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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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