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Contrived imitation of Clancy at his best
on 7 March 2002
For a book titled the Shark "Mutiny". The actual mutiny seemed to be a very shallow and incidental plot line that could have easily been dispensed with. Thus streamlining the story greatly and perhaps resulting in a slightly more satisfying conclusion.
I'm afraid that, despite the undoubted intensive research the author has put in, that this book does not quite match up to the benchmark works of Clancy or Larry Bond.
The lack of comprehension on basic naval concepts such as employment of minefields and a seeming ignorance of strategic matters specifically in the USN/Taiwan theatre, went a long way to ruining the story for me. With a Naval Advisor of the stature of Adm. Woodward (whom it seems Robinson must make some sycophantic reference to in every volume he produces) such mistakes are both suprising and disappointing.
All told probably an entertaining read for the uninitiated, but, certainly is not as good as it could, or perhaps should, have been with just a little more attention to detail.