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Strike Back [Paperback]

Chris Ryan
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29 April 2010

Two soldiers: Britain's most celebrated military hero and a broken veteran living in the gutters of London. Their paths last crossed nearly twenty years ago. Now, amidst a hostage crisis in the Middle East, their lives are about to collide again. And the Strike Back is about to begin.

John Porter was involved in a hostage raid in Lebanon in 1989. The raid went disastrously wrong, several Regiment men died, John spared the life of a Lebanese fighter and blames himself for the deaths. Struggling to come to terms with the past, John has hit the bottle and is sleeping rough.

Colonel Peregrine Collinson was involved in the same raid. He was awarded a Military Cross and is heralded as a military hero.

After the disastrous raid, their lives couldn't have been further apart. Until now. A hostage crisis in the Middle East draws the enemies back together for the first time. Who will be the hero this time?

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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow (29 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099549670
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099549673
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 304,576 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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"Hard as nails" (Mirror)

"Chock full of military fat to chew on...will keep you awake until dawn" (Irish Times)

"Hard to put down...There's plenty of action, loads of claret, emotional and physical kickings a-plenty. It's a rock-solid story which is soundly told by Ryan" (Daily Sport)

"Explosive plot...gritted teeth adrenaline" (Financial Times)

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The new action-packed, no-holds-barred novel from bestseller, Chris Ryan

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Strike Back - Chris Ryan 25 Nov 2009
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book is a good read, I could not put it down.

I have the paperback version, which is a better written that the hardback and has only a few mistakes. Instead of criticising spelling mistakes like a lot of other reviews, I like to find the good points.

I read this book front to back in record time because I just couldn't stop reading it. It had some fantastic plots and scenarios in it that had me engrossed. There are some real twists and turns as well. Brilliant.

Anyone interested in the Armed Forces and Military should definitely give this a read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book is excellent. So good in fact that my girlfriend has insisted on reading it. The tv adaptation is not quite as good as there are character differences. The story is very fast paced and grips you from the first page. There is plenty of depth to each character. Overall I would greatly recommend this book if you like 24 and that sort of genre of tv/books.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Take it for what it is 8 May 2010
I have two copies of the book: the original hardback version and the re-released paperback from the 3rd edition. As someone has stated before the hardback leaves a lot to be desired. There are grammatical errors, typos, weak plot structure and some geographical problems.
However, the paperback is a different kettle of fish. The errors are (mostly) removed or corrected, the typos are gone, the plot structure has been tightened and the general editing is much improved.
For what it is (Action based FICTION) it is very good. You don't need to do too much thinking to keep up with the plot, it is fast paced and the action comes thick and fast.
My partner and some friends are ex-forces and although they chuckled at parts and said that some bits are way, WAY over the top they also said that a lot IS fact based and they enjoyed it. I hope this helps.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars another killer story 5 Nov 2012
By JimmyG
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Strike back seems to have 2 versions around an original hardback and the paperback version, or maybe that should be 3 versions as i read this on my kindle. Anyway I cant comment on the hardback version and its typos or other mistakes. However the kindle version is another killer story from Mr Ryan.

A lot of people will have seen the tv version and maybe they think this is the same, but like all books that have a film/tv series they are different for a start books ask you to use your imagination and they try to take you along by the force of the tale they have to tell. This like other Chris Ryan books does that in spades, it isnt meant to be realistic, how many of us have been in the situations he writes about? very very few in deed, in fact i even doubt he has been in the situations he writes about these days. Do not let that put you off reading this book, and i do not mean to run him down. He writes mens adventure stories and he writes about situations he has knowledge of. Like all good novelists he uses life experience to take you to a fantasy setting but tries to make it belivable, and here he succeeds.

Only down side with these books is it always seems to be a washed/burnt out SAS trooper who the government has let down but somehow they get back into the life and save the day. Along the way the body count gets higher and higher and the brass casings that are littering the place must make a scrap man rub his hands in glee.

That said, you know what you are getting and its a winning formula, I for one love his books, for a small part of my boring humdrum day I can imagine a world that still has larger than life heros who place country and family above scraping a living as a wage slave.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Utter Rubbish 2 Aug 2008
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I've only given it one star because it couldn't give it zero! The dullest, most predicable read with so many typos, inacuracies and repetitions. I do not know how any person could seriously give it 5 stars- they obviously can't read properly or are maybe just a little simple. Worst read for a very long time!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dreadfully written 14 July 2008
By Kenny G
It is difficult to convey just how badly this book is written. The plot is not the worst I have seen, although that is only average, but it is the juvenile writing style that really grates.

To give an example; every time the central character, Porter, drinks any kind of stimulant (coffee, alcohol etc.), he feels it "hitting his bloodstream". This phrase must be used at least 10 times in the first 100 pages. Also, there is no logic to the story throughout the novel. For example, they hijack a driver filling his car at a petrol station in order to steal the vehicle. This is suggested to take a matter of 30 seconds, and then we are informed that "the engine was still warm and started at the first turn of the key".

This is the first, and definitely the LAST Chris Ryan book that I shall waste my hard-earned cash on. It is nothing more than a third rate copy of Stephen Leather and is good for nothing more than recycling.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Strike back 27 Jan 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
As a massive Chris Ryan fan it took a while getting round to finally reading one of his best sellers. But well worth the wait.!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excelent read 25 Jan 2014
By Jay13
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Excellent read it gets you into it from start....will be getting more books from this author...if you like Stephen Leather books you will like these
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5.0 out of 5 stars Strike back
Well I read the book and I have seen the series on television well I enjoyed both I enjoyed the story it kept you hook ,like he got his life back excellent
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3.0 out of 5 stars fast paced....but predictable.
The first Ryan book I've read, it was a faced paced book but a little predictable, nonetheless a good read if your looking for a time filler.
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This book is notable for its sensitive portrayal of the what can happen when a solider returns from war and struggles to cope with his experiences, ending up at rock bottom. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Lee Hanley
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Another excellent Chris Ryan book -gripping,flowing,exciting and brilliant !!!!!
These novels just seem to get better can't wait to get cracking with another
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Wow that was the most exciting read . Kept me on the edge of the seat as 'll the way through. As most read book.
Published 13 months ago by mark smith
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Great read love every minute feels like your actually there with him. His knowledge and tactical awareness is second to none
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3.0 out of 5 stars Could be better
I have read several Chris Ryan books, and I have not seen the spin off TV series. I am therefore reviewing this book on it's own merits. Read more
Published 17 months ago by A. Kendall
5.0 out of 5 stars Chris Ryan - Strike Back
-read this book before and really liked it so i wanted a copy off my own. The book itself is better than the first series of the tv programme that they based on it. Read more
Published 18 months ago by -AAhmad
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There is no better writer when it comes to this kind of reading-i have read a lot of Chris Ryan novels and he is one of the best.
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