- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1090 KB
- Print Length: 416 pages
- Publisher: Coronet (13 August 2013)
- Sold by: Hachette Book Group (AU)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00C2UUP10
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 448 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #49,760 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Masters of War: Danny Black Thriller 1 Kindle Edition
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Chris Ryan is as hard as nails. (Mirror)
Relentless pace and gritty brutal realism... accurate descriptions of modern warfare... this is a book that could only have been there by someone who has been there, done that and got the T-shirt. (Soldier)
Praise for Chris Ryan (:)
'This Newcastle-born former SAS sergeant is firmly established as one of our most popular action authors. It is not difficult to see why in this bleak story centred on SAS man Joe Mansfield, who happens to be in the compound in Pakistan when the Americans descend from their Black Hawks and kill Osama bin Laden... This is a far darker, more complex tale than Ryan's more familiar tales of derring-do, for Mansfield is plunged into a world of treachery. The pace never flags for a moment, and Ryan's insider knowledge is to the fore, but even the SAS's skills are no longer quite enough. New, less honourable talents are required. Bravery is not the only solution.' (Daily Mail)
Praise for Chris Ryan: (various)
Nobody takes you to the action better than Ryan, because he's the real deal, and this muscle-and-bone thriller will have fans' blood pumping (Evening Standard)
'The books are masterpieces of social realism. [Chris Ryan] has lived the virtual life he writes about - and that makes him the right kind of war novelist for this generation. These storylines are dependent on a bustle of verbs that lead in every instance to blood and explosions, desperate screams and increasing levels of difficulty: it is never long before we find things and people being zapped, fried, crunched, toasted and skewered, as the bad deeds of the world are comprehensively avenged' (London Review of Books)
'Relentless pace and gritty brutal realism... accurate descriptions of modern warfare... this is a book that could only have been there by someone who has been there, done that and got the T-shirt.' (Soldier)
'Chris Ryan has always been underrated as a novelist of ideas... a welter of treachery and mayhem.' (Daily Telegraph)
About the Author
Former SAS corporal and the only man to escape death or capture during the Bravo Two Zero operation in the 1991 Gulf War, Chris Ryan turned to writing thrillers to tell the stories the Official Secrets Act stops him putting in his non-fiction. His novels have gone on to inspire the Sky One series Strike Back.
Born near Newcastle in 1961, Chris Ryan joined the SAS in 1984. During his ten years there he was involved in overt and covert operations and was also sniper team commander of the anti-terrorist team. During the Gulf War, Chris Ryan was the only member of an eight-man unit to escape from Iraq, where three colleagues were killed and four captured. It was the longest escape and evasion in the history of the SAS. For this he was awarded the Military Medal.
He wrote about his experiences in the bestseller The One That Got Away, which was adapted for screen, and since then has written three other works of non-fiction, over twenty bestselling novels and a series of childrens' books.
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Best thing is the characterisation of the very Very Bad people, just very messed up and very messy. Revolting to read, but then there are people like this.
Also a reminder of the terrors that occurred in Homs, Syria.
A must see re this is the film ‘A Private War’ the story of Marie Colvin; the conditions well set out in this book are brought to life there.
The protagonist SAS man is a confused mosaic of a character.
He does have a good back story, that plays out through the book, but not much to see really.
He’s somewhat overshadowed by a gritty Doctor.
She’s as hard as nails and ought to be in the SAS herself.
There’s a double, triple, quadruple cross going on, which is rather wearing, as is the slimy man from MI6.
A somewhat abrupt finale, is again super complex and highly improbable.
As a series start it’s ok. Hope the follow up will be much better.
I gave up after 25% which is something I rarely do particularily after paying what was a high price for a Kindle version.
Although Danny, as a solder, follows orders, he doesn't do so blindly and he is very aware of the "Whitehall mandarins" who are prepared to use him and his colleagues in any way required to achieve their ends.
I look forward to reading the other books in this series.
I accept and appreciate the level of realism in what is after all a book of fiction, which is read for entertainment & enjoyment, but do we really need to be subjected to descriptions of extreme violence?
I refer to the female in Paris, the child soldier injured in the blast and his subsequent death and worst of all, the butchery of the pregnant woman
Do we really want or need such graphic descriptions...I don’t think most of us do.
Still I read the book and all in all it was fine
Hard to read and I did find I was skipping past them. Look forward to the next book. Thank you
Some nice twists and turns kept you guessing.
Looking forward to the next one.
Good story for a man to read, obviously not written by a woman.
I enjoyed it.