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on 28 May 2017
Excellent read.... Action packed, adrenaline filled fast paced thrill of a novel. A good dose of humour thrown in for good measure. The good story line and suspense keep u coming back for more. Well written through and through.. an excellent modern spy thriller..
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on 25 October 2012
If you like heroes who think nothing of fighting foreign powers, whilst knowing no fear, escaping death, seeking justice and thwarting fiendish plots all for Queen and country and that's just before breakfast.......then Distant Annihilation is for you. The book has a contemporary setting, but echoes back to the Great Game in Central Asia, with notions of English daring against diabolical foreign foes. It thus has a retro feel, despite having a topical theme. A breathtaking suspenseful, page turner!
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on 31 July 2012
The story is not politically correct by any stretch of the imagination, but it sizzles on every page as Hossain takes us into the swashbuckling world of dark revenge and espionage. A message to Bond, Bourne, Powers and colleagues: Roll Over!! The time for Collingwood has arrived!!!
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on 8 June 2012
Unusual mix of James Bond and Flashman. This highly entertaining special agent story is ostensibly set in the modern-day but harks back knowingly to the Great Game (think Kim by Rudyard Kipling or the non-fiction works of Peter Hopkirk). Probably the best thing about it is the main character - Tarquin Collingwood. He seems to have stepped straight out of the last century with corresponding quirks and foibles (including some refreshingly non-PC views), but this only makes his character all the more engaging - a definite antidote to the bland action tough guys we see in so many other thrillers. Hossain keeps the story moving and the action is well-described. The novel is injected with a healthy dollop of humour and in places I found myself genuinely laughing out loud. Overall 'Distant Annihilation' is something a little different and I'd be happy to follow the further adventures of Tarquin Collingwood in more novels if the author has any plans to write any...
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HALL OF FAMEon 23 September 2013
In DISTANT ANNIHILATION, Tarquin Collingwood, formerly an officer in the 9th Berkshire Hussars posted with his unit to the U.N. peacekeeping force in the Balkans, now finds himself on a Mission Improbable to the Central Asian republic of Azakistan to foil an evil plot by the Iranians and some disreputable Russians to bring the world to the nuclear brink.

Author Azam Hossain persistently refers to the Iranians as "Persians." He apparently doesn't like Persians.

I actually read about two-thirds of this e-book, and then skimmed to the end.

If you're a fan of the espionage genre and used to such authors as John le Carré, Gerald Seymour, Len Deighton, and the late Adam Hall (Elleston Trevor), you will perhaps appreciate a visual analogy of DISTANT ANNIHILATION with any of the books by the aforementioned authors which will adequately describe my opinion of the former.

DISTANT ANNIHILATION is like any episode of the frivolous Man From Uncle: Complete Series [DVD] [2008] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] compared to the superb BBC productions of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and Smiley's People Double Pack [DVD] [1979].

While I realize that the author was attempting to write a tribute to Bond and Flashman, DISTANT ANNIHILATION is positively ridiculous and doesn't deserve any sort of sequel as the "hero" is in no way engaging. Oh, please not.
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on 14 September 2013
This got 2 stars for a couple of good action scenes and because it did keep me reading. But the plot is contrived and dependent on ludicrous coincidences, the characters old-fashioned stereotypes and the hero an arrogant, sexist, racist oaf. The writing style and vocabulary are wildly overblown, never missing the opportunity to use an obscure expression instead of a simple, modern usage. I'd thought his sort of story had died out in the1950s; alas, I was wrong.
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