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Red Notice: (Tom Buckingham Book 1)

Red Notice: (Tom Buckingham Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Andy McNab
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- "Nick Stone is emerging as one of the great all-action characters of recent times. Like his creator, the ex-SAS soldier turned uber agent is unstoppable." --"Daily Mirror" - "McNab's great asset is that the heart of his fiction is non-fiction: other thriller writers do their research, but he has actually been there." -- "The Sunday Times"

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The electrifying new thriller from Number One bestseller Andy McNab

The Channel Tunnel. 2012. Your worst fears are about to come true...

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Andy McNab joined the infantry as a boy soldier. In 1984 he was 'badged' as a member of 22 SAS Regiment and was involved in both covert and overt special operations worldwide.

During the Gulf War he commanded Bravo Two Zero, a patrol that, in the words of his commanding officer, 'will remain in regimental history for ever'. Awarded both the Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM) and Military Medal (MM) during his military career, McNab was the British Army's most highly decorated serving soldier when he finally left the SAS in February 1993. He wrote about his experiences in three books: the phenomenal bestseller Bravo Two Zero, Immediate Action and Seven Troop.

He is the author of the bestselling Nick Stone thrillers. Besides his writing work, he lectures to security and intelligence agencies in both the USA and UK. He is a patron of the Help for Heroes campaign.

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Shame! 16 Nov 2012
By ZoeFox
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I'm a big Andy McNab fan, having read all his books this year (bar the books for kids), twice (at least!). I love his style, real, gritty, and described so you feel like you are there.

However unfortunately this book feels like its written by someone else. The two main characters are dull and feel like superficial, hollywood-ish stereotypes, not his usual interesting, 'real' characters. Plot was OK, but a bit simple and not up to Andy McNab's usual standard. The book felt like it was written by someone copying Andy McNab's style, but missing out all the key ingredients that make his books bloomin' fantastic.

Damn shame, all in all!

Having said all that, I still enjoyed reading it, but would never recommend it to anyone, as I think it just doesn't live up to McNab's marvellous standards!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good book but slighlty predictable 30 Oct 2012
This new book introduces a new action hero from Andy McNab. The character still serving in the SAS is completely different from what has come from McNab previously. It is well worth reading, an enjoyable read but slightly predictable.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars McNab does Die Hard 31 Oct 2012
McNab introduces us to a new character, a public school SAS trooper who chases his French girlfriend onto the Eurostar just as it is taken over by terrorists. A bit Die Hard and a bit Under Siege 2 so we have seen much of this before, but it is pulled together quite well. Into the mix we have characters with hidden agendas, SAS tradecraft, lots of action and various twists and turns.

It's fun stuff and easy to rattle through quickly and leaving you with the desire to see some of these characters in a future book, quite likely I would have said given how it ends!

So another solid effort from Mr McNab, not ground-breaking but it delivers exactly what you expect it to.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Just to make a living! 11 Oct 2013
By nodge
Having read all Andy McNab's books and enjoyed the majority this latest effort smacks of an author short of time and money at a deadline.The story line is non existant and the characters are lacking in credability.
I do hope that before the next book the publisher exercises some quality control.
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By Drift.r
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I nearly gave up! I have read all of McNabs books and have always found them to be very well written, fast paced and full of action from the start. This book was a huge disappointment. I don't know if the author is currently going through his mid life crisis ( I hope not to wind him up, not a good guy to have on your case) but for the first third of this book he is trying to copy a Mills & Boons love story. Instead of the usual violence and action, he seems to concentrate on Tom's love life. If I wanted all luvvy duvvy mushy stuff, I would have chosen a book from the romance section. As for the lengthy introduction to Tom's posh parents who have a problem downing loads of gin, I felt sorry for them, but was so bored with the dragged out details, that I skim read that particular section.
Even when the real action gets started, when the terrorists are in the tunnel, our hero Tom, single handed, takes on about 40 veteran soldiers trying to rescue his girl. I usually love McNabs books because they are realistic, with the good guys getting injured and killed, and sometimes even failing in their mission. Tom appears to be invincible when chasing after his true love. I hope Tom and his Gal live happily ever after, but lets get back to what McNab is good at please, no more Romance. McNab is far, far, better than this when he sticks to what he is best at.
I have only ticked OK because the last two thirds pick up a bit with more action, last out until then if you can.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Change of style? 10 Nov 2012
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A departure for McNab's usual terse, no-nonsense style at times - more reflective and more about 'relationships' - personally not to my taste. Bring back Nick Stone, please!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Action but not excitement 12 Sep 2014
By Kublai
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The strong point of this novel is the detail about how the SAS would really operate if such a plot were to happen. The weaponry, the tactics, the way they fight, it's all interesting and believable. However, McNab also writes the way that the SAS fight. They are always calm as they go into battle, keeping their heartrate down, thinking clearly, and the action is all written in a similar matter-of-fact style. There are no similes or metaphors, just simple description. And so for all the action, there's not actually much excitement.

The characters are okay, although when he's writing everyday dialogue of non-military/political people it's a bit unbelievable. All the SAS guys talk in the same kind of banter and appear quite shallow; I didn't care very much about any of the characters - even the French girl. There was nothing much to her - she was just waiting around for her shallow boyfriend.

The plot is an inventive terrorist situation in the Channel Tunnel. However, (Spoiler) it's not believable that Tom would just happen to be on the hijacked Eurostar train that very day, having failed to capture the hijacker that same afternoon. It's an incredible coincidence.

Overall, the action detail is very good, the writing is okay, but it has some problems.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read 2 Sep 2013
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Have read other Andy McNab books which I enjoyed. This one's just as good, special forces rock!! Hope there are more to come.
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