Mon 10 Aug 2009
I’ll be honest - I bought this book because W H Smith had it on offer for £2.99 and it would have been rude not to.
I didn’t have a clue what to expectas I’ve not read anything by Andy McNab before, and when the first few pages were a little glossary of terms which were going to be used in the book I almost thought about giving up before I had started. A book full of unusual acronyms is a bit like a film with subtitles in my mind - a bit of a pain in the neck!
However, I’m extremely glad that I gave it a shot as this really was excellent. This is perhaps the exact opposite to the last book by Kate Atkinson - noone can accuse McNab of not fitting enough action into a book that’s for sure. Again by comparison with Atkinson, I would say that on this showing McNab has the knack of including just enough detail to set the tone and allow you to picture everything in your mind’s eye without the reader being bogged down by too much detail as can be the case with Kate Atkinson.
I’ve not read anything about this being made into a movie, but it wouldn’t surprise me as when reading it you can almost see the story unfolding before you rather than simply reading words on a page.
While I’ve never read a book by Andy McNab before, this certainly won’t be the last to pass before my eyes, it really was that good. Some sections are pretty intense with the fighting and suspense involved.
I’ve no idea what McNab was like as a soldier in his previous career, but as a writer he is top notch. Excellent stuff.
Also in this series
- Book No 1 : Double or Die by Charlie Higson
- Book No 2 : Hurricane Gold by Charlie Higson
- Book No 3 : By Royal Command by Charlie Higson
- Book No 4 : The Birthing House by Christopher Ransom
- Book No 5 : Too Close to Home by Linwood Barclay
- Book No 6 : Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons
- Book No 7 : Michael Schumacher : The Edge of Greatness by James Allen
- Book No 8 : Why do I Say These Things? by Jonathan Ross
- Book No 9 : The Spook’s Secret by Joseph Delaney
- Book No 10 : The Spook’s Battle by Joseph Delaney
- Book No 11 : The Spook’s Mistake by Joseph Delaney
- Book No 12 : Rapscallion by James McGee
- Book No 13 : Patient Zero by Jonathan Maberry
- Book No 14 : A Snowball in Hell, by Christopher Brookmyre
- Book No 15 : The Spook’s Sacrifice, by Joseph Delaney
- Book No 16 : When will there be Good News? by Kate Atkinson
- Book No 17 : Remote Control by Andy McNab
- Book No 18 : Michael Jackson - Legend, Hero, Icon: A Tribute to the King of Pop by James Aldis
- Book No 20 : The Traveller by John Twelve Hawks
- Book No 19 : Indelible by Karin Slaughter
- Book No 21 : The Monster of Florence by Douglas Preston and Mario Spezi
- Book No 22 : The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
- Book No 23 : Batman: Year One - Deluxe Edition by Frank Miller & David Mazzuchelli
- Book No 24 : It’s Not What You Think by Chris Evans
- Book No 25 : Suffer The Children by Adam Creed
- Book No 26 : Long Lost by Harlen Coben
- Book No 27 : Danger Society : The Young Bond Dossier by Charlie Higson
- Book No 28 : Batman: Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller and Klaus Janson