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Ghost Force

Ghost Force [Kindle Edition]

Patrick Robinson
2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 730 KB
  • Print Length: 578 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0099474352
  • Publisher: Cornerstone Digital; New Ed edition (26 Jan 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0031RS7L8
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  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Just not good enough 9 Aug 2007
In the synopsis, PR states that he's had little or no advice on writing this book. From reading the book, it looks like it's not been edited either....

It's Blair and Government beating is astounding - And I'm no fan of either myself. I did find myself thinking, at one point, that he had some points about the military being run down, but then I'd find myself thinking that he's just on his political high horse.

I'm a huge fan of Patrick Robinson, but this book was a massive let down. If I wanted political rhetoric, I'd've bought something else.

I've given it 2 stars instead of 1 as the story does bring back one of my favorite characters and despite the political nonsense is a "brain in neutral" book - not unlike a Die Hard film really (without the politicism).
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars What's happened, Patrick? 26 July 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Well, I am a real Robinson fan (based on many of his other books). But this book is......well.....not good! You almost get the feeling his agent was on his back to get another novel 'out on the shelves' ASAP. Well, in that respect he succeeded. But the quality of this book is just quite unbelievably bad. If you really want to buy this book, go get it from your local library as it will save you a fiver and the walk will do you good. Otherwise, if you like your submarine warfare novels, go try out Joe Buff or one of the other more recent military/techno-thriller/political authors!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
If I could have given this 0 stars I would have done. I stopped reading after 150 pages when Robinson annoyed me too much. It is a shame, as I have always found Admiral Morgan a very interesting character. Unfortunately the rest of the book is a shambles. Poorly researched, and sloppy throughout (well throughout those 150 pages anyway). Robinson fell into his usual trap of letting his own political views bias his writing. Unfortunately he made statements with regards to British politics that are plain incorrect. There are also other statements which, while a matter of opinion, are stomach churningly one sided and right wing, ie. "the guiding light of goodness and purpose that had always gripped Margaret Thatcher"

His grasp on all things British is poor at best, but unfortunately he passes himself off as an expert. PLEASE AVOID THIS BOOK.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not researched. Not plausible 26 Nov 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
What a disappointment after Nimitz and Kilo class. I suppose things started going wrong from the start. The Royal Navy would not commit mass suicide just to 'obey orders'. No self respecting admiral would allow the scenario to evolve. The Daring class are not armed in the way the story tells and no 1st generation fighter bomber can get close to the ships now because they all have goalkeepers/phalanxes -and search radar would pick 'em up with plenty of time to shoot 'em down.
Poorly researched.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Absolute rubbish 17 Nov 2007
This book as many other reviewers have noted is filled with inaccuracies and simplistic political overtones. Characters are wooden, and especially in the case of British Political and Military figures operate in a tiring sterotypical manner.

He heavily underplays the British Armed forces capability (we still operate fighters from the Falklands with no sign of them being removed), and the lack of effective tactics or full use of the weapons that the Navy etc do have, he also overplays to ludicrous levels the ability of the Argentine Airforce. If they were as good/lucky, as they were during this novel, in the actual Falklands war (regardless of the fact we had sea harriers back then) then we would have lost that conflict as well. Many bombs missed or failed to detonate then but everyone was a hit in this case!!

I gave up reading when it became clear that we would have to rely virtually entirely on the americans to come along and save the day...again

Absolute rubbish that should be avoided at all cost.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Bemused 6 Aug 2007
By Iain
Format:Mass Market Paperback
A new Patrick Robinson book, good I thought, wish i'd never bothered. I found the book to be an absolute insult to intelligence. Fair enough his premise that the British armed forces are in decline (set in the year 2011) and that the Russians would aid Argentina in retaking the Falkland Islands, all well and good. Some characters in the book likeable and (semi) believable, but his description, and portrayal, of the Falkland Islanders, ground troops, American and British, just unbelievable. Loads of inaccuracies, weapon mistakes, cooking roast lamb, ham & cheese sandwiches whilst hiding from Argentine forces!, (did he bother talking to any soldiers?) maybe a bit petty on my behalf, and it's fiction after all. The one thing that really got my goat was the quisling behaviour of the FI's, What was PR thinking?
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Lost in the South Atlantic 2 July 2007
By Gareth
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book is based on the idea of a re-run of the Falklands War, with Argetntina winning, mainly because of cutbacks to the RN, partly because of help from those pesky Russians.

Unfortunately the author demolishes his own credibility with a series of howlers. As the British task force assembles, we are told that two of the RN's latest destroyers are equipped with Paams - a system that should be capable of obliterating whole squadrons of A4 Skyhawks - but as soon as the shooting starts, they are firing Sea Darts ineffectually at the enemy. Later on, American SEALS sabotage A4 Skyhawks on Pebble Island by planting bombs in both engines, blissfully unaware that the A4 only has one engine. There is no explanation of how or why the A4s have landed on a grass runway.

We are even treated to a reference to "infra red radar" just to make sure that everyone realises the author doesn't know his subject.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Shockingly poor
This really is awful and the author's books continue their downward spiral in quality.
This tries to be a Tom Clancy style global power thriller, the theme here being the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Nick Brett
4.0 out of 5 stars Paperback Novel
The book was bought to add to a series written by the author and to add my collection of his novels..
Published 5 months ago by Happy Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Scary stuff....
Far to close to 'possible' given the UK government's mindless destruction of our armed forces. They should read this very very plausible tale with a great sense of worry!! Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mr Elliot J Masson
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Story well written
The novel was well written and told a credible story which could be bourne out in real life if the same circumstances present themselves in the future.
Published 11 months ago by Richard Bernard Grzelczyk
2.0 out of 5 stars Good theme,awful execution
The main thrust of the book, what would happen if the Argentinians invaded the Falklands again is a good and valid one. Read more
Published 13 months ago by colin105
2.0 out of 5 stars Ok, but not great
I have read a few of Patrick Robinson's naval thrillers. Had been lent this one, and then found a copy on my shelf. Read one book, clear two. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Half Man, Half Book
4.0 out of 5 stars Good though not his best.
An absorbing story with a backdrop of the Falklands. Grudging acknowledgement of the high status of the SAS (though obviously not as good as SEALS!). Read more
Published 16 months ago by Mr. A. P. Lee
1.0 out of 5 stars Absolute rubbish
I confess I was bored and this book happened to be lying around. It is the first book I've read by this author and it will be my last. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Doc Martin
3.0 out of 5 stars It was okay
I quite enjoyed it but it tended to drag on a bit at the end with the special forces stuff. Where was the exclusion zone, where were the submarine launched cruise missiles? Read more
Published 17 months ago by D. King
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Good book but can tell Americans are so up themselves ,making out British navy to be so useless while they always save the world
Published 18 months ago by paul shields
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