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The Empty Quarter (USAF Pararescue #2)

3.78  ·  Rating Details ·  2,236 Ratings  ·  142 Reviews
Every member of the Special Ops US Air Force pararescue jumpers, the PJs, swears by the motto “That Others May Live.” A top-secret mission to save a kidnapped Saudi princess will put that oath to the ultimate test.The Empty Quarter is a pulse-quickening tour de force featuring the tactics and men of modern combat search-and-rescue and the complex politics of today’s ...more
Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published August 1st 2014 by Thomas & Mercer
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May 05, 2015 affad rated it it was ok
This was an Amazon Kindle First monthly pick for me. After seeing (and passing) many a novel about romances involving women pining away for their ideal man, I was excited to see something else. Initially I was going to pass on this particular months read because none actually stood out to me, not even the "Empty Quarter." But then I read the reviews, and one review in particular stood out because it totally panned the author just because they felt like it. I left some comments asking questions ...more
Jul 08, 2014 Cortana rated it really liked it
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The Empty Quarter by David L. Robbins is a riveting military suspense thriller which is way beyond my expectations. When I started out on the book, I knew it was something that I wanted to read but was not aware that I’d be totally absorbed. If you love military suspense, espionage, war or political thriller, this book is a must read.

Author David L. Robbins’ in-depth knowledge of military operations and espionage come to the fore as he crafted a fascinating story revolving around the kidnapping
Sep 09, 2014 Gary rated it it was amazing
Some might call this a story about the U.S. Military and terrorism, but I'm going to call it a love story.

It is about the love between men... no, not that kind - the brotherly bond of men in a fighting unit; it is about the love between a husband and a wife - and how far they'll go for one another; it is about the love between tribal members - and the entwining fates of groups.

Mr. Robbins does an excellent job of interweaving these different loves into a confluence in the middle of the Arabian
Jul 29, 2014 Tom rated it really liked it
I guess you'd call this one "Military Thriller"? A para-rescue jump (PJ) team is deployed to a dodgy mission in the "Empty Quarter" desert of Yemen/Saudi Arabia. A Saudi princess is being transported across the border, pursued by her husband - a mujahideen connected ex-Saudi named Afif. A diplomat, the PJs, Al-Qaeda, a Yelemni spy and Saudi intelligence all come along for the ride to a big face-off.

The first half of this book a trudge. The REAL story isn't with the pararescue team, it's with the
Anne  (Booklady) Molinarolo
I finally slogged my through this novel and FINISHED - thanks to the patience gods! There was so so much jargon and technical information about the PJ's equipment, camp, and other stuff I began to wonder if I was reading a training manual or a piece of fiction. Tom Clancy put a lot of technical information in his books as it related to the storyline, but his prose flowed and didn't have footnotes at the end of each chapter as does The Empty Quarter. And the ending! It was so incredible; it was j ...more
Oct 26, 2014 J.D. rated it really liked it
This is a somewhat unusual thriller because of the depth of the character development, particularly in regards to the antagonist (you can't really call him the "villain"). In fact, you sometimes end up feeling closer to the former mujahadeen than you do to the bad-ass, taciturn heroes.

Because of this development, however, it takes a little while for the actual story to get going. There are some excellently written action scenes early in the book, but they serve mostly to establish the tough-guy
Debbie Henderson
Jul 12, 2014 Debbie Henderson rated it it was amazing
Great military action/adventure!

I had to give this book 5 stars. It is one of the best military action/adventures I've ever read, and that tends to be one of my favorite genres. The story follows Air Force PJs, the Guardian Angels, through a harrowing rescue, with so much more at stake than a couple of lives. Manipulation of the CIA, a semi-rookie diplomat, a newbie PJ team leader, Saudi and Yemini tribesmen, and the brutal desert all take turns holding center stage. It's fun to read all the mil
Jack +Master Passion Read+
I dunno about this one... Interesting premise, but the PJ characters tended to blend together. And honestly, I was hoping for a bit more action and, well, jumping. Sadly, I was disappointed on that front. Oh well, I read it and moved on.
Aug 19, 2014 Wade rated it it was amazing
Once again David Robbins has written an excellent military thriller. I won't bore you with a summary as others have done that. What is really striking about this story is that we are taken into the mind of the "Al Queda" member like no other book I've read does. We see the world from his perspective, the love he and his wife have, and his absolute determination in which he goes about his tasks. Once again I am impressed with David's knowledge of the culture of the middle east, especially the ...more
Aug 02, 2016 Susan rated it really liked it
The empty quarter by David L Robbins is a mystery and thriller and general fiction read.
Every member of the Special Ops US Air Force pararescue jumpers, the PJs, swears by the motto “That Others May Live.” A top-secret mission to save a kidnapped Saudi princess will put that oath to the ultimate test.

With a force of armed men, a former mujahideen chases across the desert of Yemen to recover his Saudi wife, kidnapped by her powerful father, a prince of the Kingdom. The kidnapping turns violent, s
Jan 02, 2016 Wanda rated it really liked it
A gripping story...

I knew it was going to be life or death, but the manner of getting there and the details were exciting.
I like L.B., he suffers no fools easily, and stands up for what he thinks is right regardless of who is making the case otherwise.. generals, terrorist, ambassador... he is the champion of "right".

Berkley proved himself worthy, and divided his first test, emerging with flying colors. I hope we see more of him in future books. I also hope we hear more about Wally and the Major
Aug 10, 2014 Venkat rated it it was amazing
Worth the dime

As I went through couple of pages, I couldn't stop myself to keep the book down. A very lucid flow making me wonder whether this was a real story rolled into fiction considering the time lines and the situation in Middle East.
David has made a wonderful attempt to outlay the cultural and ideological background of the extremists and monarchy while adds to other dimension of thoughts and relate them to the ongoing crisis. Nadya was unrelenting with the odds and Arif is portrayed with
Mark Prohaska
Aug 01, 2014 Mark Prohaska rated it really liked it
David L. Robbins is a master story teller. I have previously read the magnificent War of the Rats and The End of War.

The Empty Quarter takes a new tack and features a para-rescue team operating in Yemen. It shows them same writing quality and research that made the other books great. It takes a little getting used to which is why I'm giving it four stars instead of five. There are a lot of military acronyms throughout the story and I found it a little distracting. That being said I am now used
Nicholas Yount
Jul 18, 2014 Nicholas Yount rated it it was amazing
Although it is definitely worth five stars the only drawback was it took half the book to set up the plot and get the reader to the main conflict. So it is a little slow in the beginning but not in a way thats frustrating or degrades the overall value of the story. This seemingly slow setup is very important later on as the story takes shape and how the different characters interact, although at first the connections are not apparent.

Prior to reading this I didn't even know the PJs existed and
Robert Lawrence
Aug 04, 2014 Robert Lawrence rated it liked it
Having read David's previous PJ book The Devils Waters, I was pretty excited to read this one to see if he could outdo it. I won't go into the premise of the story since others have in previous posts. The story started out well but really got bogged down, and I found myself turning pages hoping to read more action from the PJ's. Action was few and far between here. Reading that there would be a SEAL team as part of the plot, I was hoping there would be some sequences with them interacting with ...more
Judith A. Leeds
Aug 19, 2014 Judith A. Leeds rated it really liked it
I left my comfortable chair and home as I read this book.

I learned much about the geography and customs and religious beliefs as I read this book set in Afghanistan. I did have to slow down and re-read what was happening and who was talking sometimes to understand what I was seeing and hearing and feeling. I was so relieved that one of our guys was still alive as I finished the book. Reading about these guys made me think about our military who are actually out t. here right now trying to surviv
Francis T. Villante
Jul 06, 2014 Francis T. Villante rated it it was amazing
The full quarter

an excellent read,really good plot that tells you a lot of info about special forces extraction teams. these are the ones that go in and pull out the injured while the battle is still raging.the plot is about a kidnapping of a Saudi princess,who is a doctor and married to a semi retired terrorist if there is such a thing. the princesses after who is a wealthy Saudi,Prince asks help of the C.I.A. to help get her out of Yemen and that's when all the fun begins. it's plot is full of
Jul 26, 2014 Tom rated it it was amazing
This book was one of the four choices offered this month as part of my prime membership. I chose it thinking it had potential for an easy summer read. This is a really good military thriller that pleasantly surprised me turning into a book that was tough to put down, the military PJ's are the main characters and while there is a lot of military jargon it is not over done. If you enjoy fast paced military thrillers this is a must read.
Nov 14, 2016 Jim rated it it was amazing
Fantastic read ! If you love military books, this one's for you

I love following this group of PJ's throughout this series of books. Robbins brings these characters to life and as far as I am concerned they are real. His military style of writing is very engaging and if you like the military genre then you will enjoy this book. I've read The Devil's Waters which was fantastic and cannot wait to read The Devil's Horn. I will be downloading that one today! The Empty Quarter has the makings for a mo
Nov 03, 2016 Adam rated it liked it
Obtained free through Amazon Kindle Firsts. A fine example of a military thriller, albeit a little clunky in the telling. I enjoyed it, but, unless you're a fan of the subject or the genre, it's not particularly worth seeking out.
Lori Jacobson
Oct 11, 2016 Lori Jacobson rated it it was amazing
Couldn't stop reading.

5 Stars! Couldn't put it down. My husband tells me stories about the PJs (he's a retired pilot that worked with them) . After reading this book I can see why he was so honored to serve with them.
Mar 21, 2016 Victoria rated it really liked it
What an exciting adventure combining military and medical thriller elements! It takes place in the Rub’ al-Khali, the world’s largest desert (“the empty quarter”), which occupies most of the southern third of the Arabian Peninsula. People are scarce there, except for the ones you most do not want to meet.
It’s a multiple point-of-view novel, told mostly from the perspectives of members of a U.S. Air Force pararescuemen (PJs) team. PJs’ combined military-medical mission is personnel recovery, and
Dec 30, 2014 Don rated it it was ok
Shelves: military, fiction
I didn't realize this was the second in a series (not that it claims to be) so there were a lot of frustrating things about the characters in this book. The team seemed very homogeneous, with little to differentiate one soldier from another. However, there were some interpersonal dynamics that I can only assume were established in the previous book, but which are not adequately explained for this to be a stand-alone story.

The writing style was also aggravating at time and ranged from pedantic (T
Valerie Worster
Feb 22, 2015 Valerie Worster rated it it was amazing
A heart wrenching story of misunderstandings and deceit. Filled with characters you'll fall in love with and realism that keeps the pages turning.

Update: after reading other's reviews I felt I had to come back and add more. I chose this book as my July Kindle First pick because I was looking for something different that what I usually read. It was slow going at first because I had to google definitions of the military and medical jargon, and the story jumped between 3 different groups of charact
The Crime Scene Scene
The Empty Quarter is the second novel in the USAF Pararescue series by author David L Robbins. A Saudi princess is kidnapped by her powerful father. She has been married by a former mujahideen and a US diplomat is called in to help bring the princess to her father being told that she wishes to divorce her husband and return home. But her husband recruits local tribes to help rescue her and they are caught in the middle of a battle. The US diplomat calls in the USAF Pararescue team to help retrie ...more
Oct 11, 2014 Denise rated it it was amazing
This was not typical of type of book that I read. As a matter of fact I accidently downloaded it by mistake. I thought I would read it anyway and found it to be incredibly engaging and one of those story lines that keep you coming back to find out what happens next because of all the twists and turns.
Immediately you are in the thick of action in the war zone as a rescue mission is occuring. The word pictures painted by the author are vivid and intense and very very real. You are there.
As the s
Aug 03, 2014 Melissa rated it liked it
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I downloaded this book for free and read it on my Kindle. I read thrillers pretty often but not many with a military setting, and at times I was distracted by the unfamiliar acronyms and jargon. It was clear that the author had also extensively researched the Arabian penisula and its cultures, but I sometimes struggled to follow along with the Arabic words that weren't defined.

That said, I enjoyed this story and the process of wondering about how these different characters were going to intersec
Harry Allagree
Apr 10, 2016 Harry Allagree rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one will keep you on the edge of your seat! The story involves a complex problem created by governments, countries, states, and people with conflicting interests & objectives in the Middle East. All this involves the American PJ's, parachute rescue men & women. I was amazed to learn, at the end of the book, that author David Robbins relied on military & other authorities to advise him on the accuracy of story. He isn't a military man, as one might think from his writing, which ...more
Jul 29, 2014 Ronald rated it liked it
I found it difficult to stay with this book. The technical abbreviations and acronyms were annoying. Having to jump to the end of the chapter for explanations of the terms on the first use was driving me crazy. Later not having a link (kindle) to the explanations on subsequent use was upsetting me to the point of wanting to give up on the book. Since I am usually on an elliptical cardio machine when I read I tend to stick with the book I am reading. I made it past the terms and after about the ...more
Dottie Resnick
Oct 09, 2014 Dottie Resnick rated it really liked it
I initially found the book a bit confusing because of my own nativity of this part of the military and the regions. That being said, the novel seemed very well researched, with great detail, and showing the comradeship of our military personnel. The book described a group of the military who went in with the mission to bring others back at all costs. The dedication and perseverance of these devoted, highly trained soldiers was remarkable, for fellow soldiers or civilians. The book did shed a dim ...more
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David L. Robbins was born in Richmond, Virginia, on March 10, 1954. He grew up in Sandston, a small town east of Richmond out by the airport; his father was among the first to sit behind the new radar scope in the air traffic control tower. Both his parents, Sam and Carol, were veterans of WWII. Sam saw action in the Pacific, especially at Pearl Harbor.

In 1976, David graduated with a B.A. in Theat
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