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Man on Fire (A Creasy novel Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

A. J. Quinnell
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Book Description

Fierce authentic action, masterful storytelling and a touchingly moving friendship combine in this gripping novel of suspense and revenge, set in an Italy plagued by kidnapping.

Washed-up, a near alcoholic, ex-mercenary Creasy takes on the job of guarding the 11 year old daughter of an Italian industrialist. Delightful and intelligent, she penetrates his embittered cynicism to become his friend.

Then something terrible happens that fills Creasy with a deadly and unforgiving anger. And the story explodes in a phenomenal tale of training and preparation, vengeance and execution as, armed with a formidable weaponry, Creasy wages a personal war on a powerful and evil enemy.

'Fast, lethal, very credible and highly suspenseful'

'Barely putdownable'

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Book Description

Film tie-in edition of the classic, bestselling thriller.

About the Author

A. J. Quinnell is the pseudonym of a writer who wishes to remain anonymous. He has written many bestselling novels, including several featuring the charismatic hero, Creasy.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 726 KB
  • Print Length: 388 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007AHZV1E
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (161 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #20,767 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A man on fire won't burn. He'll explode. 23 Feb. 2005
I first heard of this book when AJ Quinnell had an interview with the Guardian newspaper, and from the sypnopsis of the book, I thought it sounded pretty good. I have previously been a fan of thriller novels, such as the Tom Clancy books, but this book amazed me.
The first few chapters are pretty slow-going, but when it gets going, it's very exiting.
When a former Soldier of Fortune; Creasy, gets a job protecting the daughter of a wealthy Italian family, he forms a shield of resistance towards everyone. However, as time goes on Pinta (the young girl) weasals her way into his heart. So when a group of kidnappers snatch her from Creasy outside her school, he goes on a rampage to kill everyone and everything that was in any way involved.
The writing is so effective, that you care about the characters, you want Creasy to be triumphant, you will feel his pain, and you WILL cry at the end.
You also feel that the Author, AJ Quinnell, knows what he is talking about when he describes weapons, the Italian crime Labyrinth, and Creasy's military history. This makes the novel even more compelling

This is a great book with a heart, a brain, and a nasty streak a mile wide.
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52 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The book is always better than the film... 19 Nov. 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I went to the cinema to watch the film Man on Fire starring Denzel Washington with high expectations after seeing the trailer. I was not disappointed, a great film indeed, however, I am one of these people who likes to read the book to gauge the differences for myself. On this occasion I bought the book after I saw the film and read it while the film was still fresh in the memory. The main difference are that it was originally set in Italy rather than Mexico like the film. It gives more background on John Creasy our bodyguard hero, so you can understand fully why he wrestles with his demons and alcohol. Books are always better for this reason, you can fully explore the ins and outs and develop an affinity with the characters. I was very pleased with the book and would recommend this to my friends and family and I urge you to purchase this well written gem to add to your collection.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books I have read. 4 Feb. 2002
This is one of my favored books. No wonder that A.J.Quinnell wrote 3 more sequels to the story of Creasy who has captured the attention of Italian movie producers. They even had an excellent choice in casting Glenn Scott as Creasy. Unfortunately the movie was a flop,but then most of the great books suffer the same fate. In case you find this book an enjoyable reading, I highly recommend also "The Bourne Identity" by R.Ludlum also followed by sequels and if you are lucky in search of other gret books I recommend "Azrael" by William DeAndrea, also followed by sequels: "Snark" and "Cronus". They can be found on like addvertising,but it is a good starting point to find many great books).
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war! 17 Feb. 2003
X merc Creasy thought he was taking on an easy retirement job babysitting the daughter of a wealthy Italian family, but when his charge is kidnapped by the mafia he has to call on all his skills to set things right.
He is 'the man with no name' in a modern setting. One of the best heroes I have ever come across.
A MUST READ for all those who like action.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A cracking story of vengeance!! 30 April 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book was written 30 years ago, but don't let that put you off, it is still a pacey (well apart from the introduction) action story of vengeance against organised crime in Italy. The main character, Creasy, is an ex-mercenary finding civilian life difficult to adjust to, so takes an 'easy' job as a bodyguard. His charge is kidnapped and Creasy sets off to exact revenge for the crime, utilising a lifetimes experience of the military to take on a large organization. This storyline has been used a number of times, but I feel that this book makes some of the best use of the idea that I have ever read or watched.
Some of the references, weapons and situations do have a rather old feel to them now, but the story is one that grips you and never lets go. I am on my second copy of the book, as it one worth reading again (if you are the type of person who likes to read a book more than once - I know some don't).

The book was made into a film starring Denzel Washington and directed by Tony Scott, in 2004. This is well worth a watch, but as you would expect there are some serious plot changes and the film just cannot provide the depth that the book does. There was also an earlier film starring Scott Glenn made in the mid 1980's, but I have not seen it, so cannot comment on it (I just don't have the patience to wade through loads of short clips on youtube!!)

Read the book and enjoy!!

Film link - DVD Man On Fire [2004] [DVD] Blu-Ray Man on Fire [Blu-ray]
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping page-turner 26 Oct. 2012
By L Ship
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
A gripping page-turner. Having already viewed the film and read about the kidnapping of Pita in Physical & Sexual Abuse: Children in Films: 8, I had wanted to see how this novel differs from the movie.
The book's action takes place in Italy where the mafia are involved in Pita's kidnapping (instead of the Mexican underworld). I had expected to read about the child's experiences in captivity, but the fact that this was absent does not detract from the excitement of the novel.
The crux of the book is the elaborate plotting by the revengeful Creasy, an element the film missed out on by focusing more on the intimacy between the hero and the little girl.
I am surprised at this, for the book contains exciting visual sequences that would have made riveting viewing: the demonic killings, the bomb blasts, the skydiving, all contrasted with the idyllic recuperation in Gozo. These are all written with enthralling verve.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
thanks very much - finally received item - great book - great condition
Published 7 days ago by J Wilde
4.0 out of 5 stars A bit disappointed the book didn't have the front sleeve
A bit disappointed the book didn't have the front sleeve. Apart from that it arrived in great condition and is a fantastic read.
Published 11 days ago by Steven Marc Edwards
5.0 out of 5 stars Man on fire 1st class.
Good read from page one to the end.A must read.Well paced
Story,grasp your full attention from 1st page to the last.
Published 12 days ago by Paul Barrett
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
b Condition etter than expected
Published 19 days ago by Mrs R.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Thoroughly enjoyable
Published 1 month ago by craig
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved the film, followed up with the book and love that too.
Published 2 months ago by Dibbsey
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Just a very good novel. The movie did not do it justice.
Published 3 months ago by bazdeau
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, especially since it was a 99p offer when ...
Brilliant, especially since it was a 99p offer when I bought it a few months back. Really good read. Will definitely try the others in the series.....when they're on offer!!
Published 4 months ago by Timbo
5.0 out of 5 stars As always the book is better than the film and I thought the film was...
As always the book is better than the film and I thought the film was excellent, couldn't put this one down.
Published 4 months ago by david noble
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
I just love this author. Ive read all the Creasy books now - so sad there will not be any more...A great read!
Published 4 months ago by Snow Goose
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