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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Coronet (11 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444706462
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444706468
  • Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 2.6 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 80,377 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When I found myself as part of the Bravo Two Zero patrol trapped behind enemy lines in Iraq, I found that everything was as I'd been told it would be. I followed all the Standard Operation Procedures, the orientation, survival, evasion and fighting techniques I had been taught in the SAS and I am certain that is what made the difference, that it why I managed to get away.

But as soon as I got I home my suspicions were aroused. We few surviving members of the operation were given a thousand pounds each and told to go off on holiday. This was the authorities telling us to keep quiet. A truckload of medals were handed out too - another sure sign a cock up is being covered up.

The more I looked into it, the more I realized that the Bravo Two Zero mission had been doomed from the start. Our political masters had not thought it through and as a result we weren't prepared to get involved in that operation. We have a saying - the 5 ps - prior planning prevents piss-poor performance - and no matter how high the calibre of the men doing the fighting, many of them will get captured or die if the prior planning is not good enough. That is what happened in Iraq.

Cock ups are one thing, but what makes me really angry is when soldiers are not told the truth about what we they are being asked to do - when things are not as they seem. The SAS are asked to do some terrible things. In fact all the shady things you might imagine the SAS gets up to, we have done in real life. The men of the SAS are regularly asked to do things which would be illegal for any private citizen. Some of these things will scar you for life, physically and mentally. You do them because that is your duty. But time and time again the men on the ground are betrayed because they are not told the truth and then when things go wrong they are abandoned and left to their own devices. That is what I write about in my books.

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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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By JimmyG on 6 Oct. 2012
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 By Denise on 22 Dec. 2013
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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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Parm TOP 500 REVIEWER on 9 Oct. 2012
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Once again Chris Ryan delivers, Osama is a balls out helter skelter thrill ride from start to finish. Its never going to be seen winning any literary awards, but it like many of his other books has a realism that you don't get in many other thrillers of this type. Why wouldn't it, there are few men who have seen and experienced what he has, lived and then put those experiences into thrillers. The bang up to date plot lines make the whole book scary, real and plausible, not for Chris Ryan the unrealistic hero who can survive anything.

I give this book 3/5 as an overall book, but if i were rating it for the genre it sits in only it would be a 4 bordering a 5.

(Parm)

Book Description:
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stuart Young on 23 Oct. 2013
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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 By M. Hunt on 13 April 2013
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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 By Paul Jenner on 10 Feb. 2013
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A good read that I couldn't put down. Left me wanting the read the next one - When it comes out
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Neil on 30 Jan. 2013
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This book is a very good read and keeps twisting all through so keeps you guessing as to what will be the outcome, it is very hard to put the book down
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Stevens d Stevens on 20 Jan. 2013
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good plot very enjoyable poor ending must be another book
on way hope author reads this would like another .
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