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Intercept [Kindle Edition]

Patrick Robinson
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A left-leaning appeal court judge liberates four of the most dangerous al-Qaeda terrorists from Guantanamo Bay and the CIA field officers track them back to Pakistan’s northwest frontier mountain range. But disaster overtakes them and the four men vanish, to rejoin the dark and mysterious forces trained by Osama bin Laden high in the Hindu Kush. These are men with hatred in their hearts, with hatred for the United States and Great Britain, and they are sworn to hit back at the USA, which imprisoned so many of their high command.

A fateful communication from the mountains of the Afghan side of the border is intercepted by Britain’s secret surveillance station on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus. Al-Qaeda is almost certainly planning a new hit on the US mainland. The CIA is at its wits end, all their fears coming home to roost.

They know there is only one man who can stop them—retired Navy SEAL Lt. Commander Mack Bedford—and he is called in to assist on one of the most highly classified missions ever launched from CIA headquarters. Bedford names his price, and once more, the nobility of the man is spun into a breathtakingly fast action novel.



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Guantanamo Bay has housed many suspected terrorists, and in Robinson's latest technothriller, four of the deadliest are released back into society. Having the U.S. government and the Supreme Court to thank for their freedom, the four men promptly go into hiding and plot their next attack. Knowing the former prisoners are dangerous, the CIA hires retired Navy SEAL Mack Bedford, hero of Robinson's novel Diamondhead (2009), to assassinate them before they can kill innocent people. Bedford needs to succeed not only to save countless lives but also to recover the respect he lost on a prior mission. Robinson tries to enter Vince Flynn territory here, but his story line moves at a snail's pace and offers no surprises at all. The result reads more like a newspaper story than a thriller. Still, Robinson has a devoted following, and they will be willing to stick with him, even on a subpar outing. --Jeff Ayers

About the Author

Patrick Robinson is the coauthor of the New York Times #1 nonfiction bestseller Lone Survivor and author of A Colossal Failure. He lives in Ireland and spends his summers in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

Product Details

  • File Size: 610 KB
  • Print Length: 354 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1593155840
  • Publisher: Vanguard Press; Reprint edition (May 11, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003OBZOG2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #110,520 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars sloppy editing and mistakes June 26, 2010
Format:Hardcover
This was the first Patrick Robinson book I've read and was very disappointed. There were a lot of sloppy errors in this book, that should have been caught by the author or a good editor. For example: Islamic Militants do NOT eat pork products and the Mosad never confirms, never denies, etc.

If this book was cut to 250 pages, the story would have been tighter and the unnecessary filler would make for better action.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Big waste of time. May 21, 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback
While I agree strongly with Mr. Robinson's political views concerning terrorism, his writing left me wanting. I am an old jarhead -24 years in the Corps--- and have worked with the SEAL and other special ops people, but Lt. Cmd. Bedford's recon of a farm house without a weapon, and then letting an assailant sneak up and grab him is unbelievable. He would have to be dumber than a wall. His mission was to kill the four terrorist not play silly ass games, which if they went astray would have killed school kids and their parents.

There were other improbable scenes, but I have already wasted too much time reading Intercept to go over them. I have never heard of a Sig Saur 9 mm. revolver, and I seriously doubt that the ex SEAL would carry a revolver except as a small back up weapon. There was also mention of a magazine with the revolver. How you use a magazine of 9 mm. ammo with a revolver is hard to imagine.
The excessive background of every minor character moves the action along at a snail's pace.

Mr. Robinson has impressive credentials, but this effort is a failure.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Life is too short for this drivel June 23, 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Midway through this book, I had to stop reading it. I have tortured myself in finishing Robinson's other books. See my 1-star reviews of "To the Death," "Diamondhead," "Ghost Force," and "Scimitar SL-2." Every one of those books were not worth the hours I spent on them. This one, I had to call it quits.

Robinson fancies himself as a thriller writer with knowledge of how intelligence is collected and analyzed by different agencies across the world. Here's the part I stopped reading at. There is an "intercept" of a phone call with the acronym MCM, and what looks like a street address. The premise is that the bad guys are Islamic fundamentalists. The receiver of this message immediately knows that this is a street address of an Islamic center in Mexico. However, in the totally idiotic world that Robinson lives in, the entire NSA, CIA, and British intelligence can't come up with the same conclusion. I guess they fired all their middle-eastern analysts. My first thought was, "Hello! Google the damn thing! Search for <MCM AND street address> and see what comes up!!"

And AGAIN - Robinson writes dialogue that no one in their right mind ever speaks. NO one talks like people in his books. It is so plainly dumb that I feel my IQ slipping points every time I turn the page. I remember Hardy Boys being better written.

Mr. Robinson - do you ever venture here to read these reviews? A piece of advice: Please spend a few weeks at a writing clinic. You need help with dialogue, plot development, pacing, grammar.. heck.. just in how to write.

I hope the bad guys got caught in the end, and America survives the latest assault on its freedom. Its too late for us to be saved from the pen of Mr. Robinson.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The Gospel according to Patrick Robinson December 27, 2010
By Leo
Format:Hardcover
This was a very poor effort, nowhere near the standard of the author's earlier books. It reads like a long sermon about what Robinson believes is wrong with the world. He has made little effort to construct a decent plot, the story is full of holes and implausible developments, and the characters are completely one dimensional. Robinson gives us a hero going on a secret mission that will be denied by the US government if he is ever caught...who is carrying a credit card with no limit that will come up with the words 'US Govt' if placed in a credit card machine. We have Muslim terrorists eating pork. We have Jimmy Renshawe...a young bag carrier and aide to the NSA Director in previous books...who is suddenly promoted to the NSA Director chair when his boss retires because he is terribly intelligent and might leave if not given the job. Although he now has several thousand men and women working for him and one of the most important intelligence jobs in America he still has time to break the case, with only Google Maps to help him. We have terrorists who make silly and implausible mistakes like walking out of the airport and taking a cab straight to meet their handler. It is all very silly. This book would have benefited from an editor strong enough to cut about one third of the pages and tell the author to leave out the self indulgent political point scoring.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars i couldnt wait to turn the last page December 8, 2011
By tommy
Format:Hardcover
truly, one of the worst "suspense" novels i have ever read. i guess i have been spoiled by clancy, thor, and coonts. seems like it was written but a pre-teen. just unbelievable. i hated it. the first 80 pages lasted forever. so unrealistic. this book just had so many holes in the plot. i can not say enough bad things about it. ugh
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I have enjoyed most all Patrick Robinson novels but this is an endless biography of each character that seems to never end. Suspense? There's a trickle every now and then yet it borderlines dullness more than suspense. The book is 334 pages long. One feels something is about to take place near page 280 but the tale continues to trudge along at a turtles pace. There are profound errors that cannot be explained as to why PR let them slip onto the pages that leaves the reader shaking their head in disappointment. Sorry, PR but Inception only gets 2 *'s. Hope you do better next time or you've lost a reader.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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Published 1 month ago by Keith Alter
1.0 out of 5 stars So boring, writer has no imagination
Horrendous writing, so predictable, mistakes enormous, first time I read a book by this author never again. So boring, writer has no imagination.
Published 1 month ago by roy denish
3.0 out of 5 stars great read
A much improved book from the 1st of Mack Bedford, looking forward to reading the next one in the series
Published 2 months ago by Pierre
1.0 out of 5 stars I like the authors other books but had an extremely difficult ...
I like the authors other books but had an extremely difficult time reading this book. Horrible dialogue, extremely annoying main character who seems to be more in love with the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Beasely
2.0 out of 5 stars so so
Very predictable no real surprises. Wooden characters hard to get into them. Blatant Fox News view of things nuance to worldview. Ok for what it is .
Published 4 months ago by Jim Wilkinson
4.0 out of 5 stars intercept.
great from start to finish. It was hard to put the e-reader down

Thanks for allowing me to read it.
Published 4 months ago by mark jasko
1.0 out of 5 stars Reluctant Review. A big disappointment
I've read every one of Robinson's books over the years. By now, I expect a lot of action, but not much character development. So I wasn't disappointed in that aspect of the book. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mark Twain
3.0 out of 5 stars In need of an edit
Whilst I enjoy a good story, things did take a while to get going. I still enjoyed the read and have always felt that books by Patrick Robinson would make good movies. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Paul Dixon
4.0 out of 5 stars 4 star
Patrick Robinson never lets me down, always a good story teller with Easter just around the corner this is a good book to settle down with for it requires continuous reading rather... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mr W.G. Duff
1.0 out of 5 stars Avoid
Mr Robinson has no idea about Muslims, weapons or soldiering. Do some research, go down to a gun range or better still take some bacon down to your nearest Mosque and offer it to... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Divemonkee
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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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