Islamic State is here, all around us. There is no defence. Only attack.
On the Syria/Iraq border, a British hostage is beheaded by IS terrorists. When the executioner breaks down, he is led into a nearby tent, where a masked figure is waiting for him. This mysterious person is treated with a mixture of respect and terror. They call him the Caliph.
In Nigeria the British Ambassador and his young aide are kidnapped. A four-person SAS team is deployed to find him. The team includes Danny Black and Caitlin Wallace - an expert on West Africa. In Nigeria the team find devastation, and when they discover prisoners infected with the plague they realise they have uncovered a combined Boko Harem/IS plot to unleash a bio-terrorist attack.
The team must stop the terrorists and identify the Caliph before the deadly disease is released much closer to home.
©2015 Chris Ryan (P)2015 Hodder & Stoughton
Forget female Scandi cops. Give me a red-blooded thriller with a moral core any day.
'High-adrenaline' is an over-used phrase when it comes to special forces novels, but in this case it is more than justified. I was pacing around the house biting my finger nails as I listened to the climax of Hellfire. I don't want to spoil it for you, but suffice to say there is plenty of cool action, great locations, unexpected twists and enjoyable friction between characters - just as we've come to expect from the Danny Black series.
No editor touched this book, repetitions, mistakes; arrive on a motorbike and leave in a car. The there is the breathy lip smacking narration. Awful, just awful. Needn't have been either. Such a mistake in such an amateurish way.
No one writes better thrillers than Chris Ryan. Brilliant from start to finish.
This has to be one of his best SAS books yet. 5 star.
Action, Action, Action
I didn't know what to expect, but I was totally hooked when I started listening to this book.
I loved it, I just couldn't stop listening. This should made into a movie. I actually missed my stop on the train cause I was so engaged... I will be listening to it again very soon.
Good book and an entertaining listen. Not sure how much Chris Ryan has to do with his books as the SBS would have approached the rig via water and breached that way rather than fly into a very hit LZ under fire. Plus of course special forces soldiers while special are not inhuman and with broken ribs and a smashed face are as fragile as the rest of us.
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