The Devil's Waters

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David L. Robbins, author of the war classic War of the Rats, delivers another heart-stopping, deeply researched military adventure, this time right off today’s front pages.

The US military’s most highly trained and elite unit is the US Air Force pararescuers, known as PJs. All battle-hardened vets, their motto is “That Others May Live.” Their singular mission is CSAR: Combat Search and Rescue.

But, off the Horn of Africa, one PJ unit is tasked ...

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Overview

David L. Robbins, author of the war classic War of the Rats, delivers another heart-stopping, deeply researched military adventure, this time right off today’s front pages.

The US military’s most highly trained and elite unit is the US Air Force pararescuers, known as PJs. All battle-hardened vets, their motto is “That Others May Live.” Their singular mission is CSAR: Combat Search and Rescue.

But, off the Horn of Africa, one PJ unit is tasked with a desperate assignment that goes against its oath: take down a cargo ship full of secrets that’s been captured by Somali pirates. The team doesn’t hesitate, because one of its own is already on board the hijacked ship.

There, they will face ruthless Yusuf Raage, a pirate leader who will sacrifice anything and anyone to keep his captured ship. The PJs have only one hour before the ship is destroyed by a missile, with all hands and cargo aboard.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781612186061
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
  • Publication date: 11/13/2012
  • Series: A USAF Pararescue Thriller Series
  • Pages: 408
  • Sales rank: 262,810
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

David L. Robbins currently teaches advanced creative writing at VCU Honors College. His exceptional talent is displayed through ten action-packed novels, including the classic War of the Rats, Broken Jewel, The Betrayal Game, The Assassins Gallery, and Scorched Earth. An award-winning essayist and screenwriter, Robbins founded the James River Writers, an organization dedicated to supporting professional and aspiring writers. He also co-founded the Podium Foundation, which encourages artistic expression in Richmond’s high schools. Robbins extends his creative scope beyond fiction as an accomplished guitarist and student of jazz, pop, and Latin classical music. When he’s not writing, he’s often found sailing, shooting, weightlifting, and traveling the world. He lives in his hometown of Richmond, Virginia.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2013

    not good

    Not one of his best, possibly least.

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  • Posted November 14, 2012

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    David L. Robbins is known for writing taut, well conceived milit

    David L. Robbins is known for writing taut, well conceived military thrillers for good reason. This author really knows his craft, but TDW is more than that. This novel opens a broad stream of thinking about subjects as diverse as the long-term effects of colonialism in the Horn of Africa, the motivations behind the scenes in international alliances, and the politics that sends soldiers into harm's way with little or no intelligent thinking ahead of the orders.

    Specifically, this is the tale of the rescue of a container ship with no cargo, from Somali pirates. Why a military strike performed by life-saving para-rescue jumpers would be called for a ship with no cargo or passengers is one question. Nothing else is as it seems either, and the ending, while tying up the loose ends, still leaves lots of room for further thinking, which I like.

    Another thing I really enjoyed in this book, was how well the author worked the definitions of the military acronyms and jargon, right in to the storyline. He provided a glossary in the back, but the writing was so well conceived, I didn't really need it. The story flowed smoothly all the way through with no distraction or jarring annoyances to slow it down. My only issues had to do with the info-dumping in the first chapter which actually served as a prologue, but it wasn't really much of an issue at all. The characters were fully fleshed out as the story began to take over anyway. The even-handed treatment the author gave even the characters wearing the "bad guys" hats, was especially appreciated.

    The story was researched in a scholarly, hands-on manner, which the author details at the end of the book. I learned a lot about container shipping, Somalia, rescue ops and so much more. For readers who enjoy this kind of fast-paced thriller, The Devil's Waters will be a sure hit, but I would also recommend it to anyone who enjoys a solid tale, well told. Especially if they have any interest in the hazards of shipping through the Gulf of Aden and dodging pirates along the way.

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