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Summary

The new best-seller from the author of Zero Six Bravo.

By 2007 Viktor Bout had become the world's foremost arms dealer. Known as the 'Merchant of Death' he was both "Public Enemy No. 1" to the global intelligence agencies and a ruthless criminal worth around six billion dollars.

For years Bout had eluded capture, meanwhile building up a labyrinthine network of airlines selling weapons to order to dictators, rebels, despots and terror groups worldwide. He was hunted by the CIA, NSA, MI6, as well sought by the United Nations for being their top global sanctions buster. Holed up in Moscow - from where he ran a suite of offices selling anything from AK47s to state-of-the-art helicopter gunships and anti-aircraft missiles - he was shielded by a Russian state that was a partner in his dark dealings. In short, Bout appeared utterly invulnerable and beyond any hope of capture.

Step forward former SAS man Mike Snow. After serving in the Regiment, Snow had worked as a bush pilot in Africa, where he'd got to know Bout well. Via its own secretive, shadow network, Snow was approached by the US DEA, the Drugs Enforcement Agency. The DEA agents had one question for him: was Snow able to get to Viktor Bout?

This is the incredible tale of Operation Relentless, the top-secret mission that Snow and a handful of DEA operatives launched to entrap Viktor Bout - a story that ranges from the steamy jungles of Colombia to the ice-bound streets of Moscow, and from horrific bloodshed and tyranny in the Congo, to a snatch operation like no other. It may read like an implausible thriller, but every word of Operation Relentless is true.

©2017 Damien Lewis (P)2017 WF Howes Ltd

Critic reviews

" The Night Manager meets Narcos." (Saul David)
"To catch this criminal took incredible courage and skill. This is James Bond meets Jason Bourne." (Bear Grylls"

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  • Ben
  • Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
  • 19-05-17

You know what you're getting

If you've read/listened to the excellent Zero Six Bravo and Damien Lewis' books on the special forces during the Second World War, then you know what to expect from his latest offering; an extraordinary story of bravery, fast-paced action and history made not just readable but exciting.

Operation Relentless is very much in the same vein.

Without giving anything away, as the quote on the frontispiece says 'The Night Manager meets Narcos' is pretty apt. If you've ever enjoyed any of Wilbur Smith's works, you can add that to the mix too. The key feature and the most important point of course with most of Lewis' books...is that they're not ficton.

Ben Waddams

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captivating and enlightening

Thoroughly enjoyed this book. the author created a great narrative and paced the details well. I particularly enjoyed the narrator Greg. his pitch, pace and accents made the book even more enjoyable. really good account is a true story. One which in parts had you saying out loud. You couldn't make this up.

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Interesting but it left me with doubts.

I spent hours online checking these details out and I'm not 100% convinced that this isn't an example of entraping a competitor in a dirty business.
The other players in the game are no angels.

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Gripping story, well read.

This was a great story from start to finish.

The accents were a little off at times especially that of the King of Sting who seemed to have a Chinese accent!

However, overall I highly recommend the book.

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interesting.

interesting but quite hard going during some parts. amazing what goes on and this gives a great insight. well performed.

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so so not Mr Lewis's usual standard

not bad

bit hard going at times, kinda boring after a while

narration is ok . ended up feeling a bit sorry for Victor bout typical American double standards sting operation.

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Really interesting story

I was intrigued about this story for a few years. I still remember clearly the time when Raul Reyes, the FARC second in command was killed in Ecuador and the Colombian government find a large number of USBs and laptops loaded with key information about their operations.

Operation Relentless happened just days after the killing of Raul Reyes and multiple news agencies in South and Central America mentioned that this was possible due to the information contained in these laptops.

I really wanted to know the true story behind those events. Great story!

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Good story, painful to listen to.

Book didn't quite live up to the whizzy previews. The narrator used a most annoying intonation and I wondered at times whether the book was being read by a computer.

With the right narrator, this could have been far more enjoyable.

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very very good! I couldn't put it down

awesome book and superbly narrated. I would drive for longer than needed just to get more time to listen

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truly terrible

what an awful book so boring it is mostly technical jargon about flying plans waited 10 chapters for something to happen and got so bored wait I quit

4 of 7 people found this review helpful