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Now this is more like it!
on 26 June 2015
I am still reading the spider books in order.....and this is more like it for me! As the character developed in previous novels his family ties, a whining son and in-laws etc, became a bit of a pain for me. However there's none of that here and it's basically a tale of hostage rescue involving Special Forces in an inhospitable land.....which is what Spider is best at of course.....except he becomes the hostage. I've always preferred the short stories re Spider when he was in the SAS and the descriptions of equipment and techniques used. It always seems well researched and close to the truth. And this is what this tale is all about....also putting the American Seals in a better light than earlier novels!
Also the MI5 boss Button comes into her own in this novel in her efforts to rescue Spider and the risks and lengths she is prepared to do so. Espionage is a murky world and it's interesting to see each side taking similar torture techniques to get information.....unsavoury for some maybe but no doubt true. A novel with a topical theme and an exciting finale.....