- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1176 KB
- Print Length: 303 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Wyndham James (3 Sept. 2012)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0095WVQP2
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 24 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #506,950 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Any Means Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
Now I'm no expert on the espionage world, but too many things happen in this book that had me thinking "surely that wouldn't happen". I know it's fiction, but surely there needs to be some link to realism. I won't spoil it for anyone who hasn't read it yet to explain what instances I speak of (and there are many).
Also little details matter....The GPMG is not .50 cal for example. Nitpicky of me I know, but if the author can't get the little easily researched details right, then what else is missed? :-(
All in all you would never now this was a debut novel and I hope there is a lot more Sticklan Vaughan to come. Bring on the action!
Well, what a pleasant surprise. The start was very well written and engaging straight away. I couldn't quite get the image of Daniel Craig out of my head every time the main protagonist, Strickland, was engaging in some daring do however, that didn't spoil it for me. It took a little getting used to of another of the main characters (Jock), and the way his speech was written but, that just made me warm to the character all the more. It did annoy my wife occasionally when reading a little out loud. You will see what I mean when you read the book.
The story starts off with you believing its your basic spy come arms dealer conspiracy but, along the way it takes a few unseen twists and turns which kept you guessing until towards the end.
All in all I highly recommend the book as it was a thoroughly enjoyable and exciting read. It left me wanting to see more of Strickland and where he will go next...
Some of the characters could be seen as stereotypical, but this is easily forgiven as you instantly fall in love with their flaws, humour and catchphrases. The settings have an unlimited budget, creating cinematic images in the readers mind, hurtling towards a thrilling climax. If that wasn't enough, James manages to hold suspense, forcing the reader to trust nobody and question each character they meet.
If this doesn't become a series then it will be a tragedy. I have a feeling you will be hearing a lot more from Stricklan Vaughn. Be one for the first to discover him. it will be worth it.
There are a lot of players in this book and it does take some concentration to keep up, but none are superfluous to the plot and each plays their part perfectly.
Body counts are high, destruction is unashamedly widespread but the main character is (mostly) cool as a cucumber throughout.
Great twists and makes you eager to get to the next chapter to see what comes next....
Am waiting patiently for the next book in the series.....please……?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A fast-pasted, action-packed spy thriller which kept me on the edge of my seat the whole way through. Read morePublished on 16 July 2014 by ANNA MACDONALD
I've just finished 'By Any Means' by Wyndham James and gave it 5 stars. It's a great read that will keep you guessing right to the end of the book. Read morePublished on 28 Oct. 2013 by Stacey W
Well paced thriller, with great characters and engrossing theme of events, which hold you until the end.
Thoroughly recommend this clever and well written novel. Read more
This book is amazing. The characterisation and plot of pace are world class. And considering the price, it was excellent value for money.Published on 4 Mar. 2013 by JONATHAN HON
The best books are the books that transport you into the story...into the locations, the smells, the sounds and the homes of the characters that you interact with and who for the... Read morePublished on 18 Feb. 2013 by GaryH
I really enjoyed this book even though it is very different from my usual read! I can't wait for the author to release his next book!Published on 18 Feb. 2013 by Gert
Recommended by a good friend, an exciting, twisting and suspenseful novel. Very well written by Wyndham James and the conclusion sets up a second (if not series) of books -... Read morePublished on 2 Jan. 2013 by Sarah Moore
This wasn't my usual first choice of genre for a holiday read but it well exceeded my expectations and I found I was pretty much gripped from the start! Read morePublished on 31 Dec. 2012 by LouBoo
Life got in the way of reading this book. It completely captured my imagination and I could not stop reading it. Once the book finished I just wanted the story to continue. Read morePublished on 26 Nov. 2012 by bdorling
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