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Masters of War: Danny Black, Book 1 | [Chris Ryan]

Masters of War: Danny Black, Book 1

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.
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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

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    "Chris Ryan's new hero"
    What made the experience of listening to Masters of War the most enjoyable?

    a good performance by Jamie Parker


    Would you be willing to try another book from Chris Ryan? Why or why not?

    definitely love Chris Ryan as an author. Hope the next 2 books I just bought are as good as this one.


    What about Jamie Parker’s performance did you like?

    Great voice characterizations and accents.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Mr. M. Curtis
    Bristol UK
    3/15/14
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    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Andy James
    7/25/15
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    "Classic Ryan"
    Where does Masters of War rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Masters of War?

    Main attack.


    What about Jamie Parker’s performance did you like?

    Excellent story telling and characterisation.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Ish. Happy to spread it over a number of journeys.


    Any additional comments?

    Good for in the car.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Matthew of Melk
    London
    7/6/15
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    "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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Haydn
    Tewkesbury, United Kingdom
    6/17/15
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    "violence. excitement. escapism for boys."
    Would you listen to Masters of War again? Why?

    Yes because its enjoyable


    If you’ve listened to books by Chris Ryan before, how does this one compare?

    This is the first audio book by Chris Ryan but the narrator added to a classic Ryan story


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Various good scenes but those in the torture chamber were particularly engaging


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Special Forces go head to head with terrorists to meet the needs of their political masters and all hell breaks out.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Darren Dowd
    Cosford, Wolverhampton
    5/23/15
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    "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. 😉

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Howling
    12/15/14
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    "Better than Andy mc nabs latest effort"

    easy listen, story wasn't bad special effects were pretty good. Very well worth a listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • ED
    Hoddesdon, United Kingdom
    2/15/14
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    "Excellent book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Masters of War to be better than the print version?

    I have not read a print version


    Any additional comments?

    Fast paced, well written, full of surprises, well worth the download. It is also a very good length,so great value

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Churchill1940
    ILFORD, United Kingdom
    2/13/14
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    "The Best So Far"
    Where does Masters of War rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to 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


    What other book might you compare Masters of War to, and why?

    One does not come to mind however, And McNabb comes closest to the scenarios.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Today's truthful threat to society


    Any additional comments?

    Found this to be one of the most captivating books to listen too recently.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Danny
    Stevenage, United Kingdom
    9/24/13
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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