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53 of 57 people found the following review helpful
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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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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on July 24, 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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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on June 17, 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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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful
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
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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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
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Mohammed "the Godfather of the Dark Continent" Salat provides the funding and orders to the Somali Marines. This group of pirates is extremely well trained and equipped to achieve their mission of capturing tankers and cargo ships off the Somali coast.

Salat sends his brigands to capture the American freighter Niagara Falls whose $100 million dollar cargo belongs to the United States Agency for Internationals Development. Refusing to pay the $10 million dollar ransom demands, the American government assigns Commander Mackenzie "Mack" Bedford to lead a newly activated SEALs team Delta Platoon. Their current mission is to mount sea rescues and end the Somali Marines' piracy by assaulting their headquarters in Haradheere, Somalia.

The keys to this timely engaging thriller are that the SEALs receive focused training and the Somali Marines are a very capable organized unit. Once the cast is set and the team ready to invade, The Delta Solution goes into hyperspeed as Mack and his elite team assault the impenetrable base of the Somali marines knowing the likelihood that many SEALs will not come home even in body bags and the collateral damage is a certainty. Less action than Mack's previous adventures (see Intercept and Diamondhead), The Delta Solution is a more complete thriller as the audience observes two highly trained and effective units prepare for a showdown in the Indian Ocean.

Harriet Klausner
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on July 2, 2011
Format: Hardcover
First let me say I am a great fan of Patrick Robinson but he is just filling pages in this one. I am more than halfway through the book and the author is still telling me how difficult training is and how tough Mac is. I am close to just putting it away and finding something else.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on June 19, 2011
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This is the third book in the Mack Bedford series. This time around, our hero, Mack Bedford, finds himself in charge of an elite group of Navy Seals that specialize in taking back ships, hijacked by Somali pirates.

The plot takes a long time to unfold but I really enjoyed the background story about the pirates themselves. In fact, I almost came to like the pirates as much as the Seals. The final confrontation between the Seals and pirates took so long to build up, that I started to become resentful towards the author. Fortunately, the details given to the Seals training, firearms and focus on current events, keeps the book interesting for die hard spec ops readers.

The true downfall in this book comes from the author's personal political opinions. Most good writers of this genre, keep their political opinions very neutral, as it should be. Readers purchase these books for the entertaining adventures of elite warriors. Robinson's hatred of leftist politics and politicians is very flagrant and almost over whelming. It made me start to dislike some of the characters in the book. It's very unprofessional and possibly an indication of Robinson's insecurities. After all, Vince Flynn has written some very successful novels and he never resorts to bashing political parties or beliefs.

It's a shame the Robinson could not keep his opinions to himself as his writing abilities are not good enough to cause readers to overlook this offensive self expression. Clancy, Forsythe and Flynn may be able to get away with it but Robinson is not even close to being in the same league.

I like his characters and his writing is getting better. However, if he continues expressing his political opinions in future books, I'm afraid that he'll start to lose some loyal readers.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on June 7, 2011
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It has been a long time since I read a book with less practical merit or entertainment value than Patrick Robinson's Delta Solution. I have read Patrick Robinson books before, and all are pretty shallow "military thriller" reads with dubious attempts to represent anything close to a representative view of actual military strategy, tactics, or equipment. But on the other hand, some were at least good stories with a reasonable attempt at character development and plot. This novel reads like Patrick needed some money - so he took a front page premise of pirates and Somalia, married it to "US Strikes Back" nationalism and started drooling out words on a page. By the time I was half way through the book, I was shaking my head and just wanting it to end vs. engaged and interested. The book is just wrong on so many dimensions.... First, how he describes Seal training and tactics - you get a more accurate picture watching GI Jane. Second the process by which our national security organizations make decisions - both the tactical approach, and the political considerations - are so contrived as to be silly. Third, the gratuitous slap at European countries and the EU (having nothing whatsoever to do with the plot), including the UK - I can only assume to get an "attaboy" from some ignorant elements readers fan club. Not to say I am a fan of many leftish EU policies - but this had nothing to do with the story! And lastly the absolutely unbelievable and unnecessary plot element of having parents of the Commander of Seals coincidently onboard a pirated vessel targeted for rescue - what? Really? Gee - why didn't I think of that creative gambit? How thayt must have motivated the Seal's to do "seal stuff" even better! What makes it all worse is that having introduced so many weird and unbelievable elements, he then makes no attempt to make them meaningful in the plot. They just hang there without value - and die with the story line in a slow and lingering death.
When I look the masters of this genre - including Clancy, Griffin and others, I have to believe they would be embarrassed to have this book on a shelf beside something they had written. From a value for money perspective, I am personally embarrassed that I spent good money on this book. The only value I hope to get from this purchase is taking it on my next camping trip and using the pages to start camp fires.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on May 25, 2011
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I started this book with high hopes but it let me down almost at once. Slow, plodding story line with periods of rambling discourse that had no reason to be in the story other than to fill space. The dialog was not believable to someone who is a retired Vet, or anyone for that matter who has a sense for the way military professionals talk. All the real action was in the last 25 pages of the book and it ended fast, almost like the Author was tired of writing. This is the first book I have read by this Author and will more than likely be the last. I guess I was spoiled by Clancy.
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