In Paris, an elderly man is assassinated as he takes his morning walk. In the war-torn cities of Syria, government forces wage a bloody war against their own people. The Russians are propping up the government, the French are backing one rebel fraction and the British are backing another. And in north Africa, young SAS trooper Jamie Truman is coming to the end of a gruelling tour of duty, or so he thinks.
Jamie has a new mission. An MI6 agent needs to make contact with Syrian rebel forces, and also with the private military contractors who are - unofficially - training this rebel faction as it struggles to bring down their government and establish a new regime that will be favourable to British business interests. As they travel deep into rebel heartland, Jamie will learn who the masters of war, the men who call the shots, really are. As Jamie finds himself sucked into the murky orbit of the private military, he discovers a world where death is dispensed by the highest bidder and individuals will betray anybody if the price is right. And where a secret lurks that will change the course of Jamie's own life, however long that might last...
©2013 Chris Ryan (P)2013 Hodder & Stoughton
a good performance by Jamie Parker
definitely love Chris Ryan as an author. Hope the next 2 books I just bought are as good as this one.
Great voice characterizations and accents.
"I thought I'd hate Chris Ryan.."
There was no logic to my preconception and ultimately proved wrong. Like the book, lots of action, easy to listen to despite the readers characterisation which I personally didn't need.
Good distracting stuff that made cleaning out the garage a pleasurable task.
I swing between McNab and Ryan for this type of read. This time it's Ryan and not a bad effort. I like to be able to relate to the main character, understand them and this time I can say it works. Not the best but a very good listen.
Excellent story telling and characterisation.
Ish. Happy to spread it over a number of journeys.
Good for in the car.
"Had to Finish it in One Day"
What a brilliant example of the storyteller's craft! It just keeps ratcheting up the stakes and there's at least one brilliant twist. There's also a really ingenious structure to the whole thing - most of the threads are ingeniously tied up by the end, but just enough is left open to make you REALLY want to read the next one in the series.
The key ingredient of this book is the main character. He hooks you in because he has failings - he has to struggle with himself and he makes mistakes, all of which gives rise to huge amounts of tension.
The performance really contributes to the sense of tension - I will never forget the main villain's voice. Brrr!
"violence. excitement. escapism for boys."
Yes because its enjoyable
This is the first audio book by Chris Ryan but the narrator added to a classic Ryan story
Various good scenes but those in the torture chamber were particularly engaging
Special Forces go head to head with terrorists to meet the needs of their political masters and all hell breaks out.
The story pushes the boundaries tobthe point where its almost unbelievable and crazy. The twist at the end spoilt the whole and was a bit stupid. But overall it was very enjoyable as long as you don't mind bad language and violence. Good fun.
"Well...what an intriguing 'listen'....."
Slow to start off with as Ryan sets the story out and ultimately who his new character 'Danny Black' and his unknown (to him) background. Like any Ryan/McNab book of recent times, the devil is in the detail. Only those who have actually been in these situations can provide such detail as this. I look forward to hearing more about Black and I'm sure it's not the last we'll hear of Buckingham without spoiling it for everyone that hasn't partaken as yet.
Back to traditional paper for Hunter Killer, hopefully have it completed just in time for Hellfire (book 3). It's been a while since I've had the time to catch up on Ryan and McNab books, but they couldn't be closer to where I'm right now. 😉
"Better than Andy mc nabs latest effort"
easy listen, story wasn't bad special effects were pretty good. Very well worth a listen.
I have not read a print version
Fast paced, well written, full of surprises, well worth the download. It is also a very good length,so great value
"The Best So Far"
This is a book that will keep you from turning it off. The storyline is terrific and the first suspense of the story keeps you glued to the book throughout
One does not come to mind however, And McNabb comes closest to the scenarios.
Today's truthful threat to society
Found this to be one of the most captivating books to listen too recently.
"A good Chris Ryan book not for the faint hearted"
A good story and plot. The war crimes and choice of victims are quite disturbing and I'm sure the aim of it is to be a lot more shocking then the usual bullet to the brain descriptions you typically find. All in all it was good.
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