"BEST OF THE SERIES!" --Louis Pledge "Library Lou"
"Blending modern day piracy and the high seas with international and government intrigue and deception, Pirog has crafted yet another novel that is chock full of WTF moments that will have you skipping sleep and possibly meals just to find out what happens next. It's a real page turner, that's for sure. If I could give it more than five stars, I would." --Todd Barselow
"If you like to stay up and read all night, this book is for you." --Mark Cogley
"FILLED WITH SURPRISE TURNS!" --Sam Wagner
"An excellent pirates/cruise ship international multi-scenario adventure that holds together beautifully. Action flows through logical yet unanticipated directions, the characters are well defined and realistic. This is a fun read and well worth the time." --Sam Wagner
"Adventure on the high seas...a must read (unlesss you're planning an ocean cruise)." --"NitaDrink" Book Description: Intimate in scale, but grandly outfitted, the luxury cruise liner 'The Afrikaans' hosts no more than 208 pampered guests, among them; former FBI contract agent Thomas Prescott. When the ship is overtaken by African pirates who are demanding the U.S. send medical relief to a small Zulu village in South Africa, it is up to Prescott to keep the 400 hostages alive. As the U.S. tries to figure out how to combat the terrorists' plot from the outside, World Health Organization doctor, Gina Brady, undertakes the impossible task of rescuing three children from the secluded village. As the deadline draws near, Prescott and Brady must race against the clock to discover the truth; is it medical relief the pirates seek or a two billion dollar ransom from one of the richest men in the world. Or could the implications be so profound, and the stakes so high, a war hangs in the balance.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The third Thomas Prescott novel has Thomas, sister Lacy, and assorted others enjoying a cruise off the coast of Africa. Then come the pirates, who overtake the boat and have outlandish demands. Over the next few days Prescott and the other passenger/hostages have to come up with a plan that will save them and their shipmates. This novel is somewhat different from the first two Prescott novels, firstly in that is does not contain near as much humor and wit from Thomas that we're used to, and secondly, there are dozens of typos and misspellings. The typos, etc, don't really bother me, but the subdued Thomas Prescott isn't nearly as interesting and exciting as he is in the first two books. Oh, there is some humor, just not the quantity and quality of wisecracking we're accustomed to. The story is quite good and full of nail-biting suspense, but IMO it doesn't compare to the first two novels. Although there are some politically incorrect comments and observations (which I love), there are...
Which is... HUGELY GOOD! The Man is a gifted story-teller, with a full, generous heart and a full, occasionally goofy, but laugh-out-loud sense of humor. While ALL of his characters are vivid individuals, totally unique creations, I wish, in THIS ONE BOOK, I more fully understood the placement of each of their pieces in the grand puzzle of it's careful design -- and I'm SURE it's MY shortcomings (at 6'4") -- but an essential character's essential father kept seeming to be alive, then killed years ago, then behind everything, then more recently dead, then a Navy Seal JUST blown to smithereens... twice... then alive again, but blackmailed, then dead, at least business-wise, but still a multi-billionaire available to be manipulated by whoever's handy, then welcome at weddings and helpful, empathetic and evil. He seemed to send someone important, but who didn't know him, a remote-controlled explodable diamond (which the recipient then adhered, for unknown reasons, to a body part...
This was my favorite of the Thomas Prescott series. Thomas takes his honeymoon cruise sans bride, being that they broke up shortly before the sailing date. Sister, Lacy, went, instead. Everything is going well (except maybe for the entertainment onboard), when the ship is overtaken by pirates. Thomas can hardly save his, his sister's and Baxter's (their dog) life without protecting all 400 passengers. I, almost, quit reading after Book One (mostly, due to language) but now can hardly wait for another.
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