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Length: 376 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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Good Old Fashioned Ripping Yarn. Fast paced and enjoyable adventure. I will look for more from this author. A review from the UK.

From the Author

"Oh God, thy sea is so great and my boat is so small."

Breton Fisherman Prayer

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  • File Size: 1131 KB
  • Print Length: 376 pages
  • Publication Date: June 11, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0055WYPTA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #696,909 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Michael is an independent writer. He is the author of:

HOT PLANET
SUMMER OF THE BEAST
THE FIRST MIRACLE
THE HORN
NORTHWOODS AND OTHER SHORT STORIES
POLICE STATE
SANCTUM SANCTORUM
LUSH DROUGHT RESISTANT LANDSCAPE

He grew up in Southern California, but he now lives in Arizona. Besides writing, his other interests include landscaping and gardening, writing songs, good health, and music.

Michael constantly challenges himself by writing in different genres. He is the author of the short story Lipstick, and is currently working on a science fiction novel.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gordon on May 10, 2013
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The idea behind this book was to lure Somali pirates to a heavy armed decoy luxury yacht and blow them to smithereens. One of the problems with fighting these pirates was that the ships they attacked, like huge oil tankers, were not safe settings for open gun battles, so the tankers usually did not have adequate securty forces which were capable of protection.

So the idea this book presented seemed good. However, the content of this book seemed to have too much dialogue and that dialogue seemed rather childish- like killer Navy Seals pleading with their captain to bring a dog aboard as a mascot and then trying to sneak cartons of very expensive wine which apparently is strictly against Navy procedures.

Also, it was my understanding that despite multi-million dollars ransomes paid, due to the logistics of pirating, pirates overall don't really make huge profits. But in this book the pirates seem to be quite wealthy beyond normal expectations which allows them to have tank busting missiles. I suppose to the extent that anything could happen, this was possible but do to the elementary dialogue of this book, I just found it to be implausible.

I personally did not like this book but the ideas presented for fighting piracy on the high seas is sill very intriguing to me.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By LR French on April 22, 2012
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A book about the Navy Seals is not a typical choice for me, but it was recommended and I decided to give it a try. I was immediately caught up into the action and adventure of the story after what was a brutal, but likely accurate portrayal of Somali pirates commandeering an American yacht. I especially enjoyed the variety of characters and their development throughout and am pleased to note that the author allowed the women to remain strong and important characters throughout the story. This is a book I would recommend to anyone who likes a fast moving page-turner that is well thought out with all the details tended to. After getting to know the characters I would like to read more about them and am hoping for a sequel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 5, 2012
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This book was great with an interesting concept for going after the Somali pirates. The story puts highly skilled women into a battle and shows that they can hold there own. It even mentions one of the women out shooting the special SEAL team. I read this via my Kindle app which the formatting was not that great too many blank pages.
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By Patrick Quinn on October 2, 2012
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The fascinating aspect of Michael Burns' work is that he has the gift of writing adventure stories that are easy to read and quick to digest;however, behind the stories one can tell that the author has done a good deal of homework. This is the formula that worked so very well for Dan Brown, and if Burns continues on his current trajectory of each novel growing better than its previous one, I would not be surprised to discover his work on the best seller list. This novel is about Somali pirates and their attempt to hijack an American yacht off the African coast. The yacht is manned by American forces with special equipment to hunt the pirates, but the plot is more complicated than it sounds, for there are women aboard and everyone wants to mix work and play--except the pirates. An excellent escapist novel with realistic elements to give the novel a strong sense of reality.
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By danab90 on October 3, 2012
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Once again Michael Burns has given us a real page turner. This book is well written but also well documented. The man knows his stuff! I thiink he must spend much time researching carefully. The Horn is full of adventure and well crafted characters. If you like reading in bed, be prepared to arrive late to work the next morning! I also purchased
NorthWoods and found it to be mesmerizing. I will purchase Hot Planet very soon. Mr. Burns, please hurry to finish your next read. Anticipation is fine and dandy but I am an impatient person.
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I have never seen coffee, and to some extent food and wine, used as a literary device. Also, while the fundamental premise of the book is arguably invalid, there are some good passages-though the fact that everything is 100% successful in most dire circumstances detracts a bit from credibility and realism Disappointed by editing-though not the worst I have seen recently, Early on there was pouring vice poring, and later some subject/object/verb mismatching.
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By Norma V booth on April 10, 2013
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At first I thought there was going to be a bit too much testosterone in this book for me. I have a hard time with shooting, war, conflict, but it was a fun read. I loved the idea of beautiful, strong, fearless women being instrumental in the success of a military operation.
I sincerely believe it would make a fabulous movie! A movie based on The Horn would offer the bang up stuff guys like, plus the "babes" and, positive role models for young women.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By L J on March 28, 2012
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I'm not usually a great fan of action, but this was definitely a page turner. I liked the character development, and the action kept me hooked. I even found myself doing some Internet research to learn more about the area and the types of boats. Definitely a book that I would recommend to friends!
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