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Jericho's War

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  305 Ratings  ·  27 Reviews

'He now writes better endings than anyone else, and the extended finale is particularly brilliantly orchestrated.' The Sunday Times, Thriller of the Month

In a moment of nerve shredding suspense that will affect many thousands of lives, a handful of men and women will converge on a barren stretch of Yemeni desert. Each of them will need spirit, courage and immense luck

Kindle Edition, 480 pages
Published January 5th 2017 by Hodder & Stoughton
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Jan 17, 2017 rated it did not like it
Unfortunately a bit of a "fizzer" this one, offered nothing new for the genre. The author used to be an auto buy for me because I loved his earlier work. There were issues with plot development and the characters just felt flat, not a great deal of character development. There was a lot of repetition on offer here plot wise and with the characters themselves. The early part of the novel was confusing and took ages to develop I felt that I'd read this novel before. On the positive side I did like ...more
Rodrigo Acuna
Jan 12, 2017 rated it did not like it
"Boredom slays more of existence than war."

This book had all the boredom of war and none of the excitement, I persevered in hope of a twist or a sign of life that was believable, every character is an automaton complaining about other automatons the only believable character was the drone, but if I hear one more time how lovingly one must clean its lenses I will scream.

The entire book is full of repetition in case you forget the simple plot or the simple shallow characters, I counted four refer
Tony Nielsen
Feb 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
You'll need to strap yourself in tightly to your seat-belt for Gerald Seymour's "Jericho's War". This is high octane nail biting action, brutal and unforgiving.Corrie Rankin is still recovering both mentally and physically from his escape from capture in Syria. During his period in the custody of local hardmen he was treated with disdain, along with three others, all of them supposedly Aid workers whose financial value to their captors was the driving force as to whether they survived or not. As ...more
Sid Nuncius
Jan 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Gerald Seymour is a genuinely great thriller writer with a body of excellent books behind him. Jericho's War, but it isn't one of his best.

This is classic Seymour territory – a whisper of two High Value Targets in villages in Yemen and a small team assembled slightly on the hop to go in and assassinate them. We get the histories of the three-man team, the tensions between them and the slow, meticulous details and playing out of the operation. Indeed, it's such classic Seymour territory that if y
May 13, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, thriller
A smart thriller. British secret service, intent on a little glory hunting, lie in wait for two key terrorists in Yemen. As the planned assassination unfolds the tension Rachel’s higher and higher as does the cynicism. Very smart very good.
Jan 21, 2018 rated it did not like it
A real page turner, I kept turning them hoping to get to the end as quickly as possible it was so boring and predictable. If this was movie it would be cut to twenty minutes. Yawn fest.
Jay Dwight
Jan 22, 2017 rated it liked it
A solid but not spectacular read. Generally a fan of Mr Seymour's works but earlier reads were better quality. Lovers of this genre should still enjoy the story.
Peter Greenhalgh
Jan 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
Not his best...
Philip Higgins
May 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Classic Seymour: a loner agent is sent into bandit country to foil a terrorist plot. In this case our damaged hero is Corrie Rankin, an SIS operative - a 'sixer' - still recovering from a mission to Syria. He's dispatched to the Yemen with a sniper & his spotter to stop the Islamists using a human bomb to down an airliner.

This is one of the author's best recent books with echoes of previous works such as "Holding The Zero" & "The Unknown Soldier". It's a slow fuse with a lots of prolong
Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
I read quite a few of Gerald Seymour's books when I was a teenager, and remember enjoying them. I'm not sure whether it's me getting older or the author, but this was disappointing and certainly not a patch on my memories of Harry's Game and At Close Quarters. The dialogue is so formulaic and completely unbelievable - no-one talks like that! I also found the descriptions of the action really difficult to follow, it just wasn't clear how locations linked together.
Don't think I'll be trying any o
Karen Ross
May 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was something of a difficult read, and I considered bailing out after the first few chapters. But I persevered and glad I did. Seymour writes in a kind-of old fashioned way (restating a character's story goal over and over and OVER) and that can be tedious. Also, his characters seem mostly devoid of real, proper, honest-to-goodness FEELINGS. But anyway, the whole knitted together in a hugely competent way . . . six out of ten, plus an extra star purely for the description towards the end of ...more
Alex Rogers
May 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
This was somewhere between being enjoyable and being just okay. I like the subject matter, the story is interesting enough, but the character development is ordinary and I never identified with any of them really. The pace felt pretty slow, without having the depth and nuance of the real masters of this art (eg Le Carre, Green) nor the readability and excitement of the more commercial (de Mille etc). Seymour is being touted as "the new xxx") for all of these writers, but I'm not convinced.
Tony Whipp
Jan 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Hugely immersive telling of a story that has an awful ring of, if not truth, at least plausibility. True, it's not fast-moving. But the carefully paced parallel threads that bring the various elements to their final meetings and conclusions are each well told and move along in concert. The ending does not really tell us how the story ends for each of the very credible characters - but we can surely each give our own reading a conclusion that matches our reading...
Dean Robinson
Dec 24, 2017 rated it liked it
a masterly rendition with tons of believable details about the characters and the military action. the ending was gripping and i liked to be let into the frame of mind of the main individuals. i wasn't so keen of the very frequent flash back sequences which interrupted the flow so i confess to 'jump' reading a few sections. but it was worth persevering because i definitely got invested in the outcome.
Nigel Walker
May 26, 2018 rated it liked it
A decent read if a little long winded at times. The love element is hardly necessary here for instance. It feels as though Seymour is trying to be a little Le Carre here...but he fails if he is as the antagonists are not really that interesting and the infighting almost coincidental. Nonetheless it kept me going and overall I would say I enjoyed it, even when I became a little impatient for it to move along at a greater pace.
Christine Lapping
May 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
Needed a good editor to hack this fundamentally interesting story into a riveting read. Having read and enjoyed many Gerald Seymour books I found this sadly wanting. There was so much repetition and the characters were so 2 dimensional and mere ciphers that having read to half way, then skipped to the last couple of chapters.
Oct 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: spy
FIrst one of I've read by Seymour and I enjoyed it, but it was just too long, far too long. Too much unnecessary detail that actually slowed down the action and interest rather than made it exciting. Our hero Corrie was very dour. But I will look out for others by the author.
kennedy rath
May 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Gritty portrayal of reality of war

British boots on ISIS territory, MI6 shoestring against US Drone warfare. Subterfuge, double agents, radicalised jihadists. Brilliant and surprise ending.
Jul 10, 2017 rated it really liked it

Excellent story the experience of story telling by Gerald Seymour is still top of my list six lives intertwined was brilliant and a nice ending
Jul 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Hard work!
Victor Borgeest
Sep 02, 2017 rated it liked it
David Sacof
May 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing

because it was a jolly good read. Dragged a bit in places Magnificently descriptive, I was Far East never M.E. but the sheer foreign-ness is well got across
Rob Pearson
Feb 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Gripping - builds right to the end

Very plausible story given the middle east situation nowadays - all the characters so well described and completed - the story itself at times had me holding my breath...
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Apr 29, 2017 rated it it was ok
I was disappointed with this novel considering I usually enjoy the work of Gerald Seymour.
I felt that the concept for the story was interesting however it never got off the ground.It was drawn out and repetitive.May have been a good story if the author had condensed it and kept a level of excitement hanging in the background.Wouldn't recommend.
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Gerald Seymour (born 25 November 1941 in Guildford, Surrey) is a British writer.

The son of two literary figures, he was educated at Kelly College at Tavistock in Devon and took a BA Hons degree in Modern History at University College London. Initially a journalist, he joined ITN in 1963, covering such topics as the Great Train Robbery, Vietnam, Ireland, the Munich Olympics massacre, Germany's Red
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