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Diamondhead

Narrated by: Charles Leggett
Series: Mack Bedford, Book 1
Length: 15 hrs and 39 mins
4 out of 5 stars (36 ratings)

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Summary

When Navy SEAL Mack Bedford's fellow officers are brutally killed by Iraqi insurgents using a cruel, new anti-tank Diamondhead missile, Mack avenges their murders by gunning down the then-unarmed attackers, ultimately getting himself court-martialed and kicked out of the Navy. To make matters worse, Mack then learns that the Diamondhead missiles were sold illegally by French industrialist and infamous politician Henri Foche. Mack believes Foche will become the next French President, and fears that his election will result in the cancellation of all navy-ship purchases from the United States, and thus protect French interests in the Diamondhead. End result: doom for Mack's hometown shipbuilding yard and the spread of international terrorism.
©2009 Patrick Robinson (P)2009 BBC Audio

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Very disappointing

I have read a few Patrick Robinson books and have found them a simple straighforward good read - undemanding but enjoyable and ideal for holidays or long drives.
Diamondhead however is really bad - mind numbingly simple and so drawn out it could have been cut in half -
Really not up to standard and best avoided

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Hes done it again.

It never ceases to amaze me how everytime i read a book by Patrick Robinson the ending takes me completely by surprise. The way he articulates the story and also the way that the narrator tells the story are in perfect harmony. Brilliant book excellently narrated.

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Phew what a slog

This story really plods. The narrator really doesn't put much effort into what is a bad retelling of Day of the Jackal.

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WoW

Now this is my kind of story its fast and furious and very very well written the context is pure fiction but the excution of the story telling and its reading is pure profesional.

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Excellent

The American accent of the narrator makes listening very strange but none the less enjoyable

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Brilliant should put more books on audible

Patrick Robinson should put more books on audible 3 books not enough the the navy seal person is brilliant narrated also very good so come on Patrick it's time

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A guilty pleasure

The plot is 'Boys Own' silly, the politics jingoistic and yet it is madly compelling and enjoyable. A genuine 'guilty pleasure'.

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  • GH
  • 09-01-13

A Disastrous Departure of Style and Genre

I have read or listened to all ten of the Robinson’s novels in the Arnold Morgan series. The last “To the Death” was a horrible close to the ten. I am sad to say that the first of the Mack Bedford series is even worse – something I never thought possible. One of the most interesting parts of Robinson’s novels was his humanization of the obstacle character. He forced you to get to know the bad guy and at some level sympathize; and then when the bad guy would slither away and ultimately get killed -- I was conflicted. Sure I wanted the bad guy to get what was coming, but there was still emotion there. The stories were complex, with many characters. So many characters that you sometimes needed to take notes and they resurfaced like old friends throughout the novels.

All of these reason for loving his works gone. Diamondhead is a flat story with very little thrill and thin non-existent conflict. I couldn’t connect with the plot and the main character never seemed to be in any bodily danger and just cut through challenges; by the three quarter mark I was begging for it to be over. There were no auxiliary characters of note, certainly none that I want to hear from ever again and the mission just made no sense and just doesn't tie my mental model of a Navy Seal. More laughable, the French bad guy Andre Fosch, was about as impotent bad guy as you can conjure – even his wife was flat and her backstory added nothing, was unresolved, and a yawner.

The narrator, Charles Leggett did not succeed in bringing any interest to the story. His voice was monotone, uninspiring and undifferentiated.

Maybe I’ll read the next just to see if Robinson got off on the wrong foot; but this is strike two Robinson. It will take me six months to recover from this poorly conceived and sloppily executed work of uninteresting fiction before I'll consider reading the next installment. If you had been a fan of Robinson, like me, skip this book and try the next – maybe it will be better; but I am not counting on it. All in all – a disaster.

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  • FordCraftsmanStudios
  • 26-09-15

Is this the same author as the one who wrote Kilo Class...?

The submarine books were great to read. This one is full of holes, incorrect facts, weak and stupid women and clearly the author had little to no knowledge of weaponry, tactics or hand to hand combat techniques. The scene with the three stooges deaths (eye poke, ear grab and head shake to break necks) was moronic but funny (don't think it was supposed to be funny). Our hero is strong as a mountain lion, big as a bear, more agile than a porpoise and tougher than a (insert random animal name-just like the author did). This book was just bad. The author is a rabid Republican, leery of any news source that ISN'T Fox News. Listened to the audiobook while in a long family trip. I rolled my eyes so many times that I'm surprised I didn't kill us all. Find another book, any other book, and save 15 hours of your life.

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  • Alan Venable
  • 06-03-14

Contrived by an ignorant author

What disappointed you about Diamondhead?

Author has no technical knowledge worth noting. The premise is faulty. The author speaks authoritatively about guns but obviously knows almost nothing. For example, he speaks of a revolver having a 'saftey' and then talks about the additional magazines for the revolver.Also, sighting a rifle in at 40 feet and then using the same cross hair setting with no adjustments at 600 yards to hit a target dead on. I have no respect for someone who doesn't at least do a little research.

What was most disappointing about Patrick Robinson’s story?

Too contrived not believable

Have you listened to any of Charles Leggett’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

no

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The only redeeming quality was the narrator. The book itself is irritating in all the little things that the author gets wrong.

Any additional comments?

Just too stupid and can't believe I listened to it as long as I did. I don't normally write reviews but this one absolutely deserved this review.

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  • Donald
  • 26-01-14

Simply awful.

About 1/4 way through this book I could not figure out why I was still listening to it. To say that it is adolescent pablum was insulting to adolescents. I hung in as long as I could 1/2 way then left and started listening to the newest Nelson DeMille to purge this nonsense from my system.

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  • Goetz Schuppan
  • 29-07-09

This book is terrible

I am doubly disappointed. I listen to a lot of mystery/ suspense novels and I bought this book on the recommendation of Audible. I don't see how anybody who actually read or listened to this book can recommend it. The subtitle on the cover of the book says "A Novel Of Suspense" and it's good they put that there because you would not know it was a suspense novel from listening to it. The entire first half is dedicated to setting up a tedious and ridiculous backdrop that I found myself saying "Come on, already!" several times in the car.
I am 3/4 of the way through and will not listen to it any more.
The narrator is the only good thing in this book. Even though his narrative style highlights the incredibly bad writing, his accents are prettty good.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-06-19

Great Story

This is a very good book by Robinson. Great action and a story that keeps me wondering what happens next. Working on reading his next book in the series.

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  • krawle
  • 14-12-13

You feel like you are there with the troops

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Definitely! What a great book.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Not on the edge of my seat, but a fascinating spy story for sure.

Which scene was your favorite?

When the insurgents were taken down on the bridge.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When the bad guys got their comeuppance.

Any additional comments?

A few to many filler paragraphs for my liking, but overall I really enjoyed this book.

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  • Donald
  • 07-05-13

Edge of the seat suspense, rooting for an assasin!

What did you love best about Diamondhead?

Patrick Robinson got you hooked on the situation with the Diamondhead missle, the character development of the Seal Team and then hooked you into siding with the plan. I started listening while painting a room in our house and found reasons to keep doing more so I could keep listening!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Mack Bedford is the type of guy we all want to be, act with your convictions ... OK, in this case becoming a potential assasin is a little extreme, but he is an awesome character.

Have you listened to any of Charles Leggett’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This was a first for Leggett for me, and I was impressed with his ability to switch voices so often and to stay in character. His Swiss accent was so bad I think because the author made it that way for Mack Bedford ... and Leggett went along with it. His Maine accent was more Boston, but we will forgive him, it is hard to imitate a downeast accent unless your grandparents had it, like mine.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The extreme reaction I had was to not want to put it down until I was done.

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  • Brad
  • 05-01-13

Terrific Sniper Thriller

Would you consider the audio edition of Diamondhead to be better than the print version?

I did not read the book. This is a large work and the Audible version was interesting, entertaining and hard to take a pause.

What did you like best about this story?

The author Patrick Robinson does spectacular character development. All to often in these types of thrillers the characters are like cardboard with no depth and simply carictures. These are living, breathing real people that come to life. The story is very interesting and the action well-paced and yes thrilling.

This is a very well written novel by a very accomplished and successful author. There are excellent details on a sniper kill, covert travel and stalking a target. This book has an excellent pace and structure that propels the listener at a fast, but not out of control pace. The plot is very creative and the action is uniquely interesting.

Which character – as performed by Charles Leggett – was your favorite?

The narrator did a fine job.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

A Relentless Revenge Thriller

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  • Shawn
  • 14-10-12

Rarely do I write a Review but I must on this one!

I find it very fortunate that I listened to the Novel Intercept prior to listening to this FANTATSIC book. A novel that riveted my mind and intelligence for almost a full non-stop marathon.
The Novel "Intercept" was clearly number two in this series and I knew the whole 1st half of the book was very detailed and seemed to educated the reader with descriptive, flowing and transfixing detail. Some may have lost interest at this, but I became even more intrigued in the whole series. The character development was a masters work. Mr. Robinson has found his way to the top of the great Intrigue and international operations series in all 300 books i have purchased through this site.
Diamond head had me from the 1st sentence. I would love to sit and discuss this fantastic novel with anyone.
Oddly I would even most enjoy a discussion from someone who does not share my appreciation. It would be a look at a mind that may need to seek a different genre that would fulfill them in a better way. Clearly this series could not be challanged in its entirety for the exact Mystry and Suspense division it sits in.
The Diamond Head novel was as an ice cold Coka-Cola would to a man who thrists for a break from heat and dust. I thristed for a series that could hold me as well as the greats we all know, After the 30 plus great (some just mind candy) suspense series this sits with the top 4 men of talant.
We thank you Mr Patrick Robinson

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