After single-handedly intervening in a deadly terrorist attack in Mali, SAS Warrant Officer Jamie ‘Geordie’ Carter is denounced as a lone wolf by jealous superiors.
Now a Regiment outcast, Carter is given a second chance with a deniable mission: locate SAS hero-gone-rogue, David Vann.
Vann had been sent into Afghanistan to train local rebels to fight the Taliban. But he’s since gone silent and expected attacks on key targets have not happened.
Tracking Vann through Afghanistan and Tajikistan, Carter not only discovers the rogue soldier’s involvement in a conspiracy that stretches far beyond the Middle East – but an imminent attack that will have deadly consequences the world over…
What I Thought:
Although I hadn’t personally read a Chris Ryan book prior to reading Outcast, my kids have read some of his books for younger readers and are always full of praise for them, and I have to say I agree.
This book is full of action right off the bat, and continues at a brisk pace to the dramatic conclusion, as ‘Geordie’ Carter embarks on a one-man rescue mission across Afghanistan, which is shrouded in secrecy and has no possibility of asking for backup. There is cross and double-cross – as ever when dealing with secret government organisations – but this book has an extra hook as it is bang up-to-date, taking place after Western forces withdrew from Afghanistan
Although I, obviously, enjoyed the action in the books, I also found the little details interesting, those things that clearly come from Chris Ryan’s experience in the SAS. I’m certainly not suggesting that reading this book with make you a survival expert, but there are certain tangental details around things like tracking and water conservation that could give you a boost if you were ever in a situation that needed it.
I worried that this book might be a little blood-thirsty but, while there was a good deal of death and destruction, none of it was gratuitous – it was all perfectly placed within the story to give an impression of Geordie Carter and the situation he was in.
At just over 300 pages, I flew through this book as the fast-pace leaves little time to catch your breath. It was a welcome introduction to Chris Ryan’s work and I’ll definitely be checking out more…
Outcast is published by Zaffre.
About the Author:
Chris Ryan was born in Newcastle.
In 1984 he joined 22 SAS. After completing the year-long Alpine Guides Course, he was the troop guide for B Squadron Mountain Troop. He completed three tours with the anti-terrorist team, serving as an assaulter, sniper and finally Sniper Team Commander.
Chris was part of the SAS eight-man team chosen for the famous Bravo Two Zero mission during the 1991 Gulf War. He was the only member of the unit to escape from Iraq, where three of his colleagues were killed and four captured, for which he was awarded the Military Medal. Chris wrote about his experiences in his book The One That Got Away, which became an immediate bestseller. Since then he has written over fifty books and presented a number of very successful TV programmes.
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Please note: I was sent a copy of this book for review. All opinions are, as ever, my own.