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Fast paced action and adventure,
This review is from: The Devil's Waters (A USAF Pararescue Thriller) (Paperback)
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This is an action filled story involving the elite pararescue corps of the American army/airforce (not sure which). Primarily their role is to parachute into dangerous situations to rescue wounded participants. They are not intended to be a front line fighting force and, in fact, we are told that many of them have moved to this line of work from secret ops and other difficult areas of work primarily to escape the night to fight and kill. Stationed in Africa they are called upon to parachute onto a large container ship to assist two crew members hurt in an accident in the engine room. LB decides that he needs to stay whilst his companion returns to base and therefore he is present on the ship when Somali pirates attack. His companions return to rescue him.
I can really see this as an action film with our hero skulking around and gaining intelligence and the rest of the pararescuers making a daring assault on the ship. It is a credit to the writer that I was gripped by the action and not always sure what was going to happen next. The book is mainly about the action and the secret dealings which have resulted in the situation arising and there is little back story for the main characters but there is enough characterisation for you to care about them and even to have a little understanding (if less sympathy) for the pirates. It is action filled but the violence is realistic and not too gory.
There are only three women characters in the book and they don't get a lot of time in the limelight, although they are crucial to the story, but the book is not sexist and I found, as a female reader, that it was very enjoyable. It reminded me of Jack Higgins, Frederick Forsyth or Alistair Maclean's books although the main characters in this novel are American.