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Greed (Matt Browning #1)

3.82  ·  Rating Details  ·  691 Ratings  ·  33 Reviews
Five Men. One Robbery. A deadly game of greed, revenge and betrayal is about to begin.

Fresh out of the SAS, Matt Browning is down on his luck. He owes $500,000. If he doesn't get the money soon, he dies. From nowhere, he is offered a lifeline. A hit on al-Queda, sanctioned and helped by MI5. Matt gathers a small team of former SAS men to steal $10 million in gold and diamo
Paperback, 400 pages
Published May 27th 2004 by Arrow
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Dec 20, 2008 Graham rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller
Part of what makes the reading of this novel so enthralling is its setting in ultra-modern times; the threat comes from al-Qaeda, who are still the world’s number one terrorist presence, and as such the story seems eerily real. But I get ahead of myself.

This is yet another, slightly generic story by Chris Ryan, the ex-SAS man whose strength is to make the pulse-pounding action in his stories seem extraordinarily real. In fact you can almost believe that the hero in the story, Matt Browning, is
Mar 29, 2016 Muslim rated it it was ok
Shelves: audible
Chris Ryan
This book is about that MI6 want to track down Alqaeda and steal their money. For this reason, they recruit three former SAS soldiers with two gang members to perform the mission. Alison, a woman who works for MI6 , recruits all the five people who go on the mission. "The safest way to prevent a terror attck is to steal their money" is what MI6 believe and that is why they send them on that mission. Matt Browning , who is a former SAS soldier, organizes the whole mission. After comple
Luke Hamer
Mar 23, 2011 Luke Hamer rated it it was ok
An ok book in my opinion. Some of the characters were completely unbelievable and I felt the author did the book a disservice by flashing big neon signs over the top his twists.

Nothing was really a big surprise, I could predict what was going to happen 50 pages in advance.

Other than that is was readable, not a great by any stretch, but certainly not a stinker
Paul St Onge
Mar 28, 2014 Paul St Onge rated it it was amazing
First "Mercenary Style" book I have every read. Was amazing, loved the fast paced story, the ending was very good. Right from the first page to the last i enjoyed it. I would really like to get back into Chris Ryan books, but I have been busy with other series like the Legend of Drizzt and Wheel of Time. But this book was a very nice change of read.
Jun 28, 2009 Christine rated it it was ok
Shelves: action
TO be honest I only read this book because my boyfriend only reads Chris Ryan and Andy Mcnabb books...I found that this book had a very unlikable protagonist (maybe less so for men...) and I very predictable story line which at times, seemed a bit unrealistic. I can't say I enjoyed the book though I think that it would be enjoyable for men.
Tony Li
Apr 09, 2014 Tony Li rated it liked it
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Jan 13, 2009 Matt rated it it was amazing
The best Chris Ryan book by a wide margin.
Mukundan Srinivasan
Oct 14, 2015 Mukundan Srinivasan rated it really liked it
A good pacy plot, which could have been plotted even better. A Hollywood movie shot in Great Britain and its surroundings. A deceit, greedy plan by MI5 to hole out a terror group, leads a group of former SAS soldiers to a death trap. What happens next carries us through to the end with all the brutal killings encased within. The narrative style was so elegant which keeps us turning pages. Author, being himself a former SAS, was curt and straight with the story avoiding unnecessary elaborations. ...more
Hilmi Isa
Mar 10, 2011 Hilmi Isa rated it liked it
Mengisahkan lima orang sekumpulan,kesemuanya lelaki yang direkrut dan dilatih oleh badan perisikan British iaitu MI5 (Military Intelligence,Section 5) untuk menyerang kapal kargo milik Al-Qaeda dan merampas emas dan berlian yang dibawanya. Watak utama di dalam novel ini bernama Matt Browning,seorang bekas anggota Special Air Service (SAS) dan menjadi ketua di dalam kumpulan tersebut. Bersama-sama dengan ahli-ahli kumpulannya yang lain,mereka dipilih untuk melaksanakan misi tersebut atas latar be ...more
Danial Gibson
Mar 10, 2012 Danial Gibson rated it really liked it
I loved this book from the beginning all the way to the end, I found it almost impossible to put down at times. The characters are great and the storyline even better.

The general story is about a group of down and out ex sas soldiers who for different reasons need money to get them back on there feet or in Matt Browning’s case to avoid his and his girlfriend’s death due to a large dept that he can not pay back. They all get together again to take out a al quada boat and steel all the diamonds on
Jan Ebelt
Oct 30, 2013 Jan Ebelt rated it it was ok
Matt Browning was approached by MI5 to carryout a mission to steal $10 million dollars worth of jewels and gold from the largest terrorist organization, al- Queda. MI5 recruited him because he is ex-SAS and has no ties back to the agency if something goes wrong. He accepts this high risk mission in an attempt to payback the $500,000 he owes. The mission goes exactly as planned and they swiftly make their escape. However, once returning they begin to be hunted. One by one an assassin goes to each ...more
Gary Thompson
Feb 03, 2016 Gary Thompson rated it it was amazing
Chris Ryan gives us yet another look at the secret world in which our freedom is defended for us by brave strangers. This time, the morbidity of this unsavoury world is terrifying. It begs the question: Do two wrongs make a right? Is revenge so important? Chief villain Sallum is realistically chilling in this brilliant piece of literature. I am not sure whether it’s due to his methodical approach to killing or his mechanical efficiency at doing it but something about this man who kills with reli ...more
Hannah Etherton
Mar 23, 2015 Hannah Etherton rated it really liked it
Good simple reading. Interesting plot with enough twists to keep me guessing. Nice old the good guys win scenario played out.
Vlademir Sazon
Got my blood pumping at the beginning, but when I started to guess part after part, then it became kinda boring, the mid part was just, well, predictable
Apr 25, 2011 Helen rated it really liked it
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May 24, 2016 Xavier rated it really liked it
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Srikanth R
Jan 26, 2016 Srikanth R rated it liked it
keeps you glued until the last few pages where it loses steam.. decent book
May 26, 2015 Crt rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quite. Enjoyable, good lite read.
Cathy (cathepsut)
I read the German translation. The German title literally translates to Lust for Power, which makes no sense in the context of the book. I should have seen it as a bad omen. Very, very lame book. Or perhaps not only the title was badly translated, but the whole book. It might be ok in English. In German it was definitely not worth my time. Don't bother.
Jarrad Jones
Aug 05, 2012 Jarrad Jones rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chris-ryan
This book was my favourite book i have read in a while when you think it is the end you are wrong the book has just started! In this book mat browning and his 4 other team mates have to attack and al quaeda boat but he finds out that he is being betraed by the people he is working with but which one is it?
Jan 23, 2016 Vik rated it really liked it
I think this one had slightly more plot than the other Chris Ryan novels I've read. Still, I really enjoyed it. I always like Ryan's books because they're a quick read, it's all action so you get through them very quickly. I enjoyed the character of Ivan.
Jun 05, 2016 Melissa-Lee rated it liked it
Shelves: own
I always read the back of a book to get a sense of what the book was about before I start it but, even so, I found it easy to figure out who was going to have them killed off before they started being killed.
Jul 26, 2011 Grace rated it really liked it
This is the first Chris Ryan book that I have read and I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised. It was very entertaining and I will be looking forward to reading more of his books.
Jul 01, 2008 Toby rated it did not like it
A very dry book from a usually good writer, I found Greed to be so full of unbelievable characters and unlikely scenarios that I just couldn't develop an interest in what was happening.
Aug 12, 2010 Hrhtim rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed it and while I found some of it predictable there were some twists I didn't see coming. This was much better than I expected.
Keith Nixon
Feb 08, 2013 Keith Nixon rated it it was ok
Disappointing, cheesy sex scenes (lots of them), surprisingly lacking in action. Overall quite dull.
Sep 23, 2014 Peter rated it really liked it
Shelves: miltary
It was a good read by a good author, relavent for what is happen in the present time.
Chris Harrison
Sep 02, 2011 Chris Harrison rated it it was amazing
Brilliant, hooked me right from the start and was a really good story READ IT
Apr 12, 2013 Wilton314 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2012
I struggled with this book a bit. It was all a bit slow for me.
Jul 28, 2011 Neil rated it really liked it
Best Chris Ryan book I've read so far!
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Chris Ryan was born in 1961 in a village near Newcastle. In 1984 he joined the SAS. During his ten years in the Regiment, he was involved in overt and covert operations and was also Sniper team commander of the anti-terrorist team.

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