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Line of Fire: (Nick Stone Thriller 19)

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The premise of action like that from the Russians is terrifying but with the latest news seems only too alarmingly possible. This is a well-written book bringing into play a number of different facets and characters and a hint of mystery.

Immediate Action, McNab's autobiography, spent 18 weeks at the top of the bestseller lists following the lifting on an ex-parte injunction granted to the Ministry of Defence in September 1995. That concerned a team of Soviet spies intent on intercepting digital information following through Cornwall, England, into the rest of Europe. In Northern Ireland he spent two years working as an undercover operator with 14th Intelligence Group, going on to become an instructor.But, Nick Stone is a guilty pleasure, that you know at some point along the way he's going to get the crap kicked out of him, but he will get through it, and eventually somebody else will come of worse. Once everything had come clear again, I was thoroughly caught up in Stone’s attempts to stay one jump ahead of the game, find the traitor, and earn some much-needed cash. And they take a job lifting a female hacker that the bad guy wants (although we never really find out why) and it all goes wrong in Cornwall where the team spend a very dull element of the book wandering around narrow lanes and endlessly reporting about who “has the trigger” on the bad guys. In exchange for his own safety – a life for a life – Stone is charged with locating someone who doesn’t want to be found, currently hiding out in one of the remotest corners of the UK. The swirly carpet was almost thread-bare, and had probably been very smart when Pete’s mum installed it.

Gabe, Rio and Jack had all received payouts and a pension from the government for injuries sustained in Afghanistan, but they weren’t life-changing amounts. The only problem is Nick thinks there’s a traitor on the team, someone who’ll sell them out to the Owl. For James Mercer, the financial ruin of his family by the institutions they trusted can never be undone.

As well as several non-fiction bestsellers including Bravo Two Zero , the biggest selling British work of military history, he is the author of the best-selling Nick Stone and Tom Buckingham thrillers. If all four of us were being lifted at the same time, and Rio got away, there would be a memory stick in circulation and whoever else survived the lift would have some leverage.

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