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The Aden Effect
By Claude Berube
Naval Institute Press, 2012, ISBN 978-1-61251-109-2, US $27.95 / CAN $31.00
eBook ISBN 978-1-61251-110-8, $15.37

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An outcast after the death of his men and a court-martial, Connor Stark lives in the Western Isles of Scotland minding his own business and enjoying a drink at his girlfriend’s pub until two uniformed military officers inform him that he is back in the U. S. Navy and must come with them. Following orders is about the last thing Connor wants, until a trio of East Africans attempt to kill him.

Faisal leads a team of Somali pirates in a successful bid to hijack a supertanker in the Gulf of Aden. Having no need of captives to ransom, they ruthlessly murder the crew and disappear. One of his men, however, takes the captain’s gold watch and sends it to his cousin in America.

Ambassador C. J. Sumner arrives in Yemen intent on negotiating contracts for oil from the offshore rigs that Maddox International has been building for the Yemeni government. Being a Western woman in a Muslim nation merely complicates the situation, and when she requests assistance from naval forces to protect Maddox employees, she discovers that only one ship remains from Task Force 151 and her captain is more concerned with fuel status and fresh vegetables. Washington provides little help either; the Chief of Staff seems more interested in getting her to resign. Finding herself with no other options, she calls in a favor and gets Connor Stark assigned as her defense attaché since he has friends within the Yemini government.

In the Diplomatic Security Service, Damion Golzari investigates the death of the son of Secretary Dunner, a family friend who helped Golzarri’s family escape from Iran after the overthrow of the Shah. A search of the victim’s room turns up illegal drugs, a gold watch, and the name “Abdi Mohammed Asha” – an elusive terrorist. The trail leads Damion to London, where someone tries to kill him, then Yemeni where he unfortunately crosses paths with Stark. The two men detest each other, but an attempt on CJ’s life and Yemeni militants planning to create unrest within the country force Damion and Connor to work together. They must unravel an intricate web of intrigue, betrayal, and power to thwart the evil master plan that threatens not only Yemen, but also the United States.

Over the course of twenty-two days, Berube takes readers on a cyclonic rollercoaster ride with hair-raising serpentine twists and turns that will make the reader’s skin crawl at the all-too-real possibility of an international conspiracy that reaches to the highest levels of government. His experience working in the Office of Naval Intelligence and being deployed to the Persian Gulf shine through, while his masterful storytelling takes you to distant shores and places you right in the midst of riveting action. The Aden Effect is a compelling and disturbing thriller that readers will long remember.


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