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  • 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: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 345,423 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When I found myself as part of the Bravo Two Zero patrol trapped behind enemy lines in Iraq, I found that everything was as I'd been told it would be. I followed all the Standard Operation Procedures, the orientation, survival, evasion and fighting techniques I had been taught in the SAS and I am certain that is what made the difference, that it why I managed to get away.

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.

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'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)

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Launching a new series of thrillers from number one bestselling author Chris Ryan. Faster, Stronger, Deadlier.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Parm TOP 500 REVIEWER on 23 Jan. 2012
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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.

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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...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Richard VINE VOICE on 8 Mar. 2013
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The early Chris Ryan books were excellent, then they tended towards B movie silliness, then they got better again, and now we get this corny tale which lacks credible authenticity to epic proportions, it reads like someone's first attempt at thriller writing which would never have been published under an unknown authors' name. The hero of the tale has one arm, why? It just makes the reader doubt the veracity of the many fight sequences and the author also seems to often forget the limb deficiency; "he rubbed his palms together", really? Don't think I'll bother with any more until some authenticity is established again. Though I did read it to the end!
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I've read many books of this type, and while I loved his earlier books, I felt like he'd gone a bit 'dry' in recent years and wasn't sure if this would live up to its promise. Happily it's an insanely twisting and convoluted tale, riddled with betrayals, plot twists and action.
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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Andy T on 30 Jan. 2012
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I agree with the other reviewers, it's very readable fodder but you need to suspend belief and have a large pinch of salt handy.

I couldn't put it down until I hit Chapter 70, when the plot seems to go away with the fairies.
Come on Chris, a baddie with a bionic prosthetic arm that can remotely drive cars and control machinery up to a mile away and surf the internet `just by thinking it'.

You can do better than that - it's almost as if the last few chapters were written by someone else.
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By Enquirer VINE VOICE on 30 April 2014
Format: Hardcover
I like the idea of such a thick hero. However, the constant change of country is needless and will leave Ryan stuck soon (or as I already notice, going back to old sites). Is every ex-Para an incompetent sadist? can Joe Gardner kill ANYONE? the answer in Ryanworld is YES!

The first third of the book is quite good but shows up the rest so that you can see what a lazy writer Ryan is, and how undemanding his audience. I have been to or near a number of the places in this book. A sense of 'place' is not conveyed by road names and stuff that can be got on Google Maps. Even if Ryan has been there, it does not come across.

I did like the 'gun porn' though - some handy kit knowledge. The 'torture porn' was pathetic and added no real tension, since everybody else always dies and Joe always survives. Sorry all - spoiler!

All power to his elbow though. Anybody who writes 'as fast as a scouser into a betting shop' deserves to make a living from crap books.
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