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1.0 out of 5 stars A work of fiction ?, 27 Sept. 2005
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I was looking forward to this book after reading the reviews on this site. It is supposedly a true story about the exploits of the author, an 18 year old doing his national service, who is invited to join a select group of covert assassins.
OK, I know I am naturally cynical, but for a group like this to remain secret for all those years, and one of it's members able to write & publish a book about their exploits when so many other ex-special forces members are restricted about what they can write just seems too far fetched. Their "secret" weapon which is something akin to a spring loaded belt worn around the waist which can be deployed, kill several people and be back around the users waist in the blink of an eye. Oh, and the author can remember pages of conversations which took place 40 or 50 years ago.
The writing / language of the book is average to good. What lets it down is the feeling that everything fits into place just a little conveniently, no mistakes are made, there is just the right touch of humanity (the author even rescues some puppies he orphaned ). If you've read a few Chris Ryan books you may notice a similar writing style, pace of action and character traits.
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Initial post: 24 Jul 2012 18:32:34 BDT
I think you should meet the man himself before writing such a statement work of fiction ? i thought there may have been a little of both fiction and fact but after meeting the man John Urwin i now beleave this to be a true account
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