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Author: Andy McNab / Genre: Crime / Thriller

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      27.08.2011 22:00
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      Recommended for fans of Robert Ludlan, Vince Flin or anyone into action / conspiracy type books

      I listened to the audio book version but it should be the same as the print edition as it was unabridged.

      This is the first book in the Nick Stone series. As of this review, Andy McNab has written 13 novels in total, as part of the Nick Stone series.

      Like most of his novels, the title 'Remote Control', doesn't have anything to do with the main story apart from sounding military-like.
      At the beginning of the story, we get a flashback to 1988, when Nick Stone is in the SAS undertaking a mission in Gibraltar, alongside his best friend Kevin to stop the IRA from exploding some bombs on the island.
      Back in the present day, Nick Stone is now an ex-SAS soldier working for the British security services. He is tasked to covertly follow 2 IRA bad guys. When they go over to the US, he follows.
      While at the airport, having some spare time on his hands, he decides to visit his best friend Kevin, who by now is working for the DEA. On arriving at his home, he finds Kevin and all his family brutally murdered.
      The rest of the story is about how he goes on the run to find out who is responsible and exact retribution.


      This is one of the better books in the Nick Stone series. McNab manages to throw in a few red herrings just to keep you on your toes. There are several twists and turns throughout the novel, which keep you guessing as to what's going to happen next, and who the murderers could be.
      However, during the middle portion of the book, I thought the pace dropped a bit, but by the end, McNab manages to end the book on a bang. I was surprised, but not disappointed by the finale.
      The author's SAS background shows in his writing and it was interesting to find out little titbits about tactics they use.
      The mission at the start of the novel set in Gibraltar also made me think. I'm pretty certain there was a similar mission undertaken in real life by the SAS around about 1988.

      I have given this a rating of 3 because of the slow pace during certain sections of the novel, which meant I didn't find it edge of the seat gripping like other books I've read.

      Overall, I would recommend this to anyone into action / conspiracy type novels.

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        27.05.2003 18:24
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        Having read two of McNabs previous works (Immediate Action, and the more famous Bravo Two Zero, both of which are auto-biographical), i was pleased to hear that he had written another book, but somewhat unsure about how good it would be when i found out it was fictional. Nevertheless i rushed out to buy it, and started to read it straight away. The story is told in the first person by the author (although of course the main character is fictional). This character is called Nick Stone, an ex-SAS soldier, currently working for the governments Secret Intelligence Service (known commonly as MI6). The story begins years before the main body of the tale is set, and tells of an SAS operation on the isle of Gibraltar, against three IRA terrorists. This operation, did actually occur, so this small part of the book is technically factual, although obviously the names of the soldiers involved have been changed, as they include Stone and three of his friends. The main story then begins in 1997, nine years after this operation on Gibraltar. Stone is sent on a seemingly routine operation, tailing a couple of IRA members. The operation goes nowhere, so before he returns to Britain, Stone decides to visit his former SAS colleague Kevin Brown, who has moved to Washington. However, when he reaches Brown`s house, Stone discovers his friend has been brutally killed, along with his wife and daugter. Fortunately the killer missed Brown`s youngest daughter Kelly, and so Stone takes her under his wing. Stone is then tasked with investigating his friends murder, and returning to the UK, without the help of the British Intelligence Services, who have effectively disowned him. As if this wasnt hard enough, Stone has to protect Kelly at the same time. The rest of the plot has plenty of twists and turns, and enough action and tension to make any big-screen thriller proud. This book is an excellent read, and extremely compelling. So many time
        s i told myself, "ill stop reading after the next chapter and go to bed", but i was so interested in what was going to happen in the next chapter that i just couldnt stop reading. The only thing that could put you off, is the genre. Its written in a fairly militarial style, which is unsurprising considering McNabs background. If you like this type of writing style, then i would definately recommend it (and if you like it as much as i do, you should have read it already), but if you think this is not your thing because of the style, i would still urge you to give it a go. Theres not too much military jargon (and what there is is explained anyway), and the book is written well enough to keep you interested, even if military action-type novels arent your thing. On top of this, the books biggest asset is undoubtedly its plot. What you read in my little synopsis is nothing compared to all the action that occurs in the body of the story, and there are plenty of plot twists (i certainly didnt guess the ending). All in all its a great book. If you have read any of McNabs other books, and you liked his style, you should definately get this. Its one of his best. If not, you might not know what to expect, and the way he writes may not be the easiest to read straight away, but id still recommend giving it a go, and im pretty sure youll get as wrapped up in the plot as much as i did. Enjoy!

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          28.08.2002 19:15
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          Remote Control is the fourth book I have read from Andy McNab. I started by reading his two non-fiction books (Bravo Two Zero and Immediate Action), and then decided to read his most recent fiction book, Last Light. After that I realised that his fiction books actually have a sort of rough story series in them, so I decided to read his first fiction book, Remote Control. Remote Control had been recommended to me by several people who said it was McNab's best fiction book. When I finished it and compared it to the other fiction, Last Light, I had to agree that Remote Control was the better book. The story behind Remote Control starts immediately with an account of a secret SAS operation in Gibraltar to prevent an IRA bombing. The account describes how several IRA men were killed and the whole event was covered up. This account's relevance to the rest of the book is not explained in the early stages, but as the book progresses the facts begin to unravel and become clear. Soon the truth is discovered and the books hero, Nick Stone, discovers evidence for a huge conspiracy in British intelligence. Early in the book Nick is sent to America to track two IRA men and get information about them. While in America he discovers one of his friends brutally murdered in his house. The soul survivor is his friend's daughter, Kelly. Nick finds himself being blamed for the murder and is forced to go on the run with Kelly. In order to get home Nick must obtain evidence on who was to blame for the murders so he can persuade British intelligence to help him out. As the book unfolds the shocking truth becomes clear and Nick, persued by his friend's murderers, is on his own if he is to survive. The book is an excellent read. It's one of those books that you just can't put down once you've started. It's fast paced, enjoyable, and gritty. I would recommend it to anyone who likes this sort of book. Remote Contro
          l is one of the best books McNab has written and should certainly be the first one you read in his fiction series. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ DETAILS: -McNab's first fiction book -First published in 1997 by Bantam Press -Price: Hardback = £15; Paperback = £6 (Amazon.co.uk)

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            04.02.2001 23:49
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            A word of warning about this book, if at all possible make sure you read it before Crisis 4. I didn't and as a result a little bit of the suspense is lost because reference is made to certain elements of it the next story, of course having read the second one first I knew how it ended. Anyway, I wont tell you what the references are because it would definitely spoil it for you but trust me, read the first one first !! Right, whats it about ? Well, its main character is a guy called Nick Stone who finds himself in a spot of bother (to say the least) and follows his progress as he tries to put things right. The story itself starts in Gibraltar where he relates the story of how an active service unit of the IRA were shot dead. While you reading it you feel as if it is a portayal of the true life shootings that happened over there and it is only later on in the story that you realise it is actually very cleverly connected to the story as a whole. After the Gibraltar chapter the story switches to a mission Nick is sent on trailing 2 IRA terrorists to America, as is the case with all of Andy McNabs work this is described in so much detail that it almost feels as if he is relating a true story. After trailing these guys to America he is suddenly, mysteriously, recalled back to the United Kingdom. However, before this he decides to visit an old friend who lives in the area. This friend works for the DEA and it is when Nick gets to the house that the story really starts to take offAgain, I don't want to spoil it for you but the outcome of the visit is the beginning of a chase across America where Nick does not know who to trust or exactly who he is running from. The tactics he employs to help him in his quest are once again described so accurately that you just know that Andy McNab is writing from experiences he gained in his time with the SAS. The suspense in the book is in some chapters absolute
            ly amazing with the reader not knowing which way it is going to go and it is literally impossible to put the book down. However, at the "end" of the chase you finally think that it is all over and everyone is going to live happily ever after when the story takes another dramatic turn and shoots off once again to keep you hanging on to the last page. All in all an excellent read full of action, suspense and drama. There's even a little bit of comedy thrown in here and there for good measure. My only regret is that I read Crisis 4 before Remote Control as it spoilt the plot a bit and also really helped to build the character of Nick Stone. Both of which would have made the second book even more enjoyable.

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              06.08.2000 02:45

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              Remote Control is a great fictional title from the writer of the true story Bravo Two Zero. Mcnab is an ex-SAS man and certainly knows his stuff. This novel is superb, it is fast paced and very realistic, being his first non-fiction title he done very well. It is about an ex-SAS man called Nick Stone who is now a 'K' working on deniable operations for the british government. Stone is following 2 IRA guys to America when he finds his friends family brutally murdered except for one little girl who he takes with him, he doesn't know who to trust, he goes on the run and the rest you will find out when you read this briiliant novel. For similair thrills check out Crisis Four also by the author.

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              27.07.2000 02:44
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              "Remote Control" by Andy McNab is a superb fictional tale from the ex-SAS soldier (at the time of leaving he was the most decorated serving British soldier). One of his first fictional works it certainly does not disapoint with a superb storyline and excellent pace. The story revolves around the main character, Nick Stone who works for British Intelligence on deniable (black) ops. Whilst abroad in the states he finds that a friend (also an ex-soldier, although in this case an American serviceman) has been brutally murdered alongside other members of his family. The only survivor is a yound daughter. Stone quickly realises that he is being chased too and doesn't want to abandon the girl for he feels she will be killed too. Together they try and avoid the killers as Stone attempts to unravel the reasons for the brutal killings and as he does so he discovers things about the government which he'd rather not have known. It's an excellent tightly written read which recieved much praise from the press and is well worth reading if you like the genre - or McNab's no holds barred style. ISBN 0-552-14591-2 Try www.amazon.co.uk for this one. Roughly £5.99.

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            Ex-SAS soldier Nick Stone is working in the USA as a K - an underground agent - when he sees a newscast about the Canary Wharf bombing. Tipped off by old friend Kev, Nick flies down to see him, only to find him brutally murdered. With unanswered questions about the murder, he must go on the run.