Each chapter is narrated in the first person by one of three characters:
Jason Peabody--The US ambassador caught up in a military coup in South America...moreEach chapter is narrated in the first person by one of three characters:
Jason Peabody--The US ambassador caught up in a military coup in South America. He must resist interrogation by his captors about secret CIA plans.
Jorge Calderson--a brilliant revolutionary, protege of Castro, he is determined to break Peabody before he can be rescued.
Colonel Silas Slocum--He wants to rescue Peabody. Besides the enemy , he has to fight the brass and the CIA who want to silence the ambassador before he talks.
A fast, paced enjoyable tale with a neat pyschological twist. The politics are a bit dated--it was written in 1986. However, the characters are very well drawn and the physcholgical suspense is handled well.
Do be aware that some of the violence is a bit graphic. Despite that, I found the book well worth a read.
Recommended for fans of action novels, thrillers; and spy novels.(less)
This is Book #8 in Griffin's series about the Marines, "The Corps". Since it is really one long story with the same cast of recurring characters, it d...moreThis is Book #8 in Griffin's series about the Marines, "The Corps". Since it is really one long story with the same cast of recurring characters, it does make more sense if read in order.
Noetheless, enough backstory is givien that you could read it as a stand alone if you wish.
Griffin does not write slam-bang all action military books. He writes very detailed stories, building his story like a bricklayer--one piece at a time.
He gives a lot of background details before the missions even begin. He often shows the politicking and inter-service rivalvies which can affect military operations.
In this particular novel, he also touches on how quickly security can be breached and how dangerous such careless lapses can be.
More a novel based on characters than action scene after action scene, I find Griffin's work very, very thorough and interesting. (Since Mr. Griffin has 9 books in this Brotherhood of War series and 10 books in The Corps series---plus a police series of 7 books, Badge of Honor many others must agree.)
He starts out slowly but if you keep reading the characters will draw you in. Recommended for fans of military/adventure fiction. Fans of history or historical novels might find tese books of interest as well.(less)
This is book #7 in Griffin's series about the U S Marine Corps.
He tells the contining stories of different characters throughout the series; therefore...moreThis is book #7 in Griffin's series about the U S Marine Corps.
He tells the contining stories of different characters throughout the series; therefore, if read in order, which I have done, they make a lot more sense.
Still, if necessary the book could stand alone. Griffin does military fiction quite well and I enjoy his style. Since this focuses "behind the lines" there are no huge ptiched battles. Instead it cosues on guerilla operations in the Philippines after MacArthur left.
Grffin also touches on how political infighting affected certain actions in this war (no doubt politics--alas--plays a part in all wars).
Entertaining adventure, though not the strongest book in the series. Still a good read if you like military fiction; lots of interesting characters old and new.
Note: should you happen to find several books in the series, just start with book 1 if you can to see if you like Griffin's style. Reading in order will add immensley to your enjoyment.(less)
**spoiler alert** The title piqued my interest. I had previously read "The President's Plane Is Missing", by the same author, so I thought I'd give it...more**spoiler alert** The title piqued my interest. I had previously read "The President's Plane Is Missing", by the same author, so I thought I'd give it a try.
The concept is good. An earlier expedition to the Titanic had failed; leaving only one survivor. Now, a second expedition is being planned by the US Navy--with more modern equipment and better trained people.
Serling does his research well; he sticks to most of the true facts about the Titanic--adding just one or two bits of fiction to base his tale on. The writing is competent; the characterization average.
So, why only two stars? Well, here comes a spoiler without too many details. Serling introduces supernatural elements into his tale. I do like supernatural books--Stephen King being a prime example. However, the supernatural elements did not seem to fit here. Or, maybe the way this author handles supernatural elements does not ring a bell with me.
If you like supernatural elements in your books, you may enjoy this book more than I. Had the explaination of events been different, I would have given three stars.
Still, a quick, fast paced decent read and a must for any Titanic buffs out there.
Btw, note for trivia collectors: Robert Serling is the brother of Rod Serling, of 'Twilight Zone' fame. (less)
For a book published over 100 years ago, Tarzan is still quite readable. It is a well written, exciting tale and has SO MUCH more to offer you than th...moreFor a book published over 100 years ago, Tarzan is still quite readable. It is a well written, exciting tale and has SO MUCH more to offer you than the movies of Tarzan you may have seen.
Excitement, chases, bits of humor all merge together with some interesting ideas. Yes, it is a bit dated and you need to get used to Burrough's writing style. But the patient reader that takes the time to read this will be richly rewarded with a tale that has gripped adventure lovers since its publication.
Note: the return of Tarzan Book #2 brings this first part to a conclusion--you might want to have both copies before you start reading--although the first book can stand alone.
Read before I joined GR so dates unknown.
Highly recommended to those wishing a good adventure tale.(less)
In 1920, a former member of British Intelligence has retired and returned to England. His wife has died and he is raising his ten year old son, Wiliam...moreIn 1920, a former member of British Intelligence has retired and returned to England. His wife has died and he is raising his ten year old son, Wiliam, alone. Then William is abducted at knifepoint. Now Major Christopher Wylan finds himself in a unusual chase acroos the world--ending in Tibet.
That is basically it. The book jacket said "breath-taking thriller" but I did not find it breath taking at all. It was merely an average action yarn. I tried it because of the unusual time frame and locale (Tibet, 1920) but even the exotic locale did not lift the book out of the "just average" catagory. Nothing really BAd, about the book; just nothing really good either.
REcommended for thriller/action fans who have nothing else handy.(less)
This is one of the earliest Doc Savage books I read and it is very fast-paced and exciting. The early Doc Savage adventure (from say 1933 to 1938) I b...moreThis is one of the earliest Doc Savage books I read and it is very fast-paced and exciting. The early Doc Savage adventure (from say 1933 to 1938) I believe were the best--the series was at the top of its form.
Doc and his crew end up finding a lost civilzation in underground caverns in the Arctic. They end up opposing a group of New York gangsters who have also discovered the lost civilazation--while trying to convince the locals they're the good guys. I would have liked a longer look at the lost civilization--I found it interesting.
Almost all the Doc Savage adventures are under 200 pages, so a quick and easy read--slam bang action and lots of pulpy fun. For action adventure fans---perfectably suited for anyone age 12 on up.(less)
I discovered Doc Savage when I was 14 years of age and read him avidly for about three or four years. They are replints of the Doc Savage pulp magazin...moreI discovered Doc Savage when I was 14 years of age and read him avidly for about three or four years. They are replints of the Doc Savage pulp magazine--The Man of Bronze was originally printed in 1933.
If you have ever read any pulp magazines you know what to expect--slam bang adventure, hack writing and little character development.
However, the orignal Doc Savage Magazine ran from 1933 to 1949--16 years. It captured it readers by being exciting adventure and nothing more.
Super-scientist 'Doc " Savage and his five assistants roam the globe finding lost cities, conquering villians and helping those in distress.
If you ever see one fo these in a used bookstore, you might want to read it to see what Doc Savage is all about. They are very short--almost all under 200 pages, and they are quick easy reading. Dated--but a lot of fun.(less)