Thursday, 3 December 2009

Andy McNab - DropZone - Book Review

Mr Ripley's Book Review

I have to say when I got this book I was hooked from the start. The book cover on the proof copy is one of the best I have seen for a long time but I'm not sure if it will look like this when it is published, as I have seen another cover (which is shown below.) The story Andy has written is one of the best action boy style books I have read for a long time. One of the characters in the book is so well written it could be even Andy himself.
As you may not know, Andy McNab's career before writing great books for children and adults, was in the British Army. He was most the highly decorated serving soldier when he left the S.A.S in 1993. So he knows a bit about danger and encompasses that to great affect in this book. The book is an action packed killer bomb waiting to go off in the reader's hands.
The story follows 17 year old Ethan Blake in an adrenalin-fuelled world of skydiving. After taken a badly paid summer job Ethan's life takes on a turn of events that is gripping to the core. The realistic feel and the emotions between the characters keep the book on the ground - pardon the pun. The book draws upon action and experiences to keep you gripped and the underlying feel to this book is a very cool read. The skydiving element in the book is one of originality and told with the knowledge of someone who obviously knows it inside out.
This was totally addictive to read and unexpected in many ways. Another great part was the friendly banter and humour between all the characters that made for good reading. The secrets told towards the end give it an explosive ending and a great finish to a book that you'll want to read more. This book for me gets a five out of five and I am really looking forward to the next book in this series.

Book synopsis:Ethan Blake is seventeen and desperate to escape from his dead-end life. When he sees someone B.A.S.E. jump from the top of his block of flats, it changes the way he sees the world for ever. Soon, Ethan is caught up in the adrenaline-fuelled world of skydiving. He's a natural, so it's no surprise when he's invited to join an elite skydive team, but is he signing up for more than just jumping out of planes? The team's involved in covert military operations - missions that require a special kind of guts, missions so secret even MI5 denies all knowledge.

Andy McNab was a member of 22 SAS Regiment and was involved in both covert and overt special operations worldwide. During the Gulf War he commanded Bravo Two Zero, a patrol that, in the words of his commanding officer, 'will remain in regimental history for ever'. Awarded both the Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM) and Military Medal (MM) during his military career, McNab was the British Army's most highly decorated serving soldier when he finally left the SAS. He wrote about his experiences in two phenomenal bestsellers, Bravo Two Zero, which was filmed starring Sean Bean, and Immediate Action. Besides his writing work, he lectures to security and intelligence agencies in both the USA and UK.

Other Great Books To Read.

Boy Soldier books by Andy and Robert Rigby

Book one - Boy Soldier - 2005
Book Two - Payback - 2005
Book Three - Avenger - 2006
Book Four - Meltdown - 2007

Boy SoldierPaybackAvengerMeltdown

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