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Zero Option (Geordie Sharp #2)

3.83  ·  Rating Details ·  475 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
SAS Sergeant Geordie Sharp is required to undertake two top-secret missions, in the full knowledge that, if things go wrong, the authorities will deny all involvement. In the first mission he is to serve as a commander of a hit team on a Black, or 100 per cent non-attributable operation assigned to the SAW, the Regiment's ultra-secret Subversive Action Wing. His target is ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published July 2nd 1998 by Arrow (first published 1997)
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Jun 04, 2016 Chris rated it liked it
I've read a couple of Chris Ryan books before this one, including the first in the Geordie Sharp series. Because of this, I actually feel like I've read Zero Option before. Certain scenes are even lifted from other books from this author, with just a couple of minor alterations.

In Zero Option, Sharp's four-year-old son and pregnant girlfriend are kidnapped by the IRA and they later use this leverage to make Sharp assassinate the British Prime Minister. If you're son/daughter/pregnant wife/girlfr
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Apr 10, 2008 Daniel Morgan rated it it was amazing
One of my favourite books of all time. Carried on from the last book brilliantly. I was dissapointed with the next book in the series but I haven't finsihed the Geordie Sharp series yet so I may be a bit forthcoming with my complaints.

Definately read. Series starts with Stand by, Stand by.
Mar 03, 2013 Susy rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf, ugh, thriller
I have only made it 30 pp into this book and after a month, this is shaping up to be a DNF book.

I attribute my struggle to

1. The many British idioms, slang and military terms. This slows me down considerably but would not cause a DNF per se. But to that I add--

2. The 1st person narration.

I know my comments must run on like I am obsessed with PoV, hehe. Here, the POV of the SAS soldier would not be a deal breaker; after all, I survived the 1st Person narration of the Hunger Games Trilogy and act
Dec 20, 2008 Graham rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
The second in Chris Ryan’s Geordie Sharp series takes a little while to get started for real. There’s a ton of exposition, tying up the strands from the end of Stand By, Stand By. Lots of dialogue and an encounter with a sex-crazed female employee don’t really go anywhere – the latter element seems to have been included purely for the purpose of titillating the reader.

However, once the action moves to Libya, and the boys go in on a gung-ho adventure, riding Quad bikes across the desert, things
Sep 14, 2011 Marcus rated it liked it
Zero Option pretty much picks up the story where the author left it in Stand Down, Stand Down, so be sure to read the first book before you get on with this one. This second book is also pretty much more of the same - spec-ops tales told in rapid tempo, using simple, direct narrative. As in the first book, it is easy to recognize the fact that Ryan knows what he's talking about. But unfortunately, the story that stayed grounded in the first book, becomes rather incredible in Zero Option. ...more
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Aug 20, 2012 Brendan Liston rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Very flat boring unrealistic character. Appears not to have any thoughts or feelings and never stops to contemplate why his family has been kidnapped. The biggest opinion that we get of Mr. Sharp is that he thinks the IRA are bastards. Since there is no insight in to his own thoughts it would be asking far to much for him to try to acnowlage other peoples thoughts.

Also the term PIRA is used far to much. Sometimes 4 times in a page. Dosn't seem to realise that everybody generally refers to the P
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Feb 05, 2012 Johnnie Gee rated it really liked it
P.T. Deutermann is rapidly becoming one of my favorite authors. David Stafford exposed corruption within his department as a reward he is sent to a very mundane job a government Siberia. He stumbles on a government employee who decides to make a million dollars by selling a deadly cylinder which contains a virus.

There is a lot of action but Deutermann brings all of the characters to life; from a mute psychic girl to various government agencies all trying to reign in David Stafford. Cover-ups com
My first venture into a Cris Ryan book. The reason I picked it up at the charity shop? It stared with Z which crossed of a letter on the a-z challenge! Maybe not the best reason to buy a book, but actually it wasn't too bad a read. It's pretty fast paced, he seems to know what he's talking about, all the terms are pretty easy to follow. So why only three stars. His son and girlfriend have been kidnapped and he still goes off on a mission - I mean really, I don't have kids but if I did I would ...more
Feb 07, 2015 Paul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 03, 2012 Colin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-reads
I wasn't impressed with the way the books plotline was just full of expletives and machismo, which is fine but not every reader enjoys that, and the action scenes are fantastically put together. But it looses it way..... The tag line is "Assassinate the Prime Minster or you son dies"

Yeah the book builds up to it but its over too fast the whole book concentrates to much on the subplot.
Aug 13, 2015 Anthony rated it liked it
It wasn't bad for a work of fiction (usually not my style). The British terms that were used confused me at times, but once that was worked around, the story became clear.

It is pretty much like every other ficticious book about special operations.
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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.

During the Gulf War, Chris was the only member of an eight-man team to escape from Iraq, of which three colleagues were killed and four captured. It was the longest esca
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