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Synopsis: Captain W. C. Wiatt draws on his experience as a professional charter boat captain, big game hunting guide, U.S. Army trainer and a DOD contractor operating in Somalia to draft this intrinsically detailed action adventure thriller. Pirate’s Hell begins onboard the 3 Amigos, a Sportfishing charter boat owned and operated by the Thornton family of Conch Key, Florida. The family’s father and three sons find themselves thrown into turmoil when the oldest brother’s catamaran sailboat is hijacked during an around the world cruise. Meanwhile the CIA and its Deputy Director Jason Jones are setting up a Somali intelligence asset, Farah Habiib, as an undercover arms dealer. Farah is contacted by another Somali arms dealer and is given an opportunity to provide the leader of the pirates, self proclaimed President Juhu, with Russian made shoulder mounted surface to air missiles or SAMs. Wishing to establish Farah as a key player in Somalia’s black market weapons trade, but not willing to provide fully functioning SAMs to the enemy, Jason’s team solicits the assistance of a female CIA weapons expert. This PhD physicist, Marina Kay Dugger, modifies the SAMs internal computer program so that they no longer pose a significant threat to aircraft. The U.S. Navy Destroyer USS Kingfish, operating as part of an International Combined Task Force whose mission is to disrupt and deter Somali based piracy activities is on patrol off the Somali coast when the hijacking of Johnny Thornton’s sailboat occurs. The arrogant Commander of the USS Kingfish ignores the engagement protocols established by the CIA and orders its Cobra Attack helicopter in tight on the pirate vessels. Johnny Thornton’s youngest brother, Jack, is an ex-Army Ranger, safari guide and bar owner living between his hunting camp in Tanzania and his beach home in Mombasa, Kenya. With the assistance of a taxidermist and smuggler, Ismail, and his ex-marine father Ed Thornton, Jack devises a plan to rescue his brother’s family. As Jack Thornton begins to implement his plan, the CIA executes their own. Jason Jones’ Somalia Team uses their arms dealer, Farah, to set up a hostages for arms trade between two undercover CIA operatives, posing as Yemen terrorists, and Somali pirates President Juhu and the evil Sugule. The CIA’s plan fails and results in a violent gunfight. Finally with no hope for another trade, the CIA receives approval to launch a limited air campaign against President Juhu’s palaces and camps to pressure the pirate leader into releasing the hostages – military operation Pirate’s Hell is initiated. As the pressure from the Pirate’s Hell increases, the pirates devise a ruthless plan of there own; one that puts the lives of the hostages in grave danger. While desperately trying to address this new threat the CIA discovers that Jack and Ed Thornton are in Somalia attempting to negotiate the terms of a ransom payment. Without the approval to use military ground assets, Jason Jones is forced to use his team’s surveillance resources to assist the father and son duo in finding and rescuing the hostages. With the ransom payment, Jack and Farah now team up to make the final transaction but Sugule, who despises Americans and disagrees with President Juhu on the amount of the ransom, has other plans. He lies in wait at the hostage exchange point heavily armed. What happens next in this intelligent page turner is anybody’s guess. Pirate’s Hell is the first of W.C. Wiatt's series of Jack and Ed Thornton novels.
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Captain W. C. Wiatt draws from his experience as a professional charter boat captain, big game hunting guide, U.S. Army Trainer and DOD contractor operating in Somalia to draft this intrinsically detailed action thriller.
Pirate's Hell begins onboard the 3 Amigos, a sportfishing charter boat owned and operated by the Thornton familyof Conch Key, Florida. The family soon finds itself thrown into turmoil when the oldest brother's sailboat is hijacked by Somali pirates during an around the world cruise. His father and two brothers are quick to react to save him and his family while the U.S. State Department drags its feet.
Meanwhile the CIA's Jason Jones is setting up a Somali intelligence asset, Farah Habiib, as an undercover arms dealer. Assisting the CIA is the U.S. Navy Destroyer, USS Kingfish, which is operating as part of an International Combined Task Force whose mission is to disrupt and deter Somali based piracy activities.
What follows is a fast paced intelligent page turner.
Title: Pirate's Hell
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Book Condition: Good
Book Description CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. Paperback. Book Condition: Good. Light shelf wear and minimal interior marks. Bookseller Inventory # G1460932781I3N00