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copy and paste
on 3 September 2012
although mcnabs books contain vignettes that provide real world physical sensations experienced in operations along with some satisfying levels of detail many of them are lifted verbatim from other books. page 144 of brute force - page 448 of crisis four is just one example of many. i mean come on fella!! you've got enough money to pay a different ghost writer by now.. copy and paste stuff is littered though his novels. different scenarios same detail. like the old spaghetti westerns - same plot - different horses.. mcnab writes in the 'first person' making the experience more vivid than chris ryans novels - yet scenarios are repeated in several of his books to an extent that has the reader wondering if you've read the same book twice.
ok to read but stick to the non-fiction to avoid too much repetition.. there's only so much that can be wrung out of fictional characters and plots without stumbling over old material. it might not be quite so bad if the scenarios weren't copied word for word.. there is some repetition in his non-fiction work (which sometimes cant be avoided) but again its too 'word for word in places.'
the non-fiction titles - immediate action, seven troop provide excellent army 'banter' which anyone who's been in the services or team sports will appreciate. mcnab is a very perceptive writer in this regard.