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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Vanguard Press; 1 edition (May 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593156472
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593156473
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 6.3 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #754,700 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“The high-action thriller lives on. Here is a rare tale that’s not only ripped-from-the-headlines timely, but also so elegantly structured as to evoke comparisons with masters like Vince Flynn, Steve Berry, and James Rollins. An instant, surefire classic that is not to be missed.”
—Jon Land, bestselling author of Strong Justice

“Readers will cheer as Mack and his team solve the vexing problem of Somali pirates.”
Publisher’s Weekly
 

About the Author

Patrick Robinson is the coauthor of the recent New York Times #1 nonfiction bestseller Lone Survivor. He is also the author of seven international bestselling suspense thrillers, including Intercept, Diamondhead, To the Death, Nimitz Class, and Hunter Killer, as well as several nonfiction bestsellers. He lives in Ireland and spends his summers in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

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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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51 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Robert Abidor on May 5, 2011
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It seems as if the Somalian pirates are the 2011 evil-doers of choice. Almost simultaneously, Patrick Robinson and Wilbur Smith have hit us with similar tales of revenge against pirate deeds. Sadly, both books are far from their authors best efforts. Focusing on The Delta Solution, Patrick Robinson has provided us with a very uneven book. He spends 80% of the book working on multiple pirate attacks and some SEAL training stories. Then, almost as if an afterthought, he concludes with a fairly simplistic attack first on a seized ship and then on the pirate's headquarters. The attack is carried out with routine precision and without any excitement or threat of failure. Perhaps as more details of the SEAL attack on Osama bin Laden come out, we will find out the pitfalls of real attacks. Sadly, Robinson offers none in the Delta Solution.

Over the next few weeks I am sure that the hunger for tales of SEAL missions will drive some to The Delta Solution. Frankly, I would suggest you read some of Patrick Robinson's earlier works and avoid Delta.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Atherton Reader on July 23, 2011
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1) $78 million is casually thrown onto an awaiting Navy helicopter as the spoils of Commander Bedford's SEAL team's victory... author didn't try to calculate that would weigh over 171,000 pounds! Not only can NO helicopter lift that, but it would take over 15+ Blackhawks ferrying back and forth.

2) 40 SEALs march and attack a well fortified garrison full of experienced and well armed pirates. In a John Wayne frontal assault through the front gates, no SEALs are killed (albeit they undoubtedly a superior force), and grenades miraculously dislodge enemy resistance. All the while, the enemies perspective and views of the engagement are entirely missing. Like a cartoon...

3) Commander Bedford briefs the Secretary of Defense, who asks if the SEALs can do the job. As expected, Bedford responds as a strong willed soldier full of confidence, bravado, cussing language, and tough talk. The Secretary of Defense agrees and moves on. In what world does that happen?? Even if it was Rumsfeld, he would have challenged the Commander with tough questions and asked about tactics, back-up scenarios, contingencies, what ifs, etc etc.

4) A Saudi royal's super yacht is rented through an agent for... $10,000 per day!! If the author just picked up any magazine, he'd realize that its probably at least $200,000 per day... on the cheap. Total lack of effort on research.

80%+ of this book setting up the storyline and builds up to the attack by the SEALs. Then, the simplistic attack is finished off without any suspense, unexpected twists / turns, and ends with a victory before you realize its over.

If this were the author's first book that he proposed to his publisher, one could only imagine what profession he'd be in today. This is a terrible case of the author coasting on his prior work and brand name.

DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK!!!!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Bob in San Francisco on June 16, 2011
Format: Hardcover
As a fairly loyal Robinson fan, I picked up this book, his newest. All I can say is, it is in no way up to his previous standards. The writing is hackneyed, full of cliches (their "long" flight across the "burning desert" (4 hours is long?...), absolutely full of factual goofs that Patrick Robinson, of all people, should have known better. My favorite -- a single page that had both the SEALS packing for battle with "dynamite" (instead of C4) and a cruise ship that was described as 360 feet long, 50 feet wide, and drawing 176 feet! That's one odd ship...

I also got very tired of reading speeds described as "knots per hour"..c'mon, Pat!

Seriously, was this turkey ever looked at by the editors at all?

What happened here? Was there a ghost writer we should know about? Clearly there were no editors.
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Texas Reader on April 26, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I LOVE Patrick Robinson books, but I was disappointed in this one. It's very slow. I'm half way through the book and the SEALS are still training in CA and Pirates are hijacking boats in Somalia. I flipped forward and it looks like the SEALS go into action in the last 30 or so pages. I don't know if I'll make it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Osloweasel on July 2, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Seing as Somali pirates are in vogue and in the news picture it should be an easy job to write a entertaining, action filled and suspense full yarn.

Unfortunately this is not it, the characters are flat, the book is slow paced and not engaging at all as well as being extremely predictable. Three quarters of the book is spent building up the pirates as bad bad peole who needs to be punished, the EU and ALL other countries remotely involved in merchant shipping as socialist liberal weak willed loosers (and with kicks to the current administration as well) and Mack and his team as the all american, all universal solution to every whoe that has ever beset America. Most of the remainder is spent getting all the pieces positioned for the final showdown (sic) and then you have 20 pages of lack luster predictable action.

In addition the author makes mistakes on the technical and equipment side (last time i saw one the P-3Cs had four rather large propellers and not jets) of elemental nature which detracts from his authority in telling the story he is trying to tell.

i would give this one a pass and look elsewere if you would like an entertaining read.
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