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Power Play (Mack Bedford #4)

3.78  ·  Rating Details  ·  226 Ratings  ·  23 Reviews
It is the year 2018--a highly volatile nuclear world. Israel has obliterated the deep underground nuclear weapons facility built by Iran. The United States has destroyed the nuclear facility of a defiant North Korea.

Against this background, the Russians have upped the stakes in the latest world power-play--cyber warfare--to reduce the United States to helplessness: a three
Unknown Binding, 336 pages
Published October 1st 2012 by Vanguard Press
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Oct 09, 2014 Tim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel starts slowly and revs up til the end. Well written with excellent pace and good plots that holds this listener's interest throughout. This 4th Mack story is a much better effort than both #2 & #3. 9 of 10 stars
Elly Wendy
Aug 08, 2015 Elly Wendy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4* Beginning: Is this intended to be hilarious? I'm loving the scathing commentary on today's world in this engaging, only slightly futuristic story. One of my shortcomings is that I am not well informed in politics and current events, so I would expect that a better informed person would be even more entertained. I'm impressed by the writing and the reading too. Good stuff!
Phew. An audiobook can't be "a real page-turner" but I found this to be the equivalent. I'm going to listen to it again. It
David Fisher
This book confused me. As I read it I was thinking "what is this author's agenda? I assumed he was American as the spelling was American. Constantly taking swipes at the UK and some weird agenda to make Ireland the 51st state. Of course I'd fallen foul of the the publisher dumbing down the English for North America. Why do they do this? UK publishers don't change the spelling of US books. What the author is actually doing is warning that the UK's constant military budget cuts are going to sideli ...more
Joseph M. O'Connor
Not too shabby

It's the same kids in a different corner of the schoolyard playing a slightly different game. It's an interesting plot, even though it's the old Russian Bad Guy formula. From time to time Robinson gets a bit too gushy about Navy SEALs. He obviously wishes he had been one. Or at least SAS. Or RECON marines.

He kept things moving right along, even though you knew what was coming. It's a "yarn" in the classic sense of the term. It played right into my momentary need for a mind-numbing
Ron McManus
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Paul Pessolano
“Power Play” by Patrick Robinson, published by Press.

Category – Mystery/Thriller

Rani Ben Adan is a Mossad field agent and is working with disenchanted Russian Lieutenant Commander Nikolai Chirkov. Nikolai has come into information regarding a nuclear strike against the United States. The strike is to coincide with jamming the nuclear football used by the President to initiate retaliatory strikes. The strike against the US is in retaliation for our helping Israel destroy the nuclear capability of
Dec 08, 2012 Jerome rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mr. Robinson's latest effort left me disappointed. Did the story grab me and not let go? Did it fully engage me? Did it have that "page turner" pacing and feel to it? Sadly for me, the answers were no, no, and no. It was just...boring.

The plot was thin, the speed of building a new base in Ireland was just surreal, and the idea that Ireland would become the 51st state if we just forgive half their debt is bizarre. I loved many of Mr. Robinson's earlier books with curmudgeonly Admiral Morgan runni
Dan Smith
Oct 12, 2014 Dan Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great story but the ending was kind of anti-climatic. There was this great big build up to the ending and I thought that the ending would last 30-40 pages... after hitting the pinnacle.. it took about 10 pages..and then it was over.

Not one of the best Patrick Robinson books I read, but interesting. Would hope that I might get some other opinions.
Feb 04, 2013 Lou rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ripped from the headlines, North Korea starts making noise about testing missiles. And while the US tries to deal with this, a Russian sub runs aground in England. As the investigation continues, it is discovered that the grounding was deliberate to test defensive systems. So, Mack and Seal Team 10 begin work to defuse both threats. Ireland comes to the aid of the US in an unexpected way, but I will leave that to the reader to discover.

The only down side to the boom was the ending. Robinson, to
Jun 17, 2014 Sheila rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very technical. Interesting in respect to that. Who knew there were so many types of submarines!
Jan 26, 2016 Samuel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
thoroughly enjoyed this book
Feb 08, 2014 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not up to his usual action packed standard
Jan 10, 2013 Glen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I've read almost every one of Mr. Robinson's books, and look forward to each new release. Power Play unfortunately fell a bit short for me. A little too much lead up, an uninspired climax (in comparison to his other work), and an IMHO unnecessary and preposterous story element

My review aside I look forward to Mr. Robinson's next book based on his body of work which I have enjoyed for quite some time.
Not Robinson's best effort in this arena, but still a fun read...Mack Bedford and Seal Team 10 are entrusted to stop a huge threat from a newly emboldened Russia...and even Arnie Morgan makes a reprise visit to add a little saltiness to the story...interesting Irish proposal immediately had my ears perked!
Rob Roy
Feb 11, 2013 Rob Roy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action-adventure
This may well be one of Patrick Robinson's best books. To tell why, would be to reveal too much. This is a continuation of the books he has written before, but can easily stand on its own. Spy, SEALs, and crotchety old sailors make this a fun read.
Mike Baumer
Nov 12, 2012 Mike Baumer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Another great read from Patrick. I was worried for a while though. Arnold Morgan did not join the story until halfway in! Arnold is my kinda guy. When's the next book coming Patrick?
Lorna Van kley
this one took a long time to click with me and I've read all of Patricks books. then I could not put it down . great to see Arnold Morgan
Cranky Russian Premier plots nuclear retaliation against the US in 2018. Seal Team Commander Mack Bedford needs to solve the problem on the down low
Wallie Burke
Sep 13, 2013 Wallie Burke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Held my attention but found the ending anticlimactic - a bit less than expected. Good to have Admiral Morgan back even if only briefly.
Geoffrey Womack
Jun 16, 2013 Geoffrey Womack rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Awful. Worst book I've read this year. Will not read another Robinson book. Ever.
Bill Donhiser
Great Naval Thriller. really enjoy the Mack Bedford series
Jan 29, 2013 Sterling rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First Robinson book I've read, it was almost believable.
I struggled a little with this one
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Patrick Robinson was a journalist for many years before becoming a full-time writer of books. His non-fiction books were bestsellers around the world and he was the co-author of Sandy Woodward's Falklands War memoir, One Hundred Days.
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