The Network and over 2 million other books are available for Amazon Kindle . Learn more

Buy New

or
Sign in to turn on 1-Click ordering.
Buy Used
Used - Good See details
Price: 2.52

or
 
   
More Buying Choices
Have one to sell? Sell yours here
Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Colour:
Image not available

 
Start reading The Network on your Kindle in under a minute.

Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here, or download a FREE Kindle Reading App.

The Network [Paperback]

Jason Elliot
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
RRP: 7.99
Price: 6.56 & FREE Delivery in the UK on orders over 10. Details
You Save: 1.43 (18%)
o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o
Only 6 left in stock (more on the way).
Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
Want it Saturday, 12 July? Choose Express delivery at checkout. Details

Formats

Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition 6.23  
Hardcover --  
Paperback 6.56  
MP3 CD, Audiobook, MP3 Audio, Unabridged 16.82  
Audio Download, Unabridged 16.90 or Free with Audible.co.uk 30-day free trial

Book Description

21 July 2011

The world is about to change...

In the months leading up to

9/11 the intelligence community is on high alert for terrorist threats.

Former army officer Anthony Taverner is recruited by the Secret

Intelligence Service for an apparently straightforward mission: to

destroy a cache of the CIA's precious Stinger missiles in Taliban-held

Afghanistan.

But in the kaleidoscopic world of spying, nothing is

what it seems.

And as the struggle to avert a catastrophe begins, Taverner's

allegiance is to an authority he must keep secret from even his closest

allies...


Special Offers and Product Promotions

  • Spend 30 and get Norton 360 21.0 - 3 Computers, 1 Year 2014 for 24.99. Here's how (terms and conditions apply)

Frequently Bought Together

The Network + Mirrors of the Unseen: Journeys in Iran + An Unexpected Light: Travels in Afghanistan
Price For All Three: 24.54

Buy the selected items together


Product details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks (21 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408809907
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408809907
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 585,549 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, and more.

Product Description

Review

'Fast-paced and strikingly authentic' (Stella Rimington)

'Really authentic. You can practically smell the sweat and the fear' (Frederick Forsyth)

'A terrific spy thriller' (Guardian)

'The ideal thriller for the age of C.S.I' (New York Times)

Book Description

SAS meets James Bond in this extraordinary thriller by an award-winning

travel writer.


Inside This Book (Learn More)
Browse Sample Pages
Front Cover | Copyright | Excerpt
Search inside this book:

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?


Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Overly complicated but comes together in the end 28 Mar 2011
By Julia Flyte TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
The eyecatching cover of this book bears absolutely no resemblance to the story. The narrator, Anthony Taverner, is a former Army officer living in the English countryside, who is recruited to find and destroy a cache US Stinger missiles in remote Afghanistan in the months leading up to 9/11. He also has a secondary, private mission of tracking down his best friend who has been living undercover with Al-Qaeda. Before he can travel to Afghanistan, he is given extensive training. He also travels to the Sudan to retrieve information about Al-Qaeda. Finally the action shifts to Afghanistan itself and the execution of the mission.

The book starts with a bang, but then spends considerable time filling in Taverner's back story before it moves forward again. The diversion to the Sudan feels unnecessary, as does a romantic sub-plot that felt forced and which gets abandoned abruptly. The final third of the book is set in Afghanistan, and it's at this point that the book really finds its feet and grips you through to the terrific ending.

If you're looking for a fast paced thriller, the kind where you disengage your mind and turn the pages at a rapid rate, this probably isn't the book for you. If on the other hand you value authentic detail and realism, you are more likely to enjoy this story. The details about the narrator's background and training feel realistic and the superb descriptions of Afghanistan in the second half of the book reflect the author's familiarity with his topic.

When I was halfway through the book I felt like I could take or leave it, but by the end I realised that I really enjoyed it.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Predictable, Convoluted and Boring 12 Nov 2010
Format:Paperback
The Network is a book that appears to offer a lot. The author has written about Afghanistan and knows the region well. I cannot comment on these books but only on the execution of another Afghan-set "Action/Spy Thriller". Judging this book on its strengths as a thriller leaves me with two words: convoluted and boring. The plot revolves around an ex-British solider named Tarverner who is called back into service to work for SIS. Once signed up he does a load of predicatable things like meeting a strange, sexy woman in a foreign country and learning how to be a hard man in the Brecon Beacons - the usual tropes of action-adventure stories that we are all used to. The story is over the top, unbelievable, and poorly executed.

I simply did not care for the main character or the 250 pages of training/backstory/pointless diversions that litter the text. In the books defence it is worth stating that it is competently written in places and underlying all the flaws there is a decent idea about the existence of a shadow political structure in "The Network" of the title. However this idea is never fully formed or explored and when it is alluded to it suggests that the author has some questionable views on international relations.

Please take with a pinch of salt the rave reviews on this site. There is little to be impressed with here. The love story is not "touching" as one reviewer called it but simply unbelievable and tacked on to the plot for some light relief. If you like poor characterisation, a thin, sub-Bourne plot, and a story taking you to various locations for no reason then by all means read The Network. If you want decent spy fiction then go and read (or re-read) Le Carre, or Ambler, or Cruz Smith, or even Forsyth. This book is an unmitigated failure at coming anywhere near that cannon.

One to avoid.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Network- A Compelling Read 12 July 2010
By Kairos
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I previously read Jason Elliot's `An Unexpected Light' about his travels in Afghanistan and `Mirrors of the Unseen' about Iran both of which I really enjoyed. They are quite scholarly books enlivened by the momentum that travel brings and by the fact that they are written by a young man in love with his subject. The Network is just so totally different. I couldn't put it down and felt compelled to turn the pages. The detail, the action, the romance and the passion for life itself are compelling.Elliot can't resist bringing in a few timely pearls of wisdom which, for me, are a characteristic of his earlier books. Given his previous books and the experiences he talks about there, its hard to know how much of The Network is true and how much is fiction which really adds to the interest. What was Elliot really doing in Afghanistan and Iran? It would make a great film. It ends leaving lots of scope for a sequel; I really hope there is one!
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book shame about the price 22 Oct 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I got stung by this one as I liked the plot and downloaded the sample but didn't read it straight away. Started reading and wanted to read more so I bought it w/o checking the price. If I had I wouldn't have bothered.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Beautifully Written, Intelligent Thriller 26 Oct 2010
By C. Green TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
'The Network' is Jason Elliot's first work of fiction and the first of his books that I have read. Based on this one experience of his writing it will not be the last one I pick up.

The main thing to say about The Network is that its beautifully written. There is a lyricism to Elliot's writing that elevates it above most books in the genre and allows the narrative to flow. His use of imagery is fantastic and as a result the sense of place he brings is almost overwhelming. His background as a travel writer really stands out.

He doesn't shirk when it comes to characterisation either. Taverner, H, Seethrough and the rest of the diverse cast feel like three dimensional human beings. Even minor characters are given enough complexity to make them feel like real people. The dialogue and idividuals' behaviour all feel plausible.

Less strong is the plot itself. If the Network is the first novel in a series featuring Taverner then it works as a general introduction but doesn't provide the most compelling story ever. There is an air of realism to the events that occur, backed up by Elliot's first-hand knowledge of the places featured and some solid research into weapons, spy-craft, etc. There is however, a slight lack of 'oomph' to proceedings. The chase and interrogation that opens proceedings gives the story initial impetus, but the early twist is far to predictable and after that things slow down just a touch too much until a sudden flash of action at the denoument. I wasn't bored and the quality of the writing held me, a bit more action and a slightly brisker pace would have been appreciated.

The book is also has an episodic feel (rather like a travel book?) which prevents the story from really taking flight.
Read more ›
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Would you like to see more reviews about this item?
Were these reviews helpful?   Let us know
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Search Customer Reviews
Only search this product's reviews

Customer Discussions

This product's forum
Discussion Replies Latest Post
No discussions yet

Ask questions, Share opinions, Gain insight
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in
 

Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions
   


Look for similar items by category


Feedback