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The Aden Effect: A Connor Stark Novel Hardcover – October 15, 2012
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“[Berube] provides exciting, plausible action―enough to make you hold your breath and squeeze the pages until they’re wet with perspiration.” ―Publishers Weekly
“Over the course of twenty-two days, Berube takes readers on a cyclonic rollercoaster ride with hair-raising serpentine twists and turns that will make the reader’s skin crawl at the all-too-real possibility of an international conspiracy that reaches to the highest levels of government. His experience working in the Office of Naval Intelligence and being deployed to the Persian Gulf shine through, while his masterful storytelling takes you to distant shores and places you right in the midst of riveting action. The Aden Effect is a compelling and disturbing thriller that readers will long remember.” ― Pirates and Privateers
"…this is not just a book for those who like military fiction; plot and characters are WELL-EXECUTED in The Aden Effect, making this an ENGAGING THRILLER for any reader.” ― Mystery Scene Magazine
“Berube’s first thriller utilizes knowledge gained from working for the Office of Naval Intelligence, and the result is an exciting read. C. J. Sumner is the U.S. ambassador to Yemen. Needing help dealing with pirates off the coast and negotiating access to oilfields, C. J. recruits Connor Stark, a former naval officer turned mercenary, who reluctantly accepts the job. Meanwhile, security agent Damien Golzari, investigating the death of a diplomat’s son, turns up in Yemen, where he and Stark soon realize they are going to have to work together. The trail they follow leads right to the heart of the U.S. government. Berube keeps the heavy technical terms to a minimum, letting the engaging characters and intriguing, multifaceted story shine. Military-fiction readers will find much to enjoy here. Naval Institute Press has launched the careers of both Tom Clancy and Stephen Coonts, and they may have found another jewel in Berube.” ― Booklist
"The book takes you by the lapels and yanks you in. The story is fast-paced and moves smoothly from Scotland to Maine to the Gulf of Aden, with a bucketful of murders and reprisals in every location. The bad guys get their comeuppance, usually with quick, clean kills. And both Stark and his more thoroughly civilized colleague, security officer Damien Golzari, are believable characters who play off each other effectively, adding character depth and good humor. If modern-day high-seas adventure is your cup of tea, just add a thick twist of suspended disbelief and sip away." ― The Washington Independent Review of Books
“…An exciting contemporary thriller with many of today’s common naval challenges…a fun read. It’s edge of your seat suspense that leads from terrorist attacks ashore, to life at sea, to true to life maritime security operations, all of which are colored with an occasional glimpse of an author who has obviously been there.” ― Rotor Review
“Claude Berube has given us the toughest, brainiest and most interesting new hero since Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan. The Aden Effect is the thinking man’s military thriller.” ― Steven Pressfield, bestselling author of Gates of Fire and The Afghan Campaign
“Claude Berube brings to The Aden Effect a deep and profound knowledge of all things naval and maritime, based on years of experience in the military. The reader is in good hands with him. He has not merely researched this subject, he’s lived and taught it. ―Robert D. Kaplan, bestselling author of Monsoon: The Indian Ocean and the Future of American Naval Power and The Revenge of Geography
"Pirates, terrorists, high politics and low deals, Claude Berube deftly weaves them together drawing the reader into the violent and the unpredictable realities of the African Horn. The Aden Effect will keep you on the edge of your seat as it takes you to the edge of the modern world." ―Dr. Martin N. Murphy, author of Small Boats, Weak States, Dirty Money: Piracy and Maritime Terrorism in the Modern World and Somalia: The New Barbary? Piracy and Islam in the Horn of Africa
“Claude Berube has met spies, sailors, SEALs, soldiers of fortune, mercenaries, ambassadors and pirate-hunting naval officers in the Horn of Africa and around the world; that depth of personal knowledge comes through in this riveting tale that will keep you up nights, eagerly turning pages.” ―Richard Miniter, bestselling author of Losing Bin Laden, Shadow War and Leading From Behind
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Top Customer Reviews
(1)Although the book is described as "a Connor Stark" novel, and Stark is very obviously the protagonist, I think it would be more accurate to say that it is more of the "buddy cop" genre, with both DSS agent Golzari and Commander Stark getting equal billing. To be honest, I would rather see Berube's next novel be Golzari-centric rather than Stark centric, even though he set the stage more for either a Stark prequel(references to a incident in Canada that got Stark discharged from the USN before the novel) or sequel than Golzari novel.
(2)Claude Berube doesn't fall into the "and then a major conventional war happens" trap that so many techno-thriller authors seem to do. In fact, it's implied throughout the novel that there are serious foreign concerns for the US government and what's happening off the HOA is waaayyyy down the list of importance on the international stage. I'm glad that Berube went this route, Korean War v2.0 plots are a dime a dozen; plots that center on explicitly getting oil deals for the US? Not so much.
(3)Claude Berube doesn't utilize hamfisted infodumps in this novel(except for one instance when Stark is being sarcastic about the M-4 carbine after Golzari asks him if he'd ever used one before). I like this because, frankly, too many techno thrillers use infodumps as a way to just pad the hell out of the book because the publisher said "the book must be x number of pages long".Read more ›
From an SH-60, to a Tin Can , this book takes you for a hell of a ride.
I'm a fan of Stephen Coonts, PT Deuterman and David Poyer , if you like those Guy's you will love this book
For anyone interested in global politics and cat and mouse espionage or thrillers this is a great read. The author also has quite a knack for weaving in enough of a personal storyline and plot that the book does not fall into the usual trap of becoming a military strategic review report.
I would recommend it to folks even if they are not naval buffs as the book reads like a better version of a james bond or tom clancy mystery with enough detail on current affairs at the same time keeping the reader guessing about who is the good guy versus the bad guy in the story as the plot unfolds.
A must read. I give it the proverbial 5 stars!! I cant wait for the movie or at least more books with Connor Stark as the main lead.
Overall, I found the book well written and interesting with a well thought out storyline. It is obvious the author has intimate knowledge of naval and diplomatic matters, and uses his knowledge to enhance the readers understanding of these topics while keeping the story entertaining! Can't wait to read the sequel! Hopefully there will be many more to come!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great read. Bought the second one. Reminds me of Tom Clancy and Jack Ryan....without the 800plus pages.Published 3 months ago by david hoopengardner
I picked up this book with great expectations--and was not disappointed. Mr. Berube ranks among the best in this genre. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Dr. Maturin
This is a very good read with perfect pacing. The characters develop over time and are not your cookie cutter, one-dimensional, techno-thriller action heroes. Read morePublished 5 months ago by T Angers
There is strong character and plot development, that keeps you involved andcurious about where this book is taking you. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Dan Faircloth
I really enjoyed this book. It went by fast, but that is probably because I could not stop reading. The subject felt much more real than most other military fiction I have read.Published 5 months ago by E. Boggs
Outstanding Naval intrigue novel, reads like today's headlines. Anyone who has served in the mid east will enjoy this book.
Keep em coming Claude!