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I have read most of Andy Mcnabs books the past few years due to the fact I believe art really does imitate life and there no one better to bring life to art than someone who has been there and done it.
So the fact that Andy Mcnab was in the SAS and was awarded the distinguished coduct medal (DCM) and the military medal (MM) certainly ads to his appeal for me,and I wasn't let down by this book Recoil either.
This book is really exciting from start to finish you just don,t want to put it down,there is death and action and very high body count inside this book. Keeping you gripped to the end you just never no what is gong to happen next,Nick Stone the leading character in this story is a man caught up in war and his latest mission cost the life of one of his closest friends.
When the woman Nick sleeps with leaves without saying good buy and never returns Nick Stone man of war goes on a mission to find her which takes him into the heart of the dirty Congo war in South Africa and it isn't long before Nicks past catches up with him. This book is full with twists and turns which keep you reading In my opinion this book is a got to have if you enjoy the genre.
I love Andy McNab books and have not been disappointed with this one. If you're after a highly literary, snobby prize winning novel then it probably isn't for you. But if, like me, you sometimes like a book you can just get lost in this is for you. Good characters, action, suspense, thrills and spills...it's like Die Hard in paper form.
Regular readers of Andy McNab will recognise the main character, Nick Stone, es SAS and general all round hardman, desperate to hold down a normal relationship, but finding it incredibly hard, especially when his girlfriend disappears to remotest Africa on a peace-keeping mission. Cue much action with Nick trying to get to her and get her to safety, away from the rebels and civil war threatening the region.
I don't like Andy McNab novels for their prose, imagery and flowery style (although I'm not adverse to this in other writers either). When I settle down with a McNab, it's usually so that I can escape to a fantasy world and get lost in it. They're easy to read, realistic (to me at least, although having never been SAS I obviously can't attest to this, but as Mr McNab has been there, done that and got several t-shirts I'm willing to believe his portrayal of that lifestyle!) and generally gripping.
A great buy from Green Metropolis at £3.75, it's one that I'll be keeping on my bookshelf and reaching for again in a few years time when I've forgotten all the details and want some easy reading and light relief.
Recoil is the 9th book in the Nick Stone series though you don't have to have read the previous books to get into this one.
I listened to the audio book version of this and I enjoyed it more than most of his earlier books. The author Andy McNab used to be in the SAS before he became a writer. You can tell that in a lot of his earlier books as there is a lot of action but not much else.
== Plot summary ==
Like most of McNab's books, you have two intercepting stories set around the main character Nick Stone who is an ex SAS squaddie and ex deniable operator working for the security services.
In the first story, it is set in Nick's past when he was in the SAS carrying out a mission in Zaire to protect a secret cargo.
In the present, he is in Switzerland with his girlfriend Silky, but he ends up going into the Congo, looking for his sweetheart who decides to run off into the middle of a warzone.
Both these stories are linked and come together by the end of the novel.
On the way you get to learn about Africa, blood diamonds and child soldiers.
== Main Review ==
The main parts I enjoyed were the set action pieces in Africa. The author managed to make them gripping and at the same time explain all the different weapons being used.
However, I found the relationship between Nick and his girlfriend Silke to be a bit unbelievable. If my girlfriend decided to run off into a warzone and not have anything to do with me then I'd leave her there but Nick's not that kindda guy.
There is also the use of child soldiers which I found interesting as I've not come across many novels where children are fighting or being killed in war. They are mentioned in news stories but to read in detail what they go through in this novel, makes you realise the pain and horror they must experience.
== Summary and recommendation ==
If I had to give this a rating, I would give it a 5 out of 10. I enjoyed it and I learned quite a bit about the Congo and child soldiers etc.
Anyone who reads the Nick Stone series of novels will keep hoping that some good happens to him eventually.
Nick is finally taking a break in peaceful Switzerland, falls in love, and all seems to be going well. But this is Nick Stone - how long can it last for? Not long, as he suddenly finds himself searching for his woman in Africa when she disappears.
Being Nick Stone, he gets into a lot of trouble and it's always exciting to read how he gets out of it.
Unlike heroes in films and TV shows (especially American ones), he is just an average bloke that people can relate to. The language used is authentic, really making it believable.
It's a great read and yet another demonstration of McNab's ability to set the scene, make you feel like you are there. His attention to detail is great (although some find it boring) and you can tell he is writing from his own experiences.
Another installment in the Nick Stone series of books by Andy McNab and the pace is yet again relentless. As with many of the other books, it starts with a flashback which sets you up for the sort of environment Stone will find himself thrust into.
As ever, the book's locations have been thoroughly researched by McNab and this is one of the key elements of the realism that makes his books so gripping. His no-nonsense, matter-of-fact style of writing could be a little crude for the more discerning reader but I personally find it only enhances the book's appeal.
As with many of the McNab books, he manages to make the crazy situations his main protagonist is found in appear plausible and the emotional link to Nick Stone remains intact - he makes the almost superhuman ex-SAS trooper easy to sympathise with and this only adds to the reader's sense of attachment to the story.
Once again, a thoroughly good read and highly recommended.
McNab does it again!! This book is outstanding - I was gripped from first page to last. Totally credible plot, characters you can really engage with, and non-stop edge of the seat action - what more could you want?
It is a gripping read set in the darkest heart of Africa. It is one long battle to survive against the odds and not many do. There is much blood and more use of the f word than I like to read but I guess that is the language of the ex-S.A.S. and their ilk. A happy if unrealistic ending. The romantic comes out in the author in the end. Easily the best book I've read this year since Barefoot Soldier by Johnson Beharry VC (also highly recommended) and Richard Dawkins's The God Delusion.
A very different twist is put on the average thriller with this novel. I loved the intellect involved in the prose and the characters were great. This is by far McNab's best piece of writing. If you like smart thrillers this is a great read along with any of his other novels and Dead Scare and Speak No Evil by David Demello, great reads for the upcoming holiday season. You will be unable to put any down.
I have read all of McNab's fiction masterpieces. Although they are great books some of them have a few boring spots. Not Recoil-This book has kept me on the edge of my seat on every page! The last book "Aggressor" saw the style of story that I had come to love return but "Recoil" improved on this story dramatically. I encourage you to buy this low priced book and read the whole series. Even if you don't like to read, I'm pretty sure you will love these books. Even though I'm sort of a slow reader and don't like books much, I read this entire book in about 2 days because I couldn't put it down. The story is mostly about the relationship between characters that have been introduced in the previous book of the series. Nick Stone tries to complete a task in an area that is a safe haven for danger (usually at the cost of a supporting character's life). A few of the previous books in the story were a bit dull on parts. However somehow McNab has managed to take a new English class or something which has led to this awesome book. This is now my second favorite behind the Harry Potter Series. If you like action I highly recommend you get this book. It is well worth the bit of money I spent and I look forward to the next book in the series.
i got this book from my library. i found it to be very interesting and very well thought about by the writer. the action in the book was done in a very fast pace keeping my intrigued all the way throught the book. the print was slightly small were i would prefer maybe something slightly bigger. it might appeal to readers a lot more if the brought it out in large writing also. it was quite a thick book but very enjoyable and even for those who havnt normally read andy mcnag i reckon would soon become a fan. a good ending to a good story and even though it is fictional the might also be a feeling or elemnet of truth in some parts as i also like to read true books and not just fiction. definitly worth the read and if not buy it then the local library will have a copy so it wont even cost you anything
For anyone who doesn't know about Andy McNab, this writer was in the front line soaking up real life experience. This was of course before he made the decision to write about his experiences. A little background is necessary if you want to really enjoy his books. As a young man McNab served in Northern Ireland. After this experience he made the decision to attempt SAS selection. As a member of the SAS he found himself at the head of the ill fated Bravo To Zero campaign which resulted in his capture. This experience was written about and McNab moved from an SAS career to the gentler career of writing.
So, with that background in mind, you will get that exact feeling from reading McNab's books that he has been there - this isn't the writing of some wanabee spook, who gets his storylines from the guy in the pub who has a yarn to spin. McNab has seen the action.
The real touch to this book is that it starts with the human vulnerability of the main character, Nick Stone - physically and emotionally vulnerable.
This vulnerability leads him on a search, a journey, but it is a journey full of twists which brings him full circle back to a life that may have been put to the back of his mind.
His journey is to the Congo where he finds himself in a position as a protector and saviour who has to wind his way through to freedom.
It is full of explosive action and will have the bedside lamp switched on for most of the night.
What we are getting here is the fictional character, but his motives, behaviour and reason for being totally backed up by the experience of his creator
I found it quite refreshing to read a book by an author who has been in the thick of it, and this does come through, glaringly.
This book unlike Andy McNabs most famous book 'Bravo Two Zero' is eintirly fictional and is part of a series of books following Agent Nick stone a deniable agent (sort of like a realistic James Bond)
Although the plot is fictional it is evident that Andy McNab was actually part of the special forces, his experiance comes through in the details of his writing.
The plot follows nick stone as he tracks down a friend who has put herself in danger by doing charitable work in africa. the story takes us to serveral different locals. as with all of Andy McNabs writing everything is backed up by his real life experiance and the story definatly follows current world events
This was the second book i read in the Nick Stone series the first being Dark Winter. I have to say this book did not grip me as much as the previous book and the plot seemed lacking in parts. with not much happening for the majoriy of the book.
Although a good book thisis definatly not Nick Stone or Andy McNabs finest hour
Recoil is written by Andy McNab and is one of the books in his series based on Nick Stone. Andy McNab is a former soldier and uses his experiences to write his books, he writes both fiction and non fiction books, this one is fiction and is about half way through the series.
This book is similar to other books written by Andy McNab in the style and the plot which are usually very good and gripping.
Nick Stone is a former special forces soldier, who is currently working as a deniable operator . He is recouping in Switzerland after his last job which cost the life of one of his friends.
He is living with his girlfriend who he intends to marry who goes to the Democratic Republic of Congo on a humanitarian mission, it does not take long for the mission to go bad and Nick has to go to the Congo to save her from the rebel forces.
The book itself is pretty predictable at points and the start is a bit slow, but as with all of Andy McNab's book the story keeps you gripped, wanting to keep on reading and well written with several smaller story plots in it to keep you entertained.
Well after reading the fluffy girly book (to be reviewed as soon as its added to the site) I returned to the more masculine adrenaline reliant world of the military books.
As is well known Andy McNab was another former SAS soldier whos exploits whilst he was part of 'Them' hit headlines. Since leaving his writing and willingness to be a talking head - though with concealed identity - have ensured him a reasonably successful media career.
McNab has written 8 fiction books (excluding this) and two non fiction books. Nick Stone the main character in this appears in other books, though I cant remember if it is all or just some of them.
Recoil, follows on a previous story though you really dont need to have read any previous books as the background is kept very much that way with passing references to give the reader an idea of why the character does these things or how his mind works (though as Stone is a squaddie I'm unsure as to why that would be necessary most squaddies are pretty simple creatures in my experience).
The book begins in the thick of the action, a mission in Zaire to save a convoy which includes diplomats and a 'mysterious' cargo. After this story begins in earnest some years later, while he is wandering the streets of Lugano while planning how to deal with the row he had with his girlfriend Silke (or Silky as he calls her).
Silke is not a typical spoiled little rich girl as he may have first thought as he soon discovers she has run away to the Congo to make use of her medical degree - something else he was unaware of until this point.
But the situation in the Congo surrounding the medical site she has run to is unstable and rapidly getting worse. Nick wants her back and calling in favours from friends and former collegues heads back to the country which cost him friends and caused him so many nightmares.
The novel takes on the issues of child soldiers and if I'm honest shows why they are used - men are unwilling to knowingly shoot a child, and why it is such a barbaric practise, balancing the all action man of Stone with his old comrade Sam who despite not turning his back fully on his military past has embraced religion and is in the country trying to help stop the practise of children soldiers, through running orphanages and showing kindness to the captured child from the enemy camp despite his attempt to bite his way to freedom.
Overall in parts this book is verging on moving, though mostly it is an adrenaline fueled trip through Central Africa.
McNabs first hand knowledge of military tactics, weapons and explosives is shown in the book since he includes detailed yet easy to understand explainations for things like the choice of explosive when building claymores, moreover he does this without disturbing the flow of the story a technique difficult to manage.
I would say that if you like things like the Lee Child books, or Chris Ryans work then you will probably enjoy McNabs offerings too, as with Ryans book I would say it is possibly more likely to appeal to the male types of the world but I would never say it is exclusively a book for the blokes but unless you like your fiction action packed and male dominated then it may not be for you.
Copies can be obtained from the usual sources, though my copy is actually my Dad's so I don't know what he paid, it is 530 pages long which for me at least meant a good evenings read though for others will be a week or so of reading.
Recuperating in Switzerland after a job that cost the life of one of his closest friends, ex-deniable operator Nick Stone is looking for a quiet life. But when his private life starts to disintegrate, Nick is reluctantly forced back into action. The trail leads him to Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo, where it isn't long before his dark past comes knocking on his door...Recoil is another pulsating example of modern thriller writing at its very best: compelling, authentic and utterly real. McNab has worked for many years behind the headlines and he knows only too well what makes them.