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I got a copy of The Shipkiller after reading some of the recommendations here and agree it is a real gem. But I was stopped cold when I got to the passage about the Nigerian doctor''s father killing two attackers with a sword. I''d read that before somewhere, and realized that the two doctors, and the theme of chasing a huge tanker, are also found in James Garrison''s Fire and Ice. The doctors in his book have different names, but are otherwise identical. Yet Garrison, whose book came out in the 90s (Shipkiller was published in 1978), makes no reference at all to The Shipkiller. Another reader of both books posted a review of Fire and Ice on Amazon.com and noted that it appears to be an unacknowledged sequel to The Shipkiller.
Put in the best light, Fire and Ice could be read as a sequel to The Shipkiller, but the lack of even a tip of the hat to The Shipkiller bothers me.