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Summary

Holt, a diplomat, and Noah Crane, Israeli master-sniper, plan to walk by night into the dangerous Beqa'a Valley, where capture by the Syrian Army results in torture and death.

It is to find one man: the subject of an act of vengeance by the British, to display their strength in the face of terrorism. But when Holt and Crane are far into the Beqa'a, unrecoverable, their cover is blown....

©1987 B.V. Holland Copyright Corporation (P)2013 W F Howes Ltd

Critic reviews

"Fine writing and an intricate plot so skillfully woven that every development falls believably into place" ( Sunday Times)
"The finest thriller writer in the world today" ( Daily Telegraph)

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Original ! And unexpected

Really enjoyed this story well read and great characters, the relationship of the two men developing with no words, but actions really made it good

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Bad

This was a really dull and predictable story. Very disappointed. The reader wasn't so bad.

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Gripping story from the start

Enjoyed this book, story well told.
Kept me on my edge all the time.
Well red as well.

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Very good with one minor reservation

Generally liked this book a lot. The story moves along at a good pace and the narrator reads it with empathy for the characters and the storyline. Without giving away too much of the ending, the point where Crane is captured seemed rather unbelievable given his care and attention to detail up to that point. I found myself saying "but he just wouldn't have done that, it's not in his nature". It was the only thing that slightly spoiled it for me, otherwise I would have given it 5 stars all round.

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Unrelenting tension

One of Seymour's best.

A word about the narration. Would have been excellent, if listening in a silent room. But I like to listen in the car, and I couldn't hear it a lot of the time. Frequently descends to a whisper.

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Well researched

Would you consider the audio edition of At Close Quarters to be better than the print version?

Print I always, encapsulate books easier, but audible are good for journey's

What did you like best about this story?

the authenticity of the scenario as my heading implies

What about Colin Mace’s performance did you like?

very easy on the ear.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

honour is met by two brave men

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Great read

Gripping story, good narration. Only downside is the unrealistic plot and exaggerated character especially Percy.

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Well balanced, written and read

What made the experience of listening to At Close Quarters the most enjoyable?

The narrator made a real effort.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The assassin

What does Colin Mace bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

A kind of realism as if you were there

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Undoubtedly

Any additional comments?

It was written with a style of a time passed sort of Neville Shute

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A great read

If you could sum up At Close Quarters in three words, what would they be?

I am new to Gerald Seymour novels. This was a book that had me hooked to the end. Looking forward to the next one.

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