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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Random House Audiobooks; Abridged edition edition (2 July 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1856867609
  • ISBN-13: 978-1856867603
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 1.7 x 13.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,645,478 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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"Remarkable...gripping" (Express)

"Slick, polished and gut-wrenching stuff" (Irish Times)

"Real strength in detailing the nitty-gritty of operations" (Sunday Express)

"There's a frightening ring of authenticity" (Mirror) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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An explosive Geordie Sharp novel, from the bestselling author of Ultimate Weapon. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By christopherharry@holmes-scarb.freeserve.co.uk on 12 April 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Kremlin Device is great if all you want is a credible, innovative plot that's easy to follow. In other words, an ideal holiday read! Some of the more established thriller/crime writers have fallen into the trap of producing over complicated stories with a multitude of characters and endings that are cobbled together in indecent haste. This criticism cannot be levelled at Ryan although the ending of the Kremlin Device is the least plausible and satisfying part of the book. I will certainly give him another chance !
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Jun 1999
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Another title from Chris Ryan, much in the same well paced, and detailed style as his other fictional works. This book sees Geordie Sharpe and an SAS team seconded to train an elite Spetnaz unit in anti-mafia warfare, and of course the western superpowers decide that it is an ideal opportunity to carry out some potentially deadly work under the guise of their training mission. The thing about Chris Ryan's work is that it is so full of detail (detail from his SAS training and experience no doubt), that it is hard not to be thoroughly absorbed into the action from the very beggining, and this book is no exception. The book is set at an excellent pace, with plenty of twists and turn, and enough detail to keep most would-be SAS troopers happy, all in all an excellent read. One more thing though, the last two pages of the book will really make you think...could they really be there...and just how much of the book is based on fiction....? Read it and you'll see what I mean. Don't miss it.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 July 2000
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I think that yet again Chris Ryan has done himself proud by writing a very good novel. Yes, it may be slow in some parts but overall this is another fast paced, gritty story. Once again Ryan has allowed us to understand Geordie Sharp's character and the amazing skill and intellect the special force opertaives are shown to have through many SAS books. I look forward to any books Ryan writes in the future.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David H J Ashdown TOP 500 REVIEWER on 5 April 2014
Format: Paperback
Anyone who likes the Jack Reacher stories by Andy McNab will also like this book by Chris Ryan about an SAS group who are helping the Russians hone their skills dealing with difficult situations involving terrorists including the home grown mafia type criminals. The mission however has a hidden agenda orchestrated by the USA involving covert underground activities. The story gives you an uneasy feeling about what really could have happened when the cold war was at its height and makes you think are we as safe as we're led to believe - an excellent novel and quintessential page turner , easy to read in one sitting.
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This is my 7th Chris Ryan book this year now, and I absolutely loved it. I'm not a reading person, but because I'm in to all things military, this was a start, and I surprised how much I loved it. Me first read was Zero Option what was also in the Geordie Sharp series as is this one. The Kremlin Device had a bit of a slow start compared to the rest I have read so far, but 4 or 5 chapters in, this book sure took a turn for the best. Gripping plot lines, on the edge of your seat type reading. And the end didn't help as it was left gripping. But if you enjoy reading, and military action, you will love this and every Chris Ryan book there is, it also helps the fact that for me he's a local writer, born in Rowlands Gill, in 1961, about 20 minutes by car from where I live. Please read this and if don't like this book, there's something wrong with you. Enjoy
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Jan 2000
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I read the second half of this book in one go as i could not put it down, the story never gets slow or boring, I always wanted to know what happened next.
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By A Customer on 27 April 1999
Format: Audio Cassette
Just how many cups of tea can people drink. From reading this book one would think the special forces cant exist without it!! however, i think this is another enjoyable [ but light] read from Mr Ryan. Much more believable than Zero Option, that left you wondering if we are sitting on our own "suitcase of destruction" here in good old blighty! But surely these guys would get a lot more done if they carried lucozade bottles, and didnt have to stop every two minutes to put the kettle on?.....it rather destroys the illusion of "cat-like" killers!! good fun nevertheless.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Feb 2000
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Having read most of Ryan's books, I found this another one which I simply could not put down. It is filled with all the action you would expect but also the 'behind the scenes realism'. If you have already read one of Ryan's books I strongly recommend this, and if not I recommend it even more strongly!
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