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Summary

Jeremy Summers, a British banker with a secret that could reveal MI6 intelligence sources involved in the war against drug-funded terrorism, has been seized at gunpoint, in broad daylight, on the streets of west London. An old contact, Raglan - an Englishman who served in the French Foreign Legion - is on his trail.

Raglan's pursuit will lead him to the winter-ravaged wasteland of a remote Russian penal colony. A place that holds Russia's most brutal murderers. A place of death and retribution. How will he get in? More importantly, how will he get out...alive?

©2020 David Gilman (P)2020 Head of Zeus

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Brilliantly written book, and well narrated.

Where to start with this exhilarating story, the Englishman is a strong, well rounded character. He is more savvy, tougher and not at all showy. The Englishman is a no nonsense man, he is a conpelling character, not afraid to show a soft side and loyalty is his watch word. The supporting cast were all fantastic too, the enigmatic secret service operatives, the loving family he fights to help and the vile enemy he chases down... each and every one is created with great care to make this a truly awesome book.
David Gilman doesn't hold back with the action from the first page to the last... the story is told at an exciting pace, and it delivers. From the deserts of North Africa to the streets of London, and it felt like I was with him all the way, and loved every mile.
And then when you think it can't get any better, the story goes up another level and your anticipation increases... The Englishman will have you on the edge of your seat, holding your breath and cheering for the hero.
Gilman is one of the best Historical Fiction writers around, and with this book he's thrown his hat into the ring to be recognised as one of the best thriller/adventure writers too.
I cannot recommend this book highly enough.

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Raglan; a new series?

I wasn't too sure what to expect of this to begin with as a lot of books in this genre turn out to be formulaic and predictable ( I still listen to them though...), however, this was a breath of fresh air, albeit based on familiar territory. The story moves along at just the right kind of pace, with enough twists and turns in the plot to keep the listeners interest all the way through. The hero of the piece, Raglan is well written and is not the usual ex-SAS/SBS stereotype, but still a very tough character indeed.
The narration was excellent too, well paced and phrased, with only, I thought, a couple of 'over-pronounced' Russian words here and there, but not enough to spoil the listen. Well done David Gilman and Matt Addis.

Could this be the first in a series of 'Raglan' novels? I do hope so.

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very enjoyable

very good story, plot moved along nicely and very well read ,one more good book by the author am looking forward to the next

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Excellent

I have listened to hundreds of audio books and the Gilman, Addis combo is up there with the best. Thoroughly enjoyed the Master of War series which was my previous apex listening. This is a step up and I hope this will be a start of a long series.

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loved it

a solid story from start to finish and most importantly, well performed. I recommend this audiobook.

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A really interesting yarn...

...enjoyed the characters and the story, listened in large swathes which is always a good sign. Another find author to add to my list!

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TOO LONG

ENJOYED AUDIOBOOK BUT TOO DRAWN OUT COULD HAVE BEEN REDUCED BY ONE THIRD. GOOD STORY THOUGH

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Great story, just maybe need one or two unforeseen twists

I will listen to further books in this series and by the author, but hope that the filling stories have a little more depth and twists. But an enjoyable listen working from home.

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Very enjoyable

I bought this on kindle, and after a few chapters knew I wanted to finish it more quickly, so took advantage of the offer to add the audio at a cheaper price.

Initially I was not sure on the narration, but had nothing to lose by trying, and at 1.20x speed, it was good.

I'll certainly read the next one.

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Thoroughly enjoyable

I wasn’t sure how I would find this story, especially as I am a huge fan of DG’s Master of War Series. But this is a great book & well written & I thoroughly enjoyed it.
It took me a while to get used to the narrator’s voice; it is a low slight gritty timbre. I persevered & I am glad that I did.
I highly recommend this book.

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