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Crisis Four: (Nick Stone Thriller 2) [Kindle Edition]

Andy McNab
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Book Description

Ex-SAS trooper Nick Stone is extremely highly trained. Clever, ruthless and very effective, it is no surprise that he is hired by British Intelligence. On deniable operations - one of the most dangerous lines of work.

Sarah Greenwood is beautiful, intelligent and cunning - and the only woman Stone has ever truly opened up to. But now he has been ordered to hunt her down.

Hotly pursued through the American wilderness, Stone finds himself at the centre of a deadly game of cat and mouse. He must get to the heart of a terrifying conspiracy theory to which only Sarah holds the key. But will he manage to before the tension reaches boiling point?

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    Crisis Four is Andy McNab's fourth book and his second work of fiction, but he has already established himself as a brand name. His trademark is the SAS and dirty operations, so it will come as no surprise to anyone that the hero, Nick Stone, is a hard but fair ex-SAS man, now working for £250 per day as a freelance agent for British Intelligence on undercover missions which will be denied if they go wrong. The basic story is relatively straightforward. Stone undertook a mission to Afghanistan in the late 80s with a mysterious femme fatale, the posh Sarah; they had a fling and she promptly dumped him on her return. In 1995, they meet up briefly on another undercover mission to Syria which starts to go horribly wrong as Sarah appears to be working to a different briefing. Then, in 1998, Stone gets a summons on his pager to meet his bosses at Gatwick. Sarah has gone AWOL from her apartment in Washington DC and Stone's job is to find her. This he ingeniously achieves quite quickly and there then follows a long, tense chase across the US. Sarah's true past, and the secret that she holds, is gradually revealed and the ending is truly gripping.

    For all McNab's authentic detail--we get lots of information on how to kill people and survive attacks--reading Crisis Four is a bit like playing Tombraider on the computer. It's a compelling other world, where reality is only paid lip service to, but the action comes so thick and fast that you can't help turning the page. And this is what marks Crisis Four as a cut above the average thriller. It is an unashamedly blokeish book--you won't find much in the way of subtlety of characterisation--though compared to Dick Francis McNab is positively Henry James--and you have to put up with the odd few pages that read more like instruction manuals for military hardware than narrative, but these are relatively minor quibbles. So many times you get to the end of a thriller only to wonder why on earth you bothered; Crisis Four delivers on its promises. --John Crace


    Praise for Remote Control:

    ‘The best suspense thriller writer to put pen to paper since Alistair Maclean. Remote Control is superb!’
    Stephen Coonts

    Product details

    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 1081 KB
    • Print Length: 564 pages
    • Publisher: Transworld Digital (2 Oct. 2008)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B0031RSBXM
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    • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (138 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #9,895 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    Andy McNab joined the infantry as a boy soldier. In 1984 he was 'badged' as a member of 22 SAS Regiment and was involved in both covert and overt special operations worldwide.

    During the Gulf War he commanded Bravo Two Zero, a patrol that, in the words of his commanding officer, 'will remain in regimental history for ever'. Awarded both the Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM) and Military Medal (MM) during his military career, McNab was the British Army's most highly decorated serving soldier when he finally left the SAS in February 1993. He wrote about his experiences in three books: the phenomenal bestseller Bravo Two Zero, Immediate Action and Seven Troop.

    He is the author of the bestselling Nick Stone thrillers. Besides his writing work, he lectures to security and intelligence agencies in both the USA and UK. He is a patron of the Help for Heroes campaign.

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    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Another work of brilliance from McNab 13 Dec. 1999
    By A Customer
    I have been a McNab fan since his very first book and have read every one several times over. I have just finished Crisis Four for the third time and I've only had it for a fortnight. The story is his most gripping yet and the attention to detail is outstanding, so good in fact that it makes you wonder whether the events are real or close to real. Whoever it was that said they anticipated the ending is either a great author or a great liar. I read books like this all the time and did not figure out what Sarah was up to, (don't want to ruin it for those who have not read it yet). McNab gets better with every book he write. I can't wait for the next Nick Stone installment. Keep writing Andy!
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute must 15 Feb. 2000
    By A Customer
    After two autobiographical literary outings, Andy McNab ventured in to very different world of fiction with Remote Control. A story so believable you wonder whether the author was actually there. With Crisis Four he's done it again. The plot would be difficult to believe if it where composed by anyone other than McNab. Crisis Four is fiction mixed with fact, so cleverly written you find yourself shouting advice at the pages, angry and even upset when Nick Stone, the British freelance agent on deniable operations, doesn't heed your warnings. The author carries you through the first three-quarters of the novel, then in the last few chapters, he allows you to read between the lines and "catch on" before he does. This is an excellent book, please let there be more to come.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Best book I've read this year - and I'm a girl!! 2 Dec. 1999
    By A Customer
    The copy of Crisis Four I'd ordered for my husband's Christmas stocking arrived yesterday morning, and I thought I'd just have a quick read of the first page to see what all the fuss was about (my husband's been a real McNab fan since his very first book). I was hooked! Well, I couldn't stop reading, and nearly missed the afternoon school run I was so engrossed! Finally finished it last night (in the loo, so my husband didn't see it!). All I can say is, Andy McNab, you're the best!!! I know my husband said your books were brilliant, but I had no idea. I thought they were just blood and guts, but this book had everything - gripping central relationship, lovely attention to detail when scene-setting, the lot. I can't recommend it enough.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars copy and paste 3 Sept. 2012
    By stevied
    although mcnabs books contain vignettes that provide real world physical sensations experienced in operations along with some satisfying levels of detail many of them are lifted verbatim from other books. page 144 of brute force - page 448 of crisis four is just one example of many. i mean come on fella!! you've got enough money to pay a different ghost writer by now.. copy and paste stuff is littered though his novels. different scenarios same detail. like the old spaghetti westerns - same plot - different horses.. mcnab writes in the 'first person' making the experience more vivid than chris ryans novels - yet scenarios are repeated in several of his books to an extent that has the reader wondering if you've read the same book twice.

    ok to read but stick to the non-fiction to avoid too much repetition.. there's only so much that can be wrung out of fictional characters and plots without stumbling over old material. it might not be quite so bad if the scenarios weren't copied word for word.. there is some repetition in his non-fiction work (which sometimes cant be avoided) but again its too 'word for word in places.'

    the non-fiction titles - immediate action, seven troop provide excellent army 'banter' which anyone who's been in the services or team sports will appreciate. mcnab is a very perceptive writer in this regard.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars God Bless America! 18 Oct. 2013
    By D. Foot
    Format:Kindle Edition
    I had seen Andy McNab's name on the bookshelves so thought I would give him a try.

    The book starts with a long drawn out sequence describing war time combat in Syria. No real plot, just lots of blood, deaths and descriptions of weaponry, with our hero maiming in all directions. I'm afraid that doesn't entertain me.

    Back to the present where he is tasked with tracking down Sarah who could be "anywhere in the USA" - and he finds her by making some preposterous assumptions. Following some more murdering they go on the run, all the time describing the excellent quality of their american weaponry.

    Some more bloodshed in Washington after our hero bluffs his way into the bowels of the White House on a day when state visits are happening....

    Do me a favour.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent story telling 14 Feb. 2000
    I read both of McNab's non-fiction pieces and was really impressed. A lot of authors today simply gloss over small details such as what characters were doing, wearing or even how they smelled. McNab includes these subtle details which all add to create an unbearable suspense and rip-roaring action throughout.
    I read this book before reading Remote Control, and thanks to the flashbacks given through the stroy, it is easy to get in on the action. I didn't believe non-fiction authors could write good fiction, but it seems I am wrong in this case. McNab has been there before, and so has first hand knowledge of what goes on, making the story seem as though it really happened.
    If you liked any of his previous books, read this. If you haven't, still read this.
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