Hunter Killer (Admiral Arnold Morgan Series #8)

Hunter Killer (Admiral Arnold Morgan Series #8)

by Patrick Robinson
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Hunter Killer (Admiral Arnold Morgan Series #8) 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Too Many Errors Mar a Good Story Hunter Killer by Patrick Robinson is a high tech military adventure by an author well known for stories about submarines and naval exploits. In this tale, France using its nuclear attack sub capability, helps a fundamentalist Saudi prince to overthrow a profligate Saudi Kingdom, and incidentally, to destroy the entire oil production capability of the country. This understandably throws the rest of the world into turmoil, except for France which gains reconstruction rights as a reward for its perfidy. The story line is interesting and almost plausible. There is plenty of action, especially when the French submarines destroy oil pumping facilities throughout Saudi Arabia and the French Special Forces destroy all of the seaside loading terminals. A new villain, Jacques Gamoudi and the old standby bad guy, Hamas General Ravi Rashood, are recruited and join forces to finish the takeover by capturing a key military installation and then the capital city of Riyadh. However, all is set aright by the perennial rescuers Admiral Arnold Morgan (ret.) and Lt. Commander Jimmy Ramshawe, who use the considerable resources of the NSA and other agencies around the world to expose the plot and send France, embarrassed and mumbling, into diplomatic oblivion. All of this makes for a good read. Unfortunately, there are some aspects which detract from the story and distract the reader. There are puzzling instances of using words inappropriately, and of incorrect quotes of American idiom. This happens too often to be excused. Most distracting however, are technical gaffes (this is a high tech story) such as heat seeking Harpoon missiles, D-band sonar, towed arrays for torpedo warning, and Boeing Airbus aircraft, to mention a few. A real whizzer is that the expert mountaineer, Jacques Gamoudi, uses ¿crampons¿ (which attach to a climber¿s boots) as anchor points for his climbing ropes instead of ¿pitons¿, which would be the correct implement. One can only hope that more care will be taken in constructing the next story and in researching the technical aspects.
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What kind of reader would you say this book is for? Military/political thrillers. Would you read other books by this author based on your experience with this one? Yes! Would you recommend this for book club discussions? Yes! The characters are real, the plot is interesting and the type of writing is first rate.
HayseedTX More than 1 year ago
First of Patrick Robinson`s books I have read. It kept me on the edge of my seat. He is a very good writer and knows his subject very well.
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Jerryna More than 1 year ago
After receiving an Ereader for Christmas I came here to purchase the ebook version of the paperback I was currently reading. When it became obvious I could not find my place in the ebook I returned here to determine if this was one of those MODIFIED versions. Nowhere was that info available. I am terribly disappointed in this NEW version of books and will sell the ereader and go back to buying used paperbacks for my reading material.
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Inept even by Robinson's standards. A Saudi prince, disgusted with Western-decadence and the financial destabilization of Saudi Arabia, colludes with France to destabilize Saudi Arabia and topple its king. France teams Ravi Rashood (Hamas mastermind of other Robinson books) with Jacque Garmoody (a Morrocan-born French commando), throws in its subs, missiles and Al Qaeda guerrilas (working with Hamas!?!?) to achieve its ends. Though hailed for his realism, Robinson has never been less plausible. As in 'Nimitz Class', he has high-profile targets falling prey by means that would have been anticipated (in ¿Nimitz¿, an aircraft carrier is sunk by a rogue sub even though carriers have anti-submarine sensors and weapons in ¿Hunter¿, guerrillas basically walk onto Saudi bases and destroy the Saudi military on the ground ¿ security? Saudi petro-industrial sites fall to sub-launched missiles fired with impunity by French subs, even though Iran has had such weapons for years.) Despite the mideastern action, Robinson¿s real focus is on French backers. By the end of the story, it is France (and not the virulently anti-American and Anti-Israeli regime they¿ve installed) that face Yankee wrath. In pages that must be read to be believed, Robinson¿s heroes rail against France, not only for their role in the Saudi coup, but for their opposition to the invasion of Iraq in 2003, about 6 years before the events of this book. (Given the decadence of the Saudi regime as documented in his book and the fact that Robinson¿s characters don¿t appear affected at all despite the shutdown of the Saudi oil industry, when added to the instances of American mass-destruction perpetrated in Robinson¿s other books it¿s hard to justify Robinson¿s anti-French ire.) Nevertheless, the French fear disclosure of their role ¿ but Robinson¿s French are so inept, they make discovery inevitable. When recruiting Garmoody, they make no secret of France¿s role The French have Rashood and Garmoody meet on French soil (in trademark Robinson style, they meet in a restaurant where the menu gets most of the attention) after flying Rashood on a French airliner. (Robinson appears to have prepared his French characters by watching a lot of ¿Pink Panther¿ movies.) Though a technothriller, there¿s very little technology in detail on display (always a weak spot for Robinson), and other details simply kill the realism. (In one unbelievable scene, an Israeli hit-team confronts its prey and, in a demonstration of what Robinson considers the fine-art of assassination, sprays the room with gunfire.) Despite critics¿ insistence to the contrary, the genre has bred writing substantially better than Robinson¿s torturously bad prose.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Patrick Robinson succeeds again in drawing me to his latest title, Hunter Killer. I couldn't let the book down. I recommend it to anyone that loves a good military story.