How do you counter your own weapon system when it's turned against you? The Falklands War posed just this problem. January 1982 and the Exocet sea skimming missile is a killer. The British should know, they co-developed it with the French. However, the Argentinians have them as well.
Marcel Bertrand, a French missile expert, is recruited to help them. On April 2, 1982, Argentina invades the Falklands. Soon after, Lieutenant Jon Hunt flies his Lynx helicopter from HMS Prometheus with a Special Forces team to covertly infiltrate the Argentinian Air base at Rio Grande. His mission is to persuade Marcel, who has been kept in the dark about the invasion, to agree to work for them. Once Jon explains the truth about the invasion, Marcel and his girlfriend Maria agree to help and manage to modify the missiles warheads with a software update so that they won't explode.
As the war heats up, Argentina desperately tries to make their missiles more effective, and the British try just as desperately to develop countermeasures. While down south, Jon Hunt discovers what it's really like to fly in combat. Eventually, Marcel and Maria find themselves in the Islands just as the British are closing in. A rescue attempt to get them out is led by Jon which culminates in a desperate encounter in the mountains surrounding Port Stanley, just as the final fight for the Islands takes place around them.
This novel is based on the personal experiences of the author and many true stories that have never been fully told before. This is the first in a series of modern naval adventures, following the career of Lieutenant Jonathon Hunt through the turbulent modern military times of the last three decades.
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Decent plot, awful narration and dialogue
Oh dear I hate writing negative reviews but I do feel motivated for this one. Let's start with things I like. The plot and technical stuff is pretty decent. It has the makings of a really good story, in fact the opening read like a history rather than a novel which is just as the author intended I'm sure.
From a technical point of view, the thing that lets this down more than any other is the unbelievable dialogue. It's stilted; servicemen just don't speak like that. In fact I don't think anyone spoke like that even in 1982. If you aren't comfortable with large tracts of speech adapt your style to use another vehicle .
I understand the desire for an author to narrate his own work both from an interpretation point of view and to minimise production costs but I'm afraid Larry is not a narrator.
The intonation is mainly flat and where some is attempted it isn't done well. I have definitely heard many more talented narrators on LibriVox.
The production quality is awful but I'll deal with that below.
As long as they get someone competent to do the screenplay and acting I think it would make an excellent film! Yes, yes I would love to see it as a film.
I'm actually most annoyed with audible for this. The production quality is extremely amateurish and I must assume recorded by the author at home. You can regularly hear what I think are mouse clicks for the narrators cues.
- Sandy B
Audible version - not for me...
As an ex Lynx Flight SMR and a prolific audible reader I was looking forward to this and Larry's other titles. I am enjoyed Larry's book The Royal Naval Lynx, an Operational History. So this book had all the right ingredients. Unfortunately it was spoilt by Larry reading this himself. I would have given this 5 stars if a professional voice talent had been used... Sorry Larry, I shall be reading your other titles on a Kindle...
- Chris Lloyd