- Paperback: 512 pages
- Publisher: Arrow; New Ed edition (25 Jan. 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0099405261
- ISBN-13: 978-0099405269
- Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 3 x 17.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 366,641 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Seawolf Paperback – 25 Jan 2001
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The book is a little thin on substance. It was too easy for the Yanks. Some resistance from the Chinese would have been nice, or at least a little political fall-out! But then a somehwat one-sided view is typical of this author. The biggest dissapointment in the book is this bumbling idiot Arnold Morgan. Towards the end I groaned when I saw the name printed on the page. More and more of the same boring diatribe. After a while, I just skipped those bits. Let's see what the next Robinson has to offer....
Firstly the characters are extremely wooden and cardboard cutout. Robinson portrays the US Navy SEALs almost like comic strip characters - a cross between Action Man and GI Joe play figures rather than real SEALs. He constantly reinforces how invincible these guys are - which actually makes the book seem more unrealistic. They are the best, but they can stuff up as well. Robinson portray's them as supermen.
The other characters are unbelievable too. The sub's XO - who just happens to be the President's son - is just too incompetent and stupid to be believed. The CNO does nothing but shout at his secretary - with whom is romantically involved - and curse every second word. The President is totally one dimensional - he does not give a damn about the lives of the men captured, so long as he get's his son home alive. In the end, he gets religious as well, and condemns an innocent, good officer (the captain of the Seawolf) so that his incompetent son - who just happens to collaborate with the Chinese - can be saved...
Robinson also has the disquieting habit of writing from a variety of person perspectives - one moment it is first person, next it is author's narrative and even explanation of military technology as if he were writing a factual book. He jumps from scene to scene in places for no apparent reason.
I was sorry I wasted my money on this one. It looked interesting, but Robinson did not pull it off well at all.
As with all Robinson's book's the answer is easy "Navy Seals & lots of nuclear submarines"...but there are many complicating factors which I can't reveal without damaging the plot (pretty much everything here is on the back cover). If you've read "Kilo Class" you'll have a pretty good idea what to expect.
The US Seals & US Navy do seem to be pretty much invinvible.... certainly they encounter little real opposition from the Chinese. This is a touch unbelievable, but quite possibly accurate. Certainly it seems that the Americans have little problem these days on a conventional battlefield. A little more fight from the Chinese would have been welcome, but there is real enjoyment in reading about a duck shoot. The only real irritation is Admiral Morgan (again). He's even more stereotypical & 1-dimensional than usual. I did get sick of the constant "F**king Chinks!" "Chink P**ks!" every second sentence. As with many techno-thriller writers Robinson is very right wing... this clearly influences the plot. As with his previous books non-military options to resolving a crisis aren't really considered.Read more ›
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