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Duncan Falconer
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15 Mar 2012 John Stratton

When elite operative John Stratton is sent to Yemen by the Secret Intelligence Service to track down a suspected al-Qaeda cell, he thinks he knows what he is dealing with.

But when he and his colleagues get captured by Somali pirates, all bets are off. Stratton discovers what it is like to be held hostage by ruthless men who have a deadly agenda - men for whom Stratton and his colleagues are just bargaining chips. And this is no ordinary hostage situation: Stratton has stepped right into the middle of a massive and sickening jihadist operation.

Fighting trained warriors who know no fear, Stratton's skill and ingenuity will be tested as never before as he battles for his life and for the values he holds dear...

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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere; Reprint edition (15 Mar 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075154406X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751544060
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 12 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 158,704 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Duncan Falconer is a former member of Britain's elite Special Boat Service and 14 Int., Northern Ireland's top-secret SAS undercover detachment. His first book, the bestseller First Into Action, documented the real-life exploits of the SBS.

After more than a decade of operational service he left the SBS and went into the private security circuit. In the past few years, Falconer has operated at length and often alone in places such as Afghanistan, the Nigerian Delta, Palestine, Liberia and throughout Iraq, sometimes writing his books while bullets shower the compound he is staying in.

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Falconer, a former Special Forces man himself, knows his stuff and if you like action, this is for you (Catholic Herald)

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Stratton returns in inimitable style

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars riveting and informative 25 Jun 2011
I don't usually read books in this genre but its topical subject interested me. I was riveted from the first page and found the story fascinating and satisfying. It's not just an action book, the characters are compelling as are their dilemmas. Duncan Falconer's connections in the real world of special forces give this story an authenticity which would be difficult for other authors to achieve.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Welcome return to form for Author 23 July 2011
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I thought the previous thriller from the author was well below par so was very pleased to see a welcome return to form.

SBS Special Forces operative Stratton is captured by Somali pirates after a mission in Yemen goes wrong. While under capture he discovers that the pirates have joined up with jihadist terrorists and there is a real threat to the West. He is forced to escape to try to get a message out to his bosses and in doing so may have to sacrifice one of his friends...

Somali pirates seem to be very much in fashion with thriller writers, Stephen Leather and Matt Lynn have also both produced recent and excellent thrillers, what is nice is that all three have managed their own particular take on things. Here we see the best of Stratton who, while a little introspective at times, shows the full range of his special forces skill and ingenuity. And it was also great to see the wider SBS team getting involved too, far too often it seems like there is no wider organisation in these types of stories.
Anyway, interesting plot with varied and well paced action. This was great stuff and I enjoyed the welcome return to form for both author and lead character.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Back on form 10 April 2012
I've now read all of Falconer's Stratton Series, and this one, certainly out of the last three, had my adrenaline pumping from start to finish. I feel it's certainly one of, if not, his best so far. The main focus of the story is the link between the El Shabaab terrorist network, and Somali pirates. This isn't new ground, as Matt Lynn, Andy McNab and Stephen Leather have each penned novels along the same line. But none of them have Stratton at the centre.

John Stratton, elite Special Boat Service and Secret Intelligence Service operative, is a man who barely thinks twice before risking his life in order to get the job done. He's fiercely independent, sometimes to his detriment, and this is one theme that Falconer explores with his protagonist in this instalment of the Stratton adventures.

Falconer manages to keep the pace going, like a good greyhound. There are minimal flashbacks or cuts to other character's stories, which can often interrupt the flow of the story. Falconer manages to include many nods to modern soldiering, as well as the attitudes and egos of the Special Forces. He is competent at weaving in the twists and turns that a story like this needs to keep the reader entertained.

If you've read Falconer's previous offerings, you'll be pleased to know that this is better than some of them, which fell way below par. If you've never read a Falconer novel, here's as good a place to start as any - though I highly recommend you read them in order.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I'll be looking out for his next book 29 Jun 2014
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Edge of your chair stuff all the way. I didn't want to put it down, yet another stroke of genius from Falconer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read 11 April 2014
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A book that holds the reader from start to finish. I am now starting to read all the rest of his books and even those I read a few years ago.
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5.0 out of 5 stars DUNCAN FALCONER "PIRATE" 12 Feb 2014
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I really enjoyed this book.
It's another one of those books where you know the author has lived the life and uses this basic info to drag the reader into the story from the start. Enjoyed all of his books so far.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Duncan does it again 25 Oct 2013
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One of the best books of SF operators I`ve read, His insight into the workings of the SBS give a realisim to the stories. They are fast paced and action packed, real page turner.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pirate by Duncan Falconer 22 Aug 2013
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This was the type of book that once you got into it, you would find it hard to put down. Being an Armed Forces Vet I was almost living the plot. Great, great, great. Highly recommended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Mr Stratton.
Another excellent book by Duncan Falconer. On par if not better than Andy McNabb
Full of action, suspence and reality. Great read.
Published 22 days ago by Michael Bradshaw
3.0 out of 5 stars Great story.
Another great read!
Published 1 month ago by tedc
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Have bought his books before & enjoyed them.
This one didn't disappoint!
Enjoyed the book from start to finish! Recommend!
Published 13 months ago by I, Maidenhead
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy read
I like Duncan Falconer's Stratton series so therefor I like this as well. If you like the first 6 you'll probably like this as well :)
Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
Gritty as you would expect from a falconer adventure. Plenty of rough and tough twists and turns. A really good read.
Published 18 months ago by Malcolm Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
This book kept the tension high. Duncan Falconer is a great writer and John Stratton is a very likeable main character, which is important to me. Read more
Published 19 months ago by gill rushton
3.0 out of 5 stars Action packed easy read
Easy read with an easy to follow story line, Full on action start to finish, overall a good read in the John Stratton series, everyones favourite all action Commando.
Published 19 months ago by Martin Snell
4.0 out of 5 stars book
bought this for my boyfriend has had other books by this author he said it was an excellent story and he couldn,t put it down.
Published 20 months ago by kaijay
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