CRIMINAL TURNED SOLDIER - NOW HE MUST STOP A WAR ON LONDON'S STREETS.
London gang member Sean Harker is down on his luck. After a car heist gone wrong, he finds himself in a young offender's institution . . . aged only 16.
Locked up and afraid, a horrifying incident convinces Sean to turn his life around. It's hard, gruelling work in the army cadet force, but it's a chance f...more
*Full disclosure - I wrote this review a while ago and forgot to post it*
Due to the more adult themes and language used I'm going to label Street Soldier as mature YA.
Teenage gangs are a big problem in England. London definitely has a lot of gang related crime, so it wasn't difficult to imagine the scenarios Sean ends up in happening outside of the book. The story is about Sean's crimes and the long lasting consequences.
We see his life in the gang, in a young offenders institution and as a soli ...more
This is my first foray into the literary world of Andy McNab and I enjoyed it.
A decent central narrative set against the backdrop of a military world. Sean is a Young Offender and gets himself embroiled in military life after meeting Phil Adams who introduces Sean to a new government initiative - an army cadet force in Young Offenders Institutes. This experi ...more
I was given a copy of the book in return for an honest review.
I had a hard job deciding what rating to give this. I was in a more generous mood last night when I gave it 4 stars last night. Truthfully it is more like 3.5 stars and I rounded up, another time I might ...more
I did feel there was more to be told as the ending seemed a little rushed and slightly improbable.
I hadn't read any Andy McNab before and did find some of the writing would have seen a lot of red pen from my own editors. It may have been the audience this was aimed at, which seemed to be young adult, or it may have been the result of being a famous autho ...more
Sean Harker, the protagonist here is a seventeen-year old boy, who has this penchant to get into trouble and fall headlong into all the possible traps. Starting with growing up in a rough neighbourhood and thus, being a part of gang that specializes in 'nicking' cars for a living. His latest heist goes ...more
Sean is a sixteen year old whose passion is cars and motobikes. He steals them for a living! He lives with his mother and his only other family is his gang.
When Sean and two of his mates and gang members are on a stake out for their next heist, something goes wrong. He does the honourable thing and draws attention to himself to giv ...more
As a fan of the Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz I was hoping that this book was kind of similar. It’s not, that you can really compare the stories yet I found some similarities and familiar elements and that made me really glad that I got to read this book.
I first ...more
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The story’s vivid imagery draws the reader into the world of London’s street gangs. Sean Harker has many commendable qualities, despite his criminal intentions and is an easy anti- hero to identify with, whatever your age but particularly for the intended late teen, young adult audience.
This is a hard-hitting story. The reality of Sean’s life as a ga ...more
Sean Harker steals cars and causes trouble, until a heist that goes wrong lands him in prison. When he witnesses events he'd rather forget, he's convinced to enlist in the army, and trouble suddenly involves friends, enemies, bombs, and terrorists...
The pace of this book was furious, the action authentic and well-written, and the message a good one. The protagonist was a loveable and charismatic boy with a large dose of na ...more
Sean Harker is a thief who steals cars and motorbikes for a living. But he gets caught and ends up in the Young Offender Institution, which is a British prison. One day, he is recruited for the Army and which he accepts. From the time Sean joins the army, there is a build-up of suspense and a lot of action.
Overall a good read.
" It was dead good. I love his books. I love the characters and the story and I will give this to my mates to read cos it was dead good!" ...more
Trained as a specialist in counter terrorism, prime t ...more