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on 16 November 2016
I've read several books by this author and, on the whole, they are enjoyable as long as you suspend belief. I couldn't on this one however....a plot full of holes and a "hero" hell bent on self destruction and ignoring all help. There were so many holes in the plot. Why not just have him shot in the first few chapters? That would have saved all the unnecessary complicated ways used to frame him and try to murder him throughout the rest of the novel. I finished it but it just left me frustrated....a generally unpleasant book.
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on 3 January 2016
Task: UK Special forces provide backup to US Navy Seal team thats taking out Osama Bin Laden. Sergeant Joe Mansfield witnesses both the fire fight and extraction of the body bags - job done. But not quite, it seems the Americans are pulling the wool over Army eyes. Soon after, during another operation Joe loses one of his best men - also present at the US Operation - while crossing a minefield supposedly with a safe path cleared and marked by allied soldiers. Joe suspects that the safety flags were moved but his superiors won't listen, badly affected by the death of his comrade Joe is returned to the UK for a short time. But Joe cannot relax even with his family and still sees threats all around with his guard up constantly its grating on his wife and child its as though he's still 'out there'.
His sixth sense serves him well . there is indeed a threat one with its roots back in the Afghanistan, and it's all too real and all too dangerous .A cold blooded ruthless adversary will find him and carry out a blood chilling evil that will result in Joes imprisonment, the first of many obstacles Joe will have to overcome as he clears his name and fights back.
High tension thrills and action pulse through this story breathlessly following Joe's efforts
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on 12 November 2017
This was the first book I have read by Chris Ryan and found it to start off ok but then deteriorated into something unbelievable. Does this happen on a regular basis where you have off duty Special Forces leaving dead bodies lying around? Are they all so pig headed and really don't give a damn about much in the real world? I am a female reader, like a good thriller be it military or otherwise but even I found it hard to understand why he went off and left his son with an old friend he had not seen for years, who was severely injured, then couldn't have cared less when she died. Dragged his severely traumatised son to wherever so he could have vengeance, but that I suppose is another story. Perhaps that is what a soldier does and the public don't hear about it. I know its fiction but perhaps a bit of believability wouldn't go amiss.
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on 19 October 2017
Glad I found by accident this author his first book was great and the standard goes up each time
New areas of interest written in a strong gritty style with inside knowledge and hard realistic dialogue
Look forward to reading all by this author who also gives great value for money
Read- you won't be disappointed!!
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on 26 April 2017
I would say after reading a lot of action thrillers, this is one of the most graphically violent at times. Chris is not afraid of killing off good guys... no last-second saves. It's the first from this author. I will try others.
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on 22 November 2017
Another brilliant book by Chris Ryan I would recommend this to anyone looking to take on a new author or to try something new
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on 10 April 2018
Good story with lots of twists and turns and keeps you interested from the start to the Finnish. I have read quite a lot of Chris Ryan's books and this one didn't disappoint me. Keep it up Chris
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on 4 March 2014
I have read almost all Chris Ryans books and really they are not up there with the best. He seems to get a decent storyline going but just fails in the actual writing. And you know what? So does his pal Andy McNabb, who suffers from the same problem.
I am aware these two authors sell books by the bucketload but can't understand why, they should have stuck to soldiering if you ask me.
Must try harder, or perhaps get a proper writer to check their completed works and inject some literary skills therein.
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on 29 April 2018
A very good read. It’ll keep you on your toes. Pretty much believable considering the terrorist acts greats that are about nowadays
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on 15 April 2018
Plausible , dramatic, emotive and gripping. A story you wish you'd written - or better still been part of. Chris Ryan at his best.
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