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The Devil's Waters (A USAF Pararescue Thriller Book 1) by [Robbins, David L.]
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  • File Size: 1543 KB
  • Print Length: 409 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (November 13, 2012)
  • Publication Date: November 13, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008J2KTVQ
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I was a PJ for thirteen years, and I enjoyed this book as an action thriller. My one gripe is that the book shows very little of the life saving skills we worked so hard for. Can we kill? Yes, but anybody can take a life. There is nothing special or unique about ending a life. In Somalia and other places around the world children are programmed (for lack of a better word)to kill. Saving a life is a much more difficult task, and I'm not ashamed to say that we PJs are the best at saving lives in combat and many times during peace time. I hope Mr. Robbins uses his next book as an opportunity to incorporate a PJs life saving skills and the lengths to which we will go to save a life. PJs have parachuted into the middle of a mine field to get another brother in arms to hospital knowing his chances were very slim due to blood loss. This is just one example of thousands of missions PJs endure. Please don't just talk about the bravery and killing skills, but the ingenuity of their rescuing skills. Who HALO jumps with "the jaws of life" strapped to their backs? PJs do, that's who.
I still really enjoyed this book, and hope civilians get a tiny glimpse of what PJs do. Let the SEALS get the glory and count news paper articles. We count lives saved.
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I personally have one bias concerning books like this. I grew up in the military and if you count that along with my adult career, I have spent 58 years at various bases around the world - air force, navy and army. I have a huge appreciation for what the military does and an annoyance that civilians do not know the full extent of the service and hardships of these men and women and their families; although it has been much improved in the last few years.
So with that... I look at books like `the Devil's Waters' as serving a purpose more than entertainment - they help to educate. I am always happy to see a glossary of acronyms included,(for the civilian population) although it would be better in the front of the book.

The storyline concerns a ship carrying a mysterious cargo, hijacked by Somali pirates. This also gives some revelations about the world of these pirates. One excellent factor regarding the plot, is that it concerns a different type of weapon, an unusual secret and unique political dealings than in most other novels of this type and of course a military unit that most have no idea that it exists.
At times the pace is slow, especially for a military action style book. It takes 70 pages to get from the time of take off of a rescue unit to the landing zone - a 2 ½ hour flight. Then over a 100 pages are written regarding the fight to capture the ship, a 60 minute time period. Some of the structuring of the chapters can be confusing too. For example, chapter 47 ends, then 48 picks up at the end of chapter 46, so you have one scene completed and then the storyline returns to the beginning of the scene before.

The plot ends with an excellent explanation of why the government has given the orders it did and why the team was sent out on this mission.
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The mark of a good thriller is whether it keeps me engaged and turning pages. THE DEVIL'S WATERS did exactly that. It gets five stars.

David L. Robbins has taken his considerable skills as a novelist and shifted them from dramas set primarily against WWII (e.g., WAR OF THE RATS, THE END OF WAR, LAST CITADEL) and moved them to a 21st century backdrop.

THE DEVIL'S WATERS is an imaginative adventure involving Air Force Pararescue Jumpers (PJs) and Somali pirates. It's high adventure with undertones of the War Against Terror and the old Cold War. The PJs, whose job is to save people, become reluctant combatants in an effort to retake a pirated container ship in the Gulf of Aden.

The ship, as we learn, harbors a warren of secrets; secrets so deep that the U.S. government is willing to destroy the vessel, PJs and all, unless the PJs can secure it.

The novel is a tale written from the viewpoints of a couple of the PJs and a Somali pirate. Thus, although I never found myself rooting for the Somali raiders, I certainly understood their motivation. Robbins fleshes them out quite nicely.

I suppose one could snipe about wanting a little more character development for the key PJs or about the (perhaps) over-the-top ending, but I won't quibble about those. As I said in the first paragraph, THE DEVIL'S WATERS is an engaging page turner.

If you're a fan of military thrillers chocked with suspense and action, I highly recommend THE DEVIL'S WATERS.
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The Gulf of Aden is filled with action and intrigue when a member of a team of pararescue jumpers finds himself in hot water.

The PJs, also known as the Guardian Angels, know there's no such thing as a milk run, but they still let their guard down when they get a distress call from a container ship. There's been an accident, and two crewmen on the ship sustained serious injury. Even though PJs don't work alone, Sergeant LB DiNardo decides to stay alone on the ship when he sees just how bad their injuries are. Shortly thereafter, the ship is attacked and taken by pirates.

Yusuf Raage became a pirate by default, but the business has been good to him. He's ready to retire, but when an Arab sheik makes him an offer he can't refuse, he gets a band together to take one more ship. He and his brother-in-arms, Suleiman, have misgivings, but they're afraid for the safety of their village, so they attack the ship anyway.

The ship is carrying super-secret cargo that absolutely cannot fall into the wrong hands, and the United States is determined to either take the ship back, or sink it in deep water far from prying eyes. They send a small team of PJs to retake it and keep the cargo secret, and they've got a tight timeline. If they fail, they'll be blown up with the ship.

This book wins major points for showing the points of view of both the pirates and the American rescuers. The action scenes were very well written, evocative and filled with detail. The biggest issue I had with this book was predictability. Everything that happened was heralded by an explanation first, so there was no page-turning suspense. Either the bad or good guys would announce what they needed to do, and the next few chapters would consist of them following through with it.
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