I'm a mega fan of McNab's books. He's got a great writing style which is thrilling, gripping and witty. I eagerly await the new Stone books. I really enjoyed the last one after a bit of a wobbler with "Exit Wound" which I thought was too drawn out so I was really looking forward to "Dead Center". Like an other reviewer mentioned its good but its not his strongest. Firstly, I found it very drawn out, taking a long time to get to the point or the action. There is a lot of unnecessary and long winded descriptions and history lessons and a lack of real action and suspense until Stone arrives in Somalia, but he takes 2/3rds of the book to get there. The early Stone novels where so thrilling because they were very fast paced and loaded with action, this is where McNab's strength lies.
Secondly, and most importantly is that it's too easy for Stone. He has too many allies and powerful contacts that he can call on when he's in the sh1t. He always seems to have back up in this novel. Stone's meant to be alone, behind the lines, right on the edge, relying on his resourcefulness and adaptability to stay alive. This just isn't there in "Dead Center"and its the one of the main reasons the book falls short.
That said, its maybe McNab winding Stone down, taking a different tact in the process.
All that said a good read as usual. Still gripping. Still thrilling. I thought the ending was awesome, really unexpected and sets up nicely for a different take on the next Stone installment.