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Diamondhead Mass Market Paperback – May 4, 2010
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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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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This is one of the worst combat/suspense books I have ever read. The only one that comes close is the next in this pathetic series," Intercept". Read morePublished 7 months ago by chuckd
Stunning book What a tale. Patrick has a keen brain for a good story. The seal Commander had qualities that were highly transferable and demonstrated amazing planning capability. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
The story line was good, however the bottom line is murder for hire (even though the guy deserved it for his outside actions) two US citizens ploted his murder so a factory could... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Bernard
Recommended for those who like action, but may not be able to complete the whole book at once.
Very good addition to the Mack Bedford series, fast paced, excellent character development, and those crafty French.Published 15 months ago by DANA W. VAN VALIN