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Five stars isn't enough
It is an excellent story, every bit as good as "HMS Unseen" Not as political as Patrick Robinson's others, but nonetheless a compelling story. I was sad to have it end it could have gone on forever.
Since the characters were developed in his other books, Robinson can just get into plot development, which he does right away The only problem that I had, was I could not believe that a Lt Commander, even one who worked closely with Arnold Morgan would call a 4 star Admiral by his first name to his face.
. I highly recommend this to military novel buffs.
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There have been ten novels in the Admiral Arnold Morgan series and I have read them all. Robinson has several hallmarks that you learn to love: 1) his ability to humanize the obstacle characters; 2) creating interwoven backstories which play out over many novels; and, 3) his penchant for patriotism. In this work, he does a fabulous job of humanizing Admiral Morgan’s old perennial foe, General Ravi Rashood, by providing deeper color about his wife. Also, allusions to previous missions and people still play a role although I would have liked more memory cue of the ones he included in the story.
However, I felt that they story did not have its usual authenticity. Things were deduced too quickly, Morgan was too stodgy, slow on the uptake, out of character and took actions endangering others that in previous novels he would have never done. I suppose that in this last Morgan novel, Robinson was going for a break with Admiral Morgan’s history. But, I would have preferred Morgan go off into the sunset strong and spectacular instead with a dull thud.
You have to read this book to end the series. But if you have not read the series, go back to book one and read them all; they are worth reading and then the last one fits in context. If you don’t intend on reading the series, I don’t recommend you reading this one.
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