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Crisis Four by Andy McNab
== Plot ==
This is the second book in the Nick Stone series. Nick is a former SAS soldier, now working as a deniable operator for the British security services carrying out missions that no one else wants to do.
At the start of the novel, Nick along with a few other colleagues are parachuting into Syria to kidnap a key lutenent of Osama Bin Laden. One of the people on the team is a lady called Sarah Greenwood who works for the security services. Sarah ends up shooting the source and after a firefight they manage to escape.
The story then jumps three years ahead to the present (1998). He is told by his handlers that Sarah has disappeared. The security services think she has gone rogue. They blackmail him over events that happened in the first book and make him go over to the USA to find her.
During the rest of the story, we find out that Sarah is an ex girlfriend of Nicks and that he still has feelings for her. There's a few twists and turns but there aren't any big surprises.
== Review ==
It would be better to read the first book in this series before reading this. The author does make a few references to the last book and the story will make a bit more sense if you know the back-story.
I read this before I read the first one and I ended up missing a few things he was talking about. This is set in the USA again but outside Washington this time.
He writes from his point of view. I couldn't get into this story. The plot is pretty basic. He describes his environment well but I thought he padded out most of the book with too many facts and military info. It read like a training manual in certain parts. For example, he goes into great detail about how to setup a hiding place in the woods, so he can observe someone covertly. He then goes into some detail about having a poop while hiding in his hidey hole, and wrapping it in plastic cellophane. I don't mind reading about that in his non-fiction books but they're not the kind of things I want to read in a action / thriller novel. Additionally, there are only 3 or so action sequences in the whole book.
I also couldn't work out why Nick is in love with Sarah as from the first mission at the beginning of the book onwards, it is made clear that she is selfish, arrogant and ruthless.
== Summary and Recommendation ==
I have given this 2 stars as I thought the story wasn't very good. You can probably guess what's going to happen about half way through. It would have read better if a lot of the facts were cut out. It felt like they had just been cut and pasted in, to padd out the story.
People who like to read about what tricks the SAS uses will find this interesting but as an action / thriller book I thought it failed.
This is the second book in the bestselling series of military novels from Andy Mcnab who is himself Ex SAS. This gives Mcnab great insight into the military world which reflects well in his books. The main character, Nick Stone, is an Ex SAS man himself. He now works for an intelligence firm. He is constantly haunted by the tragic death of one of his friends and his family, all of them perished apart from his youngest daughter who is now Nick's foster child. In this book we see Nick drawn into a world of international terrorism and a plan to assasinate the president of the United States and an Arab leader. The book starts with Nick being dropped into Syria to capture a member of Binladens Alkaida network and retrieve some important data. In order to retrieve the data a specialist is called in. She is called Sarah Greenwood, she is a women that Andy is infactuated with. The mission fails when Sarah kills the man that they were supposed to be capturing, but all is not lost, she manages to retrieve the data. This is a mission that will come back to haunt Nick for a very long time. A few years later Andy is sent on a mission to assasinate the very same women, he is forced, yet again, to question his orders. After taking on a house full of terrorists with a crossbow(which is rather humorous) he finds Sarah. She claims that she was being held there against her will and was not collaborating with the terrorists. Andy has to make a hasty descision, kill her or go against his firm, the authority's and save her from her fate. Not a descision to be made lightly. All the way through this book we see the usual brilliant descriptive skills that Mcnab has. This is very useful in understanding the situations Nick finds himself in. This book has a fantastic plot with many twists and one big one at the end, sixth sense style! There's plenty of action scenes which is always a good thing and their well spread out as well. You will always
find yourself wondering what will happen next, you'll never be able to stop reading, you'll always want to turn to the next page. You are left on the edge of your seat many times and there's certainly never a dull moment. There's alot of military java to get to grips with if your a newcomer to these kind of books but Mcnab explains things in simple terms providing an easy read. There's plenty of suspense, humor and most of all action to get your teeth into. Mcnab's done it again in his usual style!
After seeing the film Bravo Two Zero as soon as i saw this book i HAD to buy it to find out what his writing was really like. I was supprised but at the same time humoured at the language he uses and the way he describes things! Plot - Very intresting book that makes u think all the way through and once u find out that thing it was the person u never thought it was! He keeps you going always wanting to read more! "In British military intelligence, deniable operations is the most dangerous tightrop you can walk. Ex-SAS man Nick Stone has no choice in the matter. He may be tough, resourcful, highly trained, but he still must do what his masters want, Whatever it might be. Sarah Greenwood is beautiful, steel willed, intelligent and cunning-the only woman stone has let under his guard. And now hes been sent to hunt her down... As the pair are pursued thru the backwoods of the american south, Stones mission becomes a deadly game of cat and mouse, and a journey to the heart of a terrifying conspiracy to which only sarah holds the key. And the tension builds to a breaking point, the 2 r led to a confrontation that echoes our worst nightmares" Overall - This is a great read!! lots of action!! no one can get bored with this book!!
This was one of the first Andy McNab books I read all the way through, the other “Immediate Action”, I only initially read bits of because it was serialised in a paper ! I have since read that but it will be part of a separate review. Anyway, Crisis 4. Its full of action from Page 1 and despite my initial fear that it was going to be simply a repetitive description of one fight after another it does pan out into a very good story. He does manage to get plenty of action into the story but it is well balanced with more evenly paced sections where the bulk of the storyline develops and a very good story it is too. I wont spoil your enjoyment by giving away the main plot but it does involve action, intrigue, betrayal, sex, chases, humour, mystery and even more action. McNabs use of his own personal knowledge and experiences as we move through the story result in descriptions that are so vivid and detailed that you almost feel as if you could carry out the role yourself. Although after reading Immediate Action and seeing what these guys have to go through to even get to that level puts a very different complexion on that particular line of thought !! In one such situation he sets the scene so well and goes through the process in such detail that you almost feel as if you are in the OP (Observation Post) that he has made inside a bush. In fact you can feel the tension as he describes how he is nearly compromised by an over curious family dog which has sniffed him out. The use of such detail could have turned this into a very boring read. However he somehow manages to integrate it into the story in such a way that its actually as interesting as the storyline itself and you find yourself wanting to know more and more of the techniques as you go on. The character in the book is called Nick Stone and his character is so cleverly developed that you can sense there is going to be even more and more such novels
in the future. In fact this is not the first such story as he did appear in a previous McNab novel, Remote Control. Unfortunately I didn’t know this when I first read Crisis 4 but after reading the book cover since I realise that parts of the storyline in Crisis 4 do relate to what seems to have happened in the previous book. I only hope it hasn’t spoilt it for me … but that’s another review !
Fast paced, tightly written, action packed. This is a thriller with a difference - it's written by someone who can talk the talk because he's truly walked the walk. Andy McNab returns with his superb offering, "Crisis Four". The main character in the novel (as in his first novel, "Remote Control") is Nick Stone, an ex-SAS soldier now working as a "K" for British Intelligence deniable ops. He comes into contact with a lady who appears to be his only weakness - he has known her in the past and fell for her - for her steel will and incredible beauty. Stone is sent to hunt down and kill her. However, as always nothing goes according to plan and the hit goes wrong. Both Stone and his target are chased through America and a conspiracy to kill a major political figure is unravelled. It's an absolutely superb read, not only for the upfront, no holds barred style but also for the pace coupled with extreme suspense typical of the greatest thriller authors. A superb title for anyone who like the genre £16.99 ISBN 0-593-04237-9 www.amazon.co.uk is a good place to shop.
Novel by the ex-SAS man - tells the story of another ex-SAS man on a mission in South America.