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Pirate Alley (Tommy Carmellini #5)

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A luxurious vacation cruise to the exotic locales of the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden turns into a nightmare for passengers and crew when their ship is suddenly attacked and captured by a band of bloodthirsty Somali pirates. An initial rescue mission ends in failure; the decks are covered in blood. Unless they are paid a ransom of $200 million dollars within seven days, th ...more
Hardcover, 310 pages
Published May 7th 2013 by St. Martin's Press
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A British cruise ship Sultan of the Seas, with 500 passengers and 350 crewmembers, is captured by Somali pirates and held for a ransom of $200,000,000. Following a gross initial miscalculation on how to handle the situation by dithering politicians while Sultan is still underway, she is towed to the pirates lair at Eyl, Somalia. Cooler heads prevail in Washington when the next steps are decided and retired U.S. Navy Admiral Jake Grafton, now a high-level employee of the CIA, accepts the offered ...more
I received this book today from a Goodreads First Read giveaway and began reading it immediately. Aside from the free copy of the advance readers' edition of the book, I have received no compensation for this review. Unfortunately for most of you, the book will not be mass published until May 2013.

The book is fast-paced with sufficient character introductions flowing with the storyline as to allow someone such as myself who had not read any others in the series to understand the motivations behi
Georgie Wiebe
Thanks to goodreads and the author I won this first-reads book.

This book was full of non-stop action and a look into how the military would operate under a hostage situation. The author did a great job vividly describing the many characters and scenes throughout this book. This was definitely a page turner and hard to put down. I enjoyed the story and how this could be something that could happen, even though it’s unlikely, but we do have modern day pirates still. I would actually like to see t
An absolute "can't put down"! If you enjoy reading a story about Somali pirates, military operations that demonstrate intelligence, planning and operations beyond what a civilian force or politicians could ever imagine (or ever make happen), and suspense that keeps you on the edge of your seat... THIS is the book for you to read! Stephen Coonts comes through once again with characters, Jake Grafton and Tommy Carmellini, in one of his best. Can't wait for his next story to hit the presses.
Linda Vanderbloom
Terrific book. This is a story of Somalian pirates, Navy Seals, CIA, international government interaction (or lack of). It begins with the hijacking of a cruise ship by Somalian pirates and is about what happens to them and efforts to rescue them. Do they attempt a rescue or do they pay the ransom? It is disturbing and probably realistic to glimpse the process to get approval from bureaucrats for any kind of military action. The writing was so well done that the reader can get a true mental pict ...more
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The action starts right on the 2d page and get better as you go. The flow is great and the reading is soft with intense moments. Blowing the pirates out of the water was not allowed. My son, ex navy chief, said he had the pirates on sight with the 50 mm rifle but was not allowed to shoot unless they opened fire first. Anyway, back to the book, the characters were well displayed. You can imagine the Captain with clean white uniform getting all dirty. Also you can picture High Noon all dirty with ...more
Interesting subject matter and a pretty good plot. The novel can get a little plodding and dull at times, however. Also, every character is a walking caricature: the British naval officers all use "bloody" in favor of any other adjective; in fact, none of them can finish a sentence without adding the word "bloody." Coonts also loves double negatives in his sentences, which makes for confusing reading. And, of course, all of the political types in the novel are nothing but weak-kneed good-for-not ...more
Gregory Randall
Stephen Coonts has over the course his more than dozen quasi-military thrillers, developed two very strong characters, Tommy (the smart ass) Carmellini and Admiral Jake Grafton. These are solid and interesting men who Mr. Coonts uses very well in establishing a base that is not just story driven but character driven as well. The story in not a new one, Somali pirates hijack a cruise ship and hold it for ransom. Can they be saved? Will the ice cream on board freeze, will Islamic terrorists take o ...more
Jonathan Tomes
I have never had the slightest interest in going on a cruise. I went on a tour once and didn’t like the regimen under which I had to go wherever the tour was set to go. So being on a cruise ship seemed worse. And I could be all wet, no pun intended. Cruise ships could be the best thing since sliced tuna (trying to keep the nautical motif). But after reading the new Stephen Coonts thriller, Pirate Alley, going on a cruise, particularly in the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden, seems like a non-starter ...more
February 5th 2013 I received Stephen Coonts newest book "Pirate Alley", published by St. Martin's Press, as a prize giveaway on this website goodreads. Now that the disclaimer is done I can honestly say that for my first Stephen Coonts book it read well.
Taking place in the Red Sea off the African coast a cruise ship with over 850 passengers is taken in a well orchestrated raid by Somali Pirates. What do they want and are they acting independently? In Washington the authorities try to decide sho
Bob Lafary
I love going on cruises. And although I had never read a Stephen Coonts before, when I saw the cover of this book, I just had to get it. It does go to show you, that you can judge a book by it's cover. The book was a wonderfully crafted, fast-paced read. The Coonts interweaving of our Navy Seals, Marines, CIA, and others paints a vivid picture of our armed forces at their best. He also paints a vivid picture of the idiots in Washington, DC as they are. Only caring about themselves, and their pol ...more
Christopher Dodds
I always enjoy reading books written by Stephen Coonts because he is a really good writer and has created a great series involving some of my favourite characters including Jake Grafton, Toad Tarkington and Tommy Carmellini, and this book doesn't disappoint.
It has great action, well developed support characters as well as moments where things may have gone wrong but then turn out okay. The author takes great care with the military aspects and it shows.
As a Stephen Coonts fan, I was not sure about the storyline touted before I read it. I enjoyed the novel, however, once the plot line began to unfold. A luxury cruise liner is sailing off the cost of Africa when pirates succeed in boarding and overtaking the ship and its crew. Ruthless, the pirates succeed in taking the ship and mooring it offshore of Eyl, their haven. Their plans are to ransom the passengers and the ship for $200 million dollars. They force everyone to disembark to be held in t ...more
Joel Anderson
From the middle of the African desert, Tommy Carmellini is contacted by his boss, Jake Grafton. A cruise liner with 850 crew and passengers has been captured by pirates off the coast of Somalia and is being taken to the pirate stronghold of Eyl. How do they proceed...can they be rescued...must a ransom be paid...if the ransom is paid, will the ship and hostages be returned? Rumor has it that an Al Qaeda linked group intends to kill all of the hostages and take the ransom money once it is receive ...more
An extremely in depth look at piracy on the high seas, the political ramifications, a look at our our military might operate during a crisis such as this. But I think best of all is a real look at the people and personalities involved and how each one dealt with this crisis.
Really loved this book set on a cruise ship which is attacked by pirates and then hijacked to Somalia. Of course, the hostages are ransomed and the pirates and terrorists are despicable people but it was a real thriller from start to finish. Note to self, don't cruise anywhere near Pirate Alley!
David Campton
A star spangled spanking doled out to Somali pirates and Al Shabab, with a bit of knife-wielding revenge on a rapist to boot. If only it really were so easy to sort out the world's problems. I felt genuinely uneasy reading this while stories of ISIS and Gaza filled the internet. Actually at the heart of this trash a truth was touched on - if the problems of piracy, fundamentalism and the endemic poverty that is a breeding ground for both are to be addressed it will take more than stirring speech ...more
This was an excellent book. A real page-turner and very engaging. The storyline and characters brought to life the tragic cruise-ship hijacking by pirates and a plan for the rescue of the passengers and crew.
Good storyline.Pirates decide to hijack an unarmed cruise ship and think its easy pickin's. Well it is sorta, they can't fight back. Since this is a Coonts book with Jake Grafton, Tommy Carmellini, and Toad Tarkington, you know its not going to be a simple hand over of a $200 million ransom for over 800 hostages and everyone goes home happy. To top it off theres another bunch of muslim jihadist who are waiting for the money to be deliver so they can kill the pirates and take the money to fund th ...more
Alexander Gardieff
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Richard Brennan

What a fun way to present a gruesome t
subject. The political situations in US and internationally are completely believable, not overstated.

Pam Headrick
I loved this book. Of course I've loved Stephen Coonts since Flight of the Intruder and the Jake Grafton novels.
I started this book and it got me interested in watching Captain Phillips. Kind of wish I had waited to watch the movie as it took away from the book. Bonus about the book...NO TOM HANKS!
Scott Parsons
I am generally a fan of Stephen Coonts yarns. I was interested in this one because I encountered it on the heels of the movie Captain Phillips based on a true story of an attempted Somali pirate hijacking a few years ago.

Coonts does an excellent job of setting the scene and positioning the characters and giving us a bit of an education along the way. Pirate Alley is indeed just that, a bottleneck where Somali pirates nab cruise ships for ransom.

Of course Coonts and his sidekicks prevail in the e
Great read --realistic tale of a fictionalized ship jacking
in Somalia
The first Coonts novel I've read in a long while and it was great.
If you enjoy Tom Clancy, you will enjoy. Good solid read.
Mark Polino
I generally love Stephen Coonts' books so I was looking forward to Pirate Alley. This one didn't live up to it's potential for me. The elements were there, pirate, cruise ship, rescue, the works. It just didn't come together for me. Jake Grafton was positively wooden in this book and parts of the ending were just strange. Without spoiling anything, we have shiploads of US Marines offshore, Navy Seals sneaking on to a beach and...Royal Marines show up? There didn't seem to be any backstory there. ...more
Dorothy Clark
Well written, as usual for a Coonts book.
D Nichols
Interesting - lots of strategy to follow.
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Stephen Coonts (born July 19, 1946) is an American thriller and suspense novelist.

Coonts grew up in Buckhannon, West Virginia, a small coal-mining town and earned an B.A. degree in political science at West Virginia University in 1968. He entered the Navy the following year and flew an A-6 Intruder medium attack plane during the Vietnam War, where he served on two combat cruises aboard the USS Ent
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