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by Don Brown

Set in Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, and the United States, The Malacca Conspiracy is a bone-chilling tale of terrorism on the high seas, of political assassination and nuclear brinkmanship. And for Zack and Diane—your favorite JAG characters from Don Brown’s popular Navy Justice Series—a story of hope for a longstanding romance that is now or never. When a dastardly plot is hatched in the Malaysian seaport of Malacca to attack civilian oil tankers at sea, to drive up the price of crude oil futures, and to assassinate the Indonesian president and use fat windfall profits to finance a nuclear attack against American cities, Navy JAG officers Zack Brewer and Diane Cocernian reunite in a sizzling race against the clock to foil the conspiracy before disaster strikes. But as President Mack Williams sends ships of the U.S. Seventh Fleet towards the Malacca Straights to reassert control over the sea lanes, will Navy JAG officers Zack Brewer and Diane Colcernian survive this dangerous and final high-stakes drama of life and death? You won’t be able to put this thriller down until you find out.

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ISBN: 0310272157
ISBN13: 978-0310272151
Category: Bibles
Subcategory: Literature & Fiction
Author: Don Brown
Language: English
Publisher: Zondervan (June 26, 2010)
Pages: 352 pages
ePUB size: 1575 kb
FB2 size: 1104 kb
Rating: 4.6
Votes: 779
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A bait and switch. Starts out as a terrorist thriller and turns into a revival meeting. Full of Bible quotes with every character praying for help or salvation and Jesus on every page by the second half. Did I mention the thinly veiled sexism and racism? The scene where the character remembers his "dear African-American friends" as he dons blackface for a mission was embarrassing to read. I gave up shortly after at about 75% read.

One odd note was the detail given every smoking scene. The author relishes every cigarette and cigar smoked in the story like an ex smoker reliving the good old days as he writes about the characters "drawing rich smoke into their lungs and feeling the warm nicotine buzz". That's a paraphrase from memory but you get the idea.
This is a fast-paced interesting novel with the author showing good knowledge of the geopolitics of the region. I would have given it four stars if not for the errors on Indonesian names and Indonesian culture. First, an Indonesian-Muslim will never greet a non-Muslim "Assailamualaikum." (I don't know about the goddamned Arabs.) Next, Muslims don't drink alcohol as it is "haram" - at least not in public -- so the scenes of the generals toasting with wine is inaccurate. The biggest letdown by the author was not to do a Google search for Indonesian names while writing. Almost all his Indonesian characters have un-Indonesian names. In fact, Megawati as in "General Megawati" is a woman's name. And "Santos" is a Spanish name, of course. But Indonesia was never ruled by the Spaniards but by the Dutch. Finally, the scene of Dr. Guntur Budi performing a one-man surgery to remove his brother's lung and replacing it with explosives is far-fetched. Adding an assistant such as an anesthesiologist would have given the scene more plausibility.
Not my type of book and my husband said it wasn't very good.
This novel is a fast paced book whose subplots accurately reflect current Naval Operations and supports the book's main plot. Navy life at sea and ashore is accuately depicted with only a few deviations.
I have to admit this was a fun page turner that was too short and moved too fast to be really believable. I think this is the main difference between Tom Clancy novels and this book. Here the characters are way too adumbrated (sketchy), not just the bad guys, who were too stupid for reality, but the good guys too. Also, there was a little carelessness of detail. One reader underlined (this is in the Kindle edition) that a sailor hadn't seen his wife in over a year, and his son was being born in just 2 weeks. Oops! Of course these things happen, but it wasn't really part of the story and came across as a mistake.

For another example, the bad guys (Muslim team) are driving a U-HAUL trailer from Texas to the Northeast coast of the US. (I won't say exactly where, although it does tell you in the book). They get there instantly! But actually it would take 2 or 3 days.

Another thing. There's an arms deal. It happens immediately. In real life this would never happen, and the seller would never sell either, because obviously it would mess up their country's life completely. Some things are more important than money, especially in the non-US world. The implications of the seller thinking it through and ending up not doing it, that is not even on the table. It's a big mistake to underestimate your opponents.

The scenes of religion and individuals, I thought were well thought through. And the war scenes were super kick-you-know-what, but did not comport well with the SNAFU you can get in real combat. What I'm saying is that Mr Murphy was not really a working member of the US Team, only the Muslim team. Ok, so it was a nice little military fantasy, but ... that would never happen! Mr. Murphy joins your team, and you work around it.

The relationship between the hero and the heroine, I had problems with. First she dumps him (apparently) for having a harmless dinner with a female staffer, and then the next moment she is thrilled to get together and they don't even talk about it? I see storm clouds ahead for these two.

Also, I thought it was pointless for them to go to Diego Garcia from really really far away, only to turn around and go back, and arrive instantly. And Diego Garcia was presented like it was this big military secret, but you would have to be pretty ignorant not to know about it. That having been said, I liked my fictional visit to Diego Garcia, probably all the better since I was never stationed there.

Since most reviewers seem to be mentioning some FTC regulations that I have never heard of, I should state that Amazon gave away this Kindle edition to me, in return for me receiving an invoice of $0.00 and paying the entire amount. There was no agreement that I should either read or review the book, but I read it all the way through to the very end of the epilogue (which contained a moment at the end that I found highly entertaining, to say the least). I am reviewing it now: my final takeaway is that I would not be inclined to read another book by the same author.
Arabella V.
I would read it again . The end was most unusual. I had a hard time putting it down That says enough.
GOD Bless America
Rollers from Abdun
The book seemed to lose steam as it went along. I am a regular church goer but the biblical quotations all seemed forced and did not add to the story. Sections of the book seemed to be written by a computer - boring and predictable.
Should have been a 5 star but the bible verses were a bit too much. It was really overkill for me.