• The Afrikaans

  • Thomas Prescott, Book 3
  • By: Nick Pirog
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (576 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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?

©2019 Nick Pirog (P)2019 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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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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And more laughing...

(Ok, I'm repeating myself on the reviews of the series books 2-4 but same take as the first...) While this book is not always "PC," I have to say I'm literally laughing out loud. I love Thomas' sarcasm, occasional self-deprecation, and his take on events around him. Storyline is good, and narrator does a great job. While certainly outlandish at times, the entertainment value and creative and fun way it's told makes up for it. I've been binging on all of the books in this series and sad to see there's only four.

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Must read

Read the first books before reading this so that you understand the two main characters. And continue to listen to the authors note at the end of the book. Thank you, Nick, for wonderful characters and story.

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Good book but....

I like Nick Pirog and his writing style but this book had a lot of misconceptions about South Africa. Especially in the time, it was written. It is true that we faced challenges with HIV in the country but the way it was portrayed was a little exaggerated. For a few years now we have the disease under control and most people affected by the disease do not die from it. I think in 2013 we had a management of the disease as plans were put in place in 2010 to get the virus under control.

The Zulu stuff got me screaming as you can imagine......

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  • DB
  • 01-29-21

A mystery with a sense of humor.

I LOVE the Thomas Prescott series. I didn’t want one to end, and couldn’t wait for the next one to begin. Nick Pirog is one of my favorite authors. Laughing out loud wonderful!

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Enjoyed the Storyline and Narration

The overall story was great, but the parts of the story mentioning lesbian characters were unnecessary and should not have even been part of the story. The Narration was EXCELLENT!!

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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!!!

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just plain fun

Great story and I love the characters. Thomas cracks me up with his sarcasm, and they picked the perfect narrator.

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Best in the series

Thus far, the best in the series - Thomas is maturing as a character and lands in the middle of a pirate takeover of a cruise ship with enough espionage, humor, sarcasm, and wit to last months.

Add a mix of government bureaucracy, hide-aways, rich people, and you have a great story.

This is unlike the first two in the series in that it isn't a 'crime' to solve since Thomas, Lacey, and Baxter are in the middle of it.

However, there are enough 'bad guys', annoying people, and screw-ups to keep the plot moving.

If you liked the first two, you should like this one too.

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What a great story!

I really enjoyed this story. as it went from shockingly scary, to funny scenes and back to horrifying. There were plenty of twists and turns to keep it unexpected. The narration or performance of the book was equally good too. I enjoyed the narrator with the personality that he gave the characters. He doesn't go over the top trying to portray a woman's voice in the way that so many do that is distracting. His way of portraying the different characters only added to them and never took your attention away from the story itself. I especially loved that he pronounced Qatar properly!

I usually read sci fi but I may have to take a break to read more from this author, about this character, or by this narrator. kp /JF

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  • Caroline
  • 05-29-22

Just too racist and ignorant

Pirog books always have a good storyline, but are always laden with misogyny. And not the kind that people excuse as ‘oh it’s just part of the character’.

This one ramped up the unpleasantness with its racism, and ignorant lack of very basic fact checking about South Africa, languages, cultures. Not artistic license, just laziness. Pirog claims to believe in God; it’s a shame he can’t bring more integrity to his writing.

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  • Cyn
  • 02-23-22

Great narration!!

Thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook, the narration was great, storyline engaging with a few laugh out loud moments!