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Realistic action - Gripping in the extreme!!!,
This review is from: The One That Got Away (Paperback)
I loved Andy McNab's Bravo Two Zero, so when I saw the adverts for Chris Ryan's take on the same covert events deep behind Iraqi enemy lines, I couldn't wait to conscript!! Ryan bills himself as the realist to McNab's dreamer and this is borne out by his gritty and gripping approach to prose. Where Bravo Two Zero owed more to McNab's magical realism The One That Got Away is more about Ryan's no-nonsense, crash-bang-wallop feel for realistic special forces action.
This book is NOT a disappointment. It's gratifying to read such well crafted prose from a man that's actually been there and done it in the worlds premier elite fighting force. This gives Ryan's writing so much more authority and edge than other more run of the mill "war novelists" like Solzhenitzhen or Pat Barker, who may string write pretty words together but would struggle if they had to yomp 250 clicks in a week across hostile enemy terrain.
Another aspect of the book that's often overlooked is the sense of empowerment that's brought to the reader. Having read this book, I now feel that if placed in a "potential enemy flashpoint" I have the skills and tactical abilities to "neutralise" any threats, or at least talk a good game in the pub thereby impressing my mates. And let's face it that's what it's all about, eh?
Couldn't ask for more in a work of literature.