The Kill Zone by Chris Ryan

read by Rupert Degas

A sustained and blistering actioner from one of the best thriller writers working in the genre today. Chris Ryan's heroes are SAS: fearlessly professional, courageously independent, and unstintingly loyal to crown and country.

In The Kill Zone Ryan gives us Muslim fundamentalist extremists and a plot to detonate a 'dirty' bomb in a major western city. At the same time, heat-seeking, plane-downing rockets go missing. Add our Third Afghan War Hero's former lover (a Serious Crimes Officer in Northern Ireland), their missing daughter, a bogus humanitarian charity ambassador, and white slavery. Send both War Hero and Irish Surveillance Expert to Mogadishu, against everyone else's advice. And stand well back.

Not even the President of the United States is safe if Jack Harker is not permitted to do his stuff. And to do it his way.

It is interesting charting the villains in English thriller writing from the twentieth to the twenty-first centuries. The Iron Curtain, of course, is no more. Now, the ideologically contrary, the insurgent, the enemy are all 'terrorists'. It might be as well to bring to mind George Orwell's words in Nineteen Eighty-Four:

The citizen of Oceania is not allowed to know anything of the tenets of the other two philosophies, but he is taught to execrate them as barbarous outrages upon morality and common sense. Actually, the three philosophies are barely distinguishable.

Perfect for a long drive, the pace and suspense of this excellent yarn, brilliantly read by Rupert Degas, are guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your driving seat.

* * * *
© copyright 2010 AudioBooksReview. All rights reserved.