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The Fighting Man (Ultimate Collection) by [Seymour, Gerald]
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3.8 out of 5 stars 33 customer reviews

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An exciting novel that is full of inside knowledge... It's time for Gerald Seymour to be recognised as ranking right up there with Graham Greene (New York Times)

Unstoppable momentum (Daily Telegraph)

Moving and gripping. Seymour's chacter are all beautifully drawn. The dialogue is so real you can hear it and the plot is as tight as a drum. It is tempting to say that Seymour is at the height of his powers... He just gets better and better (Today)

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'The Fighting Man' follows the fortunes of a small group of political exiles as they attempt to overthrow the brutal and repressive regime in their native Guatemala. Idealists, not warriors, they require the services of a fighting man to direct their enterprise. Their search brings them to Gordon Benjamin Brown, a military misfit whose career has ended in disgrace; and under his leadership their makeshift army marches on Guatemala City, growing in numbers along the way. At first their progress seems unstoppable, but as events move towards a gripping climax it becomes clear that the Guatemalan army is not the only enemy that they have to overcome; other agencies are working to destroy them.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1440 KB
  • Print Length: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (1 Aug. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C2UUI4Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 33 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #81,201 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A good read although an odd writing style at times and I don't really like 'open ended' conclusions.

Small point I know, but on two occasions the author describes an aircraft using reverse thrust. The aircraft in question is an Antonov AN2. This is a large bi-plane which has a single radial engine. There ain't no reverse thrust! 😊
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That's it. I've finally had enough of this book. After 50 or so pages, each one a struggle, I can't handle the wait for it narrative and the exceptionally rediculous and unbelievable plot. The constant attempt to crate suspense by withholding who the 3rd party narrative is talking about is a style of Seymour's that I always found a little irksome but here I guess I've finally flipped. Alas, no more.
I find the jibbearish our kids are subjected to more believable. Seymour's Hero and how he caves in too rediculous requests must have been recognised by the authour owing to the introduction by Urban, attempting to persuade us that the SAS is full of men like Gord Brown. Nonesense. I want my money back!
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only my second G.S. novel - the first I couldn 't put down - this one I found somewhat confusing. Probably just me as I hadn't previously been aware of the situation about which he was writing. Still a good read
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So bad it's hard to believe the same author wrote good books as well. The characters are so stereotypical you cringe, the tooth fairy has more credibility than these, and the plot itself is pretty dire.
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I have read most of Seymours books and i am a great fan of his but- The fighting man, is not really by far his best. I found that this is the only book of the many that I have read that I got fed up reading. It never ever seemed to get anywere at all. and the ending sumed up the whole dragged out story. The story seemed to be doomed from the startand thats how it finished. the plot just plodded along without any sense. It was the blind leading the blind. sorry but this book was not by far Seymour`s best.
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Although not apparent from the Amazon website this is not a new novel by Gerald Seymour. It is simply a reprint of a 1993 novel which I read at that time (and enjoyed then), but from the Amazon website it appears to be a new 2013 novel. Shame on you Amazon.
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Not having read any of Gerald Seymour's books, I didn't have any preconceived ideas about the author. However, I struggled immediately with this and only got through it thanks to a combination of boredom and dogged determination. Pick a random, little known country, make up a weak plot about an attempted coup, and retrospectively insert brief references to shoddy characters that might appear later in the book, and you get The Fighting Man by Gerald Seymour.

The lead character, Gordon Brown (yes, really) is the poorest lead character I've read in a long time. We're supposed to either love lead characters, or at least love to hate them. The Fighting Man gives the reader neither; rather what you get is a poorly woven tapestry, made up of a lot of grotty threads.
I went through this book finding Gordon Brown about as agreeable as his more famous namesake, and none of the other characters helped alleviate the profound sense of disappointment which this book so unkindly gave me. The goodies are not likeable, the baddies are rubbish, the action scenes come across as having been written by a child in creative writing class, and the one love scene the book gives you is just weird and voyeuristic, totally out of place in a book devoid of any well-written emotions.

I can't help thinking that this book would have been better, had it pitted the politician Gordon Brown against an army of Guatemalan jungle ninjas, where Gordon is Rambo and the ninjas are a genuinely formidable enemy, and maybe he dies in style at the end for good measure.
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Not having read one of his books for a few years, I'd forgotten what a great writer and storyteller the author is. This was a riveting, thrilling read. Highly recommended.
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