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Crisis (Luke Carlton 1) Hardcover – 2 Jun 2016

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  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Press (2 Jun. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0593075781
  • ISBN-13: 978-0593075784
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 4 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (187 customer reviews)
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"Full of tomorrow’s headlines, Crisis is a nerve-shredding thriller with an intimate knowledge of the world it portrays. This is intelligent, high-voltage story-telling of the very highest order." (TONY PARSONS, bestselling author of The Murder Bag)

"Written by someone who has been there, done that and knows what it’s about, Crisis is a thriller you just can’t put down." (Sir ROGER MOORE)

"Gardner knows his subject – and it shows. A rattling good read." (JOHN HUMPHRYS, BBC Broadcaster)

"Fast, taut, tense, accurate. A terrific read." (FREDERICK FORSYTH)

"A terrific page-turner." (SUNDAY TIMES)

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The first novel in an explosive, action-packed series of modern spy thrillers from acclaimed broadcaster, BBC security correspondent Frank Gardner - someone with a unique insight into the murky world of espionage and counter-terrorism.

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I have huge respect for Frank Gardner as a correspondent and I enjoyed his non-fiction work Blood and Sand: 10th Anniversary Edition so I was very excited when he ventured into fiction only to be hugely disappointed. I bought 'Crisis' on the basis of his extensive security knowledge, previous non-fiction work and the huge list of plug lines from well-known personalities in its reviews. Having an envious little black book of well-known friends and media contacts willing to say nice things about your work however, really doesn't make it a good read and undermines the credibility of those giving it such rave reviews. The characters are the most appalling cliches I've ever read, the plot is clunky, pedestrian and in places lacks credibility, the sub-plot with the girlfriend doesn't go anywhere and overall it's full of very badly written exposition. As for the realism espoused by one reviewer, anyone who has worked in this arena would be hard pressed to recall HR concerns for an employee holding sway over operational interests. Had the author invested time in learning the craft of fiction he ought, with his knowledge and experience, to have been able to write a cracking book. This, I'm afraid, simply serves to prove that not everyone can write a great story, least of all if they fail to pay attention to the craft. I did trudge to the end if only in the hope that it would get better, it didn't. I also read the sample of chapter of his next fiction book 'Ultimatum' in the hope that the author would have learned more about the craft, hopefully having read some of the poor reviews and honed his craft. The first page looked promising and then it deteriorated into more of the same.Read more ›
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Clearly the software for writing Tom Clancy books is selling well. Part of the package is that the book has to be long; whatever happened to the 300 page thriller?
So like its clones this book has a tall handsome and tough hero, a nasty ugly villain and a gorgeous romantic interest. For the technology geeks there will be brand model and specification for every weapon and gadget. Most importantly, there will be no surprises, no irony and no doubting the outcome. Some of the action bits are quite well written and there is some convincing local colour, but come on, can you really imagine that gangs of ruthless killers keep their captives long enough that they can plan their escape and then make fundamental errors to give them that opportunity. Overall an unconvincing story, but ok if you just want a bit of escapism.
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This was a great holiday read: a thriller centred on the attempts by multiple police and intelligence agencies to bring down a Colombian drug cartel and its sadistic leader. Set largely in the forests of Colombia the action also impacts on the UK. The story focuses on the role of Luke, ex marine commando now working within MI6, who (but for his steady girlfriend ) has something of James Bond about his character. But the story as told is sophisticated and knowledgeable concerning the various agencies involved in the action, and herein lies one of the strengths of the writing. The action comes in bursts of action and violence and the book is long enough for its complex plot to include the frustrations and sometimes failure of tactics in highly realistic situations. Frank Gardner impels the story with evocative prose and imagines a plausible set of threats to our settled way of life in the UK in this pacy, realistic thriller.
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As an avid fan of LeCarre, Deighton etc it is difficult to find an author of similar high standards - and sadly FG did not come up to the star rating we thought he would. The plot was very simplistic, and quite unbelievable (would one really send a wounded agent back into the fray?) with twists and turns that did not hold one captivated. FG came across as someone worried that he may lose his audience (a little like a probationary teacher with a somewhat difficult class), and thus some of the plots came to a rapid conclusion - would rather that the suspense kept one guessing for much longer. And all the baddies got their just rewards, and all the goodies survived for another day. Sweet.
Perhaps the second book will be better - may well buy it to see how the key player survives another day.
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I read all the negative reviews and thought Frank Gardner couldn't write a book that was so cliched and trashy, so unconvincing and vapid. I regret to say he has. Frederick Forsyth apparently endorses this book as "Fast, taut, tense, accurate". To quote the USA's first orange President: "Fake news". The only crisis is that any publisher should think it fit to release this book to the public. The one star is one star too many.
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A well written thriller with good pace. The end was poor and a tad clichéd and, mistakenly, the author had tied up the main and sub character's stories prior to it.
Imagine watching a play where all of the main characters left the stage and a few others arrived to handle the finale.
That's the only negative. The book was very enjoyable otherwise.
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