“ Genre: Crime/thriller / author: Andy McNabb / Narrator: Paul Thornley „
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Exit Wound by Andy McNab
== Plot ==
This is the twelfth book in the Nick Stone series. Nick Stone used to be an ex-SAS soldier and then moved onto doing jobs for the intelligence services that no one else wanted to do. He now does his own thing.
The novel starts off in 1988, with Nick and a few of his SAS buddies going into East Germany to contact a KGB agent.
It then switches back to 2009. Nick meets up with the same SAS buddies he did the 1988 mission with. They meet up at a funeral of one of them.
Two of them tell him about some gold Sudam Husain has left hidden in Dubai that no one knows about. They ask him to join them in getting the gold and he decides to come along to help. Things don't go as planned and Nick has to find out who double crossed them . . .
== My thoughts ==
This starts off as a heist novel but then part way through, changes to a revenge story. I probably preferred the revenge element of the story, as it had more action.
The author does the normal thing of describing everything especially Nick's surroundings in great detail. This time he's in Dubai, Iran and Russia. You therefore get all the travel guide details for these countries that he normally puts in his novels.
I did like the two SAS buddies of Nick's called Dex and Red Ken. Dex is a crazy RAF pilot. He's Indian but speaks with an upper class accent and is joking all the time. Red Ken is a colleague of Nick's in the SAS. They were both with him when he did the mission in East Germany back in 1988.
In every novel, it seems like Nick has no family or friends in the world but then, suddenly in the next one, he finds someone. He has never mentioned them in any of his previous novels but in this he shows he cares about Dex and Red Ken a lot. I liked the nicknames he gives some of his characters and the way he describes them like saying one character is fat like Humpty Dumpty and has a porn-star moustache.
He manages to mention poop again. He seems to get it in somehow into most of his novels. In this it's right near the start when they visit East Germany. They use human poop as fertilizer.
The plot is strictly average. He does a bit of James Bond type stuff, as he goes undercover during part of the story. I thought it got better as the novel progressed and the climax was well executed. I have noticed he travels around more in his latter novels which helps to keep the story moving along. At least you get to learn about several different countries instead of one.
== Audio narration ==
This is unabridged and is read by Paul Thornley. He does the voices of all the characters well. Although, I think he sounds a bit too young when voicing Nick Stone.
It is 10 hours and 30 mins in length and is on 9 CDs.
== Summary and recommendation ==
I have given this three stars. It is better than his last novel, Brute Force and definitely better than his earlier novels in this series. However, this felt like a travel guide in some parts, and there was too much detail, as usual. The ending was enjoyable though.