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Acts of Vengeance [Kindle Edition]

Robert Gandt
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A motor launch carrying the USS Ronald Reagan's top brass is attacked. Everyone on board is killed, including two admirals and a U.S. ambassador. The U.S. vows a swift reprisal.

Enter squadron skipper Brick Maxwell and his Roadrunners--the F/A-18 Hornet strike fighter pilots aboard the Reagan. Their mission: strike deep in northern Yemen's highlands. The target: Colonel Jamal Al-Fasr, the charismatic commander who has masterminded the plot to kill the Americans.

Al-Fasr is also a skilled fighter pilot who learned his craft in the U.S. He has laid a deadly trap for Maxwell and the warriors of the Reagan Strike Group. The danger lies not only in the hills of Yemen. Lurking beneath the surface of the Arabian Sea is an ex-Russian Kilo submarine, whose mission is to sink the Reagan...

"More thrilling than a back-to-back showing of Top Gun and Iron Eagle... some of the most suspenseful battle scenes in recent military fiction..." --Publishers Weekly.

Editorial Reviews


"Gandt has a way with words that will send the reader soaring." -- News Chief

"Gandt understands not only airplanes but the people who fly them." -- Air & Space magazine

"Gandt's combat scenes are excellent." -- Dale Brown, bestselling author, Flight of the Old Dog

"Reading a Gandt flying tale is the next best thing to being in the cockpit. This guy is good." -- Stephen Coonts, bestselling author, Flight of the Intruder

"Robert Gandt is a former Pan Am pilot who also happens to have the pen of a poet." -- Christian Science Monitor

From the Inside Flap

Former Navy pilot brings back his fighter pilot hero, Brick Maxwell, and the crew of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan -- for the biggest challenge of their careers...

Product Details

  • File Size: 571 KB
  • Print Length: 372 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0451207181
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004T4X44M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,398 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Really great action, excitement and suspense! January 4, 2005
Format:Mass Market Paperback
"Acts of Vengeance" is the second book in Robert Gandt's "Brick Maxwell" series of novels, and the best one of the three that I've read so far. There's lots of really great combat action, lots of excitement, and a plot that provides quite a bit of suspense.

The action takes place in and around Yemen in the Middle East, where Brick Maxwell is commanding a squadron of F/A-18 Hornets flying off the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan. In addition to the usual conflicts between the American forces and some local "bad guys" there are also some serious conflicts between various American interests. In other words, some of the "good guys" are causing just as many problems as the "bad guys".

Combat scenes are taking place in the air, on the ground, and at sea. There are some great dogfights between the American F/A-18 Hornets and F-14 Tomcats on one side and some Russian-built MiG-29 Fulcrums on the other side. Meanwhile, a Marine Expeditionary Unit has been ambushed on the ground and is fighting for its life against a much larger number of attackers. And last but not least, out in the Gulf of Aden a Russian-built Kilo class submarine is silently stalking the USS Ronald Reagan, getting ready to fire four torpedoes at point-blank range!

The description of how the submarine slowly closes in on the unsuspecting USS Ronald Reagan provides some of the best suspense I've experienced in a military combat novel in a long time. And Robert Gandt's descriptions of all of the various kinds of combat ring true, making it all the more exciting.

On the other hand, the plot is pretty unrealistic for several reasons, and this detracts from the enjoyment of the story.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than the first October 18, 2002
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
ACTS OF VENGEANCE is the second in the high-voltage military adventure series from ex-Navy fighter pilot Robert Gandt. His scenes of action aboard the warship, USS Ronald Reagan, take you right onto the flight deck and into the cockpit of the new F/A-18 Super Hornet. Without giving the surprise ending away, let it be said that the intricately woven plot and superb charaterization of this story will hook the reader and keep him hooked until the nerve-shattering end. Be sure to read the prequel, WITH HOSTILE INTENT, to get the full story on how ex-asronaut and now squadron skipper Brick Maxwell fought his way to the best job in naval aviation.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ACTS OF VENGEANCE December 8, 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Having thoroughly enjoyed the exciting drama of Gandt's first novel, With Hostile Intent, I eagerly anticipated this action-packed sequel to Commander Brick Maxwell's daring exploits over the No-Fly Zone of Iraq.
In Acts of Vengeance, Gandt takes the reader into the god-forsaken Gulf of Aden where evil terrorist forces conspire to commit widespread death and destruction within the venerable U.S.S. Ronald Reagan Battle Group. When Colonel Jamal Al-Fasr reappears to wreak mayhem upon the unsuspecting peace-keeping naval forces, Maxwell and his band of F/A Super Hornets vow to engage and destroy the enemy deep within the bowels of Yemen.
Once again, Gandt has woven an explosive tale that is sure to stir the very heart of every American who continues to seethe with fresh remembrance of the unspeakable horrors of the recent attack by Mid-Eastern terrorists upon our beloved homeland.
With a lifetime of love for adventure and all things aviation, the writer has skillfully crafted a most engaging novel which I enjoyed immensely.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gutsy, Riveting Thriller March 19, 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Robert Gandt has found another niche he can claim as his own: writing military thrillers. He has used what he knows with what he imagines in a superb combination of reality and art. Without burdening his text with technical descriptions, he carries his readers into the world of the military as naturally as if they were an invisible fly on his collar button. And in the air battle scenes, he succeeds in making readers feel they are experiencing virtual reality. You forget you're the reader and become the pilot. You feel the G forces, the rushing ground, the hair-raising near hear the mighty jet engines swooping and see the target in your cross hairs and smell death. You feel your heart beating, your hands sweating inside your gloves, and you feel steely cool focused only on your target.
Aside from his amazing ability to put you inside the story is the story itself--a story that may be closer to the truth than we care to imagine in the days of war coming to Iraq. He portrays a cunning and skillful enemy you can understand and have to respect. Treachery, no matter who suffers as a result of it, is cause for vengeance, right or wrong, and we see forces equally motivated to devine that justice, which makes the outcome even more dramatic in its deliverance.
What's even more admirable is his portrayal of women challenging a man's world: a war correspondent and a F-18 pilot. They do their jobs becuse they love doing them, not because they want to be distinct from the pack. And both women can't have their man. Even this rivalry is worked out the way real women would resolve it.
Bob Gandt soars to the top of my favorite military novelists, and I hope to see Brick Maxwell and his Roadrunners along with broadcaster Claire Phillips on the USS Ronald Reagon in a TV series soon.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Action over and in Yemen.
Book #2 in the Brick Maxwell series.
Published 24 days ago by Stephen Horowitz
4.0 out of 5 stars A very relative read. Fast paced !
Throughly enjoyed reading this book, especially since it could be quite current and relative.
Published 1 month ago by Andy
5.0 out of 5 stars 99 on Kindle this is one of the best reading values out there
For $3.99 on Kindle this is one of the best reading values out there. Well written with a good story line. I recommend this book and this author.
Published 1 month ago by Irishpilot
4.0 out of 5 stars It flows like real life in the present day.
This is an excellent book that I recommend for everyone to read. I have read so many of Gandt's books and each seems better than the last. Read more
Published 2 months ago by David C. Smissonsr MD
5.0 out of 5 stars An awesome action thriller that you won't be able to put down
It's been a while since I've read such a tightly written, technically superb novel. Character development was great and the plot had a ton of twists and turns. Read more
Published 4 months ago by M. Hilovsky
3.0 out of 5 stars Short and entertaining
I enjoy the life of a humble fighter pilot, almost forgot ex test pilot and ex astronaut all around standard Naval Officer. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Raven4464
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great read,highly recommend
Published 5 months ago by Paul Rossano
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great action book!
Published 6 months ago by Robert G.
3.0 out of 5 stars Disapointed read
kind of boring
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Exciting and surprising
Thought the book would be second rate but pleasantly surprised. KEPT YOU interested and guessing. Wrong lady got the man.
Published 6 months ago by Wofour
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More About the Author

FLYING AND WRITING: These have been the dual passions of Bob Gandt's life. He published his first story at age sixteen - the same year he first soloed an airplane. Since then he has accrued something over 25,000 hours, written fourteen books and countless articles.

As a U. S. Navy pilot he logged over 300 carrier landings and nearly 2,000 hours in the A-4 Skyhawk. In his deja vu work, BOGEYS AND BANDITS (Viking Penguin), he joins a Navy F/A-18 training squadron at the same base where he had trained years before.

For 26 years he flew as a pilot with Pan American World Airways, domiciled in Berlin, Hong Kong, New York, and San Francisco. His classic airline account, SKYGODS (Wm. Morrow & Co.), recounts the meteoric descent and crash of the world's most glamorous airline, Pan Am.

During the late 1980s and early '90s, Gandt flew with the famed Redhawk Aerobatic Team. Flying their Siai-Marchetti fighter-trainers (rescued from a military boneyard in the Congo), the Redhawks performed their formation aerobatic routine for over three million air show spectators.

Gandt's first book, SEASON OF STORMS recounts the dramatic tale of the WWII battle for Hong Kong. His long association with Pan Am and its romantic history inspired CHINA CLIPPER (Naval Institute Press), which relives the mystique of the great commercial flying boats. His fascination with warbirds and the high-adrenalin world of unlimited air racing provided the background for FLY LOW FLY FAST (Viking Penguin), the inside account of the battle for the unlimited air racing championship at Reno, Nevada.

Gandt's first military adventure novel, WITH HOSTILE INTENT (Penguin Putnam) was followed by ACTS OF VENGEANCE, BLACK STAR, SHADOWS OF WAR, THE KILLING SKY, and BLACK STAR RISING.

In 1998 he made his screenwriting debut in 1998 on the CBS series Pensacola: Wings Of Gold, adapted from BOGEYS AND BANDITS. Gandt served as writer and technical consultant for the twenty-two-episodes of the show, starring James Brolin as the commander of a Marine F/A-18 training squadron.

Gandt's historical work INTREPID, co-authored by Bill White, with a foreword by fellow naval aviator Senator John McCain, was published by Random House in the autumn of 2008 and was the winner of the Admiral Farragut Book Award. His follow on book, THE TWILIGHT WARRIORS, the saga of the sea and air battle for Okinawa (Random House) won the prestigious Samuel Eliot Morison Award for Naval Literature.

Gandt and his wife, Anne, make their home at the Spruce Creek Fly-In in Daytona Beach, Florida, where Anne heads up the real estate firm, Country Club Properties of Spruce Creek.
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