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on 25 July 2012
I have read all 4 of Matt Lynn's Death Force books on Kindle over a few weeks, and maybe that is part of the issue.
I have enjoyed how the characters have developed and disagree with some of the negative feedback left for his first couple of books. I have enjoyed reading them.
However almost at the end of book 4 and the formula is starting to grate. In each book Steve beds the token woman woven into the plot for that purpose alone, I agree with some earlier comments made about books 1 & 2 that the technical aspects seem over simplified (I am no expert but feel other authors deal with the detail of the weapons more subtly - Lynn's pages could have been lifted from a weapons manual). The team go through a pretty predictable series of highs and lows that between the books the only difference is the setting - the individuals motivation (cash) seems insuffcient and the human drive to survive is brushed over, like some of the elements of feasibility of the plot.
In Ice Force one main thing grates - the constant reference to Glaciers in the Artic. Glaciers form and flow over bedrock and land not in sea ice!!! Pack ice, ice ridges, ice islands, ice pressure ridges, ice bergs - could all have been obstacles the team met - but not glaciers. Just a constant distraction from the otherwise action packed story.
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on 26 February 2012
For those that don't know, the Death Force series tell the the adventures of a group of Private Military Contractors. Drawn together on their first mission in Afghanistan, they have since battled through Central Africa, Somalia, and now the Arctic. Based in the present time, the missions are always realistic and believable.

Ice Force sees the team on the hunt for a downed plane in the North Pole, but they find their skills and teamwork, not to mention physical strength stretched to breaking point as they battle an unknown enemy to survive in the most hostile environment on earth, against the odds.

Lynn clearly does his research, and his knowledge transfer is brilliant. In the back of each of his books, he details equipment/weaponry/vehicles that he mentions in the story. Even someone of no military knowledge could read and understand. His plots are as up-to-the-minute as you can get, and each book leaves you gasping for the next instalment. Lynn may never have been ex-Special Forces, but you'd probably never know it, aside from the distinct lack of ego, a refreshing change from many other writers in the genre.

His character development through the series is excellent , and you gradually get to know each member of the team, and get a feel for what makes him tick. The characters are believable, if not all likeable, and he explores the issues that bringing a bunch of men with thier backgrounds together creates.

The pace of the story is good, with enough action to keep the pages turning. Lynn employs a third-person narrative that's neither too chatty, nor too formal. He doesn't rely on profanity to add weight to the narrative, which is refreshing. In this book particularly, there is a little too much repetition, but that's a very minor gripe when all else is considered.

Ice Force could be read on it's own, but I would strongly recommend reading it as part of the series.
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on 7 September 2012
I have read all four death force novels and really enjoyed them, I am really looking forward to the next one in the series. All the characters are totally believable. If I had any gripe it would be that Steve always gets the girl (it would be great for Nick to get he's.) I have read various books by Chris Ryan, Duncan Falconer and Andy McNab, but I enjoyed the diverse locations that DEF. Inc. find themselves in rather than all in Afghanistan or Iraq. If your not sure about these definitley give them a go, I did all four on my two week holiday on my Kindle, truly page turning and not put downable action from the first page.
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on 28 March 2015
I am frankly amazed at the amount of positive reviews on here for this book. It is clear early on the author has never been in the military, the characters have debates over actions that are part of standard drills and practices. I can forgive the whole weapons thing, that is part of the story telling, but the thing that REALLY REALLY GRATES is the character Maya near the end. Without giving away the plot, Maya is an elite special forces soldier, trained to the highest standards in the world. She would need to be especially tough to match any man in her field. No problems there. However she finds herself in a confrontation near the end, where an unarmed, untrained civilian GRABS HER BY THE HAIR and kidnaps her. She is last seen with a look of terror on her face. The only thing on my face at that point was a mix of laughter and disgust at such ridiculous nonsense. Any SF soldier would have simply broken the guys arm, but no, she is turned into a whimpering, pathetic woman.

Total drivel
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The fourth book in the mercenary series. This time the gang go into the Arctic in terrible conditions to locate and recover a black box. And there are people who want them to fail, resulting in some gun battles at the end of the world.

I've read the previous three and was right to leave a bit of a gap before picking this up, read close together you do see the format being repeated, but leaviung it a couple of years, I was comfortable with catching up with Death Force but not annoyed by the formula. Having this in the bleakness of the Arctic was interesting and added a natural peril to the situation then compounded by mysterious bad guys with better weapons.

It worked for me and reminded me why I enjoyed the series in the first place.
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on 22 January 2013
A very good read with lots of action from start to finish. Just waiting on the next Death Inc adventure
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on 28 November 2013
Another masterpiece of action writing , twists and turns that I thought would turn me inside out ! 5 star ... AGAIN !!:)
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on 21 January 2012
Another excellent novel by Matt Lynn who in my opinion is in a class of his own when it comes to action fiction.Looking forward to the next adventures of Death Inc
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on 27 November 2014
great book..
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on 28 September 2014
What a great book from Matt, it was difficult to put down, keep them coming
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