Red Notice Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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The Channel Tunnel. Your worst fears are about to come true....
Deep beneath the English Channel, a small army of vicious terrorists has seized control of the Eurostar to Paris, taken 400 hostages at gunpoint - and declared war on a government that has more than its own fair share of secrets to keep.
One man stands in their way. An off-duty SAS soldier is hiding somewhere inside the train. Alone and injured, he's the only chance the passengers and crew have of getting out alive. Meet Andy McNab's explosive new creation, Sergeant Tom Buckingham, as he unleashes a whirlwind of intrigue and retribution in his attempt to stop the terrorists and save everyone on board - including Delphine, the beautiful woman he loves.
Hurtling us at breakneck speed between the Regiment's crack assault teams, Whitehall's corridors of power and the heart of the Eurotunnel action, Red Notice is McNab at his devastatingly authentic, pulse pounding best.
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|Listening Length||10 hours and 15 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||25 October 2012|
|Publisher||Random House Audiobooks|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 9,870 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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I’m sorry to say I stopped reading this halfway through and deleted it. I’m all for for tough, gritty and real, but I can do without sickening.
I also felt the ending was disappointing. While the SAS are tough and are trained to withstand hardship, I felt like Buckingham's exploits to finish off the leader of the terrorist faction was something out of a Marvel comic book, especially given he'd spent the last few hours with a serious injury.
That said, it was a good story and probably not too far from the truth. It gives some great insights on how a Red and Blue Team would operate in a national security incident as many ex-SAS operators who become authors tend to write about covert black operations with characters as members of shady government departments - including McNab's Nick Stone works - rather than them being active SAS members.
It's actually a bit like an 80s action movie, come to think of it. I could totally see Sly Stallone playing Tom Buckingham if this was a movie made in 1985. As is with those 80s action flicks. The plot holes can be forgiven due to the amount of cool action that goes on.
Side note: There's a mistake on Page 152 where McNab makes reference to the "Prince's Gate siege of 1982". Prince's Gate was the Iranian Embassy siege which happened in 1980.
Even when the real action gets started, when the terrorists are in the tunnel, our hero Tom, single handed, takes on about 40 veteran soldiers trying to rescue his girl. I usually love McNabs books because they are realistic, with the good guys getting injured and killed, and sometimes even failing in their mission. Tom appears to be invincible when chasing after his true love. I hope Tom and his Gal live happily ever after, but lets get back to what McNab is good at please, no more Romance. McNab is far, far, better than this when he sticks to what he is best at.
I have only ticked OK because the last two thirds pick up a bit with more action, last out until then if you can.
The characters are okay, although when he's writing everyday dialogue of non-military/political people it's a bit unbelievable. All the SAS guys talk in the same kind of banter and appear quite shallow; I didn't care very much about any of the characters - even the French girl. There was nothing much to her - she was just waiting around for her shallow boyfriend.
The plot is an inventive terrorist situation in the Channel Tunnel. However, (Spoiler) it's not believable that Tom would just happen to be on the hijacked Eurostar train that very day, having failed to capture the hijacker that same afternoon. It's an incredible coincidence.
Overall, the action detail is very good, the writing is okay, but it has some problems.