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Man On Fire by A.J. Quinnell
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Aug 17, 08

it was amazing

This was the beginning of a sort of obsession. This author wrote Man on Fire with true stories of people he knew and met, with a setting of where he actually lived as the backdrop. It was a book that I loved. A lot of books and movies nowadays don't have the justice that I want to see. But with A.J. Quinnell I got that in all his books. The main character Creasy is a trained killer that is almost hollowed out inside from his many years as a soldier and mercenary. He is a drunk and wants to die, until he meets a wonderful little girl he is hired as a bodyguard to protect. Slowly and methodically she breaks into his shell and he starts to love her as a daughter. He cleans up and begins to finally care again, and he feels she saves his life and possibly his soul. Of course bad things happen and Creasy must retaliate. The thing that amazed me in this book is how great the characters are written. Being that most of them were based on actual people the author knew and events that actually took place, probably helped with that. It was written in the 70's when kidnappings by the Italian mafia were common. And reading about someone with the actual ability and skills to go after them was quite amazing.

I read every "Creasy" book by this author and actually got a response from an e-mail to him before he died a few years ago. I would very much liked to have met him.
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Angie All of the books by this author that you wrote about have interested me. If you have them and are willing to loan them out I would love to read them.

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