I'm a big fan of Ran Fiennes' non-fiction biographical and adventure books, and am looking forward to the film of 'Killer Elite' so figured this book would be a perfect combination. Sadly... wrong.
It's strangely written as a kind of true-life thriller, with a smattering of background history to various Arab states and covert military organisations. The action hops about all over the place and the characters are thinly-drawn; they may well represent real people, but they plod along in an almost mechanical fashion, speaking painfully stilted dialogue. The overall plot is intriguing and the book itself is an interesting read with many insights into covert operations -- but it's hardly the octane-laden thriller which current hype would have us believe. One of the opening segments shows us how the 'Feather Men' deal with a drug lord in Bristol, and it may well be accurate, but it felt less real than most hyped-up fiction. In trying not to glorify violence, I suspect the author has gone too far in the right direction and the result is a rather blunted instrument.
Informative but hardly easy to read, and unlike to satisfy fans of Jack Reacher and the like.