My name is Sam Sutlive and I have read a lot of books. I read anything and everything that catches my eye/looks interesting. I recently read H.M.S. Unseen by Patrick Robinson. I think people who are interested in mysteries, submarines, and a dynamic character would enjoy this book. This book is mostly set in the Middle East. H.M.S. Unseen starts out with a prologue, which grabs your attention by starting in the middle of the book. (Of course it then starts with chapter one). This book has to do with a smart man who is introduced as Eliat One who has the ability and the resources to change his cultural status level. He is able to represent himself as a man who is a well to do businessperson but who has kept his deep cultural roots. He also can become a worn out old beggar. He knows a lot about the Middle East especially Iraq and Iran. He knows about these country’s military’s work. His knowledge in the history and the military of Iran and Iraq allow him to pose as a patriot of either country. He is a very slippery character that even makes deals with some (or one) of his enemies. The basic plot without giving out a spoiler is that Eliat One chooses to leave his home country, joins another country, and accomplishes four main goals. Three of the four main goals wreck havoc on two developed countries. An important theme is submarines and submarine/military technology. Who has what resources and capabilities? What are the possibilities based on what is available? Who would suspect what is going on? What can Eliats One’s current leaders get away with? Who knows about Eliat One in the two developed countries that are attacked, if anyone?
As a reader gets more involved with H.M.S. Unseen they will see the personality and learn the beliefs of Eliat One. He is very unemotional but has two things that he has a deep attachment too. As the book progresses the reader is able to delve deeper into the consciousness of Eliat One.
If you have read Tom Clancy’s book The Hunt for Red Octoberor seen the movie version and liked it you will enjoy H.M.S. Unseen. H.M.S. Unseen has the same feeling or sense of adventure as Red October. The character types and their development are different in these two books. The idea of an enemy and what is the so-called enemy going to do/ how much is he a threat to us? Is asked in both of these books. If you read H.M.S. Unseen I hope you enjoy it. I want to warn you that if you are strict about reading books in order you should start with Nimitz Class and then read Kilo Class and thenH.M.S. Unseen. I did not know they were a series when I read H.M.S. Unseen but I still enjoyed it and you will not be lost if you start with the last book in the series.
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