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The Delta Decision Hardcover – January, 1981


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 393 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday; No Edition Stated edition (January 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385136048
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385136044
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,183,594 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Wilbur Smith was born in Central Africa in 1933. He was educated at Michaelhouse and Rhodes University. After the successful publication of WHEN THE LION FEEDS in 1964 he became a full-time writer, and has since written 30 novels, all meticulously researched on his numerous expeditions worldwide. His books have been translated into twenty-six different languages

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I just read this book in the year 2000.
Flippers
Its one of the best thrillers I have ever read and was the first one for me by Wilbur Smith.
Jeremy
It turned me into a big Wilber Smith fan but this was his best.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By JDSALES@aol.com on December 19, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Read the book when it first came out. It was one of those thrillers that grabs you on page one and never lets go. I've recommended it to friends for over 10 years but recently have not been able to find it in book stores. It turned me into a big Wilber Smith fan but this was his best. The intrigue and excitment of his plot has stayed with me for over 15 years and it's one of the few books I could read again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lars Ericson on January 27, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The hero works as a soldier for a global counter-terrorism hostage-rescue unit. In the course of the novel, he kills several hostage-takers and in retribution, his daughter is taken hostage.

The hostage situations are thought to be the handiwork of a Carlos the Jackal-like terrorist mastermind who has pefect information and seeks to control world events.

It turns out (spoiler) that the head of the counter-terrorism organization is planning all of the terrorist incidents that the organization defends against.

The hero kills the evil organization head and then is offered, and accepts, the job of the man he kills, assuming (without authorial irony), that he will do a better job and that in consequence the organization will no longer be ill-conceived.

Along the way to this illogical conclusion, many glasses of pink champagne are consumed in floridly described locations like English castles, Swiss ski resorts and Tahitian hideaways, and the physiques of many adolescent women are appreciated. Strong-willed thin adult brunettes with small breasts and large nipples are also praised and coveted in detail. Violence towards the hero's daughter is described in detail, and a long, bruising brawl between the hero and his girlfriend consumes several pages.

If you don't gag on the prose, the pacing is good, and the action and detailed travelogue are good. The author's politics burn through the page at various moments, such as when one of his characters laments the declining support of the neutron bomb and the trouble with striking coalminers. If you can get past that, it's actually a pretty good read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mercury 6 on December 1, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
First picked this up years ago based on a comparison to Ludlum. Actually found it better than most Ludlum books. Fantastic writing, plot twists that are truly suprising and great action!
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By Harvey Griffin on August 22, 2013
Format: Paperback
When I first read HUNGRY AS THE SEA by Wilbur Smith I loved it so much I went down to my local used bookstore and bought everything they had by Wilbur Smith, a stack of 7 or 9 books, as I remember. This one, THE DELTA DECISION, was the only one that really worked for me as entertainment. It is better known on GoodReads as WILD JUSTICE, the title in the UK, and the story was made into a Roy Scheider movie.

Smith writes a lot of period piece novels, none of which I was able to "get into." His novel GOLD MINE, I sort of searched for years ago in bookstores, ordered once, but it never arrived: it was made into my favorite Roger Moore movie: GOLD. Reminds me to get on Amazon and search for it!

THE DELTA DECISION is a good action read, in the Alistair Maclean style of tough guy action novels, but I like the way Smith puts words together better; for me, Smith is very easy to read. There is also a bit of fun romance in the midst of fighting terror and hunting a super bad guy.

@hg47
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
How can you find a better read than with Wilber Smith, i love this guys books, captivates you like no other.
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Flippers on October 15, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book is proof that Wilbur Smith is a gifted writer. Like several of his other books, he came up with a whole new set of characters and wrote about issues and geopolitics outside of his native Africa. I just read this book in the year 2000. This book was written a long time ago but still feels like it could happen today. As much as things change, they stay the same. I hope Wilbur gives us another gem soon. I couldn't put this one down.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 24, 1996
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I am a big Wilbur Smith fan.
This book and the other 20+ books that Wilbur Smith has written are incredible. I have a website dedicated to Smith at [...] If you are a big fan also please visit, and make sure you e-mail me. Use capital A's in the web address please
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