This is a snappy thriller of great pace. One of those technically baffling military novels in the style of Andy McNab and Chris Ryan, and equally as riveting. James Deegan is another who had been there, done that and got the bullet-proof vest.
Known in his regiment as Mad John, ex-SAS Sergeant Major John Carr, still south of fifty years old, is on holiday in Spain. Trained as he is to be ultra observant, his attention focuses on a man on the beach, who is tracking a group of British tourists, just before all hell breaks out in a multiple terror attack which leaves holiday makers dead and dying. The daughter of the British PM is kidnapped along with two of her female friends, while their male companions are slaughtered.
Carr’s counter attack saves at least a few lives and downs two of the terrorists, drawing the attention of MI6, and the covert nature of the suicidal rescue mission to rescue the girls suggests to them that Carr might be the man to attempt it.
Despite the military technical specifications and sometimes perhaps unnecessarily introduced characters, I thoroughly enjoyed this adventure. I liked the jargon, the craic and camaraderie.
Thank you to Jonathan Ball Publishers, SA, for this Harper Collins HQ imprint ARC.