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Die Hard on a Freighter
on August 10, 2012
This is another hit from the author that brought us the delicious `Red Heat' and the "If Looks Could..." series. This time, it's "Die Hard" on an ocean freighter, with a lady captain as the heroine (aka Bruce Willis), with an undercover U.S. Navy Seal.
(Heroine tries to hand hero a knife)....
"You are not going over there unarmed."
He still didn't take the knife. "No, I-"
"That's an order, LC." She let go and stuck her hands under her armpits so he had no choice but to catch it.
"They've got guns, Clint. And I'm not Crocodile Dundee."
Undercover Navy hero is on the run from a ruthless gang of Chinese black ops. They are a death squad, and will do anything to recover his stolen military plans. The hero manages to stow away on a tramp freighter, captained by "Sam". Miles out at sea, the hero and heroine indulge in the physical chemistry between them. When they emerge from their hideaway, they discover the ship has been hijacked, and the 2nd Mate claiming himself to be "Captain Sam".
This is where the novel resembles the movie "Die Hard". It has lots of action where the heroine doesn't sit around waiting for rescue, but takes charge of her vessel, and the situation.
It has a WONDERFUL ending! I loved it and the ending alone, put this on my shelf as a keeper.
It made me want to grab and re-read the precursor book, "Red Heat". You don't have to read them in order, but this book was such fun, I thumbed my `keeper' shelf and retrieved "Red Heat" to brush up on all things... Clint.
The characters. I really liked the Captain, and thought her problems with trusting men were if anything understated.
Don't get me wrong, I loved the book, but there were some serious problems with the storyline.
1) Undercover US Navy Agents, behind enemy lines, on a black ops mission do NOT carry their full legitimate identification on them.
2) It's INSANE to use `Navy Budget Constraints' as the reason that the Navy left their agent to his own devices in his bid to return home, once he was safely out of the enemy land.
3) Making it in a hammock?! Seriously? Loud scoffing chuckles!
4) The SOS device on a ship automatically activates when it gets submerged. When the bad guys threw it overboard, it would have alerted the authorities.
5) How would the hero get into a board meeting of a private company without anyone knowing who he was and why he was there?
6) There is bovine-excrement (b.s.) law stated as fact. The author says that if you kill a pirate on your ship, even saving someone's life, you are guilty of murder under international law. Un-huh. Ain't so. You get boarded by pirates, plink away, shoot `em all. You'll get a medal, not a murder indictment.
7) The author mentions global warming. I guess she missed the news about it all being made up by British scientists intent on garnering environmental grant money.
8) If the Navy Seal had a chance to shoot the three bad guys, and only lose one hostage, he would have taken it. I can't see the hero surrendering to the baddies, just `cause he'd lose one man. They were going to kill all the hostages anyway, and he knew it.
Nina Bruhns is a fun suspense romance author. Her characters are fun, and heroic, and you'll find yourself tossing her well-read paperback onto your very own `re-read/keeper' shelf.