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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (23 Jun 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847444113
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847444110
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.3 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 577,370 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) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Stratton returns in inimitable style

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Nick Brett TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Ellen Yates on 25 Jun 2011
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. Knee on 10 April 2012
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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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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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By michael g. smith on 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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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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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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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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