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USS Alcatraz (Locust Trilogy) [Kindle Edition]

Philip Robinson
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Book Description

Author Philip Robinson blends reality with a dose of the outlandish in this fast-paced thriller:

Kraken Corporation is too big to fail…or control. Spreading its tentacles into every profit centre around the globe—oil, gold, diamonds—it takes what it wants and leaves behind a path of death and destruction.

When Emma Baine, heir to Kraken, publicly announces her intention to end the corporation’s history of profiteering, murder, and monopoly, a bomb explodes on the rostrum, killing her instantly. To her brother Carson, it’s the perfect punch line to Emma’s childish statement. He took out his sister, and now he’s going to take over the firm.

Using Kraken’s “private security force,” a mercenary army that rolls over every obstacle to profitability, and the USS Alcatraz, an old Russian nuclear sub retrofitted into a gargantuan underwater prison, Carson imprisons everyone he perceives as an enemy—while the highest figures in government turn a blind eye.

But there’s one obstacle Carson can’t grind under his heel: an ex-Marine named Vaughan. As Emma’s former lover and bodyguard, Vaughn is tough, smart…and very angry.

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Ten Reasons Why USS Alcatraz, Was Written

A thriller with a submarine on the cover suggests many things – from Tom Clancy to Das Boot and countless other underwater military yarns. Phil Robinson’s USS Alcatraz is a different beast entirely, a churning and rousing dive into what he calls “mayhem and skullduggery.” We asked Phil why he created such a wild story and what animates him as a storyteller. Here are his 10 reasons.

1. I wanted to write a book that was outrageous and fun, with huge characters that you could hiss and boo.

2. The USS Alcatraz exists the same sort of alternate reality as other big adventure stories, like Raiders of the Lost Arc or Batman. The idea behind it—that a wealthy malcontent can drop his enemies to the bottom of the ocean—is a fun one. The story is supposed to be plausible, rather than likely.

3. I started writing because I was bored with thrillers that read like non-fiction memoirs. I didn’t want to read about soldiers unpacking and packing rucksacks and discussing their load-out and mission planning. I am much more interested in mayhem and skullduggery.

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About the Author

Philip Robinson is a journalist who writes primarily for the Mail on Sunday and the Daily Mail. His career has brought him in contact with gangsters, pirates, special forces operators, despotic generals, corrupt cops, professional gamblers, fixers, Lear jet repo men, and multimillionaire hedge fund brats. His first novel, Charlie Big Potatoes, was published in 2003. He lives with his wife and three sons in North London.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1839 KB
  • Print Length: 420 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1612185886
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (December 11, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0085MNQ0Q
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars USS Alcatraz: A techno-thriller with holes in its hull November 15, 2012
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Submarine stories have excited the imagination of readers ever since Jules Verne's Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea was first published in 1870, and it became a science fiction classic that is still enjoyed by many to this day. The concept of a nuclear submarine refitted into a underwater prison sounds like a good basis for an exciting techno-thriller, and it is... if it's done the right way.

Author Philip Robinson's novel USS Alcatraz offered so much promise to this reader, and it served as night diversionary reading by book light during Hurricane Sandy, so my focus was without the normal distraction of the television or stereo being on in the background during the power blackout. But even with this perfectly quiet reading environment, USS Alcatraz began to spring a few leaks.

The author can write well, and it shows from the beginning with the prologue, which skillfully lays the groundwork for the story. Emma Blaine has been groomed by her father, Millingham, to take over Kraken Corporation, one of the world's most powerful industrial conglomerates. She plans on turning this massive corporation into a company that will give back to the people, building school, hospitals and such, and all of this with her father's blessing, and with her lover Vaughn at her side. Vaughn is a former Marine, who is also her father's bodyguard.

But before her idealistic plans can be enacted, she is killed in a bomb blast, and the man behind this is her brother Carson, a jealous and warped addict who has his own ruthless plans for Kraken Corporation.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Confusing and a mess. January 24, 2013
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What didn't I like? Most of the book. What did I like? Almost nothing. This books is schizophrenic in it's approach to telling the story - it jumps around, I found myself having to refer back to previous chapters to understand how I got where I was. The author says he was going for "mayhem and skullduggery", what he got was confusion and a poor read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Solid Thriller December 5, 2012
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With shades of James Rollins' Sigma Force and a little Clive Cussler thrown in for good measure, USS Alcatraz is a solid thriller that should satisfy your need for a little adventure. I did think that the mention in the book description about the prison ship was a little misleading. Although the prison ship plays a major role in the story, it's not by any chance the main setting of the tale.

While I enjoyed all of the characters, I did miss having some good, strong female characters. There's really only one. Every other female in the book is either dead or simply mentioned in passing. The villain is by far the strongest and most vivid character in the book and he has some interactions with a political "kingmaker" which were pure gold. As for our hero, though I loved the fact that he was driven to avenge the woman he loved, he wasn't as strong as some of the other characters for me.

Though definitely more of a guy's book, I enjoyed it and would read the author again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intense And Unnerving Thriller October 31, 2012
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Never read this guy before but he's on my list now! This book takes you on a journey that will rattle your bones and make your mind struggle with it's intensity. I couldn't put it down. The plot is threaded carefully yet at a breakneck pace that will have you reeling from the twists and turns. You won't even trust yourself midway through!
If you like this genre you won't be disappointed for a second. I can't wait for his next effort!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars USS Alcatraz review February 3, 2013
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slow starting book. Hard to get into. It has a decent storyline but it jumps back and forth and is hard to follow
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4.0 out of 5 stars USS Alcatraz is a breakout hit for me January 6, 2013
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The pace at times was tedious and jumped around quite a bit but Vaughn is a hero/patriot that displays the cost of finishing what you were morally tasked to do despite the pain, mental and physical endured.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A tough book to read April 28, 2013
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I have started this book four or five times - I have never been able to get more than 100 pages into it. I am now finally and forever giving up trying to finish it.

The author uses the writing method where the reader jumps from place to place and character to character - with each chapter bouncing back and forth and back again, but, not just between two places and two sets of character - multiples! I dislike this style of writing and that is probably a fault of mine, but those that also dislike this technique need to know it is one that the author employs.

The author is very good at describing battle scenes and acts of war and paints a vivid picture of those. But, I found the characters uninteresting and one dimensional - at best.

This is one of the easiest books to put down and do something else, I have ever tried to read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Much too much gratuitous violence April 9, 2013
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The story of wealth and politics whoring for each other was interesting. The level of descriptive slaughter and violence added 300 UN-necessary pages to this book.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
to hard to follow
Published 1 month ago by darrell ogrady
3.0 out of 5 stars Graphic
Okay read. A little too bizarre.
Published 2 months ago by Nike
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Published 2 months ago by Frederick F.
This book will keep you on the edge of your seat constantly. It is well written, exciting and gripping. A very good story line.
Published 3 months ago by BARRY E. VALLEE, CPA
2.0 out of 5 stars way out there
I actually stoped reading it was so bad. This book was over the top rediculous, the writing the worst Ive read, to the point there was just no way to understand what he was trying... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Gary Dunn
5.0 out of 5 stars Knuckle biter all the way through
This was a real thriller that you had to keep reading to see what happened. although I would have liked a little more final information at the end.
Published 6 months ago by Judith Lyon
3.0 out of 5 stars Not believable by a long shot
A fair read, enjoyable but I found it is a bit disjointed, but it made for good light holiday reading.
Published 9 months ago by lawriep
5.0 out of 5 stars Good thriller
Very interesting and quite believable. It held my interest and I would recommend it to all. Book was enjoyed and well written.
Published 9 months ago by Patti Berryman
4.0 out of 5 stars Hard to put down
It kept my interest alive as long as I was reading it. A real page-turner. (Pay attention: I found it a bit bothering that word "through" is mistyped as "though"... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Sandor Pluhar
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I'm a journalist and author living and working in London.

USS Alcatraz is the first of three hard boiled thrillers charting the bloody rise and fall of Carson Baine, the deranged heir of a vast global corporation as he attempts to bury his past and become President of the United States.

I really wanted to write the kind of book I wanted to read: modern day pulp fiction. Though the title is 'USS Alcatraz', don't expect a submarine thriller. The story jumps from the US to the Arctic, from Afghanistan to Barbados.

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