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Coast: An Act Of Burial by [Richards, Xander]
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About the Author

Canadian writer Xander Richards was born during the sixties in western Europe to parents whose stories of their military experience stoked the fires of his imagination. Inspired by Fleming, Cussler, Clancy, Alistair MacLean and many other action and espionage books, he started writing at an early age.

After a spell in the military the idea for ‘COAST: An Act Of Burial’ was conceived whilst on vacation with friends from the forces. It was started as a film script but was never completed in that format. Nonetheless, the story stayed with Richards over the next two decades while he authored many factual articles, reviews and instructional pieces, and relocated to Canada.

In 2008 Xander decided to complete ‘COAST: An Act Of Burial’, inspired by J.K. Rowling’s rags-to-riches success story. He wrote at every opportunity, did masses of research and had the novel professionally edited twice. After several approaches to agencies and publishers, Richards decided to become a part of the ‘ebook revolution’. The cover was painted by Canadian artist Jonathon Earl Bowser, whose picture ‘The Awakening’ was stolen by Saddam Hussein for his novel ‘Zabibah and the King’.

Despite sharing a cover artist with a notorious dictator, Xander Richards describes himself as ‘an ordinary fella with regular interests and pastimes’. These include cars, photography, movies and garage sales. Xander lives in Saskatchewan with his wife Mindy. They have four children and four grandchildren.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1266 KB
  • Print Length: 328 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: BookBaby; 1 edition (25 April 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007XXQVQO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,360,844 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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When one is a good friend of the author one is concerned to give a favourable but also a balanced review of the novel just read. However, I have no need of worry because the story is a gripping read from beginning to end. I was not disappointed! It's been lovely to discover another facet to my friend that I wasn't aware of.

The plot is rich and compelling; the characterisations deep, believable and investable; and the quality of prose paints vivid and colourful pictures in the imagination that ring with the bright tones of Van Gogh. The whole is an incredibly rich, nay moreish experience, somewhat akin to millionaire shortbread, clotted cream teas or sausage and egg McMuffins.

The story leaves the senses tingling and is incredibly difficult to put down. Reeling from one crisis to another this is guaranteed to increase the blood pressure and leave one breathless. If you're the sort of person who likes to laze on a sandy beach in the warmth of a Mediterranean sun, this will do nothing for your peace of mind. The detail is incredible and well researched - I never knew that there were so many types of firepower available! Description of geography and methods of transportation are so well elaborated that it is very easy to find oneself there. Having lived for a long time in the areas of mid-Wales and Nottinghamshire described, this was a real memory trip for me. All these familiar places and place names given a new twist.
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COAST: is a group of soldiers from elite highly secret British military special service organization, who are sent to retrieve nuclear warheads from a drowned navy ship. The ship drowned in Persian Gulf - a highly unstable region, so the entire operation has to be as quiet and discreet as possible. However, the moment in which the team dives underneath the water, they find themselves under attack...Blending together the dynamic action of a modern War/ military novel and encasing it in deception, shrouding it in secrets and underhand dealings; this spy story is quite atypical. Surrounding a crisis of apocalyptic proportions, this exclusive team of individuals is dangerous and no-nonsense especially when faced with a deadly adversary. Fast-paced and fueled by electric tension and suspense, this story maintains its momentum throughout until the very end.

Not my usual genre or the kind of book that I would read, I was surprised at how authentic and so intricately detailed the narrative was. The author certainly has such an acute, sharp perception and insight which conveyed through the writing makes this something noteworthy and assured. Containing in-depth references to weaponry, combat as well as good characterization and detail this bold book I felt was reminiscent of `007 Bond' or many current Iraq War documentaries in which the enemy is stalked stealthily. It did take me a long time to `get into' the story, as I felt that Ian McKinley's mission at the beginning of the book was rather drawn-out and so it took me a lot of persistence after many weeks to continue...I am glad that persistence paid off, for as soon as one discovers `COAST' and the enemy comes into view it did become more intense and interesting.
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Firstly i must say two things,I recieved a copy of this book through goodreads to review and secondly,this isn't a genre of book that i have really shown an interest in before...

I found this book to be very well written and the detail in the characters and situations are wonderfully rich and indepth.

It has a gripping and fast paced plot which really speeds you along with the characters in the book.I was unsure if this would be a book i would be drawn into but i found it a very exciting read.

You can tell the author has worked hard to get every detail correct and this adds backbone and authenticity to the story as a whole.I could see this very easily being turned into an action packed blockbuster movie....here's hoping for another book soon!
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I was lucky enough to win this in a giveaway. I am so happy I did! What a fantastic book.
Non stop action from the very first page, kept you on your toes. Didn't want to put the book down. I won't go into detail about the book as many already have. If you like guns, explosives and wars this is the book for you.
Action packed book, which leaves you wanting more.
Cannot wait until the next book in the series.. would love to follow Carter, McKinley and Wilson through other adventures.
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Amazon.com: 4.5 out of 5 stars 13 reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars action - galore 18 Mar. 2014
By Terry Meisinger - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
It's not Shakespeare- but it is a slam bang shoot em up for real men.
Looking forward to the sequel.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars James Bond Move Over For the COAST Team 5 May 2012
By Diane Rapp - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
When I think of the character James Bond, Sean Connery immediately comes to mind. Then my brain flickers through other actors until it stops at Pierce Brosnan (sigh) and finally lands on the current actor, Daniel Craig. (I'm still getting used to him.) Why should readers settle for one secret agent when we can have three? That's what I thought as I read this exciting action/adventure novel.

COAST (Covert Operation and Surveillance Team) is a secret British military organization filled with fifteen teams of gutsy secret agents. Each three man team of the TDR (Tactical Deployment and Response) 1 thru 15 is a highly trained group of specialists who perform covert operations. This story follows the exploits of the TDR.12 team consisting of Ian McKinley, Chris Carter, and Martin Brook--flawed men filled with courage, intelligence, and deadly skills.

Testosterone nearly drips off the page as these men perform breathtaking acts of bravery. True to the genre, readers are treated to submarine wreck diving, car, plane, and helicopter chases, plus organized military attacks. The TDR.12 team must track down stolen British nuclear warheads before a group bent on world domination destroys life as we know it. They face bombings, murders, kidnapping, and a traitor within the COAST organization. The intelligent, well-financed enemy keeps one step ahead whenever they discover a lead. Unpredictability is the team's secret asset but usually lands them in trouble.

The author peppers the entertaining narrative with military language, British slang, and an "alphabet soup" of organizations. He explains a few immediately but also provides an interesting glossary at the end of the book. I don't know much about weaponry, but the characters describe their favorite weapons with enough detail to make a military aficionado swoon. The author's research on mining, high-tech gadgets, and military protocol brings reality to the storyline, and he explores the minds of his characters to make them believable. Readers who enjoy military suspense, gutsy heroes, and action-packed adventures should buy this book. There are heroes like these men protecting us every day, and this novel helps us appreciate their sacrifice.
3.0 out of 5 stars An action-packed adventure that cleverly combines classic, contemporary fiction with a spinechilling twist 10 Mar. 2013
By Lucinda - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
COAST: is a group of soldiers from elite highly secret British military special service organization, who are sent to retrieve nuclear warheads from a drowned navy ship. The ship drowned in Persian Gulf - a highly unstable region, so the entire operation has to be as quiet and discreet as possible. However, the moment in which the team dives underneath the water, they find themselves under attack...Blending together the dynamic action of a modern War/ military novel and encasing it in deception, shrouding it in secrets and underhand dealings; this spy story is quite atypical. Surrounding a crisis of apocalyptic proportions, this exclusive team of individuals is dangerous and no-nonsense especially when faced with a deadly adversary. Fast-paced and fueled by electric tension and suspense, this story maintains its momentum throughout until the very end.

Not my usual genre or the kind of book that I would read, I was surprised at how authentic and so intricately detailed the narrative was. The author certainly has such an acute, sharp perception and insight which conveyed through the writing makes this something noteworthy and assured. Containing in-depth references to weaponry, combat as well as good characterization and detail this bold book I felt was reminiscent of `007 Bond' or many current Iraq War documentaries in which the enemy is stalked stealthily. It did take me a long time to `get into' the story, as I felt that Ian McKinley's mission at the beginning of the book was rather drawn-out and so it took me a lot of persistence after many weeks to continue...I am glad that persistence paid off, for as soon as one discovers `COAST' and the enemy comes into view it did become more intense and interesting.

This is a good action/thriller adventure story with a weighty military backdrop. The action scenes are descriptive and vivid, although the beginning of the novel (albeit beautifully detailed) is a little long and I found a bit dull. For those who are interested in nuclear battles, secret services and acts of bravery as one would encounter in a Bond film (I.e. submarine wreck diving, car and plane chases), then you will certainly be in for a treat! The author's writing is accomplished and professional, with this well-written, realistic tale being first-class.

Despite appreciating the writing and the interesting storyline, I am still not a keen reader of this genre and so my rating reflects this. If you enjoy the genre and are looking for something reflective, accurately convincing and solid then you will find this most satisfying - 3.5 stars

*I was sent an e-copy of "COAST: an act of burial' by Xander Richards, to read and review from the author. I would like to thank the author for this opportunity*
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars action-packed antiterrorism thriller 29 April 2012
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Tactical Deployment and Response Team (TDR-12) chief special ops agent Corporal Ian McKinley assassinates his Uncle Brennan, weapons dealer who sold high-tech armament to terrorists. He returns to his base under the streets of Nottingham where his superior officer General Sutton assigns TDR-12 to get to the Fort William navy supply ship that has foundered in the Persian Gulf because the vessel contains four trident nuclear warheads that they must possess. McKinley and his teammates Carter and Brook arrive quickly, but are attacked and two nukes are gone.

At the same time, members of the TDR units are being murdered. When TDR-7 is wiped out, TDR-12 takes over their mission traveling to Russia to meet arms dealer Vladimir Kholitczyn to learn what he knows about the two nukes. They survive an assault as the Russian informs them to look back home. Sutton realizes a traitor is betraying the TDR from within; so he sets up a scheme to find the operative who has betrayed his brothers in arms and his country.

This is an action-packed international espionage thriller starring a team of agents trying to prevent the use of the stolen bombs on British citizens and to uncover the diabolical killing traitor. The entertaining plot can turn passively wordy when Xander Richards goes deep into the thought processes of TDR-12 during the planning, execution, and after action debriefing of an operation. I found the insight fascinating but the action to the nth degree fan might not. With a great twist adding to the fun, COAST: An Act Of Burial is a fabulous war against terrorism tale though Ian and company can use some R&R.

Harriet Klausner
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Vividly described... 4 May 2012
By Jonathon E. Bowser - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
When I was asked to produce the cover art for this book, I wasn't sure what to expect. I can't really say I'm a fan of the genre in general, and certainly not an authority on such things. But I have indeed read every one of Cussler's Dirk Pitt series, and I think Richards' book compares favorably to them. It's exciting, funny, knowledgeable of its subject, and packed full of quirky "Britishisms" that really made the old formula seem fresh. Most importantly for me (the cover artist who must find a way to convey in a single image some of the substance of the whole story) was the vivid descriptions of the many exotic locations. I found surprisingly complete, almost cinematic, pictures forming in my mind as the dynamic action unfolded. It's easy for a narrative to lose its way when many crazy things are happening, but Richards keeps you well anchored with an unusually strong sense of place - rather like he is recalling events that actually happened (and he did slyly raise an eyebrow at me when I jokingly suggested as much to him in one of our design meetings). Can't wait for the sequel!
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