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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; New edition edition (1 Nov. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743415256
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743415255
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.9 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,552,731 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John McLaren was born in Edinburgh in 1951. He was a diplomat and venture capitalist and a director of two major investment banks. He is the founder of Masterprize, the international competition for symphonic composition, and Chairman of the Barchester Group. His previous books are PRESS SEND, 7th SENSE, and BLACK CABS.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rennie Petersen on 5 Sept. 2005
Format: Paperback
"Blind Eye" starts with a flashback to the Falklands War. Chris Cameron is 22 and serving in the British Navy as a Harrier pilot. He sees an important target and asks for permission to attack. Permission is denied. Cameron disobeys orders and attacks anyway. It turns out that that was the right thing to do so he's a hero, despite his insubordination.
Twenty years later Chris Cameron is the captain of the British aircraft carrier HMS Indomitable. There's serious trouble brewing in Numala, a former British colony in Africa, now run by a vicious and brutal dictator. The British Foreign Secretary, hoping to score some points in his party's popularity contest, makes an idiotic decision. Against the advice of the top British military staff he sends HMS Indomitable, without her escort fleet, to patrol the "international waters" off the coast of Numala.
This is the background for the very exciting story that develops in "Blind Eye". Captain Cameron and his men (and women) become more and more involved in what is happening in Numala, and more and more outraged by the atrocities that the dictator is preparing. Meanwhile, international opinion turns against the British for their attempt to influence an independent country with "gunboat tactics". The wishy-washy Foreign Secretary orders HMS Indomitable home again.
Will Captain Cameron obey his new orders or follow his conscience?
What should military personnel do when given orders that they know are wrong?
Suffice it to say that "Blind Eye", after a rather slow start, becomes very exciting. A modern aircraft carrier (even a British one, with only one quarter the displacement of the huge American ones) and its complement of aircraft are a very potent fighting machine.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By normngrey on 7 Oct. 2007
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This tale is an interesting premise raising the question about at what point will British forces refuse to follow political instructions to ignore acts of genocide.

I think this is more likely amongst ground troops than a RN ship. However the story, so far as it goes, is quite enjoyable although rather shallow in detail. It's difficult to accept a Chief of Defence Staff allowing a capital ship into harms way without escorts but for the plot it was the only way to make this plot happen. The ship's captain has record of being a bit of maverick so when he is taken to task for obeying a political order to withdraw, by the woman journalist on board, which will lead to the murder of over a million people a form of mutiny takes place. This is what made the story more fascinating although quite incredible along with the political end.

The book is simply written and makes for a good travel book. Enjoy the tale and park your disbelief in the pending bay for a fun sea story.
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A stupid politician and a renegade aircraft carrier captain 3 Sept. 2005
By Rennie Petersen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
"Blind Eye" starts with a flashback to the Falklands War. Chris Cameron is 22 and serving in the British Navy as a Harrier pilot. He sees an important target and asks for permission to attack. Permission is denied. Cameron disobeys orders and attacks anyway. It turns out that that was the right thing to do so he's a hero, despite his insubordination.

Twenty years later Chris Cameron is the captain of the British aircraft carrier HMS Indomitable. There's serious trouble brewing in Numala, a former British colony in Africa, now run by a vicious and brutal dictator. The British Foreign Secretary, hoping to score some points in his party's popularity contest, makes an idiotic decision. Against the advice of the top British military staff he sends HMS Indomitable, without her escort fleet, to patrol the "international waters" off the coast of Numala.

This is the background for the very exciting story that develops in "Blind Eye". Captain Cameron and his men (and women) become more and more involved in what is happening in Numala, and more and more outraged by the atrocities that the dictator is preparing. Meanwhile, international opinion turns against the British for their attempt to influence an independent country with "gunboat tactics". The wishy-washy Foreign Secretary orders HMS Indomitable home again.

Will Captain Cameron obey his new orders or follow his conscience?

What should military personnel do when given orders that they know are wrong?

Suffice it to say that "Blind Eye", after a rather slow start, becomes very exciting. A modern aircraft carrier (even a British one, with only one quarter the displacement of the huge American ones) and its complement of aircraft are a very potent fighting machine. The unexpected climax is especially satisfying, considering that at one point it looked like success was not possible for the British.

As an added bonus there's a rather unlikely romance story woven into "Blind Eye". But then, the whole story is rather unrealistic, so why not have a bit of unrealistic romance too?

In summary, an exciting military-style thriller with a thought-provoking story line and some interesting characters thrown in.

Rennie Petersen
A fast paced thriller 19 May 2005
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Captain Cameron and his crew are manoeuvring the "Indomitable", a British carrier, off the coast of Numala. In the capital Kindalu, Nathan Nabote, a throwback of an old-style African dictator, in absolute power since 1969, is eyeing discontentedly on the upcoming presidential election. Despite Nabote's reluctance, the EU sent an observer mission and the carrier "Indomitable" is part of the scheme to monitor that the election takes place in a democratic manner.

The question is of course will Nabote let the election be fair and will he give his opponent, Michael Endebbe, a chance to win? Or will the Presidential Guard, a formidable army and totally loyal to Nabote, try to stop the democratic process in Numala?

As Michael Endebbe is kidnapped and tortured a few days before the election is due to commence, the crew of the "Indomitable" sense that their task is going to be an almost "mission impossible".
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