Reviews

“Berube manages to use local color and intellectual seriousness to give depth to this excellent novel without sacrificing its fast pace and dramatic plotting…this is a novel you will treasure for its humor, its wit, its dramatic action, and its compelling protagonists, as well as for the way it deals with political and geopolitical concerns with panache and spirit. The author shows a case where cynical world-weary soldiers and idealistic public servants find common cause to skirt the rules when it is necessary to serve the well-being of people of all nations and serve the best interests of their own nation as well.”
- Naval Historical Foundation, 30 January 2012

“The book takes you by the lapels and yanks you in. The story is fast-paced and moves smoothly from Scotland to Maine to the Gulf of Aden, with a bucketful of murders and reprisals in every location. The bad guys get their comeuppance, usually with quick, clean kills. And both Stark and his more thoroughly civilized colleague, security officer Damien Golzari, are believable characters who play off each other effectively, adding character depth and good humor. If modern-day high-seas adventure is your cup of tea, just add a thick twist of suspended disbelief and sip away.” – The Washington Independent Review of Books, 15 December 2012

“…this is not just a book for those who like military fiction; plot and characters are well-executed in The Aden Effect, making this an engaging thriller for any reader.”
— Mystery Scene Magazine, December 2012

“Claude Berube has written a great story filled with characters who are likeable or hateable but always entertaining, and even more important believable…[The Aden Effect] was fun and intelligently written, you will enjoy it. – Blackfive.net

“From drug trafficking, to Somali pirates, to high stake politics, Berube has knocked this one out of the park…Unlike this year’s politics, this story will not disappoint.”                       – gCaptain.com

“Berube keeps the heavy technical terms to a minimum, letting the engaging characters and intriguing, multifaceted story shine. Military-fiction readers will find much to enjoy here. Naval Institute Press has launched the careers of both Tom Clancy and Stephen Coonts, and they may have found another jewel in Berube.” -Booklist, 15 October 2012

“[Berube] provides exciting, plausible action—enough to make you hold your breath and squeeze the pages until they’re wet with perspiration.” —Publishers Weekly

“Berube’s protagonists are an unlikely match; the straightlaced, impeccably dressed Golzari exudes as much arrogance as the non-traditional, informal Stark. Yet readers will find it difficult to dislike either man. Their foes are easier to dislike, but Berube is equally respectful with them. Smart, determined and realistic, they make the novel’s action chillingly believable. Fans of political thrillers, international espionage or military crime should not let this gem fly under the radar.” - Shelf Awareness

“Claude Berube has given us the toughest, brainiest and most interesting new hero since Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan. The Aden Effect is the thinking man’s military thriller.” – Steven Pressfield, bestselling author of Gates of Fire and The Afghan Campaign

“Claude Berube brings to The Aden Effect a deep and profound knowledge of all things naval and maritime.  The reader is in good hands with him.  He has not merely researched this subject, he’s lived and taught it.” - Robert D. Kaplan, bestselling author of Monsoon: The Indian Ocean and the Future of American Naval Power and The Revenge of Geography

“Claude Berube has met spies, sailors, SEALs, soldiers of fortune, mercenaries, ambassadors and pirate-hunting naval officers in the Horn of Africa and around the world; that depth of personal knowledge comes through in this riveting tale that will keep you up nights, eagerly turning pages.” - Richard Miniter, bestselling author of Losing Bin Laden, Shadow War and Leading From Behind

“Pirates, terrorists, high politics and low deals, Claude Berube deftly weaves them together drawing the reader into the violent and the unpredictable realities of the African Horn.  The Aden Effect will keep you on the edge of your seat as it takes you to the edge of the modern world.” —Dr. Martin N. Murphy, author of Small Boats, Weak States, Dirty Money: Piracy and Maritime Terrorism in the Modern World and Somalia: The New Barbary? Piracy and Islam in the Horn of Africa

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