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Remote Control (Nick Stone #1)

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  2,346 ratings  ·  86 reviews
Few writers know the intricate landscape of special operations like Andy McNab. A member of the crack elite force the Special Air Service for seventeen years, McNab saw duty all over the world--and was the British Army's most highly decorated serving soldier when he resigned in 1993.

Now, in Remote Control, his explosive fiction debut, McNab has drawn on his personal experi
Paperback, 512 pages
Published November 10th 2006 by Corgi (first published January 1st 1997)
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Lewis Weinstein
I was surprised by how much I liked this book.

It started out as another "high action" thriller, the kind of book I like to read at night to clear my mind after the "research-for-my-writing" I often read during the day.

Then an eight year old girl named Kelly came onto the scene and everything changed.

The action is sustained from beginning to end, presented with the edge that only someone who has really been there can command. The writing is crisp. What early on struck me as too much detail beca
McNab’s first fiction effort is a corker of a book, following a by-now familiar pattern in its structure but still remaining as fresh as its day of release.

The action-packed plot sees McNab’s hero Nick Stone taking out Irish bombers in Gibraltar, before we suddenly jump forward nine years and find him investigating the brutal slaying of a fellow SAS man in Washington. Before you know it, McNab concocts an enthralling odd-couple chase thriller, as Stone is forced to fly with the now-orphaned 7 y
I read this because my husband loved it. And I can see why; a British special forces operative has to track down the dirty dogs who killed his friend’s family at the same time that he's caring for their surviving seven-year-old daughter. Written by the most highly decorated SAS soldier, ever. What could be bad about that?

He sure has the little girl thing down. He knows what they like to eat, he knows what they like to wear, he knows what they like to talk about, and how they want to be a part of
As I said in a previous review, he's a really good story-teller. This is a well-composed story of drug-smuggling and government abuse of power. From someone else you might just accept that as part of the story, from McNab you'd suspect that it was simply well-informed. I was most impressed with the character of the young girl. He clearly knows eight-year-old girls well enough to know what they are really like, but can also put one through the experience of having her family killed and then havin ...more
This thriller places its hero, Nick Stone, a British SAS operative on a deep-cover "deniable operation" assignment in the United States, into a situation that will be very familiar to readers of thriller novels: he's on the run, pursued by both bad guys who want to kill him, and police who want to arrest him for a horrible crime he did not commit. His employer has left him to fend for himself, and his only hope is to catch (or kill) the bad guys himself in order to clear his name.

What's differen
Jim Butler
This is the first book I've read from McNab but I'm sure I'll read more. Similar to the Rogue Warrior series, I like McNab a bit better. McNab is not quite as arrogant, but nevertheless, special forces must grow an in-your-face attitude.
I particularly enjoyed the detailed observations and the reasoning behind the tradecraft actions. What's Nick Stone, the hero, doing looking inside a fire extinguisher? What's he going to make with the kitchen supplies? One always gets a bit more involved when th
Marius van Blerck
Most good espionage thrillers are written by Americans, and this might cause us to forget that the British pretty much invented the genre, with John Buchan, Graham Greene and Ian Fleming among the most prominent pioneers. Andy McNab is now a member of the club. His style might not suit all, being politically incorrect and saturated with profanity. His approach to violence is also overly graphic. McNab has a tight approach to plot, and there is an intelligence that pervades his writing, that will ...more
I would give it 3.5 stars. 3 for the story and that half one for the relationship between Nick and Kelly! It was gripping but became a little lengthy and a bit boring in between. But overall a goodread.
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Nick Stone is part of deniable ops for the British government. This means that if caught, the government will deny any knowledge of Stone and he's on his own. The risk is high but the individuals run very important missions. This story starts in Gibraltar where they are trying to stop the Irish Army from setting off a bomb. The mission is accomplished but despite that, Stone feels like something wasn't right.

Years later, Stone is asked to fly to the USA and follow some PIRA members around to se
Joel Thornton
McNab has done a great job of taking his experience in the SAS in Britain and turniing it into action thrillers chock full of characters who use the skills any good SAS soldier needs.

From beginning to end this a book that will keep you turning the pages, driving to the end.
The Crime Scene Scene
Remote Control is the first novel in the Nick Stone series by author Andy McNab. After a botched operation Nick Stone is reassigned to follow two Irish terrorists to America. As he arrives in Washington he is pulled off the job so decides to visit a DEA friend and his family. When he gets there he finds them dead and their daughter hiding. He sets out to find out what happened with their seven year old daughter in tow.

This is a fiction novel from an author better known for his real life account
Ok I didn't even finish chapter 1. I usually give a book longer to be fair, but there was just nothing worth being fair about. It starts off first person, flips to second person and back. You're inside this guys head and its a dangerous situation, but he thinking such stupid things, mind not fully on the mission and it drove me to quit. I mean seriously, you're on a mission and you're having thoughts about your comrade having no butt to speak of and its why they called him Slack..right, that is ...more
Toni Osborne
Book 1, in the Nick Stone series

Since I am a huge fan of action thrillers I was excited starting another series that promises lots. The Nick Stone Missions are based on the author’s own experiences in the SAS (Special Air Service) and each book follows the character Nick Stone as a paid mercenary after working for the SAS, British Intelligence and an American agency.

“Remote Control” starts on a very slow note and takes time before it picks up the paced and becomes quite fast-paced and captivatin
Remote Control is the first in the series of Andy McNab’s Nick Stone adventures, and I guess the question that was asked back when it was published, was if McNab could cut it as a fiction author. His autobiographical novels, Bravo Two Zero and Immediate Action were massive bestsellers, but retelling events from the field, from his days as an SAS operative was one thing, but fiction is a different kettle of fish altogether. Had McNab run out of stories to tell? The reality was, right from the get ...more
Kay Rollison
I’ve sometimes wondered how publishers choose the endorsements they put on books. Presumably if you like the writer giving the endorsement, you’ll want to read the book they endorse. But I can‘t imagine what the thinking was that resulted in having an endorsement for Michael Robotham’s The Suspect by Andy McNab. Robotham writes psychological thrillers. McNab writes espionage thrillers; he is above all an action man. Their books couldn’t be more different.

Andy McNab is a pseudonym. The writer use
Tak Yip LOW
Remote Control is a great book with a great plot. It is written through the experiences of Andy McNab who is a great action book writer. However this book is being constantly ruined by his use of bad language. The book is basically about a person who discovers that his friend and all of his family have been assassinated by terrorist organisations, and the only person left in this family is a young girl. he then decides to save her but runs into many problems which he normally resolves with viole ...more
Kristina Chalmain
Simply brilliant thriller! "Fast-paced" is an old cliché, almost worn out when it comes to thrillers, but this book really lives up to that description.

I have two minor complaints - first the military jargon, complete with endless acronyms and abbreviations (and not all are supplied in the list at the beginning). The second is the "Boy's Own"-kind of detailed descriptions of how he creates his own tools for everything from breaking in to explosives: I'm not REALLY that interested in the details
Russell Fletcher
"Don't expect to see Andy McNab's photograph on the cover of his first thriller, Remote Control--the former British Special Air Service agent says both the Colombian drug cartel and the Provisional IRA still have contracts out on him." This is the first book in the Nick Stone series. The author has lots of fiction books and two nonfiction books (Bravo Two Zero and Immediate Action). Andy McNab is a pseudonym to keep himself safe. Now that I have the things I wanted to remember, here is what I th ...more
Het is een heel spannend boek, maar ik vind het wel jammer dat er zo veel fouten in deze editie staan. Er staat vaak "met" als er "niet" hoort te staan, en er is gewoon niet goed naar de tekst gekeken. Jammer, maar voor 5,95 kan ik er wel mee leven. Het was leuk om het uit te proberen en als ik de rest van de serie straks heb, dan koop ik wel een betere editie.

Kom maar op met deel 2!
Paul Brandt
This is a rather simple book, telling a romantisized story of the dreadful world of espionage versus the innocent world that we, the readers, live in. The plot itself is valid enough, which cannot be said of the character interactions that reveal a strong resemblance with the balloon texts of comics depicting a fight, e.g., "Ooh", "Aargh" and "Splash". It's fundamentally a good guy versus bad guys story with some classical good-turns-into-evil inclusions, although the writer tries to convince us ...more
Arun Rao
My first time reading this author. Though I liked the character- I just didnt like the plot.Too gruesome and I hate it when little kids are traumatized as in this book.Having little kids myself- I cannot enjoy these kind of storylines. Had to stop withing the first 50 pages
Started reading the ebook and almost gave up during chapter one (too much jargon!).
Glad I switched to the audiobook, because it got pretty good fast, few slightly duller moments, but overall great page turner. Good narrator too.

And dear god is that guy crap with kids!

First time with this author. Once I got into this book, I couldn't put it down. Obviously, the author knows what he is writing about, and the "interview" at the end of the book bears that out.
Those Brits are good at the spy game. Boy howdy!
The first of the Nick Stone series and what a great episode to start them with! Unlike the Jack Reacher books, the stories actually need to be read in order as a lot of the stuff that occurs in one is completed in the next, so be warned! McNab has an interested style of writing. He is very good at explaining with a mindset of someone who's actually done what he is describing and at the same time have the creativity of a fiction novelist.
Pete Carter
Nick Stone is a great character. He gets in scrapes not of his own choosing, having left the SAS - but not allowed to leave. Important you read the Stone books in the correct order to fully appreciate events in his private life.
Tom Schaffner
Really good and exciting. One of the best books I have read.

If you like stories that have action, adventure, then leave you with a surprising twist at the end. I will be reading the next in the series!
Jim Whitefield
Author Andy McNab is ex-SAS and he weaves a detailed knowledge of not just what happens in the covert military world, but often explains exactly how the little things are done and achieved, throughout his masterly work. In this edge-of-your-seat thriller, that ability just adds spice to the gripping storyline. This is a most unusual setting and has a side to it that is enthralling, breath-taking, and at times very worrying, but it would immediately spoil things if revealed. All I can say is that ...more
Mason B
I like this book, the action in it I thought was good . It did slow down for a while when Nick Stone and Kelly were staying in various hotels, but over all kept my attention. I liked the relationship between Nick and Kelly, especially at the end. He wasn't used to looking after kids being just a straight soldier kind of man, but he handled her well and she handled herself well for a seven year old doing odd things that Nick asked her to do.
So overall a solid plot, good characters, good book.
Prawee N.
Gripping suspense but still lack in the areas of narrative, very well put at some parts and quite dragging at some, however, overall it's quite entertaining.
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Andy McNab joined the infantry in 1976 as a boy soldier. In 1984 he was badged as a member of 22 SAS Regiment. He served in B Squadron 22 SAS for ten years and worked on both covert and overt special operations worldwide, including anti-terrorist and anti-drug operations in the Middle and Far East, South and Central America and Northern Ireland.

Trained as a specialist in counter terrorism, prime t
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