This was my first experience with Andy McNab s Nick Stone books, and this one was a blast Given that McNab was a former member of the SAS, and a highly decorated one, I was looking for something good and this than met my expectations.The novel begins in Gibraltar, where Stone and his fellow soldiers are putting a halt to Irish bombings, then fast forwards 9 years where Stone s mission in Washington is suddenly terminated Following this Stone decides to visit his friend Kev and his family Unfortunately, when Nick arrives at the house, he finds Kev and most of his family brutally murdered, only Kev s daughter Kelly remains alive From here Stone takes Kelly with him as they embark on a chase from unknown assassins and Stone is at a loss as who to trust.Nick Stone struck me as quite a similar character to Lee Child s Jack Reacher, a bit of loner but a very capable soldier who has some pretty badass scenes Apart from of course Kelly, there weren t any female characters here of note, which I hope will change in future novels.The pace of Remote Control varied throughout, sometimes it would be incredibly tense and you just wanted to read on Other times I found it dragged, particular with one chapter which was about double the length of all the rest, and only really redeemed itself at the end The ending of the novel however was very well done, leaving you on the edge of your seat right to the end.I am pleased I have added this series to my library and will definitely be continuing with it Remote Control itself will be getting a solid 4 stars from me If you are fond of action thriller books, particularly those with a heavy military element, then the Nick Stone series is one for you. Author Andy McNab is ex SAS and he weaves a detailed knowledge of not just what happens in the covert military world, but often explains exactly how the little things are done and achieved, throughout his masterly work In this edge of your seat thriller, that ability just adds spice to the gripping storyline This is a most unusual setting and has a side to it that is enthralling, breath taking, and at times very worrying, but it would immediately spoil things if revealed All I can say is that it had me hooked from beginning to end and there were no soft spots or filler it was fast paced and brilliant on every page This is a must read for those who enjoy this genre The best of the best. McNab s first fiction effort is a corker of a book, following a by now familiar pattern in its structure but still remaining as fresh as its day of release The action packed plot sees McNab s hero Nick Stone taking out Irish bombers in Gibraltar, before we suddenly jump forward nine years and find him investigating the brutal slaying of a fellow SAS man in Washington Before you know it, McNab concocts an enthralling odd couple chase thriller, as Stone is forced to fly with the now orphaned 7 year old Kelly in his charge Tons of covert operations, violent firefights and non stop suspense and investigation follow in a story that travels from Washington to Florida, back to Washington and finally to London McNab throws in his typical ingredients a huge twist at the end, lots of emotion and psychological profiling, and some nasty gruesome bits somebody gets his face bitten through and layers the whole thing with so much realism, you ll feel like you re there A great book, and one which is recommended to all thriller fans. I actually really enjoyed this It s the sort of action story where the protagonist doesn t just go through crap to come out as the saviour Nick Stone goes through crap, and then crap, and then to top it off, even crap.I really enjoyed the action and the thought processes behind characters decisions I also really liked that there were real events sprinkled into the story too There was a description of a fight in this book that made me feel a bit sick, but to be honest, that made me appreciate the moment all the.The only thing that mildly irritated me was that characters were always eating, and always eating fast food In seven days I think they ate about 50 times, so I m a little surprised that they weren t the size of whales by the end of the book.Other than that, I really enjoyed this book and will definitely be continuing with this series. Meet Nick Stone cool, calm and collected with plenty of finesse and a level head in every situation Stone really is a too good to be true kind of character And I love him I read this book a long time ago on a plane but I know that it was one of my favourites The techniques that McNab outlines evidently come from experience and the action never lies dormant for long I can remember this one being a little complicated to read than the likes of Chris Ryan and Lee Child but it is very much character focused just how I like them and Nick Stone was one of my all time favourites. As I said in a previous review, he s a really good story teller This is a well composed story of drug smuggling and government abuse of power From someone else you might just accept that as part of the story, from McNab you d suspect that it was simply well informed I was most impressed with the character of the young girl He clearly knows eight year old girls well enough to know what they are really like, but can also put one through the experience of having her family killed and then having to run for her life from the killers who executed them and make her responses very believable There is a lot of violence in the book, but it is presented as just that s the way it is in the world he has lived in. Great read on the end of being an enjoyable action thriller It s written smartly without having to sacrifice to become simplistic McNab s an author who will just use a phrase and explain it easily without having a huge lull in the action You can tell that he was somebody who did the deed back in the day and isn t afraid to relay that information through his character, Nick Stone.Maybe if I read enough of these books, I ll be able to have enough know how of tradecraft to get by if I ever needed to Combined with Burn Notice, I d be unstoppable Tough, Resourceful, Ruthless As An SAS Trooper, Nick Stone Was One Of The Best Now He S Back On The Streets After A Botched Mission, The Regiment No Longer Want His Services But British Intelligence Does As A Deniable Operator It S The Dirtiest Job In A Very, Very Dirty WorldIn Washington DC, It S About To Get Dirtier Still On The Apparently Routine Tail Of Two Terrorists, He Discovers The Bodies Of An Ex SAS Officer And His Family Soon He S On The Run With The Lone Survivor Of The Bloodbath A Seven Year Old Girl And Whilst She Can Identify The Killers, Only Stone Can Keep Them At Bay And Solve A Mystery Whose Genesis Takes Him Back To The Most Notorious SAS Mission In Recent HistoryRemote Control Is The First Of Andy McNab S Blistering Nick Stone Thrillers Bestsellers Whose Landscape Is So Compellingly Close To The Truth That They Had To Be Vetted By The Ministry Of Defence, And Could Only Be Published As Fiction 4.5 Bellissimo, non fosse per qualche tecnicismo di troppo che in alcune pagine fa un po calare la palpebra interessante, per io di fucili e armi varie non ci capisco niente, perci alla lunga era noioso leggerne a riguardo.Il protagonista mi ha convinta al 100%, e l involontaria collaborazione con una bimba dolcissima ha smorzato bene i momenti di suspence pi affilati, rendendo tutto un buon compromesso fra azione e momenti pi tranquilli.Primo esperimento con le spy story riuscitissimo The first Nick Stone novel, and one of the best A involved plot something I find lacking in the recent Stone novels , and a real page turner Much down and dirty that other spycraft novels I have read, and the main character is very engaging.
Andy McNab joined the infantry in 1976 as a boy soldier In 1984 he was badged as a member of 22 SAS Regiment He served in B Squadron 22 SAS for ten years and worked on both covert and overt special operations worldwide, including anti terrorist and anti drug operations in the Middle and Far East, South and Central America and Northern Ireland.Trained as a specialist in counter terrorism, prime t
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