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The Devil's Waters based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Not one of his best, possibly least.
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.