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Near the start of this straightforward action thriller from bestseller Robinson (Ghost Force), insurgents fire internationally banned Diamondhead missiles at a tank convoy in central Iraq led by Navy SEAL Lt. Cdr. Mackenzie Bedford, incinerating a number of Mack's men in their tanks. In retaliation, Mack guns down the dozen Arabs who fired the missiles as they attempt a fake surrender, for which he's drummed out of the navy. Back home, Mack's son, Tommy, is suffering from a rare disease that can only be cured by an operation costing $1 million. Mack agrees to help assassinate right-wing politician Henri Foche, a major shareholder in the French manufacturer of the Diamondhead, to earn that $1 million. Foche, who's running for the presidency of France, promises policies that will ruin the shipbuilding livelihood of Mack's Maine community if he wins the election. Despite the opposition, Mack marches implacably and sometimes implausibly on to his foregone triumph. (May)
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Navy SEAL Commander Mack Bedford watches in horror as a rogue missile (code named Diamondhead) takes out his team. After the attack, Bedford makes a decision that will jeopardize his career. The resulting court-martial and the terminal illness of his young son force him to take bold action. Robinson has created a likable lead character, but the story forces unlikely motivations on him, and the narrative is somewhat stilted. Still, Robinson has a loyal fan base of military-thriller devotees, and they will be eager for anything new. Only for the hard-core. --Jeff Ayers --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Vanguard Press (May 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593155786
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593155780
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.3 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #657,951 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This was a surprisingly weak offering from an author I have really enjoyed reading. At times the dialogue was stilted and unbelievable. I was groaning barely a third into the book. For example, the hero just returns from a recon trip and, over dinner with his wife, asks if their ill son was going to die. And what kind of a hero, Seal or not, rationalizes killing a head of state so that his employer's business will survive? Please! There was a big buildup to the climax, but it just fizzled. I honestly wondered whether Robinson let a family member or friend take a shot here.
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I have read my share of poorly written books before but this reads as if an eighth-grader wrote it. The subject matter may be great, but the style turned me off immediately. I couldn't finish it because the style was so distracting.
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In Central Iraq, insurgents fire internationally outlawed Diamondhead missiles at an American tank convoy. Several men die in their fried tanks. Outraged Navy SEAL Lieutenant Commander Mackenzie Bedford rejects the surrender of the dozen or so culprits who killed his men; instead he executes the unarmed enemy.

Following a court martial in San Diego, the navy discharges Mack, but does not pursue homicide charges. In Dartford, Maine, his wife Anne informs Mack that their ailing son Tommy is dying from a rare disease similar to leukemia that will cost at least one million dollars for the experimental full bone marrow operation, which is the only chance to save his life. To help pay the tab, Mack accepts a commission from the local shipbuilder Remson to assassinate right-wing French politician Henri Foche who is running for President of France; Mac has an added incentive in killing Foche; a major stockholder in the company that develops the banned Diamondhead missile.

Over the top of Mt. Katahdin, DIAMONDHEAD is a fabulous action-packed thriller from it opening sequence in Iraq to the military trial in San Diego to coming home in Maine and finally to France. Mack is terrific as an obstinate hero with a mission that takes him on a linear path while not allowing any adversary to get in his way. Ignore the plausibility as this is a fun tale of a dad on a quest to save his son.

Harriet Klausner
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Wow. This book was bad (and I don't mean baaaaad, but bad)! I'd warn you of of spoilers, but read Amazon's description and you can figure out what happens. And that's only part of the problem. There are many more:

Author Patrick Robinson obviously has great respect for Navy SEALS and has done a lot of research about them. But protagonist Mack Bedford's abilities are so overblown and cartoonish, it's hard to take him seriously. He's pretty much described as Superman without the cape. He's bigger, badder, stronger, faster, more ruthless than...well, anyone. Absurd. And just because Bedford was a commander in the special forces, doesn't mean he can single-handedly devise what ends up being a totally foolproof plan to take out a heavily protected person, complete with multiple disguises, superhuman feats, and horrendously unbelievable coincidences.

For what is such an obvious plot line and result, it takes a helluva long time to get there. This is in part because of all the wasteful description of food preparation and news stories Robinson litters the story with. As to the latter, the reader is treated to two rather long reporter investigations into the crime. Problem is, we already know everything the reporter's uncovering, so there's absolutely no reason for it to be there. Robinson's portrayal of how the story is covered around the world is ridiculous too. Sure, the US media would cover it, but it wouldn't be wall-to-wall as he describes it.

The audio version suffers from typical melodramatic male narration (which seems to be typical of audio books). Here, Charles Leggett delivers mundane sentences like he's amped up with adrenalin. To his credit, however, he does a slew of accents quite well.

Diamondhead is awful. Don't read--or listen--to it.
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This novel has so many holes in it, I almost don't know where to start. I wonder if the author bothered to do any research at all.

I won't go into a synopsis here as other reviewers have done so, but it is a standard thriller and could have worked. Instead, I was thrown off by right-wings rants (like CNN being too busy trying to criticize a Republican president to catch onto a huge breaking story--really, does that add anything to the plot?) and numerous, numerous, numerous factual errors.

The author is highly enamored of the US Navy SEALS. Fair enough. But he can't even get their school correct. It is "BUD/S," not "BUDs." He has all SEALS, SAS, and French Foreign Legion Paratroopers being super-human hand-to-hand killers, able to take out bodyguards without breathing hard, able to outshoot anyone, and leap tall buildings in a single bound. It just isn't true. While SEALS are highly trained and generally in superb physical condition, they just aren't trained that way.

In this story, SEALS might as well be the only troops in Iraq with the Army, barely mentioned, being in a supporting role. He even calls the SEALS the heavy hitters of the effort, something far from the truth. Somehow, in his Iraq, SEALS get transported by tanks for secret missions, despite the fact that tanks cannot carry passengers, nor are they very stealthy.

And in a mission, after two SEALS-carrying tanks get hit, the protagonist just happens to see the front runner for the French presidency hobnobbing with the insurgents and actually viewing the damage done by the missiles his company makes (how no one in France notices that he is in Iraq is rather curious.) Yet when the insurgents set up for another shot, he idly stand by while two more tanks are taken out.
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