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Firefight [Mass Market Paperback]

Chris Ryan
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21 May 2009

Former SAS Captain Will Jackson is a man with nothing to lose. A veteran of the most dangerous missions the Regiment could throw at him, his life was torn apart the day a terrorist attack killed his family. Now he leads a life of grief-stricken obscurity, the world of warfare nothing but a distant memory.

People higher up the chain of command have other plans, however. They're in a mess of their own making, and unless they sort it out, thousands of innocent people will pay the price. And so they make Jackson an offer he can't refuse. An offer that will take him straight back into a brutal theatre of war.

Only one person can help prevent the disaster that is waiting to happen, and that person is being held by the Taliban insurgency in the depths of a harsh Afghanistan winter. As Will reluctantly prepares to undertake this final mission, he does so in the knowledge that it will stop a devastating terrorist attack - as well as achieve an ulterior motive of his own.

But in the murky world of international terrorism, things are very seldom what they seem. And as events begin to unfold, Will starts to learn that someone, somewhere is playing a game with him; that nobody can be trusted; and that sometimes, you just have to fight fire with fire...

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow (21 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099519259
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099519256
  • Product Dimensions: 3.4 x 11.1 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 210,116 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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"Nobody takes you to the action better than Ryan, because he's the real deal, and this muscle-and-bone thriller will have fans' blood pumping" (Evening Telegraph)

"The author has become an institution in the all-action genre. Full of his trademark violence and emotion. Great stuff" (Soldier Magazine)

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The latest thriller from the author of number one bestseller Strike Back

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 10 May 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Kept me on the edge of my seat throughout and im not that much of a fiction reader. Brilliantly written and would recommend to anyone interested in the SAS/Armed Forces as this will be right up your street!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great page turning stuff 13 Jun 2009
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If you have enjoyed Chris Ryan or Andy McNab books in the past, I am sure you will enjoy this.

The plot is fairly standard stuff, former SAS soldier hunts down evil terrorist who is about to wreak havoc on London.

There are plenty of twists and turns in the plot and the book shows that not all baddies are as bad as them seem.

The book is very readable and a great page turner. I think it took me a couple of days to read and I found myself picking it up whenever I could.

Why only 4 stars rather than 5? It is very samey compared with the previous books and I didn't have that sense of sadness that I have when I finish an excellent book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You'll be up late reading this book. 12 Dec 2010
By ledonc
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Some of Ryan's other books have suffered from rather 2 dimensional characters & perceptions, but not this one. While it is of course a great action bok, it doesn't rely on action to keep the reader hooked. Loved it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chris Ryan-Firefight 3 Dec 2010
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I Don't normally read a lot of books, i only bought the book because i was traveling i really enjoyed it so i kept reading when i got home i found it was a book where you think i will read to the next chapter then got to bed but you find yourself reading another two i really liked this book and i will be buying an another Chris Ryan book
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5.0 out of 5 stars You will enjoy this, without a doubt. 29 Oct 2010
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Having read several, but not all, of Chris Ryan's novels before, this is probably the best of them that I have read so far. Written in his usual sparse style, where not a word is wasted, I think it has a good plot, believable characters, plenty of action and enough twists to keep one guessing. The story moves at a good pace and I found the book difficult to put down. Perhaps my only adverse comment would be that it was rather a weak ending, but this criticism did not extend to my docking a star from the rating.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard hitting 30 Aug 2011
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This book accompanied me to the canaries on holiday. Read on the beach with other books. This one's a real belter.
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5.0 out of 5 stars compelling read 13 Dec 2008
This is the best Ryan book to date.
It is a most compelling read with enough twists in the plot to keep on reading well into the wee hours. By the time you're done reading and put down the book, I came to realise that the bottom line story in this book could well have happened.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 9 July 2014
By casey
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Good book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
another classic read.
Published 1 month ago by mr.wa morrison
5.0 out of 5 stars another outstanding book from a true soldier
The whole book was great from start to finish breathtaking and full of action there were no bad points. Outstanding
Published 2 months ago by Saint Andy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Books
I always enjoy thrillers, some more than others but this one held my attention and I will read more from this author.
Published 4 months ago by Mrs. G. Conroy
5.0 out of 5 stars Love
Love the book which arrived on time and in good condition. Look forward to when I have the occasion to read it.
Published 9 months ago by ronnie kerr
5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner
Yet more gripping writing ! Chris Ryan's combat experience shines through in every way . Fantastic book and recommended reading for all fans of this genre
Published 10 months ago by jason richardson
5.0 out of 5 stars good reading
bought this for my grandson who loves reading, and this book was not a
let down, he loved it.good price too
Published 11 months ago by patty boulaye
5.0 out of 5 stars HUBBY
Bought this for my hubby, it was a change from his normal type of books and he was very pleased with the book as it was a different type of war book.
Published 16 months ago by denise parish
3.0 out of 5 stars Macho nonsense
A comic-book action-hero story dressed up as a novel. Ridiculous. But fun, I suppose, if macho nonsense is your thing.
Published on 4 Jun 2012 by Simon Bendle
4.0 out of 5 stars True Grit
The harsh realities of terrorism for its perpetrators, victims and the families of both are laid bare in this excellent novel. Read more
Published on 8 Feb 2012 by Lee Hanley
4.0 out of 5 stars Another action book
This was my third book from this writer. I was not impressed with it. Because the plot was very similar to other two I had finished. Read more
Published on 12 Nov 2011 by Peteris Mikelsons
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