My first review of the year, and the first of probably many Andy McNab books, and especially the Nick Stone series. Whether it’s cheating or not, since I have my Kindle, my reviews will be done from reading that, which means I can also tell you about any problems I have with it.
I’ve taken the following information about the book from Amazon.co.uk to give a fuller overview of the story:
From the Back Cover
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 world.
In 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 history…
Remote Control is the first of Andy McNab’s blistering Nick Stone thrillers – best-sellers 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…
I’ve read odd books from the Nick Stone series before, and I am a huge fan of Andy McNab, so it was natural for me to want to read the series in order so I can pull together the odd bits from others and make sense of them all.
I thoroughly enjoyed Remote Control, it starts off quickly, and is graphically brutal. You’re reading from the point of view of Nick Stone, a deniable operator, and you see what he sees – everything from his friend dead on the floor having being pummelled with a baseball bat to the street lights of London; smell what he smells – from body odour to cordite and more; taste what he tastes – blood, burgers and people’s cheeks; and get closely involved with his other senses, intuitions, fashion sense and emotion, or as much emotion as Nick Stone has.
It’s an interesting insight into the world of a fictional spy, nothing like the James Bond lifestyle Hollywood portrays, though he wishes it was. To quote Mr. Stone, “Give me a sports car any day”. It is, however, very graphic and violent. Not one for someone with a weak stomach, or nervous disposition as the mystery surrounding the death of his friend and friend’s family is unravelled by him whilst he is on the run with their 7 year old daughter who he has to learn to be a parent to, and ends up teaching to be a mini spy.
If you like fast-paced adventure, violence at a level which would make Rambo blush, and complex characters with even more complex stories to them, then this is one for you.