The Aden Effect: A Connor Stark Novel

Naval Institute Press
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Alpha team was gone, dead to a man. A few crewmen from Bravo team had been blown overboard. Stark reentered the pilothouse and checked the radio hoping to get out one last mayday, but the radio, like the crew, was dead….

Connor Stark was a pariah, a man without a country, a former naval officer whose career came to an unceremonious end after a court-martial resulted in a dishonorable discharge. At home and at peace in Scotland, he was determined to leave his past behind until murder, politics, and Middle East instability prompted his unexpected recall to active duty. . Set against a background of modern piracy in the Gulf of Aden, the story begins as the new American ambassador to Yemen, C. J. Sumner, is assigned to negotiate access to the oil fields off the island of Socotra and enlists Stark’s help countering pirates who are capturing ships at will off the Horn of Africa. Meeting with resistance to her diplomatic overtures, Sumner recruits Stark, who has become a mercenary after being dishonorably discharged, as her defense attaché, because he knows the region. When Stark sets up a meeting with the owner of a Yemeni shipping company and the ruling
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About the author

Claude G. Berube: Claude Berube has worked for the Office of Naval Intelligence and on Capitol Hill, and. An officer in the Navy Reserve, he deployed with Expeditionary Strike Group Five in 2004-2005. He is the co-author of three non-fiction books and has taught at the United States Naval Academy.
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Publisher
Naval Institute Press
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Published on
Oct 12, 2012
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Pages
224
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ISBN
9781612511108
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / War & Military
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When the Sri Lankan navy is unexpectedly attacked by a resurgent and separatist Tamil Tiger organization, the government issues a letter of marque to former U.S. Navy officer Connor Stark. The head of the private security company Highland Maritime Defense, Stark and his eclectic compatriots accept the challenge, only to soon learn that the Sea Tigers who crippled the Sri Lankan navy are no ordinary terrorists.

The Sea Tigers have created a new weapon that not even the West possesses. By creating a localized electro-magnetic pulse (EMP), the group and its ruthless leader, Vanni, can effectively neutralize any ship, airplane, or missile. Fueled by a previously-undiscovered rare earth element for their weapon, they’re poised to achieve what they could not after losing a thirty year civil war, a threaten stability throughout the region.

Half a world away a U.S. Diplomatic Security agent is found murdered and the Iranian-born Damien Golzari investigates. Unraveling a trail which will eventually take him to the creator of the EMP weapon used by the Sea Tigers, Golzari discovers a conspiracy far more alarming for the West, including U.S. forces in the region.

Meanwhile in the forests of Sri Lanka a veteran journalist uncovers the operation to mine the element which fuels the EMP, finding the Sea Tigers have ruthlessly exploited local children for labor after killing the children’s families. After escaping capture she’s on the run, but unable to piece together the story of whom and what her captives were doing.

In between them all is Syren, a former Navy experimental vessel now the flagship of Highland Maritime, under the command of Connor Stark. Aided by the help of an old friend leading an ad hoc Navy force, Stark and his team race against the clock to prevent another and more crippling Sea Tiger attack, unraveling the mystery of the enemy and finding themselves surrounded by the Tigers. Guided by fate or just dumb luck they unite with Golzari and the journalist, hatching a plan to escape capture and return to prevent the beginning of a major regional war. But the Tigers won’t be beaten so easily, and after cornering Stark and capturing him, he’ll learn firsthand if the relationships he’s cultivated will prove strong enough to beat the odds.
The first novel in the First Law Trilogy and debut fantasy novel from New York Times bestseller, Joe Abercrombie.

Logen Ninefingers, infamous barbarian, has finally run out of luck. Caught in one feud too many, he's on the verge of becoming a dead barbarian -- leaving nothing behind him but bad songs, dead friends, and a lot of happy enemies.

Nobleman, dashing officer, and paragon of selfishness, Captain Jezal dan Luthar has nothing more dangerous in mind than fleecing his friends at cards and dreaming of glory in the fencing circle. But war is brewing, and on the battlefields of the frozen North they fight by altogether bloodier rules.

Inquisitor Glokta, cripple turned torturer, would like nothing better than to see Jezal come home in a box. But then Glokta hates everyone: cutting treason out of the Union one confession at a time leaves little room for friendship. His latest trail of corpses may lead him right to the rotten heart of government, if he can stay alive long enough to follow it.

Enter the wizard, Bayaz. A bald old man with a terrible temper and a pathetic assistant, he could be the First of the Magi, he could be a spectacular fraud, but whatever he is, he's about to make the lives of Logen, Jezal, and Glokta a whole lot more difficult.

Murderous conspiracies rise to the surface, old scores are ready to be settled, and the line between hero and villain is sharp enough to draw blood.

Unpredictable, compelling, wickedly funny, and packed with unforgettable characters, The Blade Itself is noir fantasy with a real cutting edge.



First Law Trilogy
The Blade Itself
Before They Are Hanged
Last Argument of Kings


For more from Joe Abercrombie, check out:

Novels in the First Law world
Best Served Cold
The Heroes
Red Country

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