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Liberation Day [Hardcover]

Andy McNab
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1 Oct 2002
December 2001. A Zodiac inflatable slips away from a submarine off the North African coast. If he hadn't needed American citizenship so badly, Nick Stone wouldn't have agreed to do this one last job, but the CIA's offer of a new life in the United States, and the chance to share it with Carrie, the woman he's fallen in love with, is one he cannot refuse. The job seems simple enough for a man of his particular skills: infiltrate into the Islamic republic of Algeria, kill a money-laundering local businessman and bring back his severed head to the West. Stone isn't told why the man has to die like this, and he doesn't want to know. He just guesses it's got something to do with the democratic world's fightback after the terrible events of September 11th. But as events unfold alarmingly fast, Stone realised that by no means has he been told the full story - and that in reality the job has only just begun. Then comes the devastating news that Carrie, enraged by his broken promise never to work with the CIA again, has turned her back on him for ever. Operating in the dangerous underworld of the South of France, where al-Qaeda has embarked on a panicked round-up of funds using their ancient banking system of hawalla, Stone is in at the deep end of a very dirty war. In the most daunting mission he has yet undertaken, as one bloody twist leads to another, Stone ultimately finds himself confronted by the most desperate dilemma a man could ever face...

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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Press; First Edition edition (1 Oct 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0593046188
  • ISBN-13: 978-0593046180
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 16 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 269,553 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Andy McNab joined the infantry as a boy soldier. In 1984 he was 'badged' as a member of 22 SAS Regiment and was involved in both covert and overt special operations worldwide.

During the Gulf War he commanded Bravo Two Zero, a patrol that, in the words of his commanding officer, 'will remain in regimental history for ever'. Awarded both the Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM) and Military Medal (MM) during his military career, McNab was the British Army's most highly decorated serving soldier when he finally left the SAS in February 1993. He wrote about his experiences in three books: the phenomenal bestseller Bravo Two Zero, Immediate Action and Seven Troop.

He is the author of the bestselling Nick Stone thrillers. Besides his writing work, he lectures to security and intelligence agencies in both the USA and UK. He is a patron of the Help for Heroes campaign.

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By now, Andy McNab's readers know precisely what to expect from the flint-edged prose in which he couches his work: powerfully involving, no-nonsense plots, a considerable measure of suspense and violence and little that's too taxing to the grey cells. Nick Stone, McNab's tough protagonist, reluctantly agrees to do one final job: he is to infiltrate the Islamic Republic of Algeria, kill a highly dangerous money launderer and - wait for it - return with his severed head. Yes, this is a Sam Peckinpah movie refracted through the equally unsparing medium of the espionage thriller. The Al-Qaeda terrorist group will doubtless be making many appearances in thrillers from now on, but McNab's use of them in Liberation Day is both chilling and responsible.

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The brilliant new bestseller from the author of Bravo Two Zero. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars McNab's Fictional Peak? 23 Jan 2005
It is a close call between Liberation Day and Last Light for a peak in the Nick Stone series. Certainly this is the best coverage of a team operation and the operational detail is fantastic as always.

If you like to be dragged into a first person action story with McNab's customary intense detail (updates on every time he checks his watch) and the interactions with team members then this is impossible to beat.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Head and shoulders above the rest 3 Oct 2002
By A Customer
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This is a must read for any fan of the genre. McNab's writing has got better and better with each of his books, and his realism and 'been there, done that' aura is unmatched.
I became a fan after reading Bravo Two Zero and Immediate Action. I greatly anticipated his foray into the fictional world, and have not been disappointed. Now comes Liberation Day, his 5th (?) Nick Stone adventure.
The realism of McNab's writing is what sets it apart. No gadgets, no satellites, no giant technological leaps. His characters are believable, they do believable things, and they use common tools. His Leatherman is his best friend.
If you've never read McNab, then I highly recommend him to you. Do yourself a favour and read his books in order. You'll realize just how far short the rest of the pack has fallen.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Andy's downfall 18 Mar 2003
Liberation Day! I bought this book with the hope that it would continue the excellent journey through Nick Stones life that we have come to know through other stories by Mcnab. How wrong was i! In truth you could quiet easily remove the first 250 pages of this book and still catch up with the plot. It became a real drag to get through and the endless, needless description of the two way radio conversation. He really does make you feel as though he is just filling space and dragging out this tale.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fiction or a warning 29 Mar 2004
One of the best books I have had the pleasure to read in a long time. Mcnab`s story telling is not only realistic but thought provoking. He is a master of using current events as a back drop for his stories, in this case the money men supposedly funding AL QAEDA terrorist activities around the world. From a man who has actually been there and done it , his attention to detail is frightening. There are points in the story when you could be forgiven for believing that you are reading a true account. Mcnab takes you on a rollercoaster ride that never lets up and you get off feeling quite dizzy but wanting to get right back on again for another dose of action and supense from this master story teller. Once in a while you pick up a book that you can`t put down until you finish it, this is one of those books. FANTASTIC
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not at his best 15 Oct 2002
I've literally just finished reading 'Liberation Day', and although I enjoyed it, and got through it quite fast, I must admit that I don't think it's McNab's best work.
I've read every book that he's written so far, and of his novels I'd say that his first, 'Remote Control' was by far the best of the bunch, in fact it's still one of my favourite books and something that I've read many times.
After reading 'Liberation Day' I must say that while the character of Nick Stone has been given plenty of depth from the 5 books he's appeared in and still provides entertainment value, it might be time for McNab to move on and perhaps experiment with other scenarios and other characters, while leaving it open for a return to Nick Stone at some point in the future - I feel McNab might be able to write something as entertaining and fresh as Remote Control was if he introduced some new characters (as Chris Ryan did with when he left his character Geordie Sharp and instead wrote 'The Hit List', although his books since then have been somewhat disappointing - Ryan should have stuck with the 'Hit List' characters for another book or two before moving on again).
For some reason, 'Liberation Day' seemed to lack the scale of some of the other Nick Stone adventures - while I was reading it I thought to myself that a lot of pages were passing without the story really moving in any particular direction - and while I appreciate the detail that was gone into for each specific part of Stone's missions, the book seemed to lack the large scale of something like a Tom Clancy novel.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book but completely different style 18 Oct 2002
By Tony C
Having read all previous Andy McNab books and thoroughly enjoyed every page I can safely say that this latest offering has continued this trend.
If you liked his previous books where constant enemy evation and firefights flow from page to page this book won't compare. It is gritty and highly realistic with a must-carry-on-reading storyline but not because of the non stop action, it relies on the day to day realism of Nick Stone's work to carry it through, which it does superbly.
All in all a great read and highly recommended.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not the best but.......... 12 Dec 2003
By A Customer
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I’ve read all of the McNab books and think they are all cracking reads; Remote Control & Crisis Four are definitely a cut above the others. I found Liberation Day to be very different and probably the least inspiring to date, however having worked on surveillance teams and specialist firearms teams, I found that I could entirely relate to McNab’s excellent detailed accounts of the work, which is definitely an art. I must confess to expecting a bit more of a bang and was surprised how long the surveillance lasted but after a while I suffered the usual problem with AM’s books- I couldn’t put it down! I had to race through the book desperately following the trail and wondering where we would end up next. I think that all though this book was the slowest of the series I was still there in Nick Stone’s shoes and could personally feel all he felt. McNab still has the edge that his experiences in life have given him and although some people have knocked his writing style I think it’s spot on. Well done again Andy…
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Yet again a really great book in the Nick Stone series. Twists and turns, laughs as well. Can't wait to start the next one.
Published 2 months ago by Michael Hipkiss
5.0 out of 5 stars Nick Stone, Andy McNab, what could go wrong?
Nothing is the plain and simple answer to that. This is my second time round reading the 'Nick Stone' series and if you've never resd one I urge you to start. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ade Davis
3.0 out of 5 stars Not one of his best
Lots of "padding" to make a short story into a full book. It would have made better reading if it had been half the length, removing much of the repetitive "observing... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Keith
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Andy McNabs eye for detail makes you see the picture once in I couldn't stop . great storytelling from a pro , like nick stone
Published 4 months ago by nick huse
5.0 out of 5 stars Cheers!
Andy McNabb is my favorite writer. I now have ALL of his books and would never give them up. Brilliant
Published 7 months ago by R. Beavan
1.0 out of 5 stars The tedium of real op becomes an equally tedious book
Had read all of the previous Nick Stone novels and this was such a terrible disappointment.

Goes on too long and franky I didn't give a stuff about how it was going to... Read more
Published 9 months ago by D. Macgregor
5.0 out of 5 stars Judstar46
As I've said before I love these books I have read all Nick Stone books and am a big fan of Andy McNab
Published 9 months ago by J. A. Owen
5.0 out of 5 stars My son and I thoroughly enjoy this writers work
My son and I have liked this author for a long time, if you are going to buy this then you will need to get the previous books in the series to fully enjoy this book
Published 9 months ago by Lawrence Michael Cook
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I loved this book, following the adventures of nick stone is very gripping and you are then left hanging waiting to see what is going to happen to him!! Read more
Published 11 months ago by K. Gibb
4.0 out of 5 stars Usual stuff
Anyone who is familiar with the Nick Stone series by Andy McNabb will know exactly what to exspect. A good read.
Published 12 months ago by jack russell
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