- Title: Strike Back
- Author: Chris Ryan
- ISBN: null
- Page: 234
- Format: Kindle Edition
The action packed, no holds barred novel from bestselling author, Chris Ryan.Two soldiers Britain s most celebrated military hero and a broken veteran living in the gutters of London Their paths last crossed nearly twenty years ago Now, amidst a hostage crisis in the Middle East, their lives are about to collide again And the Strike Back is about to begin John PorterThe action packed, no holds barred novel from bestselling author, Chris Ryan.Two soldiers Britain s most celebrated military hero and a broken veteran living in the gutters of London Their paths last crossed nearly twenty years ago Now, amidst a hostage crisis in the Middle East, their lives are about to collide again And the Strike Back is about to begin John Porter was involved in a hostage raid in Lebanon in 1989 The raid went disastrously wrong, several regiment men died, John spared the life of a Lebanese fighter and blames himself for the deaths Struggling to come to terms with the past, John has hit the bottle and is sleeping rough.Colonel Peregrine Collinson was involved in the same raid He was awarded a Military Cross and is heralded as a military hero.After the disastrous raid, their lives couldn t have been further apart Until now A hostage crisis in the Middle East draws the enemies back together for the first time Who will be the hero this time
Recent Comments "Strike Back"
This is a great soldier / spy story expertly written by a knowledgeable writer about the contextual issues of his tale.You may find it hard to believe, or even stomach, the amount and level of the brutal torture which members of Iran-supported Hezbollah disgustingly meet out. The barbaric torture which these human animals inflict on all those they kidnap while their prey awaits their ransom is almost unbelievable in the 21st Century and will turn the stomachs of some. The payment of large sums o [...]
My first Chris Ryan read in a few years; the last I read of his was the distinctly lacklustre THE INCREMENT. The good news is that STRIKE BACK is far better than that book, if not one of the all-time classics like THE WATCHMAN.Actually, it was fun to see how Ryan's style has changed over the years. This novel is more action-driven than before, with less background plotting and a greater emphasis on following the central character through Middle Eastern troubles. The action scenes are entertainin [...]
Fantastic unlike the tv dramatisation
If you haven't watched the drama series based around this book then please do not start now! Read the book first!!! Those who have watched Strike Back on TV but not read the book tell me that the TV series is amazing - but having read the book a good year ago I would have to strongly disagree.The series in no way matches the drama and suspense that Chris Ryan presents so well between the pages, and leaves a good many details out that I was so impressed by when racing along the plot. I passed thi [...]
3 men dead, one life destroyed, the strike back begins porter was on his first mission with the sas to rescue a hostage in afghanistan. h/e although successful, 3 of his team died and the blame was laid with him now he is on the streets, divorced and living on vodka. then a sky tv reporter is abducted and he knows he has a chance of rescuing her so begins a perilous mission, made even so when his past catches up with him and he realises he has enemies on his own sidegriping but a few holes. why [...]
"As Winston Churchill said, 'If you are going through hell, keep going.'"I posted about the first 200 pages of this, and finished the book quite soon after, but was absorbed in my move to Wordpress. To recap: we open with a covert rescue operation which has disastrous consequences. Two men survive - John Porter, who is scarred (literally and mentally) by the fiasco, takes to the bottle and the London streets; and Peregrine Collinson (apparently people do have names like that), who rises through [...]
SummaryFor a soldier, Chris Ryan writes well! I found this book after looking at the series, Strike Back. This is the story of John Porter, ex-SAS who, after a hostage rescue goes wrong, finds himself turning to alcohol and ends up living on the streets. After 17 years (!) he is given a second chance when he realizes he could help the regiment on a mission to rescue a kidnapped journalist that he alone could do, and he takes that chance even if it could mean his death in order to redeem himself [...]
I read that book after stumbling onto the tv series. And then buying the dvds. I must say that the first season is the best one and actually follows the book quite nicely, even though the book will go deeper into the story and characters shaping.I read that book a few months back, and basically the story is about a war, soldiering and commandos. Not my usual reading area but I very much enjoyed it. It's not the best book I ever read but totally up to a James Bond book (which I have read lots whe [...]
If you had met me only few months ago and told me I might read this book in my future life I would have laughed at you. A military story?!? A best – seller based on action and a very simple plot addressed , evidently, to a male audience?!? InsteadRecord time for my usual reading style. I completed it in only two night reading sessions . I simply could not put it down: just one more chapter, ok one more, and then another I turned the lights off at 2.a.m. twice and it was over.My complete review [...]
I love the cable TV series "Strike Back" and wanted to read this thriller for a couple of years now. I kept waiting for it to come out in e-format. Never did, so I broke down and picked up a very used hardback from . My first hardback read in over 4 years. I zipped right thru it.Lots of spy type action. Quite different from the TV series, but I liked the difference. Written back in 2007, the plot deals almost directly with what is happening in the middle east now.I will look around for other Chr [...]
Never judge a book by its cover. Or the blurb. Or by the author. Pins it all on one "major" twist that was so predictable I guessed it from the blurb, without having read a single page. Promises a lot of breath-taking action, but doesn't deliver. The amateurish writing and cardboard characterisation doesn't help either - two-dimensional doesn't begin to describe it.Could have been so much better. I could think of a dozen plot twists that could have made it a better read.Chris Ryan blew a good pl [...]
I first saw this as a TV production. Not bad at all - but the book is far more dramatic and a great read. I'm not going to give anything away. Just to say that if you like black ops stories, Chris Ryan is a master author and 'Strike Back' is hard to put down as there are no points at which the action stops long enough for you to think you will stop there and pick up again tomorrow. A great read - Ryan never fails to deliver.
This is my first Chris Ryan novel and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. The book sounds gruesome and not really an easy read. It was, however, gripping and a book that I just couldn't put down.Telling a story like this could have been risky, however Ryan possess the skill to make the story flow, instead of seeming monotone as it has the ability to become. I wasn't sure if this was a book that I would really enjoy, however I will definitely purchase another of his novels.
Strike Back by Chris Ryan.Although I guessed foul play from the opening chapters I raced through the pages to confirm my suspicion. A great read. Chris Ryan is a great author and you are always guaranteed a good read. I've got quite a few of his books and audio books and highly recommend them all.
Typical boy's own adventure. Lots of violence, women with ample breasts and men with large, ahem, weapons. If you're a militant feminist you're not going to like this but for the rest of us who enjoy an uncomplicated easy read once in a while then this is the book for you. Ryan needs a better editor and that's the only thing that stopped me from giving this 5 stars.
Another rollicking and action packed thriller by Chris Ryan. The fast-paced plot, exciting action scenes and the satisfying ending did not disappoint. Strike Back was definitely a good choice to read during the last days of summer.
Fast-paced and action packed, "Strike Back" by Chris Ryan is the book on which the cable series is based. Grisly details and good plot, I'm looking forward to reading more by this ex-SAS soldier. So glad the book is not based off the series, but is one of many written by the author.
Decided to read this book after watching the BBC series. The movie and the book were very similar, except for some minor details; although its quite interesting to see how the ending differs between the movie and the book.
Brilliant book Chris Ryan is an excellent author and he can write some amazing books on war and espionage I have read almost all of his books I hope he will continue to write more This book is another must read
Great read, could not put it down. Now looking for more of Chris Ryan's books. Normally a sci fi fan but this read has had me throughly enthralled?
ExcellentBrilliant, excellent and recommend to all, another great book by the master Chris Ryan.A real page turner and amazing book.
This was such an exciting story. It was better than anything I have watched on TV. The action was solid without being overly technical.
great book with an excellent storyd plus by chris ryan of my favourite authors.
I don't really need to recommend this book - it was used as the basis for a TV series of the same name, series 4 of which has just finished. Riveting stuff for action readers.
Great book, couldn't put it down, which for me is unusual. Porter is a great character who you really feel you know as the book goes on. Definitely recommended
My first Chris Ryan book, recommended by a friend - and I wasn't disappointed. Excellent.
Loved this! Watched the series on TV too and the book is every bit as adrenaline fueled and sexy. You absolutely HAVE to keep turning the page.
My book for this month was Strike Back by Chris Ryan. It's a book about two veterans, one being a military hero and the other living on the streets for most of his life. During this time, a group of terrorist overseas have kidnapped a reporter, and the military has put a lot of resources into finding her. The leader of this terrorist group is man who Porter let live during an operation when he was still in the military. So Porter believes that he can convince the leader to let the reporter go si [...]
This is my first time with Chris Ryan and I might have chosen poorly for my first adventure.The story is good, however, the writing style felt rushed as if this was done to a short deadline. I would like to read some of his earlier works, to try and get a bit more of a feel to him.
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