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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; First Edition edition (March 30, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060586109
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060586102
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #560,586 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A.J. Quinnell is a pseudonym. The author prefers the anonymity for reasons readers of Man on Fire will understand.


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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By D. Ross on April 20, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is his first book - and the first featuring Creasy, thequiet, deadly ex-mercenary. Broken down, alcoholic, Creasy is offereda position as a bodyguard for a wealthy Italian industrialist's adolescent daughter.
When the daughter is kidnapped, all hell breaks loose in this novel of redemption and ultimate revenge.
There are no better books in this genre. It is an absolute travesty that any of Quinnell's books are out of print. All of them are fantastic. I spent six months buying out-of-print books to get the entire Creasy collection (plus the non-Creasy titles, which are also very, very well done).
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Mulgarat on May 30, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Read the novel years ago while serving in the Legion and recently managed to track down a copy long hidden in a library. Not suprised to see it revived as a movie and the novel re-released in this the age of seeking swift and hard justice from those that commit evil. The book deals with loyalty, redemption and revenge: Creasy, an ex-Para of the Foreign Legion and a veteran of numerous mercenary wars in Africa is unemployed, bitter and devoid of emotion or humanity when he visit an old Legion buddy. His friend gets him a job as a body gaurd to a young girl in kidnapping mad Italy. Over time a warm relationship develops between Creasy and the girl and the old mercenary begins to find his humanity again. Things then get ugly and Creasy goes on a trail of brutal revenge through Italy that makes Tarantino's "Kill Bill" look sedate.
The first movie version of "Man on Fire" (1988)barely did justice to the book and from reviews I've read, neither does the 2004 version.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Nick Hughes on June 25, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Mr Quinnel does it again. As both a former French Foreign Legionnaire and body guard - as is the main character in the book - I can say the Mr Quinnell is right on target with this book. So many novels nowadays disapoint professionals - revolvers with silencers etc etc. - but this one is on the money. I can only wonder if the author wasn't in the Legion at some point and/or a body guard. Do yourself a favor, if you can get hold of a copy, do it and read it...you won't regret it.
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37 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Schtinky VINE VOICE on November 3, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Man On Fire is a story about ex-mercenary, Creasy, who is burned out and drinking too much, who has seen too much of the bad side of life and sees nothing more to live for. He visits his old friend Guido in Naples, who convinces him to take a low wage bodyguard job to occupy his time. Becoming a bodyguard to eleven year old Pinta Balletto was at first difficult for Creasy in that he did not care to be around people. But Pinta weaves her way into his cold heart and softens it.

When Pinta is kidnapped and killed, and Creasy badly wounded in her protection, he realizes that Pinta had given him a new outlook on life, and he vows to kill everyone even remotely involved in her death, including taking on Italy's top mob boss, Cantarella.

Unfortunately, here the book takes an emotional sidetrack that the movie thankfully left out. Creasy travels to Gozo to recuperate his strength, staying with the family of Guido's dead wife, Julia. He manages to become accepted in the close knit community, making friends and toning his body.

Here we meet Nadia Schembri, Julia's sister, supposedly written to appear tragic but coming off as pushy and self-centered to me. Unfortunately, she becomes a love interest to Creasy, a very bad sidetrack in the plot. I'm sorry, but a bad first marriage doesn't give her the right to use and deceive someone else. I didn't like her at all.

All the revenge and killing praised about in Man On Fire doesn't even begin until page 257 of a 370 page book. While 256 pages were dedicated to Creasy's meeting with Pinta and recovery after the kidnapping, the book still did not divulge as much information on his character as the 2004 movie did.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By deep reader on April 8, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I think schtinky got it wrong. This book is about Creasy and his

redemtion. Nadia was not taking advantage of Creasy, she loved him. He loved Nadia as well, but he was only able to do so because of Pinta. She enabled him to release and recognize those good feelings which had always been repressed before. Since the plot is about Creasy and the change that he goes through, the part about his stay with Nadia's family is very relevant. Not only is he able to love Nadia, he is also able to fit in with this small community and become an "insider" so to speak.

I liked the book because it gives a lot more background information about Creasy and his friend Guido. It made the whole story more meaningful to me.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R S Cobblestone VINE VOICE on December 27, 2007
Format: Paperback
It's strange reading a book after watching a movie adaptation. You can't help but give the characters faces, accents, and behaviors that you observed on the big screen.

For A Man on Fire (the book), it is quixotic because the events really occur in Italy, and not Mexico.

Creasy is ex-Marine, ex-Legionnaire, ex-mercenary, and now ex-bodyguard. His first and only bodyguard assignment ends in the grisly death of his young charge.

He takes it personally:

"It was simply revenge. They had killed someone precious to him. He would kill in turn.

`An eye for an eye?' asked Guido quietly.

Creasy shook his head slowly and said with great emphasis, `More than that. More than an eye. Every bloody piece of them'" (p. 148).

Books have the luxury of explaining more than can be done in a 100 minute film. How Creasy gets himself into fighting shape. How he interacts with the world and other people. Guido's relationship with Creasy.

Great book, engaging and exciting. I also note that author "A.J. Quinnell" keeps his/her identity to his/herself. "A.J. Quinnell is the pseudonym of a writer who wishes to remain anonymous because his future books will detail intrigues between nations and cultures and will move freely over international boundaries. He desires the same freedom for himself." I will look for the next installment!
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