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For Valour: Andy McNab's best-selling series of Nick Stone thrillers - now available in the US Kindle Edition
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Demolitions,Underwater Combat, Kidnapping, and Counter Terrorism while a member of Britain's Famous Special Air Service Regiment. Now he is a gun for hire trying to make a living in a hard business and hoping he lives to collect his paychecks. It's a living but getting to retirement can't be counted on, Andy McNab lived the life but he needs to remember even loner's must have something to live for, something to hope for and something to love. Buy 2 or 3 of the books at the same time you will read them all.
McNab seems to have lost the drive in this book. Its almost like he had to write one more book to complete a deal, and decided to dredge up some half witted implausible story about ex colleagues being part of a far fetched cover up. Don't get me wrong. His previous writing has revealed seriously good scenarios that on the surface appear quite impossible, but he manages to convince us that they either did happen or could happen. This book doesn't cut the cloth.
The book swings between a novel and an autobiography. McNab uses many old lines from many other novels, and paraphrases them into this one. It does somehow feel like a rehash of many of the other books. It partly takes place in what seem to be old haunts of the author when he was young, as if it was too much trouble to visit new locations to get a feel for a new scene. The writing seems tired and its a bit of an effort to read it. The author throws in the almost now obligatory references to PTSD and how it needs to be dealt with, etc etc. I am all for raising awareness of this mental illness, but do it through the right channels, not subconciously whilst reaping royalties.
Overall, a disappointing read. Lack of plausible storyline, characters that are acquaintances of the author thrown in without too much of a disguise, locations that are uninteresting and don't really fit with the plot, and a 'twist' that really isn't much of one at all.
Every author is allowed their 'blip' and I hope that this is Mc Nabs' He is capable of far better stuff, and this falls way short of the mark. Think hard before buying it.