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The Aden Effect: A Connor Stark Novel Hardcover – October 15, 2012

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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. --Jeff Ayers

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The Aden Effect is great find for two main reasons: One, this is a good read, well written, fast moving, tightly plotted, intelligent and with engaging characters and plenty of action. Two: It’s the first of a series, and the second one is already in print. The author, Claude Berube, knows his material. He’s taught history at the Naval Academy, where he heads the Naval Academy Museum (if you haven’t visited the museum, you should). He’s worked for the office of Naval Intelligence and on Capitol Hill, and he has deployed to the Persian Gulf as an officer in the Navy Reserve. He also has a good imagination, and he’s a fine writer. And the book has something else that lifts it above most other thrillers: thoughtful questions about right and wrong, justice and legality, and when breaking or at least bending the rules might be the most patriotic and moral course of action. For all its action and intrigue, this is a book with depth.” ―Briar Patch Books

“[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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press (October 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612511090
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612511092
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,099,981 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By M. B. Bucher on October 16, 2012
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Just finished the book this morning, and was pretty distressed by the lack of reviews. Over all, I felt that the book was better than many no-name techno thrillers you see out there, especially those that have "Tom Clancy's ________" in the title.

Some thoughts:

(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".
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The story is exciting, and the writer's technique is clean. My only beef is the polarized characters: the good guys never make mistakes; the bad guys do nothing good; hardly anything is funny; no mystery stays unsolved. A little more imperfection would be welcome in a sequel.
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This book is a great read, a really gripping story that covers complex geopolitical intrigue in a forthright, professional manner. The author's blend of gritty realism matched to plausible, relevant story lines is refreshing, but even better is the easy, fluid writing style that make this what is sure to be only the first of many more novels from this talented new author! Falls into that all too rare category of "cancel your day's plans, you won't be able to put it down!"
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By MP on January 5, 2016
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BZ to the US Naval Institute for publishing another great Navy tome.
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
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An absorbing read I highly recommend - tightly plotted, exciting and clearly written by someone with a wealth of naval experience and full command of military history and the English language. Some of the plot points are frighteningly prescient considering recent events. Connor Stark is a hero for the ages and I look forward to many more books by this author.
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This is a great read. The authors background including a degree in history, work with the Office of Naval Intelligence, his work on Capitol Hill and his teaching experience at the US Naval Academy where he has taught courses about terrorism, naval intelligence and maritime security give him the real background to create an exciting story that builds with momentum to a climactic ending. Then you're ready for the next time somebody calls on the hero to serve. Connor Stark is destined to be one of the great fictional heroes in the tradition of Jack Bauer, Jack Reacher and Mitch Rapp. For those who enjoy the twists and turns of the war on terrorism, piracy and the secret dealings of the US government at the highest level, you will love this great novel. Bob L. in Manlius.
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Claude Berube does a masterful job of keeping the reader glued to the page (or screen) in the Aden Effect. I was quite amazed that his book almost reads like a true report rather than a fictional story of today's current affairs.

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.
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Just finished reading The Aden Effect. I thought the author did a great job of integrating military terms without losing a lay reader like myself. In the beginning I was concerned I was going to have a hard time following the characters and their positions. The protagonist, although the main character, doesn't overpower the storyline! The book is a bit graphic, but I found it a necessary part of the book to help the reader understand the mentality of terrorists. I thought it also did a good job of illustrating the difference between people of the Muslim faith and people who use their prophet as an excuse to murder innocent people in his name!
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!
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