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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Slightly flawed but very exciting
"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...
Published on 10 Jun. 2004 by Peter Symonds

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1.0 out of 5 stars A sharp reversal of previously excellent form
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...
Published on 31 Aug. 2001 by justingray1@netscapeonline.co.uk


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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A sharp reversal of previously excellent form, 31 Aug. 2001
This review is from: Seawolf (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
3.0 out of 5 stars Moderately exciting, but Arnold Morgan is getting tiring!, 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
1.0 out of 5 stars A very dissapointing novel, 7 Mar. 2001
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This review is from: Seawolf (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
4.0 out of 5 stars Slightly flawed but very exciting, 10 Jun. 2004
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"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.
On the plus side "Seawolf" keeps up the excitement the whole way through, unlike his previous book "HMS Unseen" which was padded out to get to 400 pages. The ending to "seawolf" is actually quite barbed & slightly unexpected which suggests Robinson is growing as an author, not merely rehashing his old works. The book lacks the real depth of a "classic" Tom Clancy, certainly its very light on the political side of things, but certain aspects of the plot & style have a slight similarity to Clancy's "Without Remorse". Its a lot easier to get into than many techno-thriller's & keeps up the action from start to finish.
One last point "Seawolf" was initially published in hardback as "USS Seawolf" don't confuse them. They're the same book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it, 12 Nov. 2013
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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
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Does this author actually mean what he writes?, 7 Jun. 2001
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I enjoyed this author's previous novel, HMS Unseen, and thought that he had learned some storytelling skills since his earlier books. However he takes a step back with this latest "adventure" where the main characters call the Chinese "Chinks" and complain about Bill Clinton and his policies that brought the USA to it's knees, etc, etc.
The main "character", Arnold Morgan, is barely one-dimensional. He shouts and rants and insults everyone. This soon becomes tiresome. He's probably the most unlikeable hero I've ever read about and actually makes me wish the "bad guys" would win. This is a fatal flaw in a thriller!
The book is so right-wing it's just not true. I am actually wondering if Patrick Robinson is having a joke at the expense of his readers. It actually seems like he is writing a satire of right-wing gung-ho adventures. Except I think he means it....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great, 3 Sept. 2013
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My husband seems to love them as totally engrossed in them - he's reading the series and in order. He would recommend.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting book, 19 May 2001
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I think it is a very interesting book. I had little problems reading it, since English language is not my native language, so I often had to consult the dictionary. This is my first book that I read from Patrick Robinson so I can not compare it with the other his books. I think it is very realistic, OK, maybe the part when SEAL team is rescuing the sailors is little bit unrealistic, but lots of unrealistic things happen in the war. Trust me, I survived one. Like I said, very interesting, from the beginning, through the middle, to the end. I could not let it down from my hands. It kept me tensed from page 1 to the last page so I recommend it to everyone who loves action.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brought for my Kindle, 10 Nov. 2014
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Have read other titles by this author and enjoyed them all, this one did not fail.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars An unfortunate dip in form, 19 Feb. 2001
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I have read and enjoyed all of Mr Robinson's previous novels and had high expectations of this one. Somewhere in this novel is a good story trying to get out but in my opinion it fails to deliver in a number of ways. The US military are portrayed as invincible gung ho superheroes, the President as a pathetic whimp and the Chinese as not only the bad guys but very unpleasant ones at that. This has a very right wing tone to it which did not sit as well as in his previous stories and it is capped by a very weak and rushed ending. I thought Mr Robinson lost the plot a bit and I have to confess that I lost interest in it too!
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