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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (1 Aug. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1477824022
  • ISBN-13: 978-1477824023
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.5 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 921,162 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David L. Robbins was born in Richmond, Virginia, on March 10, 1954. He grew up in Sandston, a small town east of Richmond out by the airport; his father was among the first to sit behind the new radar scope in the air traffic control tower. Both his parents, Sam and Carol, were veterans of WWII. Sam saw action in the Pacific, especially at Pearl Harbor.

In 1976, David graduated with a B.A. in Theater and Speech from the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. Having little actual theatrical talent, he didn't know what to do for a living. David decided to attend what he calls the "great catch-basin of unfocused over-achievers": law school. He received his Juris Doctorate at William and Mary in 1980, then practiced environmental law in Columbia, S.C. for precisely a year (his father demanded back the money for law school if David practiced for less than one year - he quit two weeks before the anniversary but got Sam to agree that the two weeks' vacation David had accumulated could be included). David decided to attend Psychology school, having an affinity for people's stories and a fascination with woe. However, while waiting for admisison in 1981, he began a successful freelance writing career. He began writing fiction in 1990, and has since published twelve novels. He is currently working on the thirteenth, as well several scripts for the stage and screen.

Robbins is an accomplished guitarist, studying the works of James Taylor and Latin classical. At six feet six inches tall, he stays active with his sailboat, shooting sporting clays, weightlifting, traveling to research his novels. He is the co-founder of the James River Writers (JamesRiverWriters.com), a non-profit group in his hometown of Richmond that helps aspiring writers and students work and learn together as a writing community. He also co-founded The Podium Foundation (thepodiumfoundation,org), a non-profit which brings writing and critical reasoning programs to the students of Richmond's city high schools. He also teaches advanced creative writing as a visiting professor at Virginia Commonwealth University's Honors College. David resides in Richmond. You can contact him, or read more, at authordavidlrobbins.com.

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David L. Robbins currently teaches advanced creative writing at VCU Honors College. He is the author of eleven action-packed novels, including War of the Rats, Broken Jewel, The Betrayal Game, The Assassins Gallery, and Scorched Earth. An award-winning essayist, playwright, and screenwriter, Robbins founded the James River Writers, an organization dedicated to supporting professional and aspiring writers. He also co-founded the Podium Foundation, which encourages artistic expression in Richmond’s high schools. Robbins extends his creative scope beyond fiction as an accomplished guitarist and student of jazz, pop, and Latin classical music. When he’s not writing, he’s often sailing, shooting, weightlifting, and traveling the world. He lives in his hometown of Richmond, Virginia.


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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By True Review on 13 Aug. 2014
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The opening chapter paints a wonderfully graphic backdrop for the whole novel.

We are absorbed into the world of the USA PJs (pararescue jumpers), with great descriptions of their equipment and training, including the rescue of some British troops in the Yemen. There is a great sense of camaraderie and also the 'black humour' that is found in situations of life and death. "It's how we train - to never quit. Ever."

The writer has obviously done a great deal of research into the PJs and also the Middle East theatre. He transports us there effortlessly, interweaving spying, diplomacy and a romantic element involving a Saudi Princess, her father the Head of Saudi Intelligence and her one-time terrorist husband.

This is a riveting read, with wonderful attention to detail, and, indeed, is a book that is difficult to put down. - Smeagol

Rating: 4.5 stars

bestsellingcrimethrillers.com was provided with an advanced copy for review.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Te on 7 Aug. 2014
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I like stories with a depth, an insight into the complex world we live in, especially the different cultures we know little but that are having an ever increasing impact in our rapidly globalizing world, where war, terror and crime are almost becoming inescapable. David Robbins did a wonderful job taking the reader into the epicenter of it all, which is the Middle East or the convergence of Europe, Asia and Africa. Through "The Empty Quarter" we are supplied with a rich array of characters, a plot to die for and a setting that is rich and colorful. It is a package I really enjoy, which reminds me of "Triple Agent Double Cross". Thank you David Robbins for this masterpiece.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. White on 16 Sept. 2014
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It's a good yarn, but read the first book before this one or it's hard to make out the characters. The writing in the first half is a little weak so that the narrative is somewhat trickier to follow than it should be - he could do with more focus on editing. Nevertheless, persist beyond the first chapters and it's an engrossing read with detailed and compelling characters and an interesting, intelligent plot. I look forward to more in the series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gs-trentham VINE VOICE on 22 Sept. 2014
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This is a very clever thriller by an author who knows - or has thoroughly researched - his subject. The apparently disparate strands are ingeniously drawn together as the tension mounts.

Sometimes, though, it feels that there has been just one twist too many, making for a long story. And it must be added that this not a book for the squeamish.
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Books from David Robbins are always very detailed but not too much it becomes more of a technical guide than a novel. Really interesting mix of tension and superb writing all go together to make a really good book worth reading.

Once you start you don't want to put down! Awaiting the next adventure of the PJ's
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An exciting book written by someone who knew a lot or had researched carefully what he was writing. However it is spoilt by the large number of acronyms - I would have given it 5 stars but for this deficiency. The explanation for most acronyms is to be found at the end of each chapter, but this is too late if one is to make sense of what is being read! I never knew what a PJ stood for right to the end.
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A really good story with interesting and credible characters. I really felt for the 'bad boy' and believe that the story captured the Yemenite tribal values very well. Not really a happy ending but the PJ team is safe to continue and I can't wait to read the next book and discover if Josh makes the grade.
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Having not read anything from this writer, he has got me reading other books he has writen.I really have enjoyed this book and found myself wanting to know the next part of the story, unable at times to put the book down. War, Far East, America it's there, the Who do you trust and who don't you trust.
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