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Acts of Vengeance by [Gandt, Robert]
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"Gandt has a way with words that will send the reader soaring." -- News Chief

"Gandt understands not only airplanes but the people who fly them." -- Air & Space magazine

"Gandt's combat scenes are excellent." -- Dale Brown, bestselling author, Flight of the Old Dog

"Reading a Gandt flying tale is the next best thing to being in the cockpit. This guy is good." -- Stephen Coonts, bestselling author, Flight of the Intruder

"Robert Gandt is a former Pan Am pilot who also happens to have the pen of a poet." -- Christian Science Monitor

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Former Navy pilot brings back his fighter pilot hero, Brick Maxwell, and the crew of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan -- for the biggest challenge of their careers...

Product Details

  • File Size: 571 KB
  • Print Length: 372 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0451207181
  • Publication Date: March 17, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004T4X44M
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By Rennie Petersen on January 4, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
"Acts of Vengeance" is the second book in Robert Gandt's "Brick Maxwell" series of novels, and the best one of the three that I've read so far. There's lots of really great combat action, lots of excitement, and a plot that provides quite a bit of suspense.

The action takes place in and around Yemen in the Middle East, where Brick Maxwell is commanding a squadron of F/A-18 Hornets flying off the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan. In addition to the usual conflicts between the American forces and some local "bad guys" there are also some serious conflicts between various American interests. In other words, some of the "good guys" are causing just as many problems as the "bad guys".

Combat scenes are taking place in the air, on the ground, and at sea. There are some great dogfights between the American F/A-18 Hornets and F-14 Tomcats on one side and some Russian-built MiG-29 Fulcrums on the other side. Meanwhile, a Marine Expeditionary Unit has been ambushed on the ground and is fighting for its life against a much larger number of attackers. And last but not least, out in the Gulf of Aden a Russian-built Kilo class submarine is silently stalking the USS Ronald Reagan, getting ready to fire four torpedoes at point-blank range!

The description of how the submarine slowly closes in on the unsuspecting USS Ronald Reagan provides some of the best suspense I've experienced in a military combat novel in a long time. And Robert Gandt's descriptions of all of the various kinds of combat ring true, making it all the more exciting.

On the other hand, the plot is pretty unrealistic for several reasons, and this detracts from the enjoyment of the story.
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By A Customer on October 18, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
ACTS OF VENGEANCE is the second in the high-voltage military adventure series from ex-Navy fighter pilot Robert Gandt. His scenes of action aboard the warship, USS Ronald Reagan, take you right onto the flight deck and into the cockpit of the new F/A-18 Super Hornet. Without giving the surprise ending away, let it be said that the intricately woven plot and superb charaterization of this story will hook the reader and keep him hooked until the nerve-shattering end. Be sure to read the prequel, WITH HOSTILE INTENT, to get the full story on how ex-asronaut and now squadron skipper Brick Maxwell fought his way to the best job in naval aviation.
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Having thoroughly enjoyed the exciting drama of Gandt's first novel, With Hostile Intent, I eagerly anticipated this action-packed sequel to Commander Brick Maxwell's daring exploits over the No-Fly Zone of Iraq.
In Acts of Vengeance, Gandt takes the reader into the god-forsaken Gulf of Aden where evil terrorist forces conspire to commit widespread death and destruction within the venerable U.S.S. Ronald Reagan Battle Group. When Colonel Jamal Al-Fasr reappears to wreak mayhem upon the unsuspecting peace-keeping naval forces, Maxwell and his band of F/A Super Hornets vow to engage and destroy the enemy deep within the bowels of Yemen.
Once again, Gandt has woven an explosive tale that is sure to stir the very heart of every American who continues to seethe with fresh remembrance of the unspeakable horrors of the recent attack by Mid-Eastern terrorists upon our beloved homeland.
With a lifetime of love for adventure and all things aviation, the writer has skillfully crafted a most engaging novel which I enjoyed immensely.
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Robert Gandt has found another niche he can claim as his own: writing military thrillers. He has used what he knows with what he imagines in a superb combination of reality and art. Without burdening his text with technical descriptions, he carries his readers into the world of the military as naturally as if they were an invisible fly on his collar button. And in the air battle scenes, he succeeds in making readers feel they are experiencing virtual reality. You forget you're the reader and become the pilot. You feel the G forces, the rushing ground, the hair-raising near misses...you hear the mighty jet engines swooping and swooning...you see the target in your cross hairs and smell death. You feel your heart beating, your hands sweating inside your gloves, and you feel steely cool focused only on your target.
Aside from his amazing ability to put you inside the story is the story itself--a story that may be closer to the truth than we care to imagine in the days of war coming to Iraq. He portrays a cunning and skillful enemy you can understand and have to respect. Treachery, no matter who suffers as a result of it, is cause for vengeance, right or wrong, and we see forces equally motivated to devine that justice, which makes the outcome even more dramatic in its deliverance.
What's even more admirable is his portrayal of women challenging a man's world: a war correspondent and a F-18 pilot. They do their jobs becuse they love doing them, not because they want to be distinct from the pack. And both women can't have their man. Even this rivalry is worked out the way real women would resolve it.
Bob Gandt soars to the top of my favorite military novelists, and I hope to see Brick Maxwell and his Roadrunners along with broadcaster Claire Phillips on the USS Ronald Reagon in a TV series soon.
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