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Low brow actioner 2.5 stars
on 16 December 2009
This is a military action thriller, by which a group of mercenaries are tasked with a mission in Helmund Province to steal a drug lord's money. A deniable operation with the unofficial approval and limited logistical support from the British Army.
The first half of the book is the team recruitment which ticks every box of nationality and Special Force. SAS, Aussie SAS, Ghurkha, South African Ranger, Spetsnaz, you name it. All experienced mercenaries and in need of money.
Our boys then bond instantly over a couple of days training and some vodka and off they go. Of course we then get lots of action, double-crossing and treachery as the team fight off every Taliban and bandit on the planet.
It's fairly low brow Boy's Own stuff, it's not subtle, the writing will win no awards and it is, of course, utter nonsense. By the way, I recently read "December" by James Steel and which gave me an instant comparison and this did lack the depth of December which may have made me enjoy Death Force less then I may have done. I'm borderline between 2 and 3 stars, but I am going for a low end three because it is exactly what it appears, low brow high action and if you can overlook the obvious plotting and minor military errors, then you might like this.