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The Great Satan (Shadow Squadron Book 1)

The Great Satan (Shadow Squadron Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

David Black
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'THE GREAT SATAN is just that - GREAT! David Black's plot is brilliant, well thought out and very gripping.      ' Sean Rayment - Defence/Security Correspondent - The Sunday Telegraph

'It all reads as authentic, page-turning stuff. Let's hope no one mistakes it for an instruction manual.' Jeremy Clarke - 'Low Life Columnist, The Spectator

‘Pat Farrell - Part time taxi driver, part time SAS soldier - is a true hero for our times.' Robert Jobson, News of the World

‘From traffic jams to behind enemy lines...’ Ross Lydall, London Evening Standard

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The first of his compelling new Shadow Squadron series, best selling author David Black has produced his own fictional nightmare scenario: What if the Iraqi weapons that were said to be dismantled in the late 1990s included the ultimate WMD? And what if the deposing of Saddam Hussein left one of his most ruthless military leaders still at large, actively seeking a customer for Iraq’s only nuclear bomb?

In the bitterly divisive aftermath of the Iraq War, the former political leaders of the UK and USA are condemned as deceitful and mendacious, allegedly fabricating excuses for their martial actions. In The Great Satan, author Black and his main character - Special Forces team leader Pat Farrell - are so close as to be synonymous, both having worked as London taxi drivers during a tenure as Territorial SAS members, ready to be called into action in time of national emergency. The principal difference is that the author is now retired from the forces, while his fictional counterpart is left to contend with 'the real world . . . with direct relevance to the grisly global horrors being perpetrated today.' In The Great Satan, the current world situation meets the page-turning action prose of pulp fiction. The central antagonist is Colonel Jamal Al-Mahdi, veteran of Saddam s campaign against the Kurds, who transports the ultimate hidden WMD to the UK. The nuclear bomb that is the greatest Satan of all, awaiting deployment by a group of young British jihadi at a point where we can only hope fiction diverges entirely from fact . . .

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 441 KB
  • Print Length: 440 pages
  • Publisher: David Black Books (9 Jan 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004L2LGQA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #53,528 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Best selling author and former soldier David Black now lives and works in Hertfordshire UK. For years, he lived an extraordinary double life as a London taxi driver and reserve SAS Senior Instructor and Troop Sergeant. He has now launched a highly successful new career as a novelist.

His first book - 'PLAYING FOR ENGLAND' - takes a first-hand look at exactly what the SAS require in a man, and what standard they demand, to pass their rigorous and exhausting selection process. With a 90%+ failure'll have to see for yourself what's entailed!

David Black served with the Territorial SAS, based in Chelsea, London for 11 years while working hard as a black taxi driver in the capital. His double life was the inspiration for his new SAS Shadow Squadron series - The Great Satan #1-Dark Empire #2 and just released - The Devil's Web.

The Great Satan is based on the very real concept that Iraq did have a secret weapon of mass destruction, which disappeared during Saddam's overthrow in 2003. The weapon - a small but viable atomic bomb - goes missing in Iraq before eventually turning up in London and threatening the very existence of the city. The hero of the book, Pat Farrell is, like David Black, a part-time SAS soldier and part-time London taxi driver.

David Black said: "I left the regular army after three years because I wanted to get back to a normal life. But while I was doing The Knowledge I quickly became bored with a mundane civilian life and joined the Reserve SAS for some new action and adventure. I loved it as a part-time Special Forces soldier and part-time London taxi driver. It was an existence filled with incredible adventure and perfect inspiration for my Shadow Squadron Series."

As well, David has also written a number of historical adventures including:'EAGLES OF THE DAMNED'

'It was late autumn in the year AD 9. The long hot summer campaigning season was nearly over. Centurion Rufus and his battle-hardened century were just a tiny part of three mighty Legions, returning to the safety of their winter quarters beside the River Rhine. Like their commanding General, the veteran Centurion and his men suspected nothing...

Little did they know, but the entire province was about to explode around them.'

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant action packed thriller!! 2 Sep 2010
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I bought this book as part of my summer reading collection and I'm very glad I did. I was reading this by the pool, over breakfast and even after waking up early in the morning!!

Excellent story concept, ex SAS turns part time SAS because of the mundanity of everyday life and then the story runs away with itself dragging you into a world of counter intelligence, anti-terrorism and action. Liked the little human touches as well.

Looking forward (hopefully) to the next SAS Shadow Squadron deployment...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Top quality thriller 16 Aug 2010
By George
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This is a really good thriller, right out of the top drawer. The hero, Pat Farrell, is a great character, a tough-as-nails soldier who spends half his time with the SAS and the other half driving a taxi - brilliant idea. Farrell is pitched into the middle of a story based on the idea that Iraq did actually have a nuclear weapon and after the US/UK invasion it went missing (scarily possible!). Overall, very exciting stuff, a well-paced and gripping story, brilliant characters and highly recommended. An author to watch.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A gem of a book. 28 Oct 2010
This isn't usually the type of book I read, but I throughly enjoyed it. With twists and turns throughout. Set in modern day London with the all real spectre of terrorism a very real threat it treads a very fine line between thriller and documentry. I hope that this is the first of a series of books featuring 'The Shadow Squadron'.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting idea 30 Oct 2013
By John
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Interesting idea, well written, resonable characterisation. Hopefully a start to a new series from a (to me) a new author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars gripping 6 Jun 2013
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Great book with loads of action. The author sets.the scenes up and draws so you cannot put it down. I read the book in 24 hours whilst on holiday.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good story, but...... 10 April 2014
By JohnC
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This is a good story, reasonable political and historical background with ok everyday people character build. The real let down and it becomes so common to nearly every page, are the spelling mistakes and grammatical errors. It almost makes you want to stop reading it. This cannot have been proof read and an auto spell checker must have been used which picked the wrong words. As an example the word 'defiantly' is used several times instead of the correct word 'definitely'. A real shame. Mr Black should take this up with his publisher, if his next book is like this, I won't be reading any more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 8 Oct 2013
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First read Playing for England, which first got me hooked to David Black. The Great Satan was even better. Cant wait to start the next Shadow Squaadron book, Dark Empire.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You have a new fan
I have not read this authers books before, it kept me wanting to read it all straight away, with the interesting plots, instead of doing my chores and walking my dogs
Published 11 months ago by Raymond M Pycroft
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
Enthralling entertainment, stretching the edge of credibility but remaining just within the boundary - un put down able entertainment and fun
Published 15 months ago by J A Hobby
5.0 out of 5 stars what a cracking read!
1st class! a brilliant believable plot with many charcters moving in and out of a very good story. i recommend this book. a real "page turner". well worth 5 stars.
Published 16 months ago by paula potier
4.0 out of 5 stars good reading
Good read, I have read another book by this author and I enjoyed that book as well.looking forward to his next book
Published 18 months ago by Gordon
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story
This is a gripping story and kept me turning the pages. The idea of "ordinary" people, with everyday jobs, being involved in SAS operations is highly appealing. Read more
Published on 24 May 2012 by Skytriker
5.0 out of 5 stars The Great Satan
The Great Satan is the 2nd David Black book that I have read and it was every bit as well written as the Siege of Faith. Read more
Published on 27 Jun 2011 by Dec
4.0 out of 5 stars Compelling Thriller ~ thoroughly recommended
I have just finished reading "The Great Satan" by David Black. If this is his first novel, then I look forward with keen anticipation to his second and subsequent stories. Read more
Published on 16 Aug 2010 by Vicky
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