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Diamondhead [Kindle Edition]

Patrick Robinson
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)

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Book Description

When Navy SEAL Mack Bedford’s fellow officers are brutally killed by Iraqi insurgents using a cruel, new, anti-tank Diamondhead missile, Mack avenges their murders by gunning down the then-unarmed attackers, ultimately getting himself court-martialed and kicked out of the Navy in the process. To make matters worse, Mack then learns that the Diamondhead missiles were sold illegally by French industrialist and infamous politician Henri Foche. Mack suspects that Foche will succeed in his campaign to become the next French president and fears that his election will promote the spread of international terrorism.

In addition, Mack has a gravely ill son whose life can only be saved with an experimental and unaffordable foreign medical procedure. So when Mack is asked to help assassinate Henri Foche, he finds himself agreeing. His reward: a chance at survival for both his son and the country.

But before Mack can reach Foche, a jilted mercenary group warns the Frenchman of the threat, greatly increasing the difficulty of Mack’s solo assassination attempt. Can Mack track down and murder the French tyrant as he has been commissioned to do? Does he have the power to restore his reputation as a Navy SEAL? And will he be able to save his son before it’s too late?

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From Publishers Weekly

Near the start of this straightforward action thriller from bestseller Robinson (Ghost Force), insurgents fire internationally banned Diamondhead missiles at a tank convoy in central Iraq led by Navy SEAL Lt. Cdr. Mackenzie Bedford, incinerating a number of Mack's men in their tanks. In retaliation, Mack guns down the dozen Arabs who fired the missiles as they attempt a fake surrender, for which he's drummed out of the navy. Back home, Mack's son, Tommy, is suffering from a rare disease that can only be cured by an operation costing $1 million. Mack agrees to help assassinate right-wing politician Henri Foche, a major shareholder in the French manufacturer of the Diamondhead, to earn that $1 million. Foche, who's running for the presidency of France, promises policies that will ruin the shipbuilding livelihood of Mack's Maine community if he wins the election. Despite the opposition, Mack marches implacably and sometimes implausibly on to his foregone triumph. (May)
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From Booklist

Navy SEAL Commander Mack Bedford watches in horror as a rogue missile (code named Diamondhead) takes out his team. After the attack, Bedford makes a decision that will jeopardize his career. The resulting court-martial and the terminal illness of his young son force him to take bold action. Robinson has created a likable lead character, but the story forces unlikely motivations on him, and the narrative is somewhat stilted. Still, Robinson has a loyal fan base of military-thriller devotees, and they will be eager for anything new. Only for the hard-core. --Jeff Ayers

Product Details

  • File Size: 729 KB
  • Print Length: 420 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1593155093
  • Publisher: Vanguard Press (May 26, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002EF2ADY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #165,978 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars It's hard to believe Patrick Robinson wrote this. May 14, 2010
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This was a surprisingly weak offering from an author I have really enjoyed reading. At times the dialogue was stilted and unbelievable. I was groaning barely a third into the book. For example, the hero just returns from a recon trip and, over dinner with his wife, asks if their ill son was going to die. And what kind of a hero, Seal or not, rationalizes killing a head of state so that his employer's business will survive? Please! There was a big buildup to the climax, but it just fizzled. I honestly wondered whether Robinson let a family member or friend take a shot here.
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23 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars fabulous action-packed thriller May 29, 2009
In Central Iraq, insurgents fire internationally outlawed Diamondhead missiles at an American tank convoy. Several men die in their fried tanks. Outraged Navy SEAL Lieutenant Commander Mackenzie Bedford rejects the surrender of the dozen or so culprits who killed his men; instead he executes the unarmed enemy.

Following a court martial in San Diego, the navy discharges Mack, but does not pursue homicide charges. In Dartford, Maine, his wife Anne informs Mack that their ailing son Tommy is dying from a rare disease similar to leukemia that will cost at least one million dollars for the experimental full bone marrow operation, which is the only chance to save his life. To help pay the tab, Mack accepts a commission from the local shipbuilder Remson to assassinate right-wing French politician Henri Foche who is running for President of France; Mac has an added incentive in killing Foche; a major stockholder in the company that develops the banned Diamondhead missile.

Over the top of Mt. Katahdin, DIAMONDHEAD is a fabulous action-packed thriller from it opening sequence in Iraq to the military trial in San Diego to coming home in Maine and finally to France. Mack is terrific as an obstinate hero with a mission that takes him on a linear path while not allowing any adversary to get in his way. Ignore the plausibility as this is a fun tale of a dad on a quest to save his son.

Harriet Klausner
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poorly written May 3, 2011
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I have read my share of poorly written books before but this reads as if an eighth-grader wrote it. The subject matter may be great, but the style turned me off immediately. I couldn't finish it because the style was so distracting.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very Faulty Foundation September 13, 2010
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This novel has so many holes in it, I almost don't know where to start. I wonder if the author bothered to do any research at all.

I won't go into a synopsis here as other reviewers have done so, but it is a standard thriller and could have worked. Instead, I was thrown off by right-wings rants (like CNN being too busy trying to criticize a Republican president to catch onto a huge breaking story--really, does that add anything to the plot?) and numerous, numerous, numerous factual errors.

The author is highly enamored of the US Navy SEALS. Fair enough. But he can't even get their school correct. It is "BUD/S," not "BUDs." He has all SEALS, SAS, and French Foreign Legion Paratroopers being super-human hand-to-hand killers, able to take out bodyguards without breathing hard, able to outshoot anyone, and leap tall buildings in a single bound. It just isn't true. While SEALS are highly trained and generally in superb physical condition, they just aren't trained that way.

In this story, SEALS might as well be the only troops in Iraq with the Army, barely mentioned, being in a supporting role. He even calls the SEALS the heavy hitters of the effort, something far from the truth. Somehow, in his Iraq, SEALS get transported by tanks for secret missions, despite the fact that tanks cannot carry passengers, nor are they very stealthy.

And in a mission, after two SEALS-carrying tanks get hit, the protagonist just happens to see the front runner for the French presidency hobnobbing with the insurgents and actually viewing the damage done by the missiles his company makes (how no one in France notices that he is in Iraq is rather curious.) Yet when the insurgents set up for another shot, he idly stand by while two more tanks are taken out.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Trite & True (?) April 2, 2010
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First time to review on Amazon. Since when is the mile the standard unit of length in France, or anywhere else in Europe? Or the gallon the standard unit of volume? Both of those issues detracted from the book...I mean how hard can it be to convert miles to kilometers and gallons to liters? A failure that can be attributed both to the author and the editors.

And now to the book itself...OK, SEALs are Superman! Faster than a speeding bullet, able to jump (off of) tall buildings, etc, etc, etc. Give me a friggin' break. This guy can do no wrong, every decision is spot on, blah, blah, blah.

The actual climax of the book is kind of an anti-climatic moment. One second the guy who is being hunted is there, the next, he's lying on the ground. That moment is told from the protagonist's point of should have been told from the POV of one of the security forces.

I could go on, but the bottom line is this...unless you're a BIG fan on the author or you REALLY like totally unbelievable fiction, stay away from this book.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not at all what I had hoped for... April 1, 2010
By Chris C
I had never read anything by Patrick Robinson before I read Lone Survivor, which he co-authored with Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell. After reading, and enjoying, that book I assumed that I would probably enjoy other works of his. I picked this book as a starter specifically because it had a fairly high star rating on Amazon and I have to say I have been terribly disappointed in it.

To first comment on the positives the book offers; Mr. Robinson obviously has some strong patriotic feelings and it comes through in the story, but even that doesn't rescue the book enough to make it worth reading. He does a very good job of clearly illustrating some of the very real issues facing our military, both at home and abroad. Unfortunately that is really about all I can say that I enjoyed from this novel. The writing is not very creative nor is the dialogue, or the entire story for that matter, even realistic. The plot is very thin and all too convenient. The dialogue is atrocious in my opinion, and that is being somewhat kind. Character interaction can make or break a novel and in this case, it has been all but impossible to get past how unrealistic so much of the character interaction is. Honestly if he rewrote the story and lost the entire bit about the wife, kid and shipyard, he might be able to make an entertaining read, but trying to create a reluctant hero and then have all these overly convenient plot vehicles that push him toward an action, just does not work at all. Maybe if it was just focused on action the less than plausible aspects of the story could be overlooked.

I made it through about two thirds of the book before I finally decided I had read as much as I could. I think the basic idea of the book is an interesting one but there were just too many specific things that ruined the story for me.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
Great book, Patrick Robinson at his best! I haven't read one of his in some time, but this has me back, ready for more.
Published 4 days ago by Tim Daters
3.0 out of 5 stars Good in parts, boring in parts. Interesting to some who have served.
If you read for entertainment, not exactness in reality or real life, this is a good story. But not without faults. Read more
Published 2 months ago by My Subconscious Self
4.0 out of 5 stars Diamondhead review Mack Bedford
Was hard to put down. Love the main character Captain Mack Bedford, Navy Seal. Please continue writing more books with him in them. Read more
Published 3 months ago by K. Mcgann
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I am always ready to read a military novel. This one is well written and holds your attention through the entire novel.
Published 4 months ago by David Bagley
1.0 out of 5 stars Fake, unrealistic and outright stupid!
Fake and unrealistic. It is not the first book by Robinson falsely portraying our (Naval Special Warfare) community. Don’t waste your money. There are better books. Read more
Published 6 months ago by US Navy SEAL (ret.)
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book, Author seems to get weighed down in drivel.
The overall story is great the action scenes are well thought out and read well. My biggest complaint is that you could probably take 100-150 pages out of the book with out losing... Read more
Published 7 months ago by johne72
5.0 out of 5 stars Prequel
The first Mack Bedford book. Great read. Make sure you have a bag lunch before starting. 4 3 2 1
Published 7 months ago by Eacowboy Inc
3.0 out of 5 stars Good SEAL thriller
This was a good story about the path of one SEAL. Good military detail, but I didn't love the writing style.
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars poorly developed
The storyline was not well thought out. The reaction of the main character was shallow and the plot was narrow. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Steven M. Brace
2.0 out of 5 stars My rating for Diamondhead book by Patrick Robinson.
To predictable. One of the main (good guy) characters had a surprisingly bad ethical solution to his dilemma. Not as enjoyable as author's other books
Published 9 months ago by Ronald W. Ciccone Sr.
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More About the Author

Patrick Robinson is the co-author of the recent New York Times bestseller, "A Colossal Failure of Common Sense - the inside story of the collapse of Lehman Brothers."

Before that, he co-authored Lone Survivor for Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell which was #1 on the New York Times non-fiction bestseller list for eight months in 2007.

Patrick is also the author of eleven international bestselling suspense thrillers, including To the Death, Nimitz Class, Hunter Killer, and Diamondhead, the first book in his brand new series.

He lives in Ireland and spends his summers in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

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Amazon seems not to reduce the price to 9.99 until the book shows up on the NYT Bestseller list or comes out in paperback. As this author has a new book out in a couple months- I am hoping that the paperback version will trigger a drop in price for the Kindle version. I agree that something out... Read More
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