Intimate in scale, but grandly outfitted, the luxury cruise liner The Afrikaans hosts no more than 208 pampered guests, among them former FBI contract agent Thomas Prescott. When the ship is overtaken by African pirates who are demanding the US send medical relief to a small Zulu village in South Africa, it is up to Prescott to keep the 400 hostages alive. As the US tries to figure out how to combat the terrorists' plot from the outside, World Health Organization doctor, Gina Brady, undertakes the impossible task of rescuing three children from the secluded village.
As the deadline draws near, Prescott and Brady must race against the clock to discover the truth: Is it medical relief the pirates seek or a $2 billion ransom from one of the richest men in the world? Or could the implications be so profound, and the stakes so high, a war hangs in the balance?
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Great Read, Entertaining and Informative...
The Afrikaans by Nick Pirog is the third book in the Thomas Prescott series. Although this book contains the expected and sometimes hilariously funny sarcastic comments from Prescott, I think the author did curb his side lines a bit due to the subject of this book.
When the luxury cruise ship Prescott is on is taken over by pirates there seems to be two antagonists at work. For the time they join forces. One of them actually has a cause, the other's cause is greed. The first is trying to get medical help to South Africa. I am ashamed to admit that with all the reading I do, I never realized how out of proportion the HIV/AIDS epidemic is in South Africa to the rest of the world! I looked it up after finishing this book and found that this was not just the author's imagination. He does state at the end of the book his intention to increase awareness. In my case he was successful.
Anyway, the other antagonist has his sights set solely on monetary gain. His story is steeped in greed, deception and murders.
Johnny Heller is the perfect narrator for this book.
This book is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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Another Nick Pirog good book
I gotta say, Thomas is an ass sort of a guy, but love listening to his adventures. Didn’t think I’d like this one as it takes place on a cruise ship, but it was intriguing. There were a couple of slow spots, but overall a nice book about kidnapping, pirates, and a host of interesting, albeit annoying, minor characters. Waiting on the next in series!!!