering Republican President who ended up knowing neither loyalty nor patriotism. That never mattered. Arnold had enough for both of them.

Walking along the familiar corridors, the Admiral heard once more the swish of the waves on a ship's hull heading out of a threatened harbor and into the great rolling swells of the ocean, the metallic scream of the anchor chain, the terse instructions of the COB, and in the deepest recesses of his mind, the shouts and commands of far-lost U.S. Navy SEALs whom he had never seen, never met, obeying his orders. Always obeying. As he himself obeyed his. Mostly.

He heard again the bells of the watch, tolling off the hours. And the smooth slide of his submarine's periscope ...

Scimitar SL-2 LP. Copyright © by Patrick Robinson. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2005

    Submarine thriller

    I thought this was more of a submarine and government thriller than a geological thriller. Geologically, it was a major disappointment.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2005

    Air Force flies off a carrier?

    Although I found this book enjoyable it tends to get a bit bogged down in the courses the submarine is taking without much in the way of reference. Also some of the descriptions of military equipment seem a bit off. The biggest error, that would offend any Navy pilot, was a reference to the flight of aircraft from the USS Regan, '... most of them bring flown by four of the most famous fighter squadrons in the United States Air Force.' Please Mr. Robinson, you have written enough naval books to know the Navy flies its own aircraft.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2014

    Admiral Morgan Fans - A must read.

    A review is REQUIRED, so I must fill this space with the alibi that I am about one-half way through the book, but I do intend to finish the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2012

    Ebony

    You noob, she doesn't mean here, she means scarket letter.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2012

    Danny Phantom to silver

    Where is ur post?

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    Posted September 6, 2012

    Starters

    Starters

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2008

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    The basic story of an Islamist radical destroying the east cost of the U.S. by blowing a volcano with a nuclear missle, and susequently causing a gigantic tsunami is interesting, and the geology is well developed. It's up to a recently fired admiral to override the new pacifist president of the U.S. to defeat the threat. A huge amount of time is spent on a submarine's transit to the point of attack, and many pages are devoted to the evacuation of major cities. The solution to the problem takes about a half dozen pages. Odd distribution of story line, in my view. Unfortunately, this technothriller is rife with basic factual errors. Granted, the work is fiction. However, too many recongnizable technical errors add doubt to the whole story. -Army master chief? Not in our army. Same with the Ensign, Junior Grade. - Squadrons of Air Force aircraft on the USS Reagan? Air Force aircraft cannot take off or land on a carrier. And all the squadrons you named were Navy anyhow. - F-15 Tomcat? Sorry, Pat. The F-15 is the Air Force Eagle. The Tomcat is the F-14. Anyhow, when you wrote the book, the Tomcat was already scheduled for the scrap heap, to be replaced by the F/A 18 Super Hornet. That evolution would be (and was) completed before the 2009 timeline in the book. - Senior Captains in command of Guided Missle Frigates (FFGs)? Not in our Navy. That's a Commander's billet. - Carrier pilots don't have 1/20th of a second to hit the throttles after they miss the wire. They go balls to the wall as soon as they touch down. If they waited to see if they missed the wire, they would die. - Shooting down a cruise missle with a Harpoon? The Harpoon is a fire-and-forget anti-ship missle. - The Ch-53D is the Super Stallion, not the Sea Stallion. - How can you go from bearing 070 to bearing 360 by turning right 70 degrees?

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2005

    Scimitar SL-2

    Great story, but gets too bogged down in side stories. I've read all of Patricks' books, but this one lacked the classic action and chase scenes of his other books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2005

    Scimitar SL-2

    Great premise, but I was left wondering where the hunt was. I enjoy Patricks' action sequences, but this book was mired in administrative bureaucracy.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2005

    Wonderfully realistic and entertaining

    I have read all of Mr. Robinson's naval thrillers and this one is very good. A little too much detail in areas or situations that don't involve real action. (i.e. detailing the mass evacuation) He seems to be straying away from his more action oriented style as in Nimitz Class or Seawolf, but the new villian is very refreshing. A little more action and bring back the Navy Seals, but otherwise Keep Up the good Work.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2004

    Great Book

    I got this book overseas not knowing much about the author or if it would be any good. As I started to read you get pulled into the story. Will the terroists make it what will the President do..? The suspense grows with every turn of the page. I highly reccommend reading this book.

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