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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow (18 May 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099502283
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099502289
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 0.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 325,550 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A high-octane action thriller with a twist -- from the bestselling author of Operation Certain Death --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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[AUTHOR PHOTO] DAMIEN LEWIS

In present day Iraq thieves roam the streets. People are being killed in broad daylight. Security is non-existent. And now, terrorists have seized a Van Gogh painting worth £25 million from one of Saddam’s palaces. They are offering it to the highest bidder . . .

Mick Kilbride and his buddy ‘East End’ Eddie are ex-SAS soldiers. The British Government doesn’t want to pay the ransom money to the terrorists. Instead, it hires Mick and his team of ex-Special Forces to get the painting back and leave no man alive. Their mission takes them into a dark and violent world where all is not as it seems. And if Mick and Eddie are going to stay alive, they’re going to have to stay one step ahead of the enemy . . . and their betrayers. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Natalie on 9 April 2012
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Desert Claw is an exciting, high-octane action thriller. Following a complicated deal struck between the British Government and a Kuwaiti prince, a team of ex-Special Service agents are forced to retrieve a valuable painting from a hostile location. Be prepared for double-crossing, ambushes and hand-to-hand combat as the expedition takes a series of unexpected twists and turns. It is also important not to overlook the attention paid by the author to the human cost of war, especially in developing countries. Some particularly gruesome moments oscillate between exciting and appalling as the reader straddles a line between fiction and reality - especially in the context of an all-too-familiar conflict. All in all, a fantastic short book.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ashley Barnett on 17 Aug. 2010
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If you want a short, action packed book to read, then this is the book for you.
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By dave m on 14 Feb. 2015
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cant wait to read more by this author
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Very Average and Predictable Story but Good to See Short Stories Being Sold Now as Stand Alones 1 July 2006
By James N Simpson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
To say Desert Claw is predictable would be an understatement. There are no surprises throughout the entire hour long tale and the stupidness and non ability to hit the British/Americans with bullets of the Iraqi enemy is exaggerated to unrealistic heights. That said though this book will more than pass the time on an hour long flight or bus/train trip and is an excellent alternative for those looking for something with more substance than the local newspaper or tabloid magazines. Being that it is of such little overall quality Desert Claw can also easily be abandoned in the pocket of the seat in front as well to pass the time for the next traveller. It is good to see magazine/newspaper priced book alternatives on the shelves of shops in airports and bus and train stations these days though.

In Desert Claw ex British and New Zealand SAS as well as ex Delta and Navy Seal American soldiers are available for hire. They are contacted by an ex British major who tells them England needs them to do a favour for a Kuwaiti prince whose worthless but sentimental painting was stolen in the 1991 invasion and is now in the hands of a terrorist organisation who looted it from one of Saddam's palaces. They are to leave no survivors, and of course if they are discovered Britain will deny any knowledge of their mission.
Thrilling but moving, highly recommended. 28 Jun. 2012
By Natalie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Desert Claw is an exciting, high-octane action thriller. Following a complicated deal struck between the British Government and a Kuwaiti prince, a team of ex-Special Service agents are forced to retrieve a valuable painting from a hostile location. Be prepared for double-crossing, ambushes and hand-to-hand combat as the expedition takes a series of unexpected twists and turns. It is also important not to overlook the attention paid by the author to the human cost of war, especially in developing countries. Some particularly gruesome moments oscillate between exciting and appalling as the reader straddles a line between fiction and reality - especially in the context of an all-too-familiar conflict. All in all, a fantastic short book.
Fun, Quick, and Entertaining Read 3 Jun. 2009
By Chris - Published on Amazon.com
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I believe that my title sums this book up pretty well.

You will read this book/short story in one sitting - therefore the story is quick and full of excitement/action. Damien Lewis is a great author who knows how to write a compelling war/action story. I have read everything that he has put out thus far and am yet to be let wanting. Again, recommended.

Note: this book is around 100 pages and is not his usual full-length. I was unaware of this when I bought it. Just an FYI.
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