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Red Strike

A Strikeback Novel, Book 4
Narrated by: Barnaby Edwards
Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
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Summary

Book 4 in the best-selling Strikeback series by SAS hero Chris Ryan.  

A former Russian spy, living in hiding in Malta, goes on the run after an attempt on his life. He's been targeted because of what he knows about chemical weapons and the poisoning of an exiled oligarch who cut a deal with MI6, but he's actually got information about a planned Russian invasion.   

Now he's gone to ground, and MI6 want to get hold of him before the Russians do. When a retired general learns about the op he reports back to his Russian paymasters. The former spy must be killed before he spills his guts to MI6. The General has an ex-SAS member on his team who is blackmailed into executing the Russian spy once they find him. But the operation goes wrong, and series hero John Porter escapes with the spy. John Bald and the ex-SAS villain must work together to track them down before it's too late and expose the General before it's too late and Russia reconquers the Baltic states.... 

©2019 Chris Ryan (P)2019 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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Worth a read but...

Probably a 5 star book but compared to his other books it’s a 4star read. Enjoyable, but not his best. Saying that I will read the next one as soon as it comes out.

There was a few times it seemed like he was trying to meet a word count for the day, for example instead of saying grabbed a breakfast in the hotel he goes into painful detail about every item in the plate, irrelevant to the story.

Also feels like there is paid branding in the book, goretex gets an unreasonable and uncomfortable amount of mentions. Which for me, took me out of the story and had me Googling if it was a declared sponsorship deal.

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weakest of the series

liked the previous books in the series, but this was the worst by far. A lot less action and it seems the author may be a closet liberal. Thinly valed characters based on Donald Trump and Nigel Farage who are the bad guys. Not worth a book credit.

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A bit PC but plenty of action.

The author's right-on politics grate - there's an extensive swipe at Farrage (Landsbury) and anyone remotely right-wing - but the action is good and it's fairly well written. The denouement is somewhat predictable.

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Based on real live !!!

We the outline of the story is anyway. Salisbury, Ex Spy, Nerve Agent.
All the things of fiction that turned into fact.
A very good twist on the real story. Insider knowledge or just very good elaborating on the known facts.