Kilo Class Paperback – 7 Jan 1999
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On the plus side its an interesting, fast paced novel, but whereas "Nimitz Class" did seem plausible, this seemed a little unlikely. Apparently Russia can't afford NOT to sell Subs to China so the US have no option but to sink them. Apparently America paying the Russians the value of the subs in exchange for the cancelling the deal or threatening to cancel existing loans is too humdrum an option for the author. Certainly no non-military options even seem to be considered. I hope a real US president may just think twice before sending special forces into the heart of Russia.
I odn't know why British author Patrick Robinson writes about Americans... maybe they just have more exciting equipment than the rather budget starved Royal Navy. He doesn't seem comfortable writing about American characters...he seems to have created a world where all Americans are Donald Rumsfeld which is a shame because he's clearly a talented author. When he writes about what he knows his knowledge and immagination really comes through. Sadly "Admiral Morgan" is a rather one dimensional sub-Dale Brown character. I've just bought "HMS Unseen" and hope its up to the standard of Nimitz Class.
It is thoroughly implausible, but at the same time is quite entertaining. No nation comes out very well (the Americans as murderers, the Russians as poverty-stricken imbeciles and the Chinese/Taiwanese as cartoon baddies) but if you put all of that to one side and read it as a story, it's great fun. Read it, enjoy it, but don't think too hard about the plot.
My first impressions of the book were quite encouraging. The plot looked good, and the story was about the elusive world of submarines. Although the "techo" bit in the novel seemed faultless, the "thriller" bit just fell flat on its face.
The Americans were portrayed as being perfect, as some of the other reviews point out, which is far from reality! Technology seemed to be the *only* way to win wars, which is clearly not true. One of the funniest parts in the book was the author's description of the Navy Seals, who have been portrayed as indestructible gods.
The above would have been okay, however, if the book was a good read. Unfortunately, the book is written like a physics coursework. The author only thinks in the 24 clock, which makes sense in the military context, but too tedious in everyday usage. The story line was interesting, but spoilt by the poor writing style.
The author has often been compared to Tom Clancy. Robinson might certainly provide Clancy with some stiff competition, but not when it comes to writing books!
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Another excellent book in the Admiral Arnold Morgan series. I have almost finished the 9th book.Published 1 month ago by Helen Elkington
A riveting story from start to finish,as are all the Patrick Robinson books.Published 6 months ago by R P W BLENCH
Having seen the film, it does not do justice to the book. This a definitely an unable to put down read.Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
series carries on with same characters, so worth reading on. nice fred forsyth/ tom clancy stuff.Published 10 months ago by Mr. P. Masteika