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Pirate Alley

Pirate Alley A luxurious vacation cruise to the exotic locales of the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden turns into a nightmare for passengers and crew when their ship is suddenly attacked and captured by a band of bloo

  • Title: Pirate Alley
  • Author: Stephen Coonts
  • ISBN: 9780312372842
  • Page: 284
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A luxurious vacation cruise to the exotic locales of the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden turns into a nightmare for passengers and crew when their ship is suddenly attacked and captured by a band of bloodthirsty Somali pirates An initial rescue mission ends in failure the decks are covered in blood Unless they are paid a ransom of 200 million dollars within seven days, tA luxurious vacation cruise to the exotic locales of the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden turns into a nightmare for passengers and crew when their ship is suddenly attacked and captured by a band of bloodthirsty Somali pirates An initial rescue mission ends in failure the decks are covered in blood Unless they are paid a ransom of 200 million dollars within seven days, the pirates threaten to execute all their hostages But information gleaned from a captured Al Qaeda operative indicates that there is a far dangerous conspiracy afoot.Once the ransom is paid, Islamic militants intend to swoop in and slaughter the passengers in an orgy of terror, hoping to provoke a massive American military response that will set the Muslim world aflame Jake Grafton is assigned to negotiate with the brutal pirate chief while his right hand man, Tommy Carmellini, and a team of CIA and Navy SEAL operatives mount an undercover operation to save the hostages and keep the U.S from being maneuvered into a murderous war.

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    1. I received this book today from a First Read giveaway and began reading it immediately. Aside from the free copy of the advance readers' edition of the book, I have received no compensation for this review. Unfortunately for most of you, the book will not be mass published until May 2013.The book is fast-paced with sufficient character introductions flowing with the storyline as to allow someone such as myself who had not read any others in the series to understand the motivations behind the re [...]

    2. A British cruise ship Sultan of the Seas, with 500 passengers and 350 crewmembers, is captured by Somali pirates and held for a ransom of $200,000,000. Following a gross initial miscalculation on how to handle the situation by dithering politicians while Sultan is still underway, she is towed to the pirates lair at Eyl, Somalia. Cooler heads prevail in Washington when the next steps are decided and retired U.S. Navy Admiral Jake Grafton, now a high-level employee of the CIA, accepts the offered [...]

    3. Thanks to and the author I won this first-reads book. This book was full of non-stop action and a look into how the military would operate under a hostage situation. The author did a great job vividly describing the many characters and scenes throughout this book. This was definitely a page turner and hard to put down. I enjoyed the story and how this could be something that could happen, even though it’s unlikely, but we do have modern day pirates still. I would actually like to see this boo [...]

    4. An absolute "can't put down"! If you enjoy reading a story about Somali pirates, military operations that demonstrate intelligence, planning and operations beyond what a civilian force or politicians could ever imagine (or ever make happen), and suspense that keeps you on the edge of your seat THIS is the book for you to read! Stephen Coonts comes through once again with characters, Jake Grafton and Tommy Carmellini, in one of his best. Can't wait for his next story to hit the presses.

    5. It could be simple, plain, & cliché "america is great and the pirate is bad" but apparently coonts has an acute islamophobic, so he had to portray moslem as worst people in the world, then also several times insulted their prophet it's not fun enjoyable fiction in fact, it's the worst kind of fiction: leading its reader to be a narrow minded haters regret to spent some money & times for this crappy book my first and last coonts book

    6. Cruise ship attacked/taken over by Somali pirates. Lots of action, sometimes funny, exciting, but can't say I enjoyed it because of the brutality of the story. Would make a great action movie. Hard for this non-military reader to understand much of it. A lot of blood and talk about weapons. Copyright May 2013.

    7. First time reading Stephen Coonts' books, Pirate Alley was indeed right up my alley! Exploring the Somalia piracy crisis, Coonts' tells a compelling tale of a pirate hijack of a luxury cruise liner. A fast paced thriller that weaves in domestic politics, a sound military plan and plausible execution, Pirate Alley is sure to please fans of military and geo-political thrillers.

    8. Love a good pirate story, bad guys and the marines gunning in--great escape to listen while doing yard and housework.

    9. February 5th 2013 I received Stephen Coonts newest book "Pirate Alley", published by St. Martin's Press, as a prize giveaway on this website . Now that the disclaimer is done I can honestly say that for my first Stephen Coonts book it read well. Taking place in the Red Sea off the African coast a cruise ship with over 850 passengers is taken in a well orchestrated raid by Somali Pirates. What do they want and are they acting independently? In Washington the authorities try to decide should they [...]

    10. I really liked this book! I love the character Tommy Carmellini. This book dealt with the problem of Somalian pirates in today's world. A cruise ship is captured by pirates. The ship has only minimal defenses and no weapons on board. I certainly hope that some weapons are now aboard these vessels. The ship relies on its speed to avoid pirates, but this time the pirates out-maneuver the ship. Tommy Carmellini and two other CIA agents just happen to be in the vicinity. The world is outraged, and t [...]

    11. I found this book on . I have never before read a Stephen Coonts book, but this book has made me a fan. It begins with a CIA undercover team watching for & taking out the “BAD GUYS.” They are camping in the middle of a Somalia desert. It quickly switches to a group of Somalia pirates with their eyes on a specific prize, a vacation cruise liner filled with 850 passengers & crew. The pirates issue a ransom notice for $200 million with a 7-day deadline. Unfortunately for those aboard th [...]

    12. I have never had the slightest interest in going on a cruise. I went on a tour once and didn’t like the regimen under which I had to go wherever the tour was set to go. So being on a cruise ship seemed worse. And I could be all wet, no pun intended. Cruise ships could be the best thing since sliced tuna (trying to keep the nautical motif). But after reading the new Stephen Coonts thriller, Pirate Alley, going on a cruise, particularly in the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden, seems like a non-start [...]

    13. Stephen Coonts has over the course his more than dozen quasi-military thrillers, developed two very strong characters, Tommy (the smart ass) Carmellini and Admiral Jake Grafton. These are solid and interesting men who Mr. Coonts uses very well in establishing a base that is not just story driven but character driven as well. The story in not a new one, Somali pirates hijack a cruise ship and hold it for ransom. Can they be saved? Will the ice cream on board freeze, will Islamic terrorists take o [...]

    14. Interesting subject matter and a pretty good plot. The novel can get a little plodding and dull at times, however. Also, every character is a walking caricature: the British naval officers all use "bloody" in favor of any other adjective; in fact, none of them can finish a sentence without adding the word "bloody." Coonts also loves double negatives in his sentences, which makes for confusing reading. And, of course, all of the political types in the novel are nothing but weak-kneed good-for-not [...]

    15. I love going on cruises. And although I had never read a Stephen Coonts before, when I saw the cover of this book, I just had to get it. It does go to show you, that you can judge a book by it's cover. The book was a wonderfully crafted, fast-paced read. The Coonts interweaving of our Navy Seals, Marines, CIA, and others paints a vivid picture of our armed forces at their best. He also paints a vivid picture of the idiots in Washington, DC as they are. Only caring about themselves, and their pol [...]

    16. As a Stephen Coonts fan, I was not sure about the storyline touted before I read it. I enjoyed the novel, however, once the plot line began to unfold. A luxury cruise liner is sailing off the cost of Africa when pirates succeed in boarding and overtaking the ship and its crew. Ruthless, the pirates succeed in taking the ship and mooring it offshore of Eyl, their haven. Their plans are to ransom the passengers and the ship for $200 million dollars. They force everyone to disembark to be held in t [...]

    17. Good storyline.Pirates decide to hijack an unarmed cruise ship and think its easy pickin's. Well it is sorta, they can't fight back. Since this is a Coonts book with Jake Grafton, Tommy Carmellini, and Toad Tarkington, you know its not going to be a simple hand over of a $200 million ransom for over 800 hostages and everyone goes home happy. To top it off theres another bunch of muslim jihadist who are waiting for the money to be deliver so they can kill the pirates and take the money to fund th [...]

    18. A star spangled spanking doled out to Somali pirates and Al Shabab, with a bit of knife-wielding revenge on a rapist to boot. If only it really were so easy to sort out the world's problems. I felt genuinely uneasy reading this while stories of ISIS and Gaza filled the internet. Actually at the heart of this trash a truth was touched on - if the problems of piracy, fundamentalism and the endemic poverty that is a breeding ground for both are to be addressed it will take more than stirring speech [...]

    19. From the middle of the African desert, Tommy Carmellini is contacted by his boss, Jake Grafton. A cruise liner with 850 crew and passengers has been captured by pirates off the coast of Somalia and is being taken to the pirate stronghold of Eyl. How do they proceedn they be rescued. a ransom be paidif the ransom is paid, will the ship and hostages be returned? Rumor has it that an Al Qaeda linked group intends to kill all of the hostages and take the ransom money once it is received by the pirat [...]

    20. This is the first book in the Tommy Carmellini series I have read, you don't need to know who he is to get into the story so don't be put off by the #5 in the series it stands alone and there's enough character back story to bring you up to speed. I definitely felt the beginning half of the book with the taking of the cruise liner was the best part and most intense. Towards the end with all the sneaking around, spying and military action some just felt long winded and drawn out (just my opinion) [...]

    21. Didn't love it, didn't hate it. The right wing undertones kept getting in the way of what could have been a better story, and the alliterative nicknames made me feel like I was reading a swell comic book from the 1930's. I loved 'Flight of the Intruder', but that was basically an autobiography, making it much more plausible. This was essentially a hardcore version of Captain Philips, with more violence and hostages thrown in, and with a less than subtle Americans-Rules!-Jihadis-Suck! message pla [...]

    22. Pirate Alley is a riveting, step by step tale of Somali pirates capturing a British cruise ship in the Indian Ocean, holding the passengers and crew for ransom, and then facing Jake Grafton & Tommy Carmellini as representatives of the US Government. In addition, the pirates had to deal with the Somali Shebab, fundamentalist Muslims who hoped to get their hands on any ransom to further the cause of jihad. It almost reads as a newspaper account of this bloody piracy. Much of the story is told [...]

    23. Terrific book. This is a story of Somalian pirates, Navy Seals, CIA, international government interaction (or lack of). It begins with the hijacking of a cruise ship by Somalian pirates and is about what happens to them and efforts to rescue them. Do they attempt a rescue or do they pay the ransom? It is disturbing and probably realistic to glimpse the process to get approval from bureaucrats for any kind of military action. The writing was so well done that the reader can get a true mental pict [...]

    24. I am generally a fan of Stephen Coonts yarns. I was interested in this one because I encountered it on the heels of the movie Captain Phillips based on a true story of an attempted Somali pirate hijacking a few years ago.Coonts does an excellent job of setting the scene and positioning the characters and giving us a bit of an education along the way. Pirate Alley is indeed just that, a bottleneck where Somali pirates nab cruise ships for ransom.Of course Coonts and his sidekicks prevail in the e [...]

    25. I generally love Stephen Coonts' books so I was looking forward to Pirate Alley. This one didn't live up to it's potential for me. The elements were there, pirate, cruise ship, rescue, the works. It just didn't come together for me. Jake Grafton was positively wooden in this book and parts of the ending were just strange. Without spoiling anything, we have shiploads of US Marines offshore, Navy Seals sneaking on to a beach andRoyal Marines show up? There didn't seem to be any backstory there. Pi [...]

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