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Extreme Hard Target | [Chris Ryan]

Extreme Hard Target

Former SAS Warrant Officer Joe Gardner has fought the Regiment's deadliest enemies, in some of the most desolate places on earth. And he's always won. Now he's about to face his toughest challenge yet. After losing his hand whilst on a covert operation in Afghanistan, Gardner is forced to stand down from active duty. Now he lives off the grid. But trouble finds him in the shape of a phone call from an old friend.
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Publisher's Summary

Faster - Grittier - Darker - Deadlier

Former SAS Warrant Officer Joe Gardner has fought the Regiment's deadliest enemies, in some of the most desolate places on earth. And he's always won. Now he's about to face his toughest challenge yet. After losing his hand whilst on a covert operation in Afghanistan, Gardner is forced to stand down from active duty. Now he lives off the grid. But trouble finds him in the shape of a phone call from an old friend. Ex-Regiment legend John Bald is trapped in a bullet-ridden favela in Rio de Janeiro and a violent gang is out to kill him. Unless Gardner helps, Bald is a dead man.

What begins as a simple rescue mission soon descends into a desperate struggle for survival as Gardner finds himself caught up in a conceit that stretches from the slums of Brazil to the frozen steppes of Siberia. Stalked by elusive MI6 agents and ruthless ex-Blades, Gardner must draw on all his training and instincts to hunt down the hardest target of all - before disaster strikes....

©2010 Chris Ryan (P)2010 Hodder & Stoughton

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    Ray buddina, Australia 10-31-13
    Ray buddina, Australia 10-31-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Chris Ryan has used a tried and true formula again"

    This a storyline that is familiar from Chris Ryan. I didn't like the sound effects or dramatic music, it really did nothing to enhance what was really a fairly ordinary story. The punishment Joe Gardiner takes and seem to miraculously keep functioning is a bit of a stretch. Not one of his best, but still worth a listen at the discounted price.

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    James Rouse 03-27-12
    James Rouse 03-27-12 Listener Since 2005
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    "Extremely Good.............but!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Extreme Hard Target to be better than the print version?

    The narrator did a great job on this really bringing it to life.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Extreme Hard Target?

    The firefight in the favela


    Which character – as performed by Josh Cohen – was your favorite?

    Gardner


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    Curious errors that make you wonder if Ryan actually wrote this.
    Referring to a near miss by a bullet as

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robert United States 03-12-12
    Robert United States 03-12-12

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    "hard hitting easy read"
    What made the experience of listening to Extreme Hard Target the most enjoyable?

    I could close my eyes and relax, thus taking in the whole experience.It also allowed me to do other things when reqired without loosing the plot.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The easy flow from each story line.ie. mission 1 to 4


    Which character – as performed by Josh Cohen – was your favorite?

    Gardener


    Any additional comments?

    Yes, will the story continue, or do we assume that aime dies?

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  • Huw
    Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
    4/6/12
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    "Farcical and Cringe Worthy"

    I can usually suspend my disbelief and enjoy a far-fetched action novel, but Extreme Hard Target stretches credulity way beyond breaking point. Is this really Chris Ryan? The plot is farcical, and the narrative is cringe worthy in a number of places. Having stuck it out to the end I found that either the author ran out of story before the end of the tale, or there is some narrative missing just before you get to the “Audible hopes you…..” finish. Whichever is the case, I’m sure that I’ve not missed anything worth listening to.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Nicholas
    Lytham, United Kingdom
    2/5/12
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    "Don't waste your money"

    This is by far his worst book. In fact it is the worst book of this type by any of the authors I have read and I usually love this genre. The only extreme thing in this book is how farcical the plot is. Not even worth 1 star.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Rosemary
    Wentworthville, Australia
    1/31/12
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    "Extreme covers it!"

    I don't quite know what I was thinking when I chose this book. It is full of gruesome descriptions of the affects of various calibre weapons and violent fisticuffs. Not my usual fare though I am not sqeamish by any means. This book has a gritty authenticity I can't help but admire. The story is totally gripping and races along carrying you with it relentlessly. Its one of those rare books that stays with you, fizzing in the back of your head. Having read it I really feel I have squinted through a window into the world of secret services, of military and ex-military personnel, of Rusian Mafia and other bad boys, and of "troubled" hotspots in our world. If you want a thought-provoking and engrossing story, this is for you. You have been warned!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Allan
    Kilwinning, United Kingdom
    1/11/12
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    "Not his usual style"

    They say in life you only get what you pay for, I paid £3 for this and it wasn't even worth that. The tacky noises and background music just put you off from the start. It doesn't even sound like its Chris Ryan’s writing style the descriptive commentary is abysmal I stopped listening after half an hour.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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