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COAST: An Act Of Burial

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Winner of the CBC Bookies Award for 'The Book You Couldn't Put Down'.

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In Paris, covert operative Ian McKinley carries out an unusual 'retirement' operation, aiming to stem the flow of high-tech rifles to terrorist groups. But upon returning to the Covert Operations And Surveillance Team base, he learns that a
Published April 30th 2012 by BookBaby (first published April 25th 2012)
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Jan 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Action Movie Fans, Spy Novel Enthusiasts
A navy supply ship is downed in the Persian Gulf and members of Britain's Covert Operations and Surveillance Team, or C.O.A.S.T for short, are sent to retrieve the four thermonuclear warheads it had been carrying. However, when they're ambushed, questions arise about a possible mole in the organization. When the investigation leads them to a prominent American businessman, they quickly realize they're up against an adversary the likes of which they've never faced.

To be completely honest, I
Jan 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I received a free ebook from author in exchange for an honest review.

A group of soldiers from elite highly secret British military special service organization called COAST is sent to retrieve nuclear warheads from a drowned navy ship. The ship drowned in Persian Gulf - a highly unstable region, so the entire operation has to be as quiet and discreet as possible. It turns out to be not as easy as the moment the team dive under water all of its members find themselves under attack.

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An action-packed adventure that cleverly combines classic, contemporary fiction with a spinechilling twist

COAST: is a group of soldiers from elite highly secret British military special service organization, who are sent to retrieve nuclear warheads from a drowned navy ship. The ship drowned in Persian Gulf - a highly unstable region, so the entire operation has to be as quiet and discreet as possible. However, the moment in which the team dives underneath the water, they find themselves under
Eric Swett
Aug 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
I have a love-hate relationship with thrillers. I love when the action is intense, but I hate when the story telegraphs the suspense to the point that you see things coming. Finding a balance is not easy for all but the best authors. There is a certain finesse that usually takes time and practice to achieve, but when the author gets there, the books can be magnificent.

Xander Richards's debut novel, COAST: An Act of Burial, revolves around a trio of operatives from a top secret British special
Paul Goodwin
May 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When one is a good friend of the author one is concerned to give a favourable but also a balanced review of the novel just read. However, I have no need of worry because the story is a gripping read from beginning to end. I was not disappointed! It's been lovely to discover another facet to my friend that I wasn't aware of.

The plot is rich and compelling; the characterisations deep, believable and investable; and the quality of prose paints vivid and colourful pictures in the imagination that
Diane Rapp
May 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
James Bond Move Over For the COAST Team

When I think of the character James Bond, Sean Connery immediately comes to mind. Then my brain flickers through other actors until it stops at Pierce Brosnan (sigh) and finally lands on the current actor, Daniel Craig. (I’m still getting used to him.) Why should readers settle for one secret agent when we can have three? That’s what I thought as I read this exciting action/adventure novel.

COAST (Covert Operation and Surveillance Team) is a secret British
Danny Tyran
Jan 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
TDR-12 is chief special ops agent Corporal Ian McKinley. This action-packed espionage thriller begins when TDR-12 assassinates in Paris his Uncle Brennan, weapons dealer who sold high-tech armament to terrorists, but soon makes its way to other parts of the world including Britain, Canada, and Russia.

The story follows a team of three covert operatives, members of the Tactical Deployment and Response Team (TDR), who are tasked with the recovery of stolen nuclear warheads. During their
Mark Carver
Jun 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Alister MacLean, Clive Cussler, Tom Clancy, John LeCarre...if any of the aforementioned writers tickle your literary bone, you'll enjoy COAST: An Act of Burial. Heaping helpings of patriotism, brothers-in-arms banter, international baddies, whiz-bang gadgets, and, as Keanu Reeves once famously deadpanned: "Guns. Lots of guns."

At times, C:AAOB can be a bit much to digest, and the prose style hearkens back to Cold War-era espionage fiction, but considering the subject matter, it fits. The heroes
Jan 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Keith by: via goodreads and Xander Richards
"COAST: An Act Of Burial," is an interesting and well paced international spy thriller with lots of action. The excellent action scenes are much better done than in some other similar novels I have read. Good characterization. Each person is individualized with their own personality.
I enjoyed the fact that the novel is also detailed in presentation of equipment like weapons, preparation for a mission, pre-investigation before they set out on a mission, etc.. It made the novel a better read for
Jan 31, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won a free copy of the book thanks to Goodreads giveaway.

I liked the book as it was full of action, details, twists, and had a little bit of humor too. It's great to imagine 3 men like that, working so well together, and with completely different personalities that seem to complement and balance each other. However, I didn't like the layout of the book (especially the margins of the pages). Two books instead of one would had been nice too, probalby ending the first one right after the traitor
Feb 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-digital
well I received a free digital copy from the author to read and rate. i wont bother focusing on the story as several have already descibed it quite well. All in all it was a good story plot and kept me going waiting for what the next challenge the team would face. This is not a weekend read like some books. It is packed full of details descibing are never at a loss to be able to visualize what the surroundings are.

I gave it four stars. I would have given five but i think the
Nov 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I heard about COAST from a couple friends who wouldn’t stop talking about it, so I thought I’d give it a shot. Glad I did, ‘cause it pretty much had me hooked.

All of Richards’ characters (not just McKinley, Carter, and Brook) are given enjoyable slices of dialogue, and the weaponry is described so realistically that you don’t need an X-Box or the silver screen to see it in front of you. I’m borderline ADD, but this book flew by. The explosions & suspense keep you flipping the pages/mashing
Feb 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Firstly i must say two things,I recieved a copy of this book through goodreads to review and secondly,this isn't a genre of book that i have really shown an interest in before...

I found this book to be very well written and the detail in the characters and situations are wonderfully rich and indepth.

It has a gripping and fast paced plot which really speeds you along with the characters in the book.I was unsure if this would be a book i would be drawn into but i found it a very exciting read.

Apr 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing

Xander Richards captured beautifully in his novel COAST An Act of Burial the fight between survival and protection one’s tribe. The character’s experience and deal with all situations in a real manner, keeping the suspension of disbelief rarely tested. With vivid description and well paced action, An Act of Burial sustains the reader’s attention like Pavlov’s dogs to the ringing of a bell. Not only is the conflict strong, but there is a wonderful blend in of humour to lighten the mood of the
Jun 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
“COAST: An Act Of Burial” is a powerfully written novel. As a person who enjoys mystery and suspense stories, I was exceedingly impressed with the control that this book was written with. There is enough information that the reader feels involved in the investigation yet enough frustration that the book cannot be walked away from. It is a wonderfully intelligent story that is very well researched and uses proper terminology that adds greatly to the story. I was deeply invested throughout the ...more
Gary Chappell
May 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Xander Richard’s book COAST won the 2013 CBC Bookie Award in the category “The Page-Turner Award for the Canadian Book You Couldn't Put Down”. With good reason since I too found it difficult to put down. Non-stop action from cover to cover makes this an exciting novel that reads like a James Bond movie. COAST should be seriously considered for a movie script because it has all the elements that keep you on the edge of your seat. A very enjoyable read.
Avvie Cunnington
I was lucky enough to win this in a giveaway. I am so happy I did! What a fantastic book.
Non stop action from the very first page, kept you on your toes. Didn't want to put the book down. I won't go into detail about the book as many already have. If you like guns, explosives and wars this is the book for you.
Action packed book, which leaves you wanting more.
Cannot wait until the next book in the series.. would love to follow Carter, McKinley and Wilson through other adventures.
Feb 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. Plenty of action and a strong storyline. I had a difficult time putting the book down and could not wait until I some time to pick it up again and get back to the action. Special British agents, who in teams of three, can get into and out of more trouble than James Bond. I am looking forward to the follow-on adventures of TDR-12.
Apr 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
I was unsure about reading this as i don't really go for this type of book but in saying that i was gripped and found the writing style very good and the story line and plot excellent would recommend to any budding james bond fans lets hope there's a sequel
Feb 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This books was MUCH better than I was expecting.

When it arrived, I took one look at the cover art (Michael Bay-esque "explosions, Explosions, EXPLOSIONS!"), combined with a title that seemed like a terrible accidental or purposeful play on words, and thought "oh god".

The cover art is still a bit unfortunate, but having read the book, the title IS a clever play on words. It's unfortunate that you have to read the book to know that, because it might put you off otherwise.

But all of that aside, the
Aug 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i think this blockbuster reads like a movie! the COAST action and espionage packs a punch..
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Canadian espionage writer Xander Richards was born during the early sixties in an unremarkable town in western Europe to parents whose stories of their wartime military experience enthralled him and stoked the fires of his imagination. Inspired by Fleming’s James Bond series, Cussler’s Dirk Pitt adventures, Clancy’s techno-thrillers, Alistair MacLean’s novels and many other suspense and espionage ...more