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The Devil's Waters (A USAF Pararescue Thriller Book 1) (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

David L. Robbins
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A giant freighter in the Gulf of Aden holds secret cargo that could bring down the governments of four nations. When Somali pirates grab the ship, the order comes down: get the freighter back, at all costs.

Only one combat group is close enough to respond before the hijacked freighter reaches Somali waters: the elite US Air Force pararescue unit—the PJs—stationed in Djibouti. Though their mission is to save lives, and their oath is “That Others May Live,” the PJs are battle-tested. The team doesn’t hesitate because one of their own, Sgt. LB DiNardo, is already onboard the hijacked ship.

LB has three tasks: provide intel on the pirates, stay alive until the team arrives, and withstand the humiliation of breaking the PJs’ cardinal rule: Never be the one who needs rescuing.

At the head of the pirates is the shrewd and ruthless Yusuf Raage, a clan leader who will sacrifice anything and anyone to keep his captured ship. The PJs have a mere hour to take down the ship before the Air Force blows it up. Even if they survive the wrath of Yusuf Raage, more secrets and danger await them.

Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

David L. Robbins currently teaches advanced creative writing at VCU Honors College. His exceptional talent is displayed through ten action-packed novels, including the classic War of the Rats, Broken Jewel, The Betrayal Game, The Assassins Gallery, and Scorched Earth. An award-winning essayist and screenwriter, Robbins founded the James River Writers, an organization dedicated to supporting professional and aspiring writers. He also co- founded the Podium Foundation, which encourages artistic expression in Richmond’s high schools. Robbins extends his creative scope beyond fiction as an accomplished guitarist and student of jazz, pop, and Latin classical music. When he’s not writing, he’s often found sailing, shooting, weightlifting, and traveling the world. He lives in his hometown of Richmond, Virginia.


Produktinformation

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 1066 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 409 Seiten
  • Verlag: Thomas & Mercer (13. November 2012)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B008J2KTVQ
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Word Wise: Aktiviert
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.5 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (2 Kundenrezensionen)
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Super Buch, beim eBook leichte Mängel 24. Juli 2013
Von Michaela
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
Inhaltlich sehr interessant, klasse und äußerst umfangreich recherchiert.
Liest sich nach den ersten paar Seiten sehr flüssig und spannend.
Leider kommt die Legende beim eBook erst zum Schluss, sodass man
vorher bei all den militärischen Fachbegriffen googeln muss.
Lesenswert!
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0 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
5.0 von 5 Sternen Top 28. Juni 2013
Von Lu
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
Sehr Spannend, vergleichsweise Realitätsnah - ein Muss für Liebhaber militärischer Bücher im Stil der Tom Clancy-Klassiker!
Wirklich nur zu empfehlen
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5.0 von 5 Sternen That Others May Live 1. November 2012
Von wogan - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I personally have one bias concerning books like this. I grew up in the military and if you count that along with my adult career, I have spent 58 years at various bases around the world - air force, navy and army. I have a huge appreciation for what the military does and an annoyance that civilians do not know the full extent of the service and hardships of these men and women and their families; although it has been much improved in the last few years.
So with that... I look at books like `the Devil's Waters' as serving a purpose more than entertainment - they help to educate. I am always happy to see a glossary of acronyms included,(for the civilian population) although it would be better in the front of the book.

The storyline concerns a ship carrying a mysterious cargo, hijacked by Somali pirates. This also gives some revelations about the world of these pirates. One excellent factor regarding the plot, is that it concerns a different type of weapon, an unusual secret and unique political dealings than in most other novels of this type and of course a military unit that most have no idea that it exists.
At times the pace is slow, especially for a military action style book. It takes 70 pages to get from the time of take off of a rescue unit to the landing zone - a 2  hour flight. Then over a 100 pages are written regarding the fight to capture the ship, a 60 minute time period. Some of the structuring of the chapters can be confusing too. For example, chapter 47 ends, then 48 picks up at the end of chapter 46, so you have one scene completed and then the storyline returns to the beginning of the scene before.

The plot ends with an excellent explanation of why the government has given the orders it did and why the team was sent out on this mission. Too often, readers are left to guess politicians and military leader's reasoning for doing what they do. We are left with no doubt as to their logic - right or wrong as that might be.
This is an excellent book for the plot line and the actions of the characters within.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Two thumbs up from a former PJ 8. Januar 2013
Von Matty Mo - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I was a PJ for thirteen years, and I enjoyed this book as an action thriller. My one gripe is that the book shows very little of the life saving skills we worked so hard for. Can we kill? Yes, but anybody can take a life. There is nothing special or unique about ending a life. In Somalia and other places around the world children are programmed (for lack of a better word)to kill. Saving a life is a much more difficult task, and I'm not ashamed to say that we PJs are the best at saving lives in combat and many times during peace time. I hope Mr. Robbins uses his next book as an opportunity to incorporate a PJs life saving skills and the lengths to which we will go to save a life. PJs have parachuted into the middle of a mine field to get another brother in arms to hospital knowing his chances were very slim due to blood loss. This is just one example of thousands of missions PJs endure. Please don't just talk about the bravery and killing skills, but the ingenuity of their rescuing skills. Who HALO jumps with "the jaws of life" strapped to their backs? PJs do, that's who.
I still really enjoyed this book, and hope civilians get a tiny glimpse of PJs do. Let the SEALS get the glory and count news paper articles. We count lives saved.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Predictable Action Thriller 18. Dezember 2012
Von Kara J. Jorges - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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The Gulf of Aden is filled with action and intrigue when a member of a team of pararescue jumpers finds himself in hot water.

The PJs, also known as the Guardian Angels, know there's no such thing as a milk run, but they still let their guard down when they get a distress call from a container ship. There's been an accident, and two crewmen on the ship sustained serious injury. Even though PJs don't work alone, Sergeant LB DiNardo decides to stay alone on the ship when he sees just how bad their injuries are. Shortly thereafter, the ship is attacked and taken by pirates.

Yusuf Raage became a pirate by default, but the business has been good to him. He's ready to retire, but when an Arab sheik makes him an offer he can't refuse, he gets a band together to take one more ship. He and his brother-in-arms, Suleiman, have misgivings, but they're afraid for the safety of their village, so they attack the ship anyway.

The ship is carrying super-secret cargo that absolutely cannot fall into the wrong hands, and the United States is determined to either take the ship back, or sink it in deep water far from prying eyes. They send a small team of PJs to retake it and keep the cargo secret, and they've got a tight timeline. If they fail, they'll be blown up with the ship.

This book wins major points for showing the points of view of both the pirates and the American rescuers. The action scenes were very well written, evocative and filled with detail. The biggest issue I had with this book was predictability. Everything that happened was heralded by an explanation first, so there was no page-turning suspense. Either the bad or good guys would announce what they needed to do, and the next few chapters would consist of them following through with it. If the author could have somehow done away with that aspect, I would have been able to enjoy the book a lot more, but since I always knew exactly what was coming, I wasn't compelled to pick it up as often as I should have. The ending was also just a bit too pat, and felt unrealistic after the author had gone to so much trouble to be authentic until that point. That aside, this was a well-done action thriller. I would have just preferred that it contain a few surprises along the way.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen AN ENGAGING PAGE TURNER 2. Januar 2013
Von Harold Bernard - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch
The mark of a good thriller is whether it keeps me engaged and turning pages. THE DEVIL'S WATERS did exactly that. It gets five stars.

David L. Robbins has taken his considerable skills as a novelist and shifted them from dramas set primarily against WWII (e.g., WAR OF THE RATS, THE END OF WAR, LAST CITADEL) and moved them to a 21st century backdrop.

THE DEVIL'S WATERS is an imaginative adventure involving Air Force Pararescue Jumpers (PJs) and Somali pirates. It's high adventure with undertones of the War Against Terror and the old Cold War. The PJs, whose job is to save people, become reluctant combatants in an effort to retake a pirated container ship in the Gulf of Aden.

The ship, as we learn, harbors a warren of secrets; secrets so deep that the U.S. government is willing to destroy the vessel, PJs and all, unless the PJs can secure it.

The novel is a tale written from the viewpoints of a couple of the PJs and a Somali pirate. Thus, although I never found myself rooting for the Somali raiders, I certainly understood their motivation. Robbins fleshes them out quite nicely.

I suppose one could snipe about wanting a little more character development for the key PJs or about the (perhaps) over-the-top ending, but I won't quibble about those. As I said in the first paragraph, THE DEVIL'S WATERS is an engaging page turner.

If you're a fan of military thrillers chocked with suspense and action, I highly recommend THE DEVIL'S WATERS.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen "Hoorah! A High Action Military Operation Thriller" 19. Juli 2014
Von Nancy of Utah - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
This is an amazing, well described military action novel finely edited, easy to read. On a mission into the Afghanistan Mountains, First Sgt 'LB' DiNardo and his crew are on board an HH-60 Helicopter facing poor visibility as a storm moves along with them. DiNardo has been a para-rescue-man for 12 years and has seen it all. They are on a mission to rescue a village boy who has stepped on a land mine, blowing half his foot off. The marines had put in a rescue call for air evacuation of the 8-year old boy to a medical facility. The storm is bad, but the team signals the pilot to stay on course. 'Doc' is a former marine, second oldest to PJ at 36 years. PJ is four years older, with a previous history as an officer in the Rangers. Quincy was once a SEAL, and Jamie is the youngest team member with this being only his second mission. The leader of this team is Captain Walley Bloom, who has known and worked with PJ for years. They are well bonded as well as dedicated to the mission as a well connected team. Their oath is "That Others May Live." They had planned to bring back two villagers, but instead bring back five including not only the boy who has been stabilized, but also a pregnant woman, a teacher, and mother and father. Their next priority mission is Top Secret, as an search/destroy mission only because other operational teams were not near enough to complete the action. They are to take over the hijacked freighter 'Valnea' which has secret cargo. If the knowledge of this cargo and it's destination is revealed, four world nations will be harshly impacted. This is anything but a humanitarian mission as was their calling. This is awesome story, well written, and the author is considerate enough to include a glossary of abbreviated military terms/jargon to help the reader move right along...even a woman reader such as myself. This novel and the reality of the story and events really enthralled me.
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