The Devil's Waters

The Devil's Waters[Reading] ➾ The Devil's Waters Author David L. Robbins – A giant freighter in the Gulf of Aden holds secret cargo that could bring down the governments of four nations When Somali pirates grab the ship the order comes down get the freighter back at all cost A giant freighter in the Gulf of Aden holds secret cargo that could bring down The Devil's eBook Ú the governments of four nations When Somali pirates grab the ship the order comes down get the freighter back at all costsOnly one combat group is close enough to respond before the hijacked freighter reaches Somali waters the elite US Air Force pararescue unit—the PJs—stationed in Djibouti Though their mission is to save lives and their oath is “That Others May Live” the PJs are battle tested The team doesn’t hesitate because one of their own Sgt LB DiNardo is already onboard the hijacked shipLB has three tasks provide intel on the pirates stay alive until the team arrives and withstand the humiliation of breaking the PJs’ cardinal rule Never be the one who needs rescuingAt the head of the pirates is the shrewd and ruthless Yusuf Raage a clan leader who will sacrifice anything and anyone to keep his captured ship The PJs have a mere hour to take down the ship before the Air Force blows it up Even if they survive the wrath of Yusuf Raage secrets and danger await them. I'm a big fan of PJs and think that they are the unsung heroes of the special forces community I was thrilled to find this book and read it in one sitting I'm looking forward to seeing the next one in the series While some of it was hollywood than real life I didn't read it for operational knowledge I read it to enjoy the willing suspension of disbelief Mr Rollins accomplishes this very well He creates characters that you care about and goes into detail of their pasts One person who reviewed this book couldn't understand how an Army Captain could do a service change and agree to lose his commission to do a different job Personally to go from a primarily life taking MOS to a lifesaving MOS is believable If you read the full book Robbins not only answers that uestion good enough for me but I find his answer extremely plausible It may not be a daily occurance but it does happen I was happy with the character developmentOn the whole this book rocks It's good fiction plausible enough to be good out there enough to be a good rocking one sit read if you have the time For those who love a good military action novel David L Robbins' new book THE DEVIL'S WATERS is Christmas come early A group of paratroopers take on Somali pirates and as much as you'll want to see the good guys win you'll be hard pressed not to pull for the pirates tooIt's only fair I admit at the outset that I'm a friend of the writer but I can recommend this book with a clean conscience David ranks among the best writers I know and he's upped his game with this book He's bid adieu to his historical war novels and as much as I've enjoyed those books he's put together something really awesome with THE DEVIL'S WATERSThe main character is First Sergeant DiNardo whose call sign is LB and the explanation for his nickname sets up a great punchline at the end of the first chapter It's tough not to like LB This is the first in a series of novels David will focus on the PJs and it's clear he's chosen a main character he loves a lot LB plays perfectly to David's voice with a blend of humor and intensity that's sure to keep you readingOn the opposite side is pirate Yusaf Raage As villains go he's a brutal and intelligent foe and exactly what I've come to expect from David I know David never subscribes to making a character evil for the sake of being evil and as much as readers will love the PJs they'll want to cheer for Yusaf too Everything he does makes perfect sense and in many ways he is less of a villain and of a man drawn into a conspiracy beyond his ability to control when he is tasked with capturing the freighter Valnea and its top secret cargoWhat works in this novel? David displays his skills as a storyteller easily dropping in all the jargon of the paratrooper's trade in a manner which never confuses the reader Where something isn't outright explained the circumstances make it clear enough for the reader to infer what's being said David also keeps the tension mounting from the very start as he builds to the pirates' capture of the Valnea which makes for one of most exciting sections of the novel and then moves into the showdown between the pirates and the PJs That it's all built around a conspiracy with global conseuences is gravyWhat doesn't work? I will admit that during the big showdown I sometimes had a hard time tracking some of the PJs By virtue of what they do they aren't all that different from one another and that can make for a bit of confusion I would sometimes forget which individual plot threads applied to each PJ David takes several steps to help the reader with this but he's working with a lot of players on both sides of the conflictPerhaps one of the best touches in this book comes midway through when LB discusses his past that he's killed people and why he became a paratrooper It's a nice moment that really gives death its due and in a book with a high body count that's an important touch to give weight to what the PJs are being asked to do kill the pirates That sacrifice becomes even important in the end when David puts all of the underlying conspiracy's cards on the tableIf you enjoy your action with a heavy dose of testosterone or know someone who does then this is the book to get this Christmas I'm already planning to buy a copy for my dad hopefully he won't read this review ahead time I enjoyed both The Assassins Gallery and The Betrayal Game by Robbins Fun mixes of historical fiction and spy thriller both featuring lovable crusty professor turned protagonist Mikhal Lammeck In the mood for a light read I was hoping this story featuring a US Air Force Pararescue jump team would fit the billI didn't have my hopes set too high and was disappointed nonetheless It falls short from start to finish in most every way A plot with scant connection to reality; a special forces team made up of guys with names like Doc Mouse and uincy who speak in a steady diet of tough guy I can't express my feelings except through insipid attempts at humorinsubordination but I'd lay down my life for you chatter; and a denouement via a laughable mano a mano laying it all out on the table discussion involving a two star general and a sergeantMirroring the poor construction is very poor writing which I don't recognize from Robbins' other work I almost uit this book twice but was hoping something would improve It didn'tI can't tell you anything It's all classifiedLB firmed his tone Lady do you understand what I do for a living? Everything I do is classified I shit classifiedLB rapped his fist on Jamie's shoulder to seal his words and to tell the boy he was a damn fine manThe man hiked up his pants leg to slide a blade from a hidden sheath He twisted the knife in the little light in the fashion of a man who knew how to use oneIt beggars belief that a decent author and his editor would publish crap like this Hoorah A High Action Military Operation ThrillerThis is an amazing well described military action novel finely edited easy to read On a mission into the Afghanistan Mountains First Sgt 'LB' DiNardo and his crew are on board an HH 60 Helicopter facing poor visibility as a storm moves along with them DiNardo has been a para rescue man for 12 years and has seen it all They are on a mission to rescue a village boy who has stepped on a land mine blowing half his foot off The marines had put in a rescue call for air evacuation of the 8 year old boy to a medical facility The storm is bad but the team signals the pilot to stay on course 'Doc' is a former marine second oldest to PJ at 36 years PJ is four years older with a previous history as an officer in the Rangers uincy was once a SEAL and Jamie is the youngest team member with this being only his second mission The leader of this team is Captain Walley Bloom who has known and worked with PJ for years They are well bonded as well as dedicated to the mission as a well connected team Their oath is That Others May Live They had planned to bring back two villagers but instead bring back five including not only the boy who has been stabilized but also a pregnant woman a teacher and mother and father Their next priority mission is Top Secret as an searchdestroy mission only because other operational teams were not near enough to complete the action They are to take over the hijacked freighter 'Valnea' which has secret cargo If the knowledge of this cargo and it's destination is revealed four world nations will be harshly impacted This is anything but a humanitarian mission as was their calling This is awesome story well written and the author is considerate enough to include a glossary of abbreviated military termsjargon to help the reader move right alongeven a woman reader such as myself This novel and the reality of the story and events really enthralled me I’ve had to go 80 or 90 pages into some books I’ve read – notably literary fiction – before I really felt like the writer wanted me in there in the first place But in the case of David Robbins’ The Devil’s Waters which I just completed it took about a eight or nine words In a book signing several months ago I think David called his TDW writing “locomotive style” And in parts I’d call it “flashbang style”As always deeply researched Robins’ book is also the product of extensive personal interviews and base visits in several parts of the world – and I’m sure some of them were “black;” that is they did not exist on any government TOE to yield the story of The Devil’s Waters It’s a riveting story that tracks real time developments pretty closely I’d guess The focus is on the US Air Force’s “Guardian Angels” the renowned PJs or “Pararescue Jumpers” components of Combat Search and Rescue operations and an integral part of our nation’s participation in protecting shipping from Somali Pirates on the high seasBut don’t be fooled It’s about way than just that It’s about doomsday and involves the US Russia Israel and Iran plus a bad ass contingent of real Somali pirates The tension is palpable throughout The writing style is deeply descriptive with characters developed so closely that you may see them in the your dreams and than a few in your nightmaresDo the good guys win? Yes but not in a classic Tom Clancy fashion Or maybe we win just at a certain level That’s your call Regardless the price is very high The stakes even higher and there is enough left hanging for the seuel that has got to be in the works Can’t wait Read TDW and see for yourself Soa bunch of Somali pirates hijack a ship that contains something that cannot be allowed to fall into the wrong hands The only US forces near enough are an elite parachute rescue teamThis could have easily been yet another Somali pirate throwaway thriller but actually it’s not I have no idea if the organisation actually exists as depicted here although I am aware there is a Rescue Suadron that has many of the same skill sets It would have been nice to have understood how ‘real’ the team depicted wereBut I did enjoy this far than I thought I would Much of this is because the clichés are avoided and the realistic characters we meet The Somali pirate leader has a personality an ethos and is not a weed chewing nut job the Parachute Jumpers PJs are guys who normally want to do good thrown into an environment where they will have to put aside what they believe in The lead PJ is known by his nickname LB and when he is thrown into a ‘die hard’ type environment the author does not make him into a super soldier he lets him behave logically and in a way you can absolutely buy into Perhaps the weakest character is a female scientist but that can be forgiven since the rest are so well roundedSo good stuff If this is the first in a series I’ll be there in the ueue for the next one This book was riveting I learned so much about pararescue thankful for the Glossary of terms at the end of the book and the intensity our military experiences when faced with a rescue mission Robbins weaves a story that is vividly written and heart poundingly real The fight scenes between the Somali pirates and the PJs felt as real as it gets and all the while you know that these parajumpers want only to rescue not to kill yet they are faced with a kill mission they cannot avoid Weaving politics humanity and a psychological component into the story made it even better There are some loose ends that could tie up in a continuation of this story I'd love to see that Highly recommend this book David L Robbins is known for writing taut well conceived military thrillers for good reason This author really knows his craft but TDW is than that This novel opens a broad stream of thinking about subjects as diverse as the long term effects of colonialism in the Horn of Africa the motivations behind the scenes in international alliances and the politics that sends soldiers into harm's way with little or no intelligent thinking ahead of the ordersSpecifically this is the tale of the rescue of a container ship with no cargo from Somali pirates Why a military strike performed by life saving para rescue jumpers would be called for a ship with no cargo or passengers is one uestion Nothing else is as it seems either and the ending while tying up the loose ends still leaves lots of room for further thinking which I likeAnother thing I really enjoyed in this book was how well the author worked the definitions of the military acronyms and jargon right in to the storyline He provided a glossary in the back but the writing was so well conceived I didn't really need it The story flowed smoothly all the way through with no distraction or jarring annoyances to slow it down My only issues had to do with the info dumping in the first chapter which actually served as a prologue but it wasn't really much of an issue at all The characters were fully fleshed out as the story began to take over anywayThe story was researched in a scholarly hands on manner which the author details at the end of the book I learned a lot about container shipping Somalia rescue ops and so much For readers who enjoy this kind of fast paced thriller The Devil's Waters will be a sure hit but I would also recommend it to anyone who enjoys a solid tale well told Especially if they have any interest in the hazards of shipping through the Gulf of Aden and dodging pirates along the way The mark of a good thriller is whether it keeps me engaged and turning pages THE DEVIL'S WATERS did exactly that It gets five starsDavid L Robbins has taken his considerable skills as a novelist and shifted them from dramas set primarily against WWII eg WAR OF THE RATS THE END OF WAR LAST CITADEL and moved them to a 21st century backdropTHE DEVIL'S WATERS is an imaginative adventure involving Air Force Pararescue Jumpers PJs and Somali pirates It’s high adventure with undertones of the War Against Terror and the old Cold War The PJs whose job is to save people become reluctant combatants in an effort to retake a pirated container ship in the Gulf of AdenThe ship as we learn harbors a warren of secrets; secrets so deep that the US government is willing to destroy the vessel PJs and all unless the PJs can secure itThe novel is a tale written from the viewpoints of a couple of the PJs and a Somali pirate Thus although I never found myself rooting for the Somali raiders I certainly understood their motivation Robbins fleshes them out uite nicelyI suppose one could snipe about wanting a little character development for the key PJs or about the perhaps over the top ending but I won’t uibble about those As I said in the first paragraph THE DEVILS WATERS is an engaging page turner If you’re a fan of military thrillers chocked with suspense and action I highly recommend THE DEVIL'S WATERS I don't often read military fiction because my experience with the real stuff often makes the fiction grating I have to say I thought Robbins did a fair job capturing the PJ's and their role within the larger military system The exception being of course that I'm pretty sure the military would go to great lengths NOT to use a PJ unit as the primary means of combat force Robbins understandably had to use some pretty intense literary gymnastics to make that seem plausible and even thenAccording to his acknowledgments section this book is well researched and it certainly shows Sure there were places where I had to suspend disbelief but I suppose that's what fiction is supposed to make us do I struggled with the PJ characters a little bit They just seemed like caricatures at points especially in their dialogue Overall I most enjoyed the eual weight given to all perspectives and particularly the portions told from the point of view of the pirates If the PJs seemed like the stock gung ho patriots Robbins' pirates had a depth and complexity not usually seen in the villains of your typical thrillers

The Devil's Waters MOBI ↠ The Devil's  eBook Ú
  • Paperback
  • 452 pages
  • The Devil's Waters
  • David L. Robbins
  • English
  • 09 October 2014
  • 9781612186061