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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (29 Mar. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184739910X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847399106
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 523,297 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bestselling author Bob Shepherd is an ex-SAS soldier and security advisor. During his twenty years of service with 22 SAS Regiment, Bob participated in the Oman campaign, the Iranian Embassy siege in London, The Falklands War, the first Gulf War and Bosnia. He left the Regiment in 1994 as a Warrant Officer and went to work on the international security circuit as an advisor to media, diplomats and VIPS. Bob's work in the private sector has taken him to some of the most volatile places on earth including Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. He is a regular media commentator on security issues and has appeared on CNN International, BBC One, BBC World, BBC Radio and SKY News. For more information on Bob or to read his insights on security issues and politics, please visit his blog; www.bobshepherdauthor.com

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'breathless...masterful...' --Military History Monthly

About the Author

Bestselling author Bob Shepherd is a security advisor and 20-year veteran of Britain's elite Special Air Service. With more than a decade and a half of private security work to his credit, he has successfully negotiated some of the most dangerous places on earth as both an SAS soldier and private citizen. Shepherd is a regular media commentator on security issues and has appeared on CNN International, BBC One, BBC World, BBC Radio and SKY News. He also shares his insights on security politics through his blog.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By J Raithby on 2 Aug. 2011
Format: Hardcover
This book is a real eye opener about the complexities of regions such as Afghanistan and Pakistan. Matt Logan is a member of the worlds finest special forces, the SAS. After events lead to him leaving the Regiment, he has the chance to join a private security firm and undertake black ops once more, but this means joining a group led by the American commander who eneded his SAS carreer. An horrific incident is the driving force behind Matt and this seeking of revenge leads him into a world where no one is who they seem to be and the lines in the sand are ever blurred.
Although a fictional book, using his 22 years in the SAS and his knowledge gained from around 17 years in the private security trade, Bob embeleshes his books with the kind of details and passion only gained from experience. I for one never knew there were more than one type of Taliban and that China has a massive vested interest in places such as Afghanistan. As with many great stories, you never really know who is on who's side and which people can or can't be trusted. I love the book, and if you enjoy it too, then get his first book 'The Circuit' and his second ' The Infidel'. The first is about his time in private security giving close protection to many media and VIP types and the second is his first fictional novel. I guarantee it will open your eyes to things you never knew went on. Fingers crossed there's many more to come.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jakcyer626 on 24 Aug. 2011
Format: Hardcover
Bob Shephard has written another first class novel, this time set in Pakistan as we follow the story of disgruntled SAS veteran Matt Logan, who is hunting an insurgent leader tied to a horrific act of terror for which Matt is seeking revenge. Everything seems clear-cut at first, but he increasingly discovers this not to be the case and uncovers a conspiracy larger than he ever thought possible.

Shephard has again written a book that was impossible for me to put down, and is gripping and believable in equal measure. I got a sense (as with all of his books) that he has really lived the SAS life for real, and knows what he is talking about in regards to current affairs and security matters. His story-writing leads us to believe one thing and later reveal it to be another, which is always a mark of superb and skillful story-writing.

A much better read than Chris Ryan in every way!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ben Sheldrake on 14 Oct. 2011
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This genre has been very successful and dominated by other special forces background people/ writers such as 'Ryan' and 'McNab'.
However for the main part those novels tend to fictional at all levels, very much a case of sit back and be entertained. What we are recieving from Robert Shepherd is the evolution of that format, fictional characters in very hazardous but factual environments.
And thats why this novel works so well as it feeds not only the need for a story with personalities you can believe and form relationships with but also it educates and provides clear thinking on dark subjects that are difficult and at the same time influential, often lying under the surface where they are not easily translated into a story line. And rarely touched on by mainstream media. Robert Shepherd manages this extremely well providing an adult real time theme with underpinning facts on the complexities of the Afghan / Pakistan border region. This sort of story cannot be simply thought up and penned into a novel, you have to have been there, operated there and survived there. Robert Shepherd has done that, resulting in an excellent novel.
Best yet.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Taff K on 23 Jan. 2012
Format: Paperback
Another fantastic addition to the Bob Shepherd collection, and the best yet.
This storyline has everything you would expect from a Bob Shepherd novel, however, what separates this novel from the rest of the books in this genre are a number of factors.
Firstly, the underpinning background knowledge of the political situation in the region, which can only be fully understood by having 'boots on the ground' experience and remaining up to date and current by thorough research.
Secondly, an in depth knowledge of the world of covert intelligence agencies, special forces operations and the political power struggles that occur at the very highest levels.
Finally, the pace at which this plot twists and turns and keeps you turning the page is incredible.
But be warned, if you start this book and you are a slow reader, make sure you have a few days off work or do not have to get up the next day as once started, you will not want to put this down until the final page. The only problem then of course, is the agonizing wait for the next Bob Shepherd novel.
This is another gripping yarn that will have you on the edge of your seat and wishing for more at the end, like all great stories. The only good point is that you can also read `the circuit' and `the infidel', which are both equally as engaging, thought provoking and insightful.
Quite simply a master class in storytelling and I can't wait for the next installment!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul on 4 Aug. 2011
Format: Paperback
This is the second novel from the author Bob Shepherd and this time he has crossed the border from Afganistan and set this story in Pakistan.
The plot centres around a new character, Matt Logan. A young ex SAS soldier, now working in private security and someone who hasn't really taken a great deal of interest in the politics surrounding the war zones he has worked in. It's this naivety that leads him into a world of lies and deception and finally opens his eyes to who really holds the power in the region.
Having read the book I feel there are two things the reader will take away with them. Firstly, a well written novel with a great story that keeps you guessing throughout and secondly as with all of Bob Shepherds books, a wealth of knowledge about a country with nuclear capability that seems to be in turmoil from tribal faction infighting and other outside influences with there own agendas.
Great book, can't wait for the next Matt Logan outing.
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