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Remote Control (Nick Stone #1)

3.87  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,752 Ratings  ·  107 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
May 06, 2012 Lewis Weinstein rated it really liked it
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
Dec 20, 2008 Graham rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller
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
Aug 20, 2012 Helen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 31, 2008 Bob rated it really liked it
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
Apr 10, 2016 Oscar rated it liked it
The reason I choose to read this book is because my teacher from last year (Mr Knowles) recommended two authors to me, Chris Ryan and Andy McNab. Once I finally got round to reading one of their books I choose Andy McNab and his first book from his first series.

I liked the book as it is high in action the whole way through, with loads of covert operations, violent firefights, non stop suspense and investigation. But I have to be honest and say I found lots of it very hard to understand, includin
Jul 07, 2011 Marc rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 23, 2008 Jim Butler rated it really liked it
Shelves: techno-thrillers
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
May 18, 2009 Marius van Blerck rated it really liked it
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
Jul 29, 2015 Shivani rated it liked it
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.
Pete Marchetto
Dec 23, 2015 Pete Marchetto rated it it was amazing
My first five-star book for a while for a work which, while not in my most favoured genre, pressed all the right buttons and then some for what it is. So much so I actually enjoyed it.

Nick Stone is an agent running out of London. Sent to the USA on the heels of some members of the provisional IRA he is suddenly called off the case. He decides to visit an old friend and erstwhile companion-in-arms, but arrives to find him - and all his family bar one - brutally murdered. The lone survivor, a seve
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Jun 06, 2014 Lauren rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014-read
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
Pierre Tassé
Dec 20, 2014 Pierre Tassé rated it it was ok
I will rate it a 2 out of 5. I think the writing could be better and the ending...well, it seems as if he had to finish it to get on with another job...disjointed and did not develop the characters well enough...on the other hand he went into great detail on items that were cursory and not impacting the story...some waste of space.
Joel Thornton
May 03, 2008 Joel Thornton rated it it was amazing
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
Dave Fordice
Jul 10, 2014 Dave Fordice rated it it was ok
Hands down the slowest suspense novel I've ever read. Way too much detail in between action scenes.
Mar 24, 2014 Brenda rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
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
Apr 10, 2016 Terry rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This is an absolute gem of a book. A first class thriller with superb and on point pacing. A lot really comes down to the no-nonsense approach of the author. At first you might want to compare Nick Stone to Jason Bourne, Jack Reacher, or James Bond, but thanks to the auhors SAS background you get the sense that this is the real thing.

Nick Stone is ex-SAS. Ex-Army, posted in Northen Ireland during the closing days of The Troubles in the early 90's. After an off-the-radar operation in Gibraltar he
I'm going to round this up to 3 stars. Enjoyment wise, it'd probably be a 2. For various reasons, this just did work for me so much. I liked Nick Stone, seemed like a character I could get behind and enjoy reading about. There was nothing wrong with him, really. Just your average action hero, basically. While I didn't like the fact that he put the girl's life in danger and subjected her to further traumatization a few times, I understood that he had hard decisions to make and little options. So, ...more
Apr 26, 2016 Dipanjan rated it really liked it
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"Remote Control" was my first experience of Mr. Andy McNab as an author, where he introduces Nick Stone. I picked it up because I liked the synopsis. It promised a fast read. My instinct told me it was going to be a thrill read. In a few pages, the pace kicked in like an aphrodisiac, and there was no looking back. You flowed in with the headiness of the plot.

The writing is lucid and it does give some practical insights into covert operations and the mind of a professional. The small things they
Toni Osborne
Sep 03, 2013 Toni Osborne rated it liked it
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
Sep 17, 2012 James rated it really liked it
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
Jun 03, 2011 Kay Rollison rated it liked it
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
Jan 22, 2011 Tak Yip LOW rated it liked it
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
Jan 25, 2016 Kelanth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action-thriller
"Controllo a distanza", in originale "Remote Control" è un romanzo di azione/spionistico di Andy McNab, che è uno scrittore e militare britannico, pseudonimo dietro il quale si nasconde un ex-sergente dello Special Air Service (i corpi speciali dell'esercito britannico), noto al grande pubblico come autore di romanzi di spionaggio. Questo romanzo è del 1997, e fa appunto parte della serie "Nick Stone": in particolare questo è il primo romanzo della serie.

L'autore è anche un saggista e nei suoi r
Kristina Chalmain
Nov 07, 2013 Kristina Chalmain rated it really liked it
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
dennis barron
Feb 03, 2016 dennis barron rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Remote control. Andy McNab

A fantastic action, mystery thriller! Nick Stone, ex SAS, now does covert work for SIS (M16). He accidentally comes upon a horrific crime scene. One of his best friends, also ex SAS,now working for the US DEA, is murdered, along with his wife and young son. Only his seven year old daughter has survived by hiding. Nick finds her and the story unfolds. Betrayal and deceit at the highest level. Fantastic read!
Mar 19, 2014 Sonja rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Feb 05, 2016 Claire rated it it was amazing
First book in the series. Loved the character of Nick Stone, will definitely be reading the other books in this series. If you have put this down after the first few chapters you need to try again because once this story gets going it is fast paced all action and I honestly think you would be missing out if you do not make it to the end. Loved it, great writer.
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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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