- Hardcover: 448 pages
- Publisher: Coronet; First Edition edition (19 Jan. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1444730150
- ISBN-13: 978-1444730159
- Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.7 x 24.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 72,748 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Chris Ryan Extreme: Hard Target: Faster, Grittier, Darker, Deadlier Hardcover – 19 Jan 2012
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But as soon as I got I home my suspicions were aroused. We few surviving members of the operation were given a thousand pounds each and told to go off on holiday. This was the authorities telling us to keep quiet. A truckload of medals were handed out too - another sure sign a cock up is being covered up.
The more I looked into it, the more I realized that the Bravo Two Zero mission had been doomed from the start. Our political masters had not thought it through and as a result we weren't prepared to get involved in that operation. We have a saying - the 5 ps - prior planning prevents piss-poor performance - and no matter how high the calibre of the men doing the fighting, many of them will get captured or die if the prior planning is not good enough. That is what happened in Iraq.
Cock ups are one thing, but what makes me really angry is when soldiers are not told the truth about what we they are being asked to do - when things are not as they seem. The SAS are asked to do some terrible things. In fact all the shady things you might imagine the SAS gets up to, we have done in real life. The men of the SAS are regularly asked to do things which would be illegal for any private citizen. Some of these things will scar you for life, physically and mentally. You do them because that is your duty. But time and time again the men on the ground are betrayed because they are not told the truth and then when things go wrong they are abandoned and left to their own devices. That is what I write about in my books.
This high octane tale certainly packs a punch. (News of the World)
Nobody takes you to the action better than Ryan, because he's the real deal. (Evening Standard)
Chris Ryan is as hard as nails. (Mirror)
Launching a new series of thrillers from number one bestselling author Chris Ryan. Faster, Stronger, Deadlier.See all Product Description
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I bought this not realising that this a new sub-genre of his novels.
It was unremitting non-stop action, hard action, cold killing, brutal killing, and I kept looking for some trademark Chris Ryan humour, or a few moments of humanity, so that I could take a breath and process what was going on. No hope.
If you like non-stop killing, then this is the book for you. Apart from the one token scene where the main character/hero develops an attachment to a woman he's only met once, there is little in terms of character development, or any hint that the hero has emotions.
I got the sense that may have been written as a movie script and then turned into a novel. I could see Jason Statham written large all over the pages.
Extreme is Bourne on steroids. I didn't enjoy it. I'm going to pass on the other Extreme novels.
Chris Ryans books become more implausible with ever title, BUT: they are still fun, on a previous review i was called a fascist and a boys own idiot for liking this sort of novel, but why? The story is no different to going to the cinema and watching Mission Impossible or similar title.
This as per previous titles is fast, full of action, great fun, the main character is the type you will want to match to your own fav film star from the start (while not my fav film star, soon looked like Ross Kemp in my head), its that type of book (its the type of book written for a film), all that said, there is lots to like about Joe Gardner. and i will certainly take some more of these on holiday with me, perfect poolside fodder.
Former SAS Warrant Officer Joe Gardner has fought the Regiment's deadliest enemies, in some of the most desolate places on earth. And he's always won. Now he's about to face his toughest challenge yet.
After losing his hand whilst on a covert operation in Afghanistan, Gardner is forced to stand down from active duty. Now he lives off the grid. But trouble finds him in the shape of a phone call from an old friend. Ex-Regiment legend John Bald is trapped in a bullet-ridden favela in Rio de Janeiro and a violent gang is out to kill him. Unless Gardner helps, Bald is a dead man.
What begins as a simple rescue mission soon descends into a desperate struggle for survival as Gardner finds himself caught up in a conceit that stretches from the slums of Brazil to the frozen steppes of Siberia. Stalked by elusive MI6 agents and ruthless ex-Blades, Gardner must draw on all his training and instincts to hunt down the hardest target of all - before disaster strikes...
The opening chapters detailing a highly dangerous SAS mission are so excellently written you can virtually taste the sand and dust, and once the story skips to the present day and our hero is called to Rio to repay a favour, the slums and favelas have never seemed more vivid or terrifying.
Because of the number ot twists it's impossible to discuss the actual plot further without spoilers, but it would be accurate to say that it's a novel riddled with explosively violent and sometimes disturbingly gruesome combat and torture (hence the very approriate 'extreme' tag) that I felt also didn't let the plot suffer in pursuit of cheap thrills. Yes it's very violent and reads almost like an action movie, but there's a constant and clever sense of drive and pace that keep it moving forward like a sports car.
The characters are very distinctive and stick in the mind, and the climax is highly dramatic. The bad? My only complaints are these: there seem to be too many bad guys. One of the most interesting seems to serve almost no purpose in the novel, which is a disappointment. Another is introduced later seemingly just to add the equivalent of an exciting 'set-piece' to keep the pacing up, and there's perhaps one twist too far, stretching credibility a bit too much. However, I loved the book and consider it well worth reading. It's right up there with his best - maybe just below 'The Watchman' and 'Tenth Man Down'.
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More of a snack than the main course. Brutal, fast and a little far fetched.
If you want a reading version of a snack, dive in.