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Osama: The First Casualty of War is the Truth, the Second is Your Soul [Paperback]

Chris Ryan
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Book Description

11 April 2013

Despatches from the secret world behind the headlines. Former SAS legend Chris Ryan brings you his seventeenth novel, filled with his trademark action, thrills and inside knowledge. Osama Bin Laden is dead.

The President of the United States knows it. The world knows it. And SAS hero Joe Mansfield knows it. He was on the ground in Pakistan when it happened. He saw Seal Team 6 go in, and he saw them extract with their grisly cargo. He was in the right place at the right time.

Or maybe, the wrong place at the wrong time.

Because now, somebody wants Joe dead, and they're willing to do anything to make it happen. His world is violently dismantled. His family is targeted, his reputation destroyed. And as a mysterious and ruthless enemy plans a devastating terror attack on both sides of the Atlantic, Joe knows this: his only chance of survival is to find out what happened in Bin Laden's compound the night the Americans went in.

But an unseen, menacing power has footprints it needs to cover. And it will stop at nothing to prevent him uncovering the sinister truth...


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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Coronet (11 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444706462
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444706468
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 12.8 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,459 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chris Ryan was born near Newcastle in 1961. He joined the SAS in 1984. During his ten years there he was involved in overt and covert operations and was also sniper team commander of the anti-terrorist team.

During the Gulf War, Chris Ryan was the only member of an eight-man unit to escape from Iraq, where three colleagues were killed and four captured. It was the longest escape and evasion in the history of the SAS. For this he was awarded the Military Medal.

For his last two years he was selecting and training potential recruits for the SAS. He wrote about his experiences in the bestseller The One That Got Away, which was adapted for screen, and since then has written three other works of non-fiction, fourteen bestselling novels and a series of childrens' books.

His latest series of novels - the Extreme books take you even further into the heart of the mission with more extreme action, more extreme language and more extreme pace. Like Call of Duty or Medal of Honor, you'll feel part of the team.

He lectures in business motivation and security, and is a consultant for a security organisation. You can find out more information on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ChrisRyanBooks. You can also follow Chris on Twitter @exSASChrisRyan

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'This Newcastle-born former SAS sergeant is firmly established as one of our most popular action authors. It is not difficult to see why in this bleak story centred on SAS man Joe Mansfield, who happens to be in the compound in Pakistan when the Americans descend from their Black Hawks and kill Osama bin Laden... This is a far darker, more complex tale than Ryan's more familiar tales of derring-do, for Mansfield is plunged into a world of treachery. The pace never flags for a moment, and Ryan's insider knowledge is to the fore, but even the SAS's skills are no longer quite enough. New, less honourable talents are required. Bravery is not the only solution.' (Daily Mail)

Praise for Chris Ryan: (various)

Nobody takes you to the action better than Ryan, because he's the real deal, and this muscle-and-bone thriller will have fans' blood pumping (Evening Standard)

Chris Ryan is as hard as nails (Mirror)

'The books are masterpieces of social realism. [Chris Ryan] has lived the virtual life he writes about - and that makes him the right kind of war novelist for this generation. These storylines are dependent on a bustle of verbs that lead in every instance to blood and explosions, desperate screams and increasing levels of difficulty: it is never long before we find things and people being zapped, fried, crunched, toasted and skewered, as the bad deeds of the world are comprehensively avenged' (London Review of Books)

'Relentless pace and gritty brutal realism... accurate descriptions of modern warfare... this is a book that could only have been there by someone who has been there, done that and got the T-shirt.' (Soldier)

'Chris Ryan has always been underrated as a novelist of ideas... a welter of treachery and mayhem.' (Daily Telegraph)

'A shockingly authentic tale to keep your adrenaline pumping as fast as the blood on the pages.' (The Sun)

'Bone-crunching action races to a denouement that Frederick Forsyth would be proud of. Ryan's Boy's Own bravado is tempered with sharp political insight and a neat line in treachery.' (Daily Mail)

A blistering read (Daily Express)

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The godfather of SAS and military thrillers.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping throughout 6 Oct 2012
By JimmyG
Format:Kindle Edition
Hard to write a full review of this book without giving too much away, but here goes.

Chris Ryan's Hero of this book witnesses the historic event of the US SEALS taking out Bin Laden, what he doesn't know is why this leads to people wanting to kill him.

The plot is typical Ryan, and hurtles along at a breakneck speed. The action is slick,well told and violent. His character isn't meant to be a believable hero, he is meant to be a man you can get behind and root for. The villain's are what good action adventure books need, slimy, evil, ruthless and easy to spot. But our hero is more than a match for them. Matches violence with violence and what they can do he can do it back to them in spades.

The story is bang up to date, and in the style of all great spy/action/adventure novels could be true.

I bought the book and read it in a few days, I wanted the story to go on further if you read it you will see what I mean, and that's a good thing for an author to do. I can not recommend it highly enough. Don't think its great literature, it wont win clever prizes. What it will win is fans galore and fill Mr Ryan's bank account up.

Brilliant lets have more please.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 22 Dec 2013
By Denise
Format:Kindle Edition
Excellent tea from start to finish, you know whats coming but still extremely enjoyable and well written.
Read the book and join in the action.
A master of the written word to describe the action.
"I'm a massive Special Forces fan and this guy is up there with Andy Mcnabb, Conrad Jones and Stephen leather."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as some of the others 8 Feb 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I'm a great fan of Chris Ryan , Tenth Man Down is probably my favourite books of his, the last one
Killing For The Company was also riveting, Osama is not so hot. The characters and what happens to them
are familiar, that's fine but the lack of logic bugged me slightly.

Why does the hero's squad mate suddenly disobey orders during the opening mission? This is never properly
explained other than the soldier might have battle fatigue, but that seems a weak device seeing as it's the catalyst
which propels the whole book.

Also I like my adventures to take me to exotic places. I live in Britain, I want to escape from Britain, this story is set
mainly in Britain.

And why do all the female characters have to die in these books? I'm no feminist but find this habit of the author's vaguely depressing. The women are used for either sex/information/resources and then they get horribly murdered and need to be avenged.

For once it would be nice to have a vaguely happy ending, incidentally this book doesn't really have an ending, it just hints at a sequel. I finished this but didn't enjoy it throughout. Not worth almost ten pounds for the download.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Strange plot 23 Oct 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The plot is not very believable or strong. I was disappointed with this book as I do like his books usually
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping 13 April 2013
By M. Hunt
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Excellent tea from start to finish, you know whats coming but still extremely enjoyable and well written. One of my favourites
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read 2 April 2013
By MO
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Another great book. This book kept my husband busy for hours. It was one of those books you can't put down. He was actually disappointed when he finished it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 9 Mar 2013
By Richard
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
great story all Chris Ryan books I find a good read . this I feel is the best so far.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A master at work. 15 Feb 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
What can be said of Chris Ryan that hasn't allready been said.

He's been there,he's done it but he doesn't need the T-shirt

Read the book and join in the action.

A master of the written word to describe the action.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
Nope not as good as previous books by Chris. It didn't flow and was hitty missy from start to finish.
Published 7 days ago by Wincy
2.0 out of 5 stars American Flag-Waving
Disappointed. Should have been titled "the first casualty of...reality" is this book. Not sure what Chris Ryan was trying to achieve with this book other that a blatant... Read more
Published 1 month ago by R M Veale
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping
I would recommend this book to all ages.it had you constantly gripped to reading more and more like all of chris Ryan's books.
roll on the start of another one of his sellers.
Published 1 month ago by michelle salt
3.0 out of 5 stars average
I have read almost all Chris Ryans books and really they are not up there with the best. He seems to get a decent storyline going but just fails in the actual writing. Read more
Published 1 month ago by M. D. Barker
4.0 out of 5 stars anothergood one by Ryan
Again a book written to reflect current affairs and military issues from a person with a military background who has experienced it.
Published 2 months ago by JS WEBSTER
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring utter rubbish
Normally, I love Chris Ryan`s books as they are easy, interesting reads which hook the reader with great plots. This however was turgid. Read more
Published 2 months ago by mrs alison rankin
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best Chris Ryan book I have read
This is not the best book I have read by Chris Ryan. The book is let down by a poor ending.
Published 3 months ago by thistle
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
fast paced action thriller, after reading a lot of Chris Ryan's books this has to be amongst his best works
Published 3 months ago by Kevin Prince
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Another good one from Chris read this on the beach in Kenya missed lunch. So good yes everyone should read this
Published 4 months ago by angelabenson
5.0 out of 5 stars Osama
Would recommend this book to any one interested in this type of subject. Couldn't put it down, a great buy
Published 4 months ago by stanley holland
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