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Remote Control Tough resourceful ruthless as an SAS trooper Nick Stone was one of the best Now he's back on the streets After a botched mission the Regiment no longer want his services But British Intelligence does as a deniable operator It's the dirtiest job in a very very dirty worldIn Washington DC it's about to get dirtier still On the apparently routine tail of two terrorists he discovers the bodies of an ex SAS officer and his family Soon he's on the run with the lone survivor of the bloodbath a seven year old girl And whilst she can identify the killers only Stone can keep them at bay and solve a mystery whose genesis takes him back to the most notorious SAS mission in recent historyRemote Control is the first of Andy McNab's blistering Nick Stone thrillers bestsellers whose landscape is so compellingly close to the truth that they had to be vetted by the Ministry of Defence and could only be published as fiction The first Nick Stone novel and one of the best A involved plot something I find lacking in the recent Stone novels and a real page turner Much 'down and dirty' that other 'spycraft' novels I have read and the main character is very engaging I was surprised by how much I liked this book It started out as another high action thriller the kind of book I like to read at night to clear my mind after the research for my writing I often read during the day Then an eight year old girl named Kelly came onto the scene and everything changedThe action is sustained from beginning to end presented with the edge that only someone who has really been there can command The writing is crisp What early on struck me as too much detail became as the story unfolded just exactly the right amount Settings are clearly and dramatically presented Time of day weather passers by everything is seen through the eyes of one whose life depends on sorting out lethal threats from an otherwise innocuous backgroundBut it is the relationship between Nick Stone the professional government killer and the girl he is forced to protect and use that dominates the book and makes me want to read the next in the series Fortunately this is the first of many Nick Stone adventuresKelly's family has been murdered Nick has saved her And now what She is clearly a burden as he tries to unravel what has happened and save his own life But gradually and ever so skillfully written Nick changesI will say no The plot needs to be experiencedUnderlying the fictional story and perhaps based on McNab's true life experience in British special forces is the frightening corruption that permeates the unholy alliance between arms merchants the drug trade terrorists of all stripes and the government agencies whose continued prominence and high budgets depend on a never ending supply of really bad guys to fight There are hints of these connections blended into the story line from the very beginning Pay attention to these hints and your reading experience will be significantly enhanced This was my first experience with Andy McNab’s Nick Stone books and this one was a blast Given that McNab was a former member of the SAS and a highly decorated one I was looking for something good and this than met my expectationsThe novel begins in Gibraltar where Stone and his fellow soldiers are putting a halt to Irish bombings then fast forwards 9 years where Stone’s mission in Washington is suddenly terminated Following this Stone decides to visit his friend Kev and his family Unfortunately when Nick arrives at the house he finds Kev and most of his family brutally murdered only Kev’s daughter Kelly remains alive From here Stone takes Kelly with him as they embark on a chase from unknown assassins and Stone is at a loss as who to trustNick Stone struck me as uite a similar character to Lee Child’s Jack Reacher a bit of loner but a very capable soldier who has some pretty badass scenes Apart from of course Kelly there weren’t any female characters here of note which I hope will change in future novelsThe pace of Remote Control varied throughout sometimes it would be incredibly tense and you just wanted to read on Other times I found it dragged particular with one chapter which was about double the length of all the rest and only really redeemed itself at the end The ending of the novel however was very well done leaving you on the edge of your seat right to the endI am pleased I have added this series to my library and will definitely be continuing with it Remote Control itself will be getting a solid 4 stars from me If you are fond of action thriller books particularly those with a heavy military element then the Nick Stone series is one for you McNab’s first fiction effort is a corker of a book following a by now familiar pattern in its structure but still remaining as fresh as its day of release The action packed plot sees McNab’s hero Nick Stone taking out Irish bombers in Gibraltar before we suddenly jump forward nine years and find him investigating the brutal slaying of a fellow SAS man in Washington Before you know it McNab concocts an enthralling odd couple chase thriller as Stone is forced to fly with the now orphaned 7 year old Kelly in his charge Tons of covert operations violent firefights and non stop suspense and investigation follow in a story that travels from Washington to Florida back to Washington and finally to London McNab throws in his typical ingredients – a huge twist at the end lots of emotion and psychological profiling and some nasty gruesome bits somebody gets his face bitten through and layers the whole thing with so much realism you’ll feel like you’re there A great book and one which is recommended to all thriller fans

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