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Nick visits the Congo (Nick Stone 09)
Recoil - Andy McNab
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Recoil - Andy McNab
Date: 24/08/11, updated on 21/09/11 (40 review reads)
Advantages: Lots of action - boom boom
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.
Summary: An entertaining book with lots of action