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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 13 November 2013
I've read all the other Chris Ryan and found them a good read. Unfortunately this has no comparison to other titles. I found it very disjointed with the plot being very jumbled and just did not seem to be in the same style of past which makes me think it was ghosted.

I gave up after 25% which is something I rarely do particularily after paying what was a high price for a Kindle version.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 8 September 2013
This book, like his last featuring Osama Bin Ladens last days, is clever in the sense of timing but other than that its not really up to much. Whilst his earlier books were gritty and attracted more than the SF wannabe this book is poor. We have a bet on how grisly and how quickly the women in his book are dispatched. It took until page 4 this time. I struggled on hoping for a little of the spark there used to be. But basically this was a standard or even perhaps substandard read with its placing in Syria pretty irrelevant. Throw in a few Syrian place names ...
The ending was odd with various characters being rescued ' off screen' as if Ryan had run out of his quota of pages and he was in a rush to close. I suspect he's left it open for the main SAS character to appear once again and if he develops this character with some of the skill he did with his earlier books then it could be good. But this is mainly a rehash of other books and there's only so many ways you can say the same thing over and over again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 26 September 2013
have thoroughly enjoyed reading this story as it is very current to today's political climate - looking forward to the next book
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 29 September 2013
As good as you'd expect from Chris Ryan. I would recommend this book to war/action novel readers. A great read.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 26 September 2013
Not the best Chris Ryan effort by a long shot. The books need a good proof reader, too many basic errors. I sometimes wonder if some of his books are not written by a ghost writer whose knowledge of the subject matter is limited. It was obvious from this book there is some discrepancy as to how big a metre actually is!
The books are starting to get very repetitive and contain far too many errors and inconsistencies.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 28 September 2013
husband enjoyed this book as he has done with all his others,he will buy many more of these stories i reckon
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 28 September 2013
Another one of his that I couldn't put down, it took 2 days to read it. I hope he keeps on writing.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 2 September 2013
Timing is everything and Chris Ryan's has always been excellent. You feel you are on the ground with him experiencing everything through his eyes. Lots of twists and turns, just what you would expect from Chris Ryan. A quality well researched novel.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 3 September 2014
I've read some of the other comments on this book and largely I agree with the other three-star reviews. I've criticised Ryan in the past for a seeming lack of interest in his writing work which others have picked up on in this book. For me it wasn't so apparent in this case. as the plot had a touch more dynamism. Like others, I thought the violence was over the top in some cases. The graphic description of wounds was unnecessary padding.
The plot itself was reasonable but echoed past novels in the way characters were portrayed. I found it very difficult to believe in a foppish MI6 man who changed character as the story progressed.
There were many editorial errors, too many to mention them all, but two stood out. One character was wearing a pair of Colt 1911 automatics on one page which morphed into revolvers a couple of pages later. Then Clara, the female civilian doctor who had to suffer more indignities than necessary had her hands bound behind her back on one page and was wiping vomit off her lips on the next page. There were also some factual errors, which also lends me to believe Ryan did not write this in its entirety. One in particular was the mention of 7.62mm rounds from an Apache helicopter chain gun. Ryan would know the calibre of the M230 is 30mm as fitted to both American and British Longbow Apaches.
I appreciate that Ryan has a big following of readers who enjoy his work but he may gain a few more if his attention to detail in his writing matched his military training.
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on 11 November 2013
I have bought an awful lot of Chris Ryan books - and enjoyed them all....but this one...not sure.

I accept and appreciate the level of realism in what is after all a book of fiction, which is read for entertainment & enjoyment, but do we really need to be subjected to descriptions of extreme violence?

I refer to the female in Paris, the child soldier injured in the blast and his subsequent death and worst of all, the butchery of the pregnant woman

Do we really want or need such graphic descriptions...I don’t think most of us do.

Still I read the book and all in all it was fine
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