Crisis: the action-packed Sunday Times No. 1 bestseller

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Crisis: the action-packed Sunday Times No. 1 bestseller

Crisis: the action-packed Sunday Times No. 1 bestseller

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We got to learn a bit about his line of work being a secret agent for the London MI5, we learnt a bit about his younger years when he grew up in Colombia (the other half to the novels setting), but mostly we got to learn about his lovely girlfriend Elise and their budding relationship which was slightly hindered due to his line of work. Unfortunately Elise is not the only superfluous element in Crisis, although she is the most significant and irritating. Elise was a frustratingly annoying presence and their was little rapore between any of the main characters.

I agree with the last three but I think accuracy brought detailing and detailing stopped it from being fast. It's hard to explain what I mean without giving spoilers, but if you read it, you'll know what I'm talking about. BBC’s fulltime Security Correspondent reporting on events from Afghanistan to piracy off the Somali coast to Arctic challenges. While I did not find this a slow start to the story, neither was it a ramped-up, heavily action orientated type of beginning that a lot of thrillers are expected to have nowadays. Awarded an OBE in 2005 for services to journalism, Frank Gardner was profiled in the BBC's television series, Who Do You Think You Are?Honestly, if she had said ‘Babes’ one more time in a way that no real woman outside of The Only Way Is Essex actually would I would have screamed. The book is peppered with excessive detail, unnecessary exposition and minor characters who could be excised entirely. Introducing Luke Carlton – ex-Special Boat Service commando and now under contract to MI6 for some of its most dangerous missions. I found it really bland and totally lacking in suspense - there was no point that I didn't think Luke would be completely safe and obviously they were going to find the bomb; slightly enjoyed that the villains were Colombian narcos and not the usual Middle Eastern, but really, that's about the best I can say for it. In that context the idea that a Colombian drug lord, even one as moustache twirlingly irredeemable as Nelson Garcia, would go to all the expense, trouble and risk of mounting such an attack just doesn’t ring true.

Drawing on his years of experience reporting on security matters CRISIS is Frank Gardner’s debut novel. Shot 6 times at close range while on assignment in Saudi Arabia in 2004, left severely wounded and dependant on a wheelchair. If you like your spy thrillers more James Bond than George Smiley, you may enjoy it but I won’t be going back for a second helping of Luke Carlton. Gardner needed to work far harder to create a more rounded, and complex lead character, rather than relying on lazy shortcuts. This is the first of currently three books about Luke Carlton and I have to admit I really enjoyed it.As a somewhat newbie to this sort of book, it felt like James Bond meets Alex Rider with a healthy dash of grown-up thrown in. I'll end with a question I kept being plagued with while reading this novel: in a world that already has Frederick Forsyth, why would I settle for anything that's LIKE Frederick Forsyth? When asking readers to suspend their disbelief, the author shouldn’t then ask them to suspend even more disbelief, especially so early in the plot. Combining insider knowledge up-to-the-minute hardware fly on the wall insights with heart-in-mouth excitement CRISIS boasts an irresistible visceral frisson of authenticity: smart fast-paced and furiously entertaining here is a thriller for the 21st century.

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