The book starts with a good action scene involving a SAS extraction operation in Iraq. Then, a misfortune has changed the life of Jacob Redman. Following that, there is the additional element of espionage, MI5, professional killing, assassination etc, which looks promising. However, the twist that are promised for Jacob turns out not to be a twist at all. This makes the second half of the book a bit disappointing and lack of excitement to speak of. If the author has put in more effort to deliver the promised twist, for example, a consipiracy setting up his brother as an scapegoat, and how Sam is going to save him while defying orders from his superior etc, the story can deserve a higher rating.
Chris Ryan has good story telling skills. There is no redundant description of anything that is not related to the sotry. If he can spend time in developing more interesting and intriguing story threads, he should be able to escalate himself to a higher league of action/thriller writers.
- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: ARROW LTD - MASS MARKET; 1 edition (2 November 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780099551225
- ISBN-13: 978-0099551225
- ASIN: 0099551225
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.5 x 19.8 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 281 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 126,822 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)