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This is a great read. I honestly love the book. Its one of the best Mcnabs I have read, and I have read a fair few. Not wanting to spoil any of the plot, mabey one or two parts towards the end are odd, but it also shows Nick Stones angry and mabey selfish side.
It does show you what sort of place Baghdad is, and in some parts of the book, just how nasty the place is. The book has some moments that people would call a tad nasty, but at the end of the day, McNab is never one to make a place look better than it is.
I would strongly suggest this book to any fan of Mcnab, or books like this. It might have got some bad reviews, but I can not see why. The only part I could say something bad about is the last part, but then, in a way, it almost fits in place perfectly with some of the people in the book, and it is a very interesting read. Some parts are a bit weak, but most of the book is good. A definate buy for any McNab fan.
Andy McNab is perhaps one of the best writers out there in terms of his writing skills and technique, and the way that he delivers stories about life in the Army, SAS etc. After reading many of his books before hand, I was interested to read this book, and I was sure that it would be able to step to the mark. However, I was disappointed with this book. For all the praise that had been written about him on the back of the book, from the Daily Telegraph to the Mail on Sunday, I was expected a captivating read. However, it would appear that with this book, McNab has slipped down a peg or two in the ways that he writes, and the book was not one that I felt lived up to his great reputation. Although a promising story, I could not get interested or involved with the character at any point, and at times, it appeared that McNab had tried to too hard to be dramatic over the story, making parts of it appear unbelievable, even if it wasnt. I feel that many readers may feel annoyed about this book, and I would expect only hardcore fans to be seriously excited by the book that he has written. Although it does make a 'good' read, I felt that at times, his writing almost seemed laborious, and I would urge people to read previews of the book for Google Books or from Amazon LookInside feature of their website, before buying this book.
Andy McNab is most famous for his role in the SAS and the Gulf War, his experiences taking him on to write his first novel about 'Bravo Two Zero', a mission he famously commanded which took his team deep into Iraqi territory. He left the British Army in 1993 and has since written seven bestseller fiction novels. He is still involved in lecturing in the Army, both in the UK and USA.
He recently had a series called Andy McNab's tours of duty on ITV4
Nick Stone is an ex SAS man who is currently without employment and any reason to get up in the morning. His therapist tells him he must get back in the saddle and try to work through his problems, but he is reluctant to do anything except mourn the loss of Kelly, a friend's daughter who he had been raising until her recent murder.
Walking round an exhibition featuring photos from war-torn Bosnia where Stone was once based, he bumps into an old acquaintance, a photographer called Jerry who had been in Bosnia the same time as Stone. Jerry explains his plans for taking one last dangerous trip into Iraq to take the photo of a man, Nuhanovic, who he believes to be "Islam's answer to Mahatma Ghandi". At first reluctant, Stone becomes interested when shown the man's picture, he recognises the face of a man he had seen nearly ten years before, the man had fronted up to the Bosnian Serb Army's commander-in-chief and had managed to get many prisoners released. Curious yet unsure, Stone agrees to help him, as a travelling companion and bodyguard.
With war in Iraq at it's peak, the pair struggle to find anyone willing to part with information about the peacekeeper and his whereabouts, and with enemies hot on their heels they begin to realise there are many more ambitious groups who also want to find the man, to kill him for his efforts. The story takes the two from Iraq, to Turkey and onward to Bosnia, with each new encounter opening doors that they never thought existed.
The book is abit hard to get into but still a great read