The Delta Solution

The Delta Solution

An International Thriller

Book - 2011
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The Delta Solution is an action-packed novel dealing with the Somali pirates operating off the southerly reaches of the lawless East African republic on the Indian Ocean.

For the past three years, these heavily armed tribal brigands have been capturing and holding for ransom massive cargo ships, especially oil tankers, and violently demanding millions of dollars for their return. Pirating out of the tiny Somalian village of Haradheere has become a very lucrative, dangerous business, so much so that the village has its own Stock Exchange with a reputed $78 million cash, all in crisp $100 bills, in the town vault. And each time an owner pays big for the return of their ship, the pirates immediately do it again, enraging the Pentagon more and more by the day.

That is, until the "Somali Marines" make a big mistake, seizing at gun point two United States ships and demanding a $15 million ransom for their return.

Hero Mack Bedford, previously encountered in Diamondhead and Intercept, is deployed to SEAL Team 10 to form The Delta Platoon. His objective: obliterate the Somali Marines in the middle of the Indian Ocean, at all costs, once and for all.

Publisher: New York : Vanguard Press, c2011
ISBN: 9781593156473
Branch Call Number: F ROB
Characteristics: viii, 328 p. ; 25 cm

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jeh106
Jun 07, 2020

I have previously read nine books by PATRICK ROBINSON and THE DELTA SOLUTION makes ten. All have been terrific “reads”. If you like naval fiction, by all means look into Mr. Robinson’s books.

Commander Mackenzie Bedford is the featured US Navy SEAL in this story. It is the third of four in print featuring Bedford. He had been involved in an incident in book one in Iraq/Afghanistan that forced him out of the Navy initially. Subsequently he was reinstated. Now he has been asked by the Navy brass to form a new SEAL unit, Delta Squadron, to tackle a growing threat from Somali pirates.

The pirates in question are based in Haradheere (Xaradheere according to 2 atlases I looked in), Somalia. A pirate leader, who has equipped his band with the latest portable Russian weapons, controls the village. He also has created his own stock market. Through this market, he sells shares to townsfolk at a very low price to finance the raids on shipping in the nearby Indian Ocean. When a raid is successful and the ransom is paid, the value of the shares goes up, handsomely rewarding all investors, including the leader. The pirates buy their weapons from an arms dealer in nearby Yemen.

The pirates have informants in Washington D.C. and New York City who supply them with shipping routes and cargoes. They also supply contact information for the shipping companies, shipping agents and insurance companies so the pirates know whom to call to get their ransom.

The pirates are somewhat gentlemanly in that they do not want to harm anybody if at all possible. Once the ransom is paid, they release the ships and hostages. For the most part, they do not want to attack U.S. flagged shipping. However, in the end, a very suitable cruise ship carrying wealthy passengers becomes their target. The cruise ship is U.S. flagged and two of the passengers are the parents of Bedford’s commanding officer. Big mistake!
Bedford and his newly trained and formed SEAL unit are sent to stop them. First, they retake the cruise ship. Next, they attack the pirates’ base.

The description of the training that the SEALs undertake is very compelling. No wonder they are the best Special Forces unit. The military actions and the pirate raids are well done as well. This nonstop action is at the top of this genre. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for fans of military action books.

GO! BUY! READ!

hodgkin Apr 10, 2013

Once more Robinson waves the Yankee flag while denigrating everyone else. Another bunch of unbelievable propaganda.

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charlie2911
Jun 21, 2012

Robinson's earlier books about the Seals or US Navy were very good. - Lately, as in this one the plots are simply too unreal. This and his last were also filled with technical errors regarding engines, ships and weapons. - I simply can't understand that - -typos ? maybe? - For instance at one point the pirates are looking for " a fast boat 75 -85 feet long, about 2,500 tons " Those sizes would get you something like a fat garbage scow !
I only persevered as I hoped it would improve - it did marginally.

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shadynz
Sep 17, 2011

Patrick Robinson does it again! Wow!
Action packed and engaging. Having said that though, did seem a bit "rushed" at the end!

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warralong
Sep 08, 2011

Dissapointing
As a fan of Patrick Robinson I have eagerly awaited each of his new books. But with 'The Delta Solution' I am dissapointed too many pages of data before the story starts to unfold. In summation a story line that promised so much, and delivered so little.

And why must modern fiction writers, constantly allow their own personal political views to intrude into their work. It makes one wonder who they are writing for.

readerdick May 24, 2011

Very dissapointing. I have read most of Patrick Robinson's books and found them to be entertaining and enjoyable.

The "Delta Solution" is boring with two hundred fifty pages of needless detail and no action. There is no character development and a plot with good potential that never gets off the ground.

I would not recommend it.

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