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Author: Andy McNab / Genre: Crime / Thriller

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      20.09.2011 17:49
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      Only recommended for people who have enjoyed Andy McNab's earlier novels

      Liberation Day by Andy McNab


      == Plot ==
      This is the 5th book in the Nick Stone series, set in about November 2001. It carries on from the events in the last novel, Last Light. Nick Stone is an ex-SAS soldier who performed deniable operations for the British intelligence services in the earlier novels but in this, he is working for the US. His handler is a guy called George.


      At the beginning of the book, Nick is doing one final mission in Algeria for George, so he can get a US passport. Both his girlfriend, Carrie and god-daughter, Kelly live in the US and he wants to retire and move over there.


      Popping covertly into Algeria, with the help of two Arabs known as Lotfi and Hubba-Hubba, he chops off the head of a Al-Qaeda financer living there and takes it back with him to show it to the US intelligence people.


      However, he doesn't get the US passport. His girlfriend Carrie, is George's daughter and George manages to arm twist Nick into helping him stop a planned attack by Al-Qaeda in the US over Christmas.


      Packed off to France, he has to stop the attack by disrupting the financing of the Al-Qaeda attack, by kidnapping the bankers known as Hawalladas and blowing up the $3 million that Al-Qaeda foot soldiers will be coming to collect from them.


      == My Review ==
      I have read this before but I had completely forgotten what happens. When I read it again, I realised why. The complete story is forgettable. This has the same structure as all the previous novels in this series so far. This time he's visiting France, carrying out reconnaissance / surveillance on some bad guys. He is tasked with kidnapping them. Unlike the earlier novels, he follows them around in urban type settings. It felt like a travel guide, as he described everything he sees around him while following his targets. You get to see the dirtier side of Cannes and Monaco. Like always, he mentions all the little stuff he's doing, like cleaning the snot out of his nose, which I found didn't add much to the story. I got quite bored by the time I was a quarter of the way in.


      For a change though, this time he's not working alone, but as part of a team. They are two Egyptians known as Lotfi and Hubba-Hubba. I found it refreshing to have some Arabs as the good guys instead of always being the terrorists. It also meant he could add a bit of humour in once in a while as they joked with each other.


      They use radios to stay in contact while they are following bad guys around and I found those bits especially annoying. He uses the formal language that they use in cop shows like 'stand by, stand by,' and 'I have the trigger'. It also kept saying 'click click' whenever they wanted to signify they had heard something that had just been broadcast, but couldn't actually speak due to having civilians nearby etc.
      The style this section was written in made the pace of the story slow down to a crawl, in my mind. They spend a considerable time doing this. I have to say I was quite confused by the plot when I got half way through. I couldn't be bothered to keep track of who was following whom and who had the trigger now.


      == Summary and recommendation ==
      I have decided to give this two stars. Overall, I liked the mission to Algeria at the start of the novel, and the ending. The bit in between is what lets it down. The main part of the story is spent with Nick either watching the bad guys or following them around.
      This is one book I can't recommend.

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      05.03.2004 19:43
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      Synopsis The story opens with nick stone carrying out one last job, kill a money laundering Algerian business man and bring back the severed head as a warning to ?Al Qaeda?. this part of the fight back after the event of 11 September. we get to meet ?Lofti? and ?Hubba-bubba? who are Arabian brothers and are seeking their own ?revenge?. as per usual, Nick is only told half the story and after a successful mission he returns to the usa where he is hoping to live a new life with ?Carrie?, the environmentalist he met in Panama during "Last Light?. He was hoping that this job would gain him American citizenship, but very soon realises that he will have to carry on working for ?George? the American head of the ?CIA special tactics unit?, who just happens to be Carrie?s father. Needless to say, she tells him to leave until he can sort his life out. This covers the first few chapters and the rest of the story covers his attempts (and Lofti and Hubba-bubba) to operate in the south of france and recover 3 million dollars of laundered money as well the ?local? Al-Qaeda contacts. Has nick gained some spiritualism, only time will tell? Review Andy McNab normally writes book which have a great amount of detail and you always get the feeling that by following directions in his books that you can find your way around the locations described. Sadly, some of the level of detail is sadly missing from this book. After the first few chapters, I found myself wanting to get to the end of the book as quickly as possible to see how Nick is getting on and what sort of trouble he has landed himself in. everything seems to be going well until the last 70 pages or so and things quickly deteriorate after that. Unfortunately, the stor
      y concludes within the last three or four chapters and you are left hanging on for more. after reading his previous novels I was disappointed with the anti-climatic ending. Many issues were not closed out. I get the feeling that this book was written very quickly in response to 9th September 2001, the paperback was published in October 2002 which means the hardback would have been published fairly early in 2002, and a bit more research and story board was required. Don?t get me wrong I am looking forward to reading the next chapter in Nick Stone?s life in ?Dark Winter?. As for the title ? ?liberation day? ? I feel liberated at reading the book ? but not that liberated! Not one of his better efforts.

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      December 2001. A Zodiac inflatable slips away from a submarine off the North African coast. If he hadn't needed American citizenship so badly, Nick Stone wouldn't have agreed to do this one last job.