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HMS Unseen

HMS Unseen [Kindle Edition]

Patrick Robinson
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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"A brilliantly conceived and breathlessly executed thriller." (Kirkus Reviews)

"Patrick Robinson's best book yet. HMS Unseen, the third volume of his brilliant naval series is a dazzling, page-turning yarn that establishes its author as a master craftsman of the techno-thriller. No one does it better - not even Tom Clancy. Highly recommended." (Carol D'Este, author of Patton: A Genius for War)

"Fast, sharply-focussed, engine-driven action." (Express)

"Watch out for Robinson. He is in the same league as Clancy." (Birmingham Post)

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A top-ten bestselling author & the unrivalled master of the action thriller.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 885 KB
  • Print Length: 514 pages
  • Publisher: Cornerstone Digital; New Ed edition (19 Jan 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099269058
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099269052
  • ASIN: B0031RS7HM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #65,564 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Submarine thriller becalmed shock 10 April 2000
Nice story - shame he loses the plot halfway. For a while it's what Robinson fans have come to expect. Lots of slick writing with cardboard characters (and why not -- characters can afford to be two-dimensional when the action's coming thick and fast).

However, while Robinson starts very well indeed in this his third novel of Big Men Doing Stirring Stuff On The Briny -- he loses it by the end. The only good point is the return of the wonderfully heroic anti-hero Commander Adnam - in my view the only really likeable character in the book. All right he may be a terrorist, he may have blown up lots of hapless air travellers -- but - nobody's perfect! You can't help but like him.

The US characters in the book are strangely unsatisfying, because in this book they have to be particularly slow for Adnam to do what he does. Especially the laughable US admiral -- no I'm sorry, to get to the top of any country's national intelligence agency you need more grey cells than this guy can muster.

Of course I'm over-reacting in one sense. Because you wouldn't read this book for it's subtle delineation of men and women under fire, or how relationships shift and warp under pressure. No you read it for Action - with a capital A.

Trouble is when Robinson stops and has his loveable villain start thinking about the distress and anguish he's caused -- it stops the novel. Dead. I won't give away the final ending, except to say it was anti-climatic and came far too late.

Anti-heroes, like heroes, deserve to go out with a bang, not a whimper. My vote is that when next Mr Robinson writes about submarines -- as I hope he does -- he sticks to slam-bang action.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 4/5 for the first half, 2/5 for the ending 19 May 2004
"HMS Unseen" follows on from "Nimitz Class" & "Kilo Class". Basically master terrorist Commander Benjamin Adnam returns, steals another submarine & starts waging war against the US. This is great... much as you should deplore Adnam he's a bit like the "hero" in "day of the jackal"....he's bad, but secretly you want him to get away with it. The opposition, especially Admiral Morgan are so wooden that Adnam is the only interesting character featured.
Sadly, half-way through the book Adnam suffers a total personality change & starts stalking his ex-girfriend. It all seems totally out of character & leads up to a very weak & anti-climatic ending. The book is rather padded out- the main characters can't have a meal without Robinson gushing praise over their choice of wine. Likewise he bulks out the book with overlong (if very accurate) descriptions of the west coast of Scotland. This does nothing for the plot & if anything slows down the pace of the story.
There's several minor, but irritating continuity errors- at one point Adnam stops for "egg & chips" at a service station, but half an hour later "the sausage & chips he just ate were laying heavy on his stomach". It doesn't spoil the story, but it does make you wonder how quickly Robinson rattled off the book.
I did enjoy the book & it is still worth reading, but it doesn't quite match up to the earlier books. It's still much better than Dale Brown or Tom Clancy's recent books though.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What a let down 2 Nov 2000
By A Customer
Having read a couple of Robinson's previous books, I thought this one would be worth a try. However, this one was nothing like the quality of e.g. Kilo Class. For "technological" thriller, read "culinary", as Robinson spends half his time detailing the meals his characters eat. Is he completely unaware that sticking a large metal housing on the back of a sub will disrupt its flow characteristics- which it depends upon for remaining silent and undetected. For his story the Unseen would have to be renamed HMS Look At Me. Move over Tom Clancy? I don't think so.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Unsatisfying 25 Jan 2002
By A Customer
I have to agree with many of the reviewers of this book, in that it loses its way badly in the middle, and never really recovers; Adnam is by far and away the most interesting and thought provoking character; and that its 500 pages could easily be reduced to 150 pages.
The plot changes were signalled pages before they actually happened, which resulted in my skimming pages of filler (food, wines, deaths) until I could get to the next plot thread.
Readable but very dissappointing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars An absolute howler! 21 May 2000
By A Customer
The blurb suggested it was better than Tom Clancy and being a big Clancy fan that was enough to persuade me to buy - but unfortunately this poor effort falls far short of the great man's output. A ridiculously far-fetched plot, stereo-typical characterisation and a poor narrative style mean that I won't be back.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as Nimitz Class.... 7 Aug 2009
which it is a sequel to. The first half of the book is quite good; I quite enjoyed the detail of the escape from Iraq and later from the submarine.but it's difficult to believe in the protagonist's behaviour in the second half, especially that such an accomplished spy and terrorist would forget that his ex-girlfriend had a gun which she was used to handling and could train on him while he talked to her husband. Another point of unreality - that the Vice-President would be allowed to fly on a semi-public departure across the Atlantic when two airliners had just been shot down - surely he'd have been put on a secretly timed anonymous military flight? Also the language in this book is unnecessarily coarse.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Bought for Kindle to complete book series.
Published 20 days ago by Happy Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Patrick Robinson is my kind of writer, his knowledge ...
Patrick Robinson is my kind of writer, his knowledge of the workings of Submarines is exceptional, his books flow along very smoothly with plenty of action, and incidents to keep... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Alan Rumfitt
5.0 out of 5 stars Well Written
Well written, good story line and after some poor reading recently, it was quite refreshing when I realised I was looking forward to 'picking the book up'. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Suzanne smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite gripping
Difficult to put this book down. The characters have depth and whilst the story seems at first far fetched the uncanny way it mirrors real events since the book was written gives... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Deepthought
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Read the whole series and what a great run of books. The characters all work really well together and Mr Robinson has a great way of telling a story. Simply brilliant books
Published 11 months ago by Dibsy74
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
My husband seems to love them as totally engrossed in them - he's reading the series and in order. He would recommend.
Published 13 months ago by Millie
4.0 out of 5 stars Readable
Slightly implausable but thoroughly readable holiday type book for reading on a long flight or by a pool!
Moves along well
Published 16 months ago by B M Bettesworth
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Very griping book that really draws you into the story. Very hard to put down. Will certainly be looking for more books from this author!
Published 19 months ago by Andrew pearce
2.0 out of 5 stars Wide berth
This is the first Patrick Robinson book I've read, and it will be the last. While the story starts off well, and has some good detail by halfway the main character seems to lose... Read more
Published on 6 July 2009 by Ged
3.0 out of 5 stars A nice sequel to Nimitz Class
HMS Unseen is Robinson's third book on an exciting theme: hijacked or stolen submarines waging war against the US. Read more
Published on 27 July 2005 by Rory Morty
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