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  • By David Rickard
    Apr 23, 2018
    “Attack on Paradise” by Ian Palmer Book Review by Dave Rickard Highly trained government field agent, Max Gale, must be a magnet for trouble, especially of the international espionage kind. Fresh from a dangerous operation in South-East Asia for Australia’s Foreign Affairs Department, we find Gale relaxing in a reef bar off from Queensland’s tropical playground, Port Douglas. Sipping on a cold drink while relaxing and enjoying a well-earned break from hazardous intelligence undertakings, anything resembling treachery was furthermost from Gale’s mind as he soaked up the cool breeze wafting over Australia’s idyllic Great Barrier Reef. But his newfound solitude was not to last. A violent explosion onboard a research vessel working off the reef had him reaching for his dive gear and launching him into another completely unexpected mission, filled with twists and turns that would test even this ex-navy veteran to his limits. “Attack on Paradise” is the second in what may prove to be a... More > series of action/adventure novels by author, Ian Palmer, covering the daring exploits of military field operative, Max Gale - the first being the absorbing “Gale Force”, a tale of the agent’s deeds when called back to work undercover for the Royal Australian Navy. Palmer’s initial venture into the domain of writing was his very readable “Report of Proceedings”, a non-fiction memoir of his 20-year career in Australia’s navy. “Brose”, as he is colloquially known to those who served with him, has once again drawn on his navy experience to give the book its authenticity, as well as using his knowledge of the merchant navy world, gained working in civilian life. And the story also evolved from his research into ecological dangers affecting oceans and reefs today, by consultation with experts in this exacting field, including his son, who just happens to hold a science degree on the very subject. But aside from the forgoing undertaking by the author to give the yarn its cred, Palmer’s laidback writing style and fresh turn-of-phrase within the book’s dialogue, gives it its unique appeal. If you enjoy the works on a similar theme by Australian author, Matthew Reilly, or maybe of MacLean, Monsarrat and Fleming, then it’s entirely conceivable you’ll find Brose’s latest effort an entertaining read as well.< Less
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First Edition
Ian Palmer
October 31, 2017
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
2.31 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
5.5 wide x 8.5 tall
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