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Grey Man Paperback – July 1, 2011

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"'McNab's great asset is that the heart of his fiction is not fiction: other thriller writers do their research, but he has actually been there'" Sunday Times

About the Author

Andy McNab joined the infantry as a boy soldier. In 1984 he was 'badged' as a member of 22 SAS Regiment and was involved in both covert and overt special operations worldwide. During the Gulf War he commanded Bravo Two Zero, a patrol that, in the words of his commanding officer, 'will remain in regimental history for ever'. Awarded both the Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM) and Military Medal (MM) during his military career, McNab was the British Army's most highly decorated serving soldier when he finally left the SAS in February 1993. He wrote about his experiences in two phenomenal bestsellers, Bravo Two Zero, which was filmed in 1998 starring Sean Bean, and Immediate Action. He is the author of the bestselling novels, Remote Control, Crisis Four, Firewall, Last Light, Liberation Day and Dark Winter. Besides his writing work, he lectures to security and intelligence agencies in both the USA and UK.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Export (July 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552165522
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552165525
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.3 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,318,818 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
One of the harder to track down books of the original 2006 Quick Reads short stories, Andy McNab's The Grey Man is actually a little bit disappointing, which is a shame as of all the back catalogue of Quick Reads, this is the one I was really looked forward to the most. The basic plot certainly sounds like it will be one of if not the most interesting of all the Quick Read plots, however the actual story doesn't live up to the excitement of the blurb on the back.

Kevin and his wife, Linda high school sweetheart were known as the losers and geeks of their high school and not much has changed all these years down the track. Kevin is a pretty much a doormat to his bullying boss at the local bank. His boss is incompetent and Kevin constantly saves his reputation by doing all his work and covering for him when head office asks questions. His boss yells at Kevin constantly, makes him pay for his dry cleaning and Kevin never says anything, instead he just smiles and takes it. Kevin wants next Friday off to celebrate his anniversary with a long weekend but his boss says no. Kevin knows Linda will be disappointed in him once again so decides to make it up to her with a plan to rob a couple of safety deposit boxes.

Problem is the story never reaches any great heights, which is especially disappointing when you consider Andy McNab is known for being an action thriller writer. There's really no action or edge of your seat reading in The Grey Man at all. Kevin isn't the brightest of characters, reading he undertakes the plans for the robbery you know that even if he is successful he's leaving behind credit card records and other proof along the way.
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Format: Kindle Edition
I picked this book up for 50cents in a department store not sure what to expect, but I'd left my book at home and just needed anything to read on the bus.
30 minutes later I got off the bus with a smile on my face having finished the book (and almost missing my stop to read the last paragraph)
This book isn't ground breaking, life changing or ingeniously planned, but is an amusing short story who's simplicity gives it a realistic edge.
The main character is very likable, certaintly someone to relate to, and you feel the humble accomplishment this beyond ordinary guy is left with after being able to get away with his little flirtation with crime while sticking it to those who deserve it and giving something special to the love of his life.
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Format: Paperback
This is such a delightful little story and such an easy read. As an avid reader of David Nobbs's books, I noticed an immediate similarity between the hero of this story, Kevin Dodds, and those more famous Nobbs characters, Reginald Perrin and Henry Pratt. That takes nothing away from Kevin's adventure as he steps out of his life as a loyal and boring bank employee into the much more exciting mantle of a bank robber. You'll have to read it to find out more!
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