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  • 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: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 423,163 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A stunner that irresistibly hurtles the reader to the exciting climax." (Clive Cussler)

"Robinson is one of the crown princes of the beach-read thriller. Clear the calendar when you buy Seawolf; it will cost you a weekend." (Stephen Coonts)

"Robinson rules the waves -- matches Clancy at his best." (Northern Echo)

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By on 31 Aug. 2001
Format: Paperback
Robinson's previous trilogy easily out-Clancy'd Clancy, culminating in the superb HMS Unseen. Seawolf plummets him into some kind of Action Man worship, where the SEALS are simply superheroes who can do no wrong, and should be running the World. The plot of Seawolf started off so well, especially since I was about halfway through when the US spy plane incident of early 2001 took place - talk about a book coming to life! - but soon descended into an adolescent boy's comic strip fantasy. A great disappointment...
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 July 2005
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The fourth of Robinson's submarine thrillers. I enjoy Robinson's writing a lot, and I enjoyed this book as well. Robinson seems to flip between the Arabs and the Chinese as the "bad guys". This time, it was the Chinese's turn. Interestingly, no stolen or hijacked submarines start the trouble this time, but rather a new US sub where it shouldn't be, which gets into a spot of trouble. The crew are captured and held by the Chinese. This is textbook Robinson, and the plot is easily imagined by readers of Robinson's previous works: the US Navy (since, in Robinson's view, the Airforce, Army and Marines seem to have been made redundant by the Navy) step in and rescue the good guys, while the Chinese defense is non-existant.
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....
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Dr. M. R. Davis on 7 Mar. 2001
Format: Paperback
Although Seawolf has an interesting premise - China grabs a US nuclear sub, incarcerates the crew, and the US has to find a way to get them back without touching off WW3, the author's attempts to turn this into a well written novel fail spectacuarly.
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.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Peter Symonds on 10 Jun. 2004
Format: Paperback
"Seawolf" is Patrick Robinson's 4th thriller and continues very much in the style of the previous 3. The plot is fairly simple- the US Navy's latest submarine (the USS "Seawolf") is tasked with spying on China's new ballistic missile sub, unfortunately its involved in a freak accident which leaves the Seawolf crippled & the crew captured. China publically claims it was a "terrible accident" & that the crew are "honoured guests of the people's republic"... in reality they're jailed in a former Japanese POW camp. The US is left with a real problem... how can they get their people back without declaring war on a country with the largest military in the world?
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.
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