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Liberation Day
Liberation Day
by Andy McNab
Edition: Hardcover

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another page turner, but has Stone has his day?, 24 Nov. 2002
This review is from: Liberation Day (Hardcover)
Nick Stone is back, after being used and abused by the British Government he is now the servant to new US masters who are dangling the carrot of US citizenship in return for "one last job".
In a break from his previous books, McNab has set this book into a real time frame with a real scenario with a background that lies in the war against terror after 9/11. Perhaps this will mean the end of Nick Stone who is a character who takes himself far too seriously and who is constantly trying to relive the good old days. One feels that this book will be the last in this series, and it’s probably about time. By tying himself to world events McNab is going to find it difficult to take this any further.
That's not to say that this isn't a cracking good read, much better than "Last Light" and McNab's best effort since "Remote Control." The joy of these books is McNab's excellent skills as a storyteller, with great attention to detail, gripping plots and fantastic narratives. Unfortunately the hero Nick Stone is getting too bitter, too isolated and one senses, past it. Yet he is still out there trying to prove himself as the best, but trying too hard, taking unnecessary risks and putting himself into unnecessary uncomfortable situations. It wouldn't be a Nick Stone adventure if he didn't crap into clingfilm! The other two hero's in this book, Stone's Egyptian colleagues, seemed cooler, fresher and rounder characters with not only a sense of humour but real emotions and motives. When they were "babbling away in Arabic" they were probably musing about the madness of this strange Englishman hiding in a bush, relieving himself into a bottle while they were sitting in their warm cars in a carpark. They also had a remarkable grasp of British Army slang.
So, Andy McNab, give Nick Stone his American Passport and let him retire into a world of celebrity bodyguards and give us a new fresh character and throw him into more fantastic, compelling adventures that are like this unputdownable page turner.

Balham to Bollywood
Balham to Bollywood
by Chris England
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Looking to laugh out loud, then look no further...., 29 Sept. 2002
This review is from: Balham to Bollywood (Hardcover)
This is, without doubt the best book I have read this year. It's laugh out loud funny, you don't need to know anything about cricket to have tears rolling down your cheeks as he describes his attempts at horsemanship.
I was drawn to this book by three things, Cricket (my favourite sport), Balham (it's where I live)and Chris England who wrote "An Evening with Gary Lineker" (along with another Balham resident, Arthur Smith).
Actually Chris England lives is Streatham but explains that for aliteration purposes he chose the nearest place which begins with B!
The success of this book lies purely in Englands writing style, which is humorous, honest, self effacing and touching yet the twinkle is never far from his eye.
If you are interested in cricket, films, acting, India or just want a good laugh this book is definatey for you.

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