Monday, May 12, 2014



by Andy McNab & Robert Rigby


Danny Watts'' grandfather, Fergus, was a Deniable Operator in the SAS before he was betrayed, imprisoned, and falsely denounced as a traitor. Now Fergus has escaped, but the real traitor is determined to silence Fergus and Danny for good. Together Danny and Fergus are forced to go on the run in an against-the-odds battle for survival. As they try to clear Fergus'' name, Danny learns all the military field craft, trade skills, and covert operations techniques that are second nature to his grandfather. When Fergus is recaptured, Danny must put those skills to the test and rescue Fergus before it''s too late.

My thoughts:

The book has a pace that gets very quick very fast, with only brief respites for flashbacks told by the characters. The use of this fast pace made me feel like I was there with Danny and with Fergus. Overall this is an extremely well written book that will pull you in and never let you go. It has a masterfully executed style and a pace that doesn’t let you get a breath except when you are about to settle down for a nice night’s rest  in a metro tunnel way.  The pace of the book made me want to keep reading even when I shouldn't. 

As I read this book I realized that the glossary in the beginning of the book was not just to show off the knowledge of the writers but to help you understand all of the acronyms used by the characters in the book.  However, the constant use of the acronyms was annoying because it kept breaking my immersion to have to flip back to the beginning of the book to understand what something means, like SOP meaning “standard operating procedure” which I commonly forgot. Overall I would have to say that this book is an extremely fun, well paced read that takes the reader out of the world of reality and into a world of danger and suspense. The few downers I found were that it was a very light read with easy wording (apart from the acronyms). So it didn’t take very long to finish. The use of the acronyms tore my attention away from the book and took me back into the fact that it is only a book, not some other world/dimension to get immersed in.

reviewed by R.W., Grade 10 Scona student

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