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Remote Control Tough resourceful ruthless as an SAS trooper Nick Stone was one of the best Now he's back on the streets After a botched mission the Regiment no longer want his services But British Intelligence does as a deniable operator It's the dirtiest job in a very very dirty worldIn Washington DC it's about to get dirtier still On the apparently routine tail of two terrorists he discovers the bodies of an ex SAS officer and his family Soon he's on the run with the lone survivor of the bloodbath a seven year old girl And whilst she can identify the killers only Stone can keep them at bay and solve a mystery whose genesis takes him back to the most notorious SAS mission in recent historyRemote Control is the first of Andy McNab's blistering Nick Stone thrillers bestsellers whose landscape is so compellingly close to the truth that they had to be vetted by the Ministry of Defence and could only be published as fiction

10 thoughts on “Remote Control

  1. says:

    I was surprised by how much I liked this book It started out as another high action thriller the kind of book I like to read at night to clear my mind after the research for my writing I often read during the day Then an eight year old girl named Kelly came onto the scene and everything changedThe action is sustained from beginning to end presented with the edge that only someone who has really been there can command The writing is crisp What early on struck me as too much detail became as the story unfolded just exactly the right amount Settings are clearly and dramatically presented Time of day weather passers by everything is seen through the eyes of one whose life depends on sorting out lethal threats from an otherwise innocuous backgroundBut it is the relationship between Nick Stone the professional government killer and the girl he is forced to protect and use that dominates the book and makes me want to read the next in the series Fortunately this is the first of many Nick Stone adventuresKelly's family has been murdered Nick has saved her And now what? She is clearly a burden as he tries to unravel what has happened and save his own life But gradually and ever so skillfully written Nick changesI will say no The plot needs to be experiencedUnderlying the fictional story and perhaps based on McNab's true life experience in British special forces is the frightening corruption that permeates the unholy alliance between arms merchants the drug trade terrorists of all stripes and the government agencies whose continued prominence and high budgets depend on a never ending supply of really bad guys to fight There are hints of these connections blended into the story line from the very beginning Pay attention to these hints and your reading experience will be significantly enhanced

  2. says:

    This was my first experience with Andy McNab’s Nick Stone books and this one was a blast Given that McNab was a former member of the SAS and a highly decorated one I was looking for something good and this than met my expectationsThe novel begins in Gibraltar where Stone and his fellow soldiers are putting a halt to Irish bombings then fast forwards 9 years where Stone’s mission in Washington is suddenly terminated Following this Stone decides to visit his friend Kev and his family Unfortunately when Nick arrives at the house he finds Kev and most of his family brutally murdered only Kev’s daughter Kelly remains alive From here Stone takes Kelly with him as they embark on a chase from unknown assassins and Stone is at a loss as who to trustNick Stone struck me as uite a similar character to Lee Child’s Jack Reacher a bit of loner but a very capable soldier who has some pretty badass scenes Apart from of course Kelly there weren’t any female characters here of note which I hope will change in future novelsThe pace of Remote Control varied throughout sometimes it would be incredibly tense and you just wanted to read on Other times I found it dragged particular with one chapter which was about double the length of all the rest and only really redeemed itself at the end The ending of the novel however was very well done leaving you on the edge of your seat right to the endI am pleased I have added this series to my library and will definitely be continuing with it Remote Control itself will be getting a solid 4 stars from me If you are fond of action thriller books particularly those with a heavy military element then the Nick Stone series is one for you

  3. says:

    McNab’s first fiction effort is a corker of a book following a by now familiar pattern in its structure but still remaining as fresh as its day of release The action packed plot sees McNab’s hero Nick Stone taking out Irish bombers in Gibraltar before we suddenly jump forward nine years and find him investigating the brutal slaying of a fellow SAS man in Washington Before you know it McNab concocts an enthralling odd couple chase thriller as Stone is forced to fly with the now orphaned 7 year old Kelly in his charge Tons of covert operations violent firefights and non stop suspense and investigation follow in a story that travels from Washington to Florida back to Washington and finally to London McNab throws in his typical ingredients – a huge twist at the end lots of emotion and psychological profiling and some nasty gruesome bits somebody gets his face bitten through and layers the whole thing with so much realism you’ll feel like you’re there A great book and one which is recommended to all thriller fans

  4. says:

    I actually really enjoyed this It's the sort of action story where the protagonist doesn't just go through crap to come out as the saviour Nick Stone goes through crap and then crap and then to top it off even crapI really enjoyed the action and the thought processes behind characters' decisions I also really liked that there were real events sprinkled into the story too There was a description of a fight in this book that made me feel a bit sick but to be honest that made me appreciate the moment all the The only thing that mildly irritated me was that characters were always eating and always eating fast food In seven days I think they ate about 50 times so I'm a little surprised that they weren't the size of whales by the end of the bookOther than that I really enjoyed this book and will definitely be continuing with this series

  5. says:

    As I said in a previous review he's a really good story teller This is a well composed story of drug smuggling and government abuse of power From someone else you might just accept that as part of the story from McNab you'd suspect that it was simply well informed I was most impressed with the character of the young girl He clearly knows eight year old girls well enough to know what they are really like but can also put one through the experience of having her family killed and then having to run for her life from the killers who executed them and make her responses very believable There is a lot of violence in the book but it is presented as just that's the way it is in the world he has lived in

  6. says:

    Author Andy McNab is ex SAS and he weaves a detailed knowledge of not just what happens in the covert military world but often explains exactly how the little things are done and achieved throughout his masterly work In this edge of your seat thriller that ability just adds spice to the gripping storyline This is a most unusual setting and has a side to it that is enthralling breath taking and at times very worrying but it would immediately spoil things if revealed All I can say is that it had me hooked from beginning to end and there were no soft spots or filler it was fast paced and brilliant on every page This is a must read for those who enjoy this genre The best of the best

  7. says:

    Great read on the end of being an enjoyable action thriller It's written smartly without having to sacrifice to become simplistic McNab's an author who will just use a phrase and explain it easily without having a huge lull in the action You can tell that he was somebody who did the deed back in the day and isn't afraid to relay that information through his character Nick StoneMaybe if I read enough of these books I'll be able to have enough know how of tradecraft to get by if I ever needed to Combined with Burn Notice I'd be unstoppable

  8. says:

    Meet Nick Stone cool calm and collected with plenty of finesse and a level head in every situation Stone really is a 'too good to be true' kind of character And I love himI read this book a long time ago on a plane but I know that it was one of my favourites The techniues that McNab outlines evidently come from experience and the action never lies dormant for long I can remember this one being a little complicated to read than the likes of Chris Ryan and Lee Child but it is very much character focused just how I like them and Nick Stone was one of my all time favourites

  9. says:

    The thing to remember about this book is it was written in the 90s Nowadays there are tons of films and books about ex special forcesspys getting lumbered with a kid and having to protect them from people trying to kill them and at the same time learning to care about them It's a trite idea but this was one of the first to do it And unlike all the other Andy McNab is former SAS he's the best of the best so everything in this book is as real as it getsLoved this book from start to finish can't wait to read the next

  10. says:

    The first Nick Stone novel and one of the best A involved plot something I find lacking in the recent Stone novels and a real page turner Much 'down and dirty' that other 'spycraft' novels I have read and the main character is very engaging

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