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Andy McNab is back on form in the his latest Nick Stone book. Andy McNab is a former SAS operator, and it really shows in the book; he's been and done things civvies wouldn't even dream of and the knowledge gained on the way makes the book a richer expirience for the reader, it's brilliant.
Initally the book starts of a bit slow but this is understandable as it paints the background to this story.
The story is set in, and around, Somalia, a lawless country ignored by the west. To capture the attention of said countries the Somalians have a new weapon: Pirates. Ex- SAS operator, now deniable operator, working for "the firm" Nick Stone is sent to retrieve a young boy who was kidnapped off of a luxury yacht in the Seychelles.
This is the 14th book in the Nick Stone series and at the time of writing this, the most recent. Please see the below link for the full, chronological list.
In my honest opinion, this book is excellent, it's on par with Remote Control (Andy McNab - Nick Stone book 1) but that book was ground breaking.
Dead Centre is Andy McNab's 14 Nick Stone novel, a lovable former SAS soldier who keeps trying to do the right thing in life.
This time Nick must rescue a woman and her son, who have been kidnapped. She happens to be the wife of a fallen comrade who he previously made a promise to. The story also shows Nick as he matures and starts to have some different thoughts for his life, such as a more stable relationship with his Russian "girlfriend" Anna.
As ever, McNab is very thorough; the descriptions help you imagine actually seeing (or being a part of) the story as it unfolds. The detail level that he goes into is not for everyone, as some feel it makes for a slow paced book, however I feel that it sets the atmosphere and creates some realism.
In this story, McNab finds himself travelling from Russia to England and then on to Somalia to deal directly with the pirates who kidnapped the woman and her son. In true Nick Stone fashion, there are twists and action to keep you entertained.
Current/recent world issues (such as Libya and other Middle East uprisings) are frequently mentioned in the book. The subject of piracy in the Gulf of Aden is one that is frequently in the news now, too, so the storyline is very relevant to current situations in the world today.
A real page turner - the only reason I stopped reading was because I had to get off the plane!