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Book Review: The Devil's Waters - David L. Robbins
A Free Book? OK!
I enjoy reading but generally find myself sticking to non-fiction offerings rather than dabble in the world of fiction. There are a couple of main reasons for this. One is that I enjoy learning more about the World we live in and the Modern History that shaped it; the other is that I find far too often that non-fiction "Paperbacks" are too similar with rushed endings once the writer has hit their publishing target. As such I begrudge paying unless I have had a steadfast recommendation. However, that isn't to say that I won't read fiction, especially if it is free"
I recently received an offer from my mobile phone provider offering me one free kindle book. This sounded perfect so I headed to the special page at Amazon.The choice wasn't huge, only 10 books on offer, so after a quick look at the ones whose covers appealed and didn't shout "Chick-Lit" I chose to download this book and start reading. I am very glad that I did choose this book as I thoroughly enjoyed it, to the extent that I will probably look out for more from the same author now.
If like me you are UK based then please find here at amazon.co.uk.
Pararescue Jumpers (PJs) are a specialised US Air Force unit trained to recover and provide medical care within combat situations, often in support of Special Forces. Either helicoptering in the situation or even parachuting in, the unit lives by the motto "That Others May Live". One such unit of PJs is undertaking training based out of Djibouti when they receive a call from a cargo ship passing through the Gulf of Aden, on-board which an explosion has severely burned one crew member and potentially paralysed another.
It should be an easy mission and two of the team are helicoptered in to help tend to the injured crew members. It should be a short in and out job but with concerns over the quality of the care the injured will receive when the PJs leave again, LB (his callsign standing for Little Bastard) persuades his superiors to leave him behind until the boat docks.
Meanwhile, feared Somali pirate Yusuf Raage has been approached by an Al Qaeda affiliate who persuades him to come out of retirement to hijack one more ship in order to prevent Raage's home village being over taken by terrorists.All of a sudden LB and Raage are set on a collision course as the pirates set out to hijack the very ship LB is currently travelling on.
However, things aren't always that simple. Why this ship? Was the ship sabotaged to help the pirates capture it? Who is the mysterious passenger on board?
Despite my initial fears that the fact I was getting this book for free would mean that it would be a typical "Paperback", I in fact really enjoyed the story. I had never heard of the PJs before and the confined environment of an, albeit massive, ship really helped keep the action moving along. At times I was looking for an excuse to sit down with my kindle and read a few pages!
There were times that the plot went a little bit too "Hollywood" with slightly exaggerated human abilities but on the whole I found the text believable and a read of reviews at Amazon includes some from ex PJs who are complimentary to the author. It was clear that he had done a lot of research to make the book as factual as possible. Reading the acknowledgements the author mentions the time that he spent on board one of the massive container ships and there are nods to this throughout. For example, the ship in the book is named after the real-life captain's wife and the Chief Engineer has the same name in both real-life and the book.
What I felt he had done really well was make you feel empathy for all of the characters in the book. From the hostages to the PJs and even including the pirates who, despite their savagery, were also possible pawns in a bigger picture.
I was really happy that I chose this book and as said at the start of this Hub, I would now consider downloading more from the same author. If you have any interest at all in action based books, especially those with a military basis then I would say, download or buy this now!