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Crossfire (Nick Stone #10)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  1,165 Ratings  ·  45 Reviews
Bodyguarding a TV crew on the streets of war-torn Basra, ex-deniable operator Nick Stone seems certain to die when insurgent gunmen attack. Only the reporter's swift action saves his life.

When the reporter vanishes within hours, presumed kidnapped, Stone is asked by the Intelligence Service to find him. The trail leads from Iraq to London, Dublin, and ultimately Kabul - th
Paperback, 560 pages
Published June 2nd 2008 by Corgi (first published 2007)
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Hilmi Isa
Apr 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ini adalah ulasan buku dwi-bahasa/This is a bilingual book review

Nick Stone ditugaskan untuk melindungi Dom,seorang wartawan berita TV dan jurukameranya,yang bernama Pete di Basra,Iraq. Di dalam suatu peristiwa,Nick terhutang budi dengan Pete yang menyelamatkan nyawanya. Namun,dia terkejut apabila mendapat tahu bahawa Pete telah mati dibunuh. Tambah merumitkan keadaan,Dom telah menghilangkan diri.
Nick berazam untuk menjejaki Dom untuk mengetahui punca sebenar kematian Pete. Secara kebetulan,
Lucas J
Apr 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2010
Its a brilliant book!!! The main character is called Nick Stone and has to look after a TV crew in Iraq. The filmer is called Pete and the reporter is called Dom (Drac). Nick gets shot in a battle in a city after being shot in the arm. When he gets out of hospital he finds out that Pete had died and Dom has gone missing. Nick goes back to London and is sent by the MI6 to find Dom. He goes to Petes wife to find information and then to Dublin to talk to Doms wife. Later he knows that Doms wife is ...more
Tim Corke
Apr 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: war-military, fiction
Wow! I feel as though I've just spent the last few hours rummaging around in the hot and dusty backstreets of Kabul with Nick Stone rescuing a renowned TV presenter who got himself involved with some rather shady characters.

McNab's first hand military experience has certainly paid off to bring his very different literary world to life to avid readers around the world. I think I've read 300 pages in a couple of hours forgetting dinner, the bright sunny weather and numerous phone calls and am com
Feb 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I picked this book up in a charity shop, thinking how I had enjoyed the series Strike Back on TV, I am so glad I did. I have no idea how authentic the details are, but I really enjoyed the story. I was gripped pretty early on and enjoyed the ride that much, it was over before I knew it. Will definitely be looking to read more...
Daniel Goh
Dec 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The author being a former operator himself; this is as close as it gets to the real thing. Somehow I have a strong feeling this book is a fictionalized account of something that really took place and the author replaced the names for anonymity. A real good read with a healthy dose of sarcastic British humour.
Ralph Halse
Jun 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
McNab is an excellent writer whose efforts to deliverance enjoyable product are most appreciated, particularly impressive is his attention to detail along with a sense of reality tied to a work of fiction.
Kieran Delaney
Jan 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book is excellent - from a gritty uncomplicated lead who is well rounded and extremely well written to a multinational setting the story veers wildly from twist to turn.

It may be thriller by numbers, but it's written so well it's head and shoulders above the rest.

Tom Fletcher
Aug 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This was my first Andy McNab book. I loved the way he paired fiction and fact, with a lot of action and excitement included. One of my favourite books I have ever read, exciting and completely different from any of his other Nick Stone books. Brilliant!
Paul Callender
Dec 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For me this is the best book of the Nick Stone series. Constant action so much detail I felt like I was right there!
Jim Whitefield
Aug 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Another great read in the Nick Stone series. Couldn't put it down. Andy McNab always seems to be at his best and never disappoints.
Jul 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the better ones in the Nick Stone series, a really good read.
Mar 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Crossfire is a very entertaining book which shows how a group of solders are being changed from active duty to semi active duty by protecting a camera crew in a very hostile world.
Dec 11, 2016 rated it it was ok
As far as Nick Stone books go I found this one on the disappointing side.

The first few chapters in Basra really dragged, with almost impenetrable amounts of army jargon and acronyms, and ultimately no real bearing on the story. Only one thing happened necessary to set up the rest of the book and that could have been handled in a prologue of a couple of pages not several chapters. Although this sounds terrible to say it felt a bit like they were only there to justify the book's dedication to real
Rupert Matthews
Jan 03, 2017 rated it liked it
I did not enjoy this book as much as others by McNab. Don't get me wrong it is a good advanture tale with lots of action and adventure, plus a strong dose of background information about Afghanistan, the military and such like. All the realistic details you could hope for. However, the story line was, I think, a bit weak and contrived. Nevertheless, a good undemanding read.
Jamie Spiller
May 27, 2013 rated it did not like it
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Oct 05, 2013 rated it it was ok
It's important to note that living as an expatriate without easy or cheap access to books in my own language, many of the books I've read in recent years I've done so only because they were all I get my hands on, they just came my way, and were tolerable. This is one such. I'd never dream of buying it, and I don't think I'd bother reading another by this author unless there really was nothing else handy.
'Crossfire' was okay to simply pass the time with in preference to watching paint dry, but sh
Big Shell
Aug 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
In my entire life, I can think of another series that draws me in like the Nick Stone series - the manga series Black Lagoon. Utterly bizarre comparison on the surface, but coming down to it, they both just clicked the right part in my brain in terms of just how willing the writers are at doing their research, and how well they understand how people work.

The thing about the Nick Stone series is the bleak genuineness that comes with it. It's the honesty that everyone are thinking but few would a
Nov 28, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: favorites
This was a difficult book to rate. The first 400 pages were firmly in the 2-star territory of being slow, plodding, and seemingly going nowhere. However, the last 150 pages were high octane fast paced page turning 5-star action. Ultimately the slow build up back story of our hapless hero Nick Stone plodding around Kabul looking for his man was needed to properly set up for the gripping conclusion.

For Nick Stone fans this is the book we've all been waiting for. Not wanting to give to much away or
Jay Andress
Sep 06, 2012 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this more than the other Nick Stone novels I've read.

The action is of course grubbily authentic; it's far more Jack Reacher than Janes Bond. McNab is happy for his protagonist to be rolling around biting and scraping for his life because he believes that this is closer to the reality of low intensity asymmetrical warfare.

Nick Stone has an interesting, if relentlessly sardonic, view of the world. Sometimes this feels unpleasant (referring to Afghan women in blue burqas as 'pepper pots
Feb 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
un McNab al di sotto del livello del bel libro precedente. Qua dopo 100 pagine ancora non capivo la situazione, chi erano i personaggi, perchè erano là e cosa facevano.
Dopo l'azione prende il sopravvento, ma c'è una cosa che comincio a odiare di McNab, nonostante sia il mio autore d'azione preferito:
SEGUE SPOILER, non leggete se odiate le anticipazioni
fa sempre morire i personaggi simpatici e i suoi amici! Dopo qualche libro, BASTA!!!!! Qua l'ha liquidato troppo velocemente però.
A.E. Shaw
Oct 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012

Fifteen years ago I fell in love with Andy McNab's writing, and I lapped up the first five of the Nick Stone books with great glee. However, the end of one of them really bothered me, and I lost all interest in continuing. I picked up another a couple of years ago, and it didn't do much for me. So it wasn't with much hope that I picked this up in the holiday cottage, but the moment I began it I felt like I did to start with about McNab's writing - it's okay, here's someone who really, really kno
Kristina Chalmain
Aug 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
McNab is my absolute favourite thriller writer (even better than Lee Child!) so of course I had to get this book as well, the 10th installment of the Nick Stone series. The start was rocky - I thought at first that McNab now has lost his touch and churning out so many books has taken a toll on the quality. But after a while, the book picks up a terrific pace, when Stone sets out on a quest to find whoever killed one of the journalists he was tasked to protect in Iraq, and locate the other journa ...more
Brian Doherty
Apr 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This Nick Stone novel brings to an end one of his ongoing story lines, and it's immensely satisfying to read through. I had read this several years ago but just read it again and the significance of said storyline was lost on me the first time. Love this book.

The actual main plot of this book however is a nice twist on the usual stuff Mr. Stone gets himself into. If you've read any other books in this series you already know what I mean. If you haven't, then what are you waiting for?

Well worth
Mar 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books-read
I really liked this book and for me it was the best of the Nick Stone series I have read so far.

Some of the other reviewers have commented on the fact that the author uses a lot of acronyms and I have to admit they do take a lot of getting used to. Having read quite a few books by McNab I'm now used to them so they don't slow down the story or cause me to falter whilst reading. Perhaps that's why I enjoyed this book more than some of the others. In any case it was a good story and well told. I w
Richard Howard
May 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
Nick is on a job protecting a reporter and his camera guy, only to be rescued by the camera guy. When the camera guy gets killed and the reporter goes missing nick sets off to find them. After nearly clashing with the Taliban, being water-boarded, and kicking some IRA ass, Nick finally gets to give the good news to "the yes man" (and trainers and sundance).

Enjoyable not thought required reading.
Chris Harrison
I like McNabs books but found this hard work, way too many acronyms (a glossary at the start would have helped) and the 1st 100 pages I couldn't get a grip on who was who and what each person was supposed to be doing. I then got into it and lost it again as it jumped about. The book definitely improves the further it goes on but the start spoilt it for me, the worst book of McNabs that I have read so far.
Feb 27, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Another book in the "Nick Stone" series, this one focussing on Afghanistan. The structure of the book will be familiar to McNab readers - some specops mission in the past, new dubious mission in the present, protagonists friends get killed, protagonist gets shit beaten out of him, somehow gets out of it all and is still in as sorry a state at the end as he was at the start.

The details of specops techniques and tactics are great as always, a jolly good read! :)
Jan 05, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mcnab
It took me quite a while to get into this story, as there was much violence in the beginning and I couldn't understand why it had to start with so much violence. It didn't make sense really.
However, the further you get you understand why the book had to start this way and I got to like the story. In the end it gets really exciting and I'm glad I read it.
Mevlit Suleyman
Jan 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Just finished book!!!! And if you have ever been interested in knowing or feeling what being in Kabul (Afghanistan) is like I would highly recommend this book! But this happens to be Stone's 10th outing, so starting at the beginning would not be a bad start!!!!! Enjoy
Feb 01, 2016 rated it it was ok
Can’t say I really enjoyed this novel, McNab’s style is a little different, he speaks from

experience but I found the book very boring and repetitive. A lot of his scenes were

unnecessary and poorly written. Not worth reading another.
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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.

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