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The Hijack: Number 2 in series (John Stratton) Paperback – 12 Aug 2004


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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (12 Aug 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751533882
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751533880
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 10.9 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 702,652 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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Inevitably, he'll be compared to Andy McNab, but I'd say Falconer has the edge (MAIL on Sunday)

Executed with a style that would do Bruce Willis proud (Sunday Express)

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* A dirty bomb. A dirty world. A one man clean-up operation.

* A gripping authentic thriller by a former member of the elite Special Boat Squadron.


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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By "ian21052" on 15 Feb 2006
Format: Paperback
Have been reading military fact and fiction for a few years, and have to say, this guy realy puts together a readable believable story, and gets you hooked from page one, not too much military jargon to baffle, but enough to let you know he knows whta hes talking about,
great read and will definatly buy more from this guy
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Oct 2004
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Could not put it down. Characters were unique, fascinating, sympathetic and the story booms along at a great pace. Brilliant the way he describes real events, sensitive political and military subjects without taking sides. And almost unnerving how he creates the most dangerous people with attractive and almost forgiving qualities, a technique he used in his last book, The Hostage. Looking forward to the next one. Keep it up, Falconer!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Lesley Moore on 31 Mar 2006
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I think Duncan Falconer has to be a better writer than Andy McNab. When you read one of Duncan's books, you know you are in for a good and exciting read. And he hasn't dissappointed with Hijack. It's always difficult to put his books down.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mononoke on 14 Sep 2004
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This has definitely been one of the best books I have read of its kind. Ex-soldiers may have fascinating real-life experiences to draw on when writing fiction but few have the capacity to deliver them in such an engaging way. This is an easy book to read, partly due to the fact that it is well written and partly because it has such a gripping story and fast pace. The author manages to develop unique and strange characters - characters whom you could never imagine meeting in real life, yet makes them seem eerily normal and real (the scary Russian for one). He also does not tend to stereotype his characters of different nationalities and gives them a realism that most people can relate to. The story touches upon issues of terrorism and the Israeli and Palestinian conflict but it manages to remain neutral and did not tend to be biased to any one side (as many other books concerning the conflict tend to be). I have also read this authors previous two books, the non-fictional First Into Action and his first novel The Hostage - am now keenly awaiting the next one.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ms. D. Goff on 20 Oct 2007
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I am finding the more I read of Duncan Falconer's books this author has substance, his continuity is refreshing. He takes the time to give the reader the background to the characters which makes these books easier to read and more understandable, than some other author's who fail to tell us why there is a conflict between nations or characters. I also enjoy the fact Falconer was willing to go into subjects possibly classed as not the normal with his "Remote Viewer" character Gabriel, he also started to show the humour that the SBS are known for during moments of tension, going as far as to show the poor young's pilots "misplaced" bravado. Duncan Falconer didn't use today's heightened hostile security state as a Political tool which he clearly could have manipulated to tell his story. I think Duncan Falconer is very insightful and un-biased taking the time to give us background on why the terrorist became the way he did, explaining why each character got to the point they were in the plot. Whereas I felt this book wasn't as good as "The Hostage" I still feel it was very much worth a read. The tension just flows from the pages and Duncan Falconer is able to write about subjects he has some knowledge of, Stratton is again put in some amazing situations within the plot. Stratton's character in "The Hostage" was starting to become quite defined, whereas I feel this story was great taking him out of his comfort zone of previous assignments, in fact we start to see he isn't as hard-as-nails and un-emotional as we are led to believe in "The Hostage", it is good to see even a man of this calibre can get lost as to his true Identity. Yet again a gripping read, well written well thought out. I know this review is more on the author than this book, but I don't want to ruin the story for anyone.Read more ›
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By R. Hawke on 11 Aug 2005
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Good compelling reading, I was unsure at first as it wasn't really my type of book. It was very well written & the author obviously knew his stuff!
Well worth a read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Gooding on 9 April 2008
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Duncan Falconer writes so well, and after reading a number of his novels I'm now convinced that 'consistancy' must be his middle name. I thought The Hostage was a throughly enjoyable read from front to back. While writing this review, I would also like to recommend 'The Constantine Legacy' by Andrew Towning.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. D. Knight on 15 Jun 2011
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Had run out of Andy McNab and Chris Ryan to read, so decided to give Mr Falconer a try excellent read, full of technical detail. This was the third title i had tried including The Operative and The Hostage, liked them so much purchased the rest of the series. Highly recommended.
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