Land Of Fire Paperback – 5 Jun 2003
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The hero of Land of Fire--Chris Ryan's latest release--is a man faced with an agonising conflict within himself. Mark Black was a youthful SAS fighter in the Falklands war. To grab a female Argentine spy, he puts his life on the line. Along with his SAS colleagues, he is sent on a dangerous reconnaissance mission before an attack on a fortified airbase. Twenty years pass, and a threatening new Argentine military junta has its sights set on the Falklands again. And Mark Black, ill at ease with memories of his past, becomes involved in a new conflict after British air defences are destroyed in a sneak attack. Black once again meets the girl of his past, and finds that he has to trust an old enemy.
While other Ryan novels (for all their virtues) have occasionally utilised well-worn plots, this one is absolutely fresh as paint. The narrative (spanning many years) packs all the requisite pace and action, but Ryan never forgets how crucial characterisation is. Black's relationship with the girl who was once his enemy is brilliantly and economically realised. --Barry Forshaw
"Hard as nails" (Mirror)
"The SAS is to Chris Ryan what horse racing is to Dick Francis'" (Boys Toys)
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Once picked up, the book is very difficult to put down, due to the fact that as one chapter ended, I simply could not wait to read the next. Rest assured I shall be purchasing futher books by Chris Ryan!
Land of Fire is quite cleverly done. It starts out during the Falklands War with Argentina, seen through the eyes of SAS trooper Mark Black. He is sent on a top secret mission behind enemy lines, anlong with 5 other SAS soldiers (including his brother), to recce an Argentine airbase for a whole Squadron assault. Needless to say, they are compromised, and have to carry out a fighting withdrawl to the Chilean border, only to find that, after crossing it, the Agentines have followed them.
Twenty years later, Black, now a Sergeant, is sent back into Argentina, to recce the same airbase, due to the possibility of a new Falklands war. Again, the mission is compromised, and thing keep going wrong. (I won't say anymore. I don't want to spoil it for you!)
This is definately Chris's best book. It has plenty of explosive action, dark humour, and is extremely tense in places. It is a great read, and Chris Ryan has definately returned to form! It is his best since The Kremlin Device!
It covers a period of twenty years so it does actually seem like a two-in-one book.
Overall this is a fantastic thriller and if you've liked other Ryan books then you'll love this
Ryan has written the book as first person style and has described scenarios and atmosphere so well it felt as if i was there with the team in Argentina.
Well worth a read!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
All his books are good and this is up to the usual standarfPublished 3 months ago by douglas winterbottom
It was a good 'page turner' but the plot was too easy to guess!Published 9 months ago by Mrs Hilary Joan Brennan