I chose this book at my local library, after having seen it on sale at a supermarket. It's written in a style rather similar to that of Andy McNab. II chose this book at my local library, after having seen it on sale at a supermarket. It's written in a style rather similar to that of Andy McNab. I know McNab's writing style is not really considered one of the literary greats, but it does what it does well: it makes a fast-paced book with an enjoyable story.
Ross Kemp does a good job of following the same style with his 2011 novel, 'Devil to Pay'. The story follows an ex-soldier who is trying to find out why an army buddy committed suicide despite having a wife and kids, and living a rather normal life. The protagonist's name is Nick Kane, which is again similar to the protagonist in many of McNab's novels, who is named Nick Stone. Look past this, however, and there is a genuinely exciting plot awaiting.
While the book's blurb does not go into much detail on the locations, it shifts from London to Afghanistan, and pits the protagonist characters in a struggle between the Taliban and private security companies acting in the area. Suffice to say, Kemp nails the British gang culture perfectly during a scene with an attempted mugging early in the story. His ability to describe a situation like this is unsurprising due to his work on gangs.
It takes some time to get into the actual action of the story but for the most part the book moves very quickly, and makes for an enjoyable summer read. It might not be an incredibly thought-provoking story but the facts presented at the conclusion are actually very interesting.
I had only one problem with the book during my time reading it; the number of little errors I saw throughout. They were relatively minor but for some reason I picked up on them with this one book in particular. Maybe all books have the same number of errors but I only ever have picked up on them so regularly in this one book. Regardless it is a good read....more
This book proved interesting to read, mainly due to the fact that I had heard very little about Aribert Heim or his actions at the Mauthausen-Gusen coThis book proved interesting to read, mainly due to the fact that I had heard very little about Aribert Heim or his actions at the Mauthausen-Gusen concentration camp. Despite saying this, I found the book to be surprisingly disappointing with how it managed to handle the story it told. I chose to use the term 'story', as I doubted the accuracy of what I read. At times, it felt the story was not progressing anywhere, almost as if the author was trying to extend the overall length of the book. At times, it felt as if it was going around in circles, with Danny Baz painting a tale more of the painstaking work that would go into hunting down a target such as Aribert Heim.
It made an entertaining read, even if it did not make for a historically believable one. If it was prove to be historically accurate, I could see myself enjoying the read more. I prefer books that are marketed as historically accurate to actually be historically accurate, rather than a tale about how an assassination could have happened....more
The Set-Up is the debut novel of Felix Riley, and I'm giving it five stars. I really enjoyed the concept behind it. Unlike the stereotypical 'PresidenThe Set-Up is the debut novel of Felix Riley, and I'm giving it five stars. I really enjoyed the concept behind it. Unlike the stereotypical 'President in danger' plots, The Set-Up merely uses the presidential visit as a backdrop for the corrupted and twisted world of Wall Street. The story immediately turns you against one of the primary antagonists, and it progresses well. At no point did I feel the story was rushed or moving too slowly; everything in the story moved at a suitable pace.
The Set-Up uses the world of finance and the stock market as a primary part of its plot. When I first realised this I was skeptical that such an element would suit the book. I was proved wrong when I discovered I was interested in how Wall Street tied in with the plot. I won't give a spoiler, but I will say that it ties in extremely well towards the later part of the novel, when the story really picks up.
Considering that The Set-Up is Felix Riley's first publication, I am very impressed with it! It might not have had the same impact, had it not been a first book. Should Riley's future writings be of the same quality, I can see him becoming an extremely popular author. A must-read, if you enjoy action novels....more
"The Right Kind of War" is a rare type of book, with characters you feel connected with right from the start. Initially I was uncertain if I would enj"The Right Kind of War" is a rare type of book, with characters you feel connected with right from the start. Initially I was uncertain if I would enjoy the story, since it didn't seem to be heavily based on the actual war. I decided to buy it anyway (it was 99p!), and it was a great way to spend the change I had in my pocket.
The story follows a group of soldiers through WWII, and deals with the stress of losing allies and buddies during the war. The title is derived from an interesting conversation that takes place during the course of the story. I won't spoil the conversation, but safe to say, it is a good reflection of the mindset within the army. The protagonist's full name is never given, and he is known only as Private Moe. In this sense it manages to make the characters around him feel more human, since Moe is not reflected upon much. McCormick has written a powerful novel, and I believe his writing style is part of the reason for that. Each scene seems to play out exactly as planned, with the story having a powerful effect in different places.
Something that does have to be mentioned, though, is the fact that McCormick manages to give some entertaining lines, reminding readers that even in the worst moments of the war, people still found a way to have some fun with the lives they lead, understanding they could be cut short at any moment. There is one line in particular which had me laughing for a few minutes because of how cold it sounded, but also how fitting it was. The line comes during the early part of the story, relating to the Marine Raiders' training, and it involves the correct method of stabbing an enemy soldier.
For McCormick to have drawn upon his experiences in WWII, the novel feels accurate to the events it tried to describe, and the ending has to be noted as one of the finest I've read in a World War II novel. It is meaningful, without feeling overly done, and it gives a fitting conclusion. All in all, I'd consider The Right Kind of War something worth reading. ...more