Zero Option Paperback – 23 Jul 1998
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"Slick, polished and gut-wrenching stuff" (Irish Times)
"Real strength in detailing the nitty-gritty of operations" (Sunday Times)
"Remarkable ... gripping" (The Daily Express)
An unstoppable action thriller from the ex SAS bestselling author of Ultimate Weapon. It's a race against time for Geordie Sharp...See all Product description
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In this particular case, the word 'Box' does not refer to the security services of Great Britain. It actually refers only to the Security Service, more commonly known as MI5, and is a reference to its old postal address of PO Box 500 in London. The Secret Intelligence Service, incorrectly referred to by many people as MI6, is sometimes called the Firm by people in the trade, or more frequently Legoland.
The other obvious errors relate to radio procedures. The absolute standard radio procedure is for the called station to be mentioned first, and then the identity of the calling station. So if Zulu Alpha wishes to call Alpha Bravo, the radio call would be: 'Alpha Bravo this is Zulu Alpha.' No competent operator would ever say something like: 'This is Zulu Alpha for Alpha Bravo.' The reason is simple enough. On a radio net everybody listens out for their own callsign. When you hear it, you pay attention, and that's why the called station is always mentioned first.
I do not believe Chris Ryan would have made such basic mistakes.
When Geordie Sharp arrives home and realises his family have been kidnapped, he desperately tries to find a way to beat the seemingly untouchable enemy. Many other events unfold but I wouldn't want to give too much away. Its obvious that Chris Ryan has had simular experiences to that of the main character, as the description of such small things make it feel almost biographical. The sense of realism this book gives is like nothing i've read before.
I would recommend Zero Option to anyone who enjoys this type of story and its a must have for any Chris Ryan fan. Brilliant!
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