For those who read occasionally, I’m a big fan of Andy McNab, and am working my way through the Nick Stone thrillers. I’m spacing them with other books, just to give me a change every now and then, but there’s still at least 70 books I want to get through. I’ve recently finished this book and am on to something new so, in the spirit of the Cannonball Read, here is my review of Last Light.
The following synopsis is from Andy McNab’s website:
Nick Stone - deniable operator for British Intelligence – has been assigned to carry out an officially-sanctioned assassination. When he realizes who the target is, he refuses. But he is then given a chilling ultimatum: fly to Central America and finish the job, or the eleven-year-old orphan in his care will get killed.
Stone arrives in sweltering Panama close to breaking point. His life is in pieces, but things only get worse when he finds himself caught at the centre of a lethal conspiracy involving Columbian guerrillas. Hundreds of innocent lives are at stake.
Their only chance of rescue is Stone. But he has a critically injured friend to rescue, miles of dense rainforest to navigate and the toughest decision of his life to make…
Nick Stone shows his more human side in this book, and also shows some of his vulnerabilities. He knows where they are, and still manages to have them come and haunt him in places.
Not adverse to jungle conditions, Nick is in his element in this one. He knows exactly what he is looking for, and just how to deal with a situations where, I can only assume, most others wouldn’t, even with some of the training.
This book is a good way to see a logical and human side to Stone, and helps build some of the hatred he feels towards the Yes man.
It’s a great adventure book and another of McNab’s on-form thrillers.