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Kilo Class (Admiral Arnold Morgan #2)

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It's one of the stealthiest, most dangerous underwater warships ever built.and it's about to set off World War III.Silent at less than five knots and capable of a massive nuclear warhead punch, it's the 240-foot Russian Kilo Class submarine. Strapped for hard cash, the Russians have produced ten new Kilos for Beijing. The Chinese have already received three of the subs and ...more
Kindle Edition, 544 pages
Published (first published April 7th 1998)
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Jeff Brateman
Mar 21, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Terrible, absolutely terrible. The plot had promise, but huge gaps in the story and timeline did little to improve the crappiness. I think the author tries to write like Tom Clancy's "what if" style, but he just really sucked.
MMc14
May 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book. Well developed characters with good back story on a few. Good technical descriptions without being too dense in that regard.
Fabian Davy
'Kilo Class' by all means is a very specific military (Navy) action-thriller that catered to that very reader(ship) group. Which leaves about almost all of us a bit alienated by the terms and turn of events that unfold in the story. I am not really sure if Robinson was trying to appeal to a wider demographic or bigger scope of readers with this book, because reading through it, I cannot help but to be confused with many things, except if I were a serviceman. As of any other books, the first few ...more
Neil
This is the second book written by Patrick Robinson and I enjoyed it more the second time reading it than I did the first time. However, I do not know if I can quite put it at four stars, so I will leave it at three. I felt it had a good pace to it up until the end, when it ends rather abruptly. The character development is okay - some characters from the first novel return and there are plenty of new characters for this novel.

The first two books involve 'what if' scenarios as the author tries t
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Shaun
Nov 24, 2016 rated it it was ok
I’m going to go ahead and do a review for “Kilo Class”. I’m about forty percent through it… and odd for giving an early review, it’s not just that I can’t stand any more of it… The book is okay, really… Tedious at times… But stomachable. The problem, really, is the length, and the length of the chapters. It takes me several days of reading to read one chapter, so I’m always having to give up in the middle of a chapter, and because the book doesn’t really grab me, I’m able to leave it for days or ...more
Bryan
Nov 10, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It's fun to watch the American Navy with apparently 60+ nuclear submarines pissing their pants at the prospect of China buying 10 old Russian subs. Classic bully mentality. Other than that, there's nothing positive to say here.
Unlike in his previous novel, where at least the Americans were attacked first, this time around they decide that they are perfectly justified in attacking another nations's navy, because they had the nerve to... buy submarines. This would normally start WW3, but don't wor
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Frederick Bingham
This is an interesting book about submarine warfare in the post Cold War era. The Russians have several extra kilo class diesel electric submarines that they have decided to sell to the Chinese. The problem is that they have to deliver them from the shipyards on the Volga River to China. The US does not want the submarines delivered because they believe the Chinese will use them to block off the Taiwan Straits and trade for Taiwan. So the US has to destroy the submarines as they are being delive ...more
Tina
Feb 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my first Patrick Robinson book and I wasn't sure I'd like it because it had to do with submarines and other things I don't normally read about. Oh was I wrong - this book had me hooked from the beginning! Robinson takes you through the story and thankfully explains the workings of our Navy's nuclear submarines (which fascinated me) and introduces everyone to the hard-nosed Admiral Arnold Morgan (my new favorite man). I could not put this book down and am actually going to read it again ...more
Nathan
Jan 18, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a silly book. Premise: China has ordered some super-submarines from Russia. These will be able to destroy US naval power in Asia. So the US goes and sinks them. Just like that. No hassle at all. So what was the danger? Who knows? Robinson has sometimes been accuse of writing satires of the Clancy-style techno thriler, and you can see why: the Americans are all 6'2" tall, built like linebackers and have gorgeous ex-actor wives. Their boss is a cigar chomping xenophobe who rants and raves ...more
Eric
Sep 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A nice page-turner. Arnold Morgan is quite the character yet again in his hard-nose approach to Russian military maneuvers and dealing with the increasing threat poised by China. This story includes ice adventures under the North Pole and explosive actions near the South Pole; special military agents working undercover in Russia to destroy submarines being sold to China, and tracking the efforts of Taiwan to develop their own nuclear capabilities. While the story is fictional, Robinson has resea ...more
Michal Angelo
Jan 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: would-recommend
* The follow-on to Patrick Robinson's Nimitz Class, this book is not for everyone as it requires of the reader a certain understanding of maritime terms and world navigation. That said, Kilo-Class will take you on a head-spinning international tour with an explosive climax.
* Follow the Morgan series into #3, H.M.S. Unseen
John
The book started well, better written than its predecessor. I really enjoyed the background story and how everything was (a little predictably) playing out. Then the end came, and it came abruptly. All that backstory was resolved in a few short sentences, to my mind, quite unsatisfactorily.

My other nit is that Robinson seems to think all Americans cuss quite a lot, which is counter to my experience, especially for people in power which are the primary people he is dealing with in these books.

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Henri Moreaux
Whilst initially a little slow to begin, once started this was an excellent story. Some people may classify it as a "techno thriller" however in my mind it is merely a modern novel about submarine warfare.

The premise is rather straight forward, China intends to purchase a number of Kilo class submarines from Russia and the United States view is that this would destabilise the region and as such decides to put a stop to the transaction. Commence undersea submarine shenanigans.

Overall, good plot,
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Erik
Jul 09, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2010
This was a very good military thriller. The story was utterly plausible which is sometimes not the case with books in the genre. I liked the secondary story that took place in the Southern Ocean, although seemingly unrelated to the main story of the Chinese Kilo's, it was tied in nicely at the end. The only negative thing I have to say about this book is that it betrays the US military and political machine as being WAY too efficient.
Chris
Mar 06, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: military-fiction
It was a little far fetched but an okay read. It seemed very neat, and wrapped up in the novel but the basic components of the storyline did work. I think that ill probably continue reading the series to see how the characters develop and how the author is able to continue the integration of them. Worth a look if you like this type of book, as a enjoyer of military fiction i certainly had no issues reading it
Pete
Nov 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: military
This novel is basically an extension of Nimitz Class with many of the same characters. Both books are very good reads. Nimitz is probably the more personal of the two as the Americans were the victims in that story. In Kilo Class the Americans are the aggressors and the plot is more involved with both the Chinese and Russians involved.
Richard
Dec 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my second Arnold Morgan adventure. A very interesting plot. Grabs you on the first page, and doesn't let go. You feel you are getting to know all the regular cast. It's like visiting with friends. A lot of tension, and exploding action, with some humor thrown in for good measure. A good read.
David
May 12, 2015 rated it liked it
First read in 2000 - in paperback - probably as an "airport" or "travel" read. Probably read Nimitz Class first. After that, I've looked for Patrick Robinson's books from time to time. Interesting stories. Minor suspension of belief required. And no way Admiral Morgan exists in US Government in the 1990s/2000s.
Second (?) read finished 2016-01-23 in Kindle App
Cynthia
Feb 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this second in the series. The detail in his writing when describing the SEALs carrying the canisters and the set-up for the destruction of the Kilo's was great. I almost felt as if I was carrying all those canisters!
Tim
Jul 03, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lots of interesting parts to the story that kept me turning pages. Some parts were a little tedious but the unanswered questions kept me reading to the end. Great read if you are into Naval operations.
Ty
Jul 30, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Shelves: fiction, action
Believable, entertaining, fast paced and fun. Very good book. My only complaint would be that it ended in something of a hurry. Would have been nice to have an ending developed as well as the rest of the book.
Madhusudan Chokhra
A good thriller. But a one sided story. How can US personnel even get near to Russian made submarines, moreover which are going to supplied to China, both arch rivals.
But other than its practical accuracy, book is good.
Janet
Oct 05, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Great story line but a little too much detail for my liking. I had to skim through the superfluous dialogue and info or I would have given up on the book altogether. The parts I chose to read completely were compelling.
Lis
Jan 01, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un romanzo "alla Clancy" ma meno convincente, meno realistico e con un finale troppo "telefonato".
Resta comunque una piacevole lettura per svagarsi un po', se vi piace il genere.
Craig
May 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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BoekenTrol
Still remember why I bought this book: Russia, espionage, submarines... I read it but have to read it again. Where did my brain hide all these years??
Shorewalker
Sep 26, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good page turner.
Griff
Nov 14, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quick, fun read about Russian sale of subs to Chinese
Marietta
Dec 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
really liked the story
Chris
Dec 18, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: airplanecrap
Former Royal Navy Admiral who writes rather indistinguishable novels. If you have read one, you have read all of them. Unfortunately, i have read all of them.
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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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