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on July 19, 2001
I read through a few of these reviews, most notably the bad ones. I thought this was a great book, and I have reread it, and read many of his other books. But one thing in all the reviews kept bugging me... People say there are technical errors. Would you have preferred if it was an English force throughout the whole book? If so, then the Ranks would be perfect, as Admiral Woodward is English. But he chose to make his book realistic. The book is written fantastically, and any technical errors made are simply because his advisor was not part of your system. The book is well written. Screw technical errors. If you read Tom Clancy, it is set in the future often, and some ranks do not even exist! Simply take it as what it is... a mystery (not military fiction) designed for normal people. The technical jargon is there to make people sound realistic to us normal people. I do not profess to know anything about the navy, military ranks, or anything else like that, except for what I learnt in this book, and what this book prompted me to find out. It is a great book.
So let it be, and let people read the mystery, the intrigue... not the obscure clerical errors made by a publisher.
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on February 14, 1999
Nimitz Class was a great book to read. If I could, I would rate this book at 4 1/2 stars. This book was not the best that I have read, but it is still a good read. I read other reviews to get a taste of what the book would be like. I say that most people are looking on the negative side of the book. There were numerous good things about the book. Despite the fact that the president called all his top admirals by their first names, the book was almost flawless. Some said that some scenes were corny. I only saw one scene that was unrealistic. The opening scene was this way in that Lieutenant Howell couldn't land on the carrier because of a "fouled deck", then his gear get stuck in the up position. Other than that, the events in the story were flawless. Others said that the it was impossible to penetrate a CVBG. Yes, a CVBG has 2 SSN's and other escorts like Guided Missile Cruisers and Frigates, but a Kilo on silent running with a commander as skilled as Ben Adnam could penetrate a CVBG. All the events in the book were realistic and all maneuvers performed were possible. Once again, Nimitz Class is a good book. If you're not sure if Nimitz Class is worth reading, check it out from the library or buy it. Nimitz Class is a book worth reading.
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on November 1, 1997
Patrick Robinson wrote Nimitz Class with the help of Sir Admiral Woodward who single-handedly commanded the first computor war this world has ever seen. The Battle of the Falkland Islands in 1982. He was the top man in the Royal Navy and every piece of technical jargon is absolutely spot on in Nimitz Class. The book was spotted by Ed Victor (one of the most important literary agents in the world) who quickly became Mr. Robinson's London agent. Nimitz Class has paid meticulous attention to detail, and the way Patrick Robinson writes places him among the best thriller writers of this century. He blew Tom Clancy out of the water in the Italian literary awards this year, and I thoroughly enjoyed the book. It is a breath taking debut and I believe it really could be the news one day. It has provoked wide military concern, and as a direct result of this book, no foreigner will ever be trained again in England - Ben Adnam scared the Royal Navy away from that idea. Books that lack realism tend not to have the same international effect. Jengo R.
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on April 10, 1998
When a US Navy aircraft carrier is vaoprized in a nuckear explosion with all 6,000 souls on board, all America mourns. The incident is publicly announced as an accident, but behind the closed doors of the White House and the Pentagon, a sneak attack is suspected. What follows is a global search for the men, the nation, and the equipment responsible. Nimitz Class is rich in well-researched technical detail, and presents a consistant, well-rounded cast of characters. The action moves swiftly enough to keep the reader riveted to his seat, though the development of the story line is straightforward and has few surprise twists. Patrick Robinson's book should be appreciated by any fan of the military-action genre.
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on September 17, 1999
Those who have written negative comments on this novel are way off the mark. I just finished it and highly recommend the book to all interested in global cat and mouse thrillers. All you Navy guys are challenged! Read this book! You will love it! I served on USS Coral Sea during the Vietnam conflict, and the the threat of enemy attack was always on our minds. It is very timely, considering today's events in the middle east. At times it seems more real than the news we watch every evening. I hate to "jinx" a first-class book, but this would make a great movie if anyone has the guts to produce it. Outstanding work Mr. Robinson!
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on May 17, 2002
Robinson tells a story about the destruction of a navy vessel in a terrorist operation. The villain is an Iraqui agent.He has been trained by the British while masquerading as an Israeli.He
is in fact one of Saddam Hussein's best agents.(He plays a prominent role in H.M.S. Unseen).He uses his training and submarine mastery to pull off a daring terrorist act.The British
and American authorities hunt for him worldwide.He does prove to be an elusive quarry.In this book Robinson shows a good working knowledge of affairs of the navy.This book leads into the very
exciting sequel.Both books are good.
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on April 5, 2000
4 stars, but just barely. The inaccuracy to American naval detail and some of the tactics are hard to excuse, but the story had too many good points to ignore. The plot was imaginative, and it granted submarines the power they really have that no one cares to acknowledge. The writing style was fluid overall. There was also obviously a good amount of researched performed, but with the blatant misses on the U.S. naval stuff and over-simplification of good 'ole Kansas boys as the stereotypical American, it's hard to tell where research backs up a detail and where a detail is plainly wrong.
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on July 5, 1999
This exciting page-turner is both a genuine thriller and an extremely useful introduction to the looming problem of nuclear sabotage by rogue nations in the 21st century. I have read the pacifist critiques of the book; all of them are facile and some of them are downright scary. Our freedom is guaranteed by our military, not by pious wishes. This well-written book highlights the serious threats our Navy faces today. It should be an inspiration, both for Annapolis cadets and for the ordinary Americans who benefit daily from their vigilance.
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on June 20, 1998
This book was very well written and was a good thriller that kept me reading until I finished. There were two things about this book that could have been done better. First, the ending could be better, it seems if Robinson was rushing to finish the book, and didn't put as much energy into the ending as the rest of the book. Second was its similarities to the Hunt for Red October. However, the book was great, and I recommend it to anyone who likes military fiction
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on June 15, 2000
Robinson, is so very good at what he does. I found this an interesting read with well developed clearly defined Villians & Heros. Great info on Subs, Politics of the not so cold war of the "future" Is this our "Brave New World". I won't be all that surprised, after reading this book. Fiction? or 1 Possible Future? I had a hard time pulling myself away, so I could add a bit of sleep to my life.
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