BOOK REVIEW ~ 116
Publisher : ZAFFRE
After single-handedly intervening in a deadly terrorist attack in Mali, SAS Warrant Officer Jamie ‘Geordie’ Carter is denounced as a lone wolf by jealous superiors.
Now a Regiment outcast, Carter is given a second chance with a deniable mission: locate SAS hero-gone-rogue, David Vann.
Vann had been sent into Afghanistan to train local rebels to fight the Taliban. But he’s since gone silent and expected attacks on key targets have not happened.
Tracking Vann through Afghanistan and Tajikistan, Carter not only discovers the rogue soldier’s involvement in a conspiracy that stretches far beyond the Middle East – but an imminent attack that will have deadly consequences the world over . . .
REVIEW ~ NIKI PRESTON ~ 4 STARS
A very timely book set just after the recent events of the chaotic withdrawal by the US from Afghanistan. This is my first book by Chris Ryan as this is probably not a genre I would normally read. Well let me tell you I have been missing out, what a brilliant and thrilling read. Plenty of twists and turns, full of action and good guys versus bad guys. Are the good guys really the bad guys? and vice versa. A great plot with a great setting.
Carter is a great protagonist, he does have many sides which, for me made him more believable. He is not just an all out killer on a mission so nothing else matters. He has a back story that helps us see into Carter’s mindset. He has muscles everywhere and then a few more. I actually found myself being quite drawn to Carter and everything he deals with. His discipline is strong, from his SAS training. I have no idea if the military descriptions are accurate but knowing Chris Ryan’s background I am certain it is all spot on. This lends a level of authenticity that brings the story alive. If there was ever a book that really is true edge of your seat, page turning stuff, then this is it! If like me you would normally not pick up a book of this genre then I urge you to give Outcast a try. It is superb, written so well that you can not help but to be drawn right into all the action packed goings on. I really loved it! I’ll be reading more Chris Ryan from now on.
Chris Ryan was born in Newcastle.
In 1984 he joined 22 SAS. After completing the year-long Alpine Guides Course, he was the troop guide for B Squadron Mountain Troop. He completed three tours with the anti-terrorist team, serving as an assaulter, sniper and finally Sniper Team Commander.
Chris was part of the SAS eight-man team chosen for the famous Bravo Two Zero mission during the 1991 Gulf War. He was the only member of the unit to escape from Iraq, where three of his colleagues were killed and four captured, for which he was awarded the Military Medal. Chris wrote about his experiences in his book The One That Got Away, which became an immediate bestseller. Since then he has written over fifty books and presented a number of very successful TV programmes.
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