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Books by Patrick Robinson

#1
One of my brothers bought me a book recently. It's "Scimitar SL-2" by Patrick Robinson. I'm about halfway through it now and it's an absolutely cracking read. Tom Clancy just pales in comparison. I've already ordered another three of his books from Amazon.

Here's a bit of info on the author:

http://www.patrickrobinson.com/patrickrobinson.html

He seems to bear a close resemblance to Harry Secombe, but never mind that. :D :D :D

MsG
 
#2
Have to confess I have read most of his books and they are all good reads. I spend a lot of time in airports when travelling and he is one of the authors I keep an eye out for when browsing in the shops.
 
#3
Inf/MP said:
Have to confess I have read most of his books and they are all good reads. I spend a lot of time in airports when travelling and he is one of the authors I keep an eye out for when browsing in the shops.
Inf/MP, would you happen to have any gen on the man's military experience? I've had a trounce around on t'internet, but not found anything.
He seems inordinately genned up on sub stuff and I'm wondering if he's ex-RN.

MsG
 
#4
No he is not ex-mil, however, he is good mates with a few submariners including Adm Sir Sandy Woodward who was the Task Force Commander sent to liberate the Falkland Islands from Argenitine occupation in 1982. He also has contacts in the US hence he is able to use them to make sure that he does not write bollocks when describinn technical aspects of submarine warfare.

All this appears in the prelude to some of his books.
 

Mr Happy

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#6
Robinson, like Clancy before him is guilty of starting well and slowly progressing into writing crap. What starts life and all arms warfare descends into american SF saving the day, again and again. Add a few cliches with Brits, capable but class ridden and it becomes the same old crap...
 
#8
Totally agree with Mr Happy absolute sh1te. Started off medium interesting but now... forget it.

What really grips me is that he is a Brit but they all read like products of the US Army fan club with the the Brits playing the usual upper class twit routine or being terrorists with a good education


Avoid like the plague
 
#9
Mr Happy said:
Robinson, like Clancy before him is guilty of starting well and slowly progressing into writing crap. What starts life and all arms warfare descends into american SF saving the day, again and again. Add a few cliches with Brits, capable but class ridden and it becomes the same old crap...
Totally agree, I still have his first three books, have not bought any since.
 

Mr Happy

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#10
I saw True Blue being filmed, being a Putney resident at the time so the crew's were filming down on the water all the time, hung out at The Dukes Head and so on. Rowing friends were often hired as extras for the background work...
 

Mr Happy

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#11
I bought about the 4th or 5th when stranded in an airport. Something about the French promoting a revolution in Saudi. I was groaning inwardly by chapter 1.

The problem with this, and the others to a lesser extent (lesser and lesser as you go back) is that he goes from writing 'a warry novel to writing about Special Forces who of course can do no wrong, have masters, speak 12 languages and crack shots with whatever they lay their hands on (oh, and can drive tanks, helicopters, planes, boats, etc).

I actually wrote to Robinson via the publisher pointing out the factual errors in the book (mossad hitmen blowing away the entire French restaurant with AK74's firing 7.62). French flying a terrorist (singular) around in a Boeing-Airbus A380 (!!!) so he can travel covertly.. It goes on.
 
#12
Patrick Robinson? You must be joking.

They're awful, the lot of them.

I like how they start of all serious usually with a preface from Sir Sandy fooling you into thinking theres a half-decent story on the way.

Then you get these nonsensical plots which involve subs being hijacked by Arab ex-Mossad agents freelancing on behalf of France and using a nuclear torpedo to vapourise a Spam carrier with the day being saved by lots of US/UK SF types working in concert.

Stick to Andy McNab for for half-decent fiction!
 
#13
His latest thriller!

After Professor Paul Landon, the world's most prominent geophysicist, is found with a bullet in his head, it is discovered that Ravi Rashood -- America's nemesis and the former SAS officer who is now the head of Hamas -- has hatched a diabolical plot against the West: to fire a nuclear-tipped guided cruise missile -- Scimitar SL-2, named for the curved sword of the Muslim warrior Saladin -- into Cumbre Vieja. United States Admiral Arnold Morgan, the retired National Security Adviser, and the Pentagon know it's not a joke when Rashood, accompanied once again by his wife, the Palestinian Shakira, explodes Mount St. Helens. Morgan knows something even more horrific is to come . . .
:p :p
 

Mr Happy

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#17
theiftaker said:

Kilo class is a fantastic book, Now my desk does'nt wobble


But now all work that flows from your desk does so in some kind of stereo-typical way, where you as a brit will be both plummy accented and titled whilst your wife a trollop will bed any understanding american that comes by. In addition, your father-in-law, a retired admiral or general will approve...
 

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