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I was a fan of McNab's Nick Stone series. So when "Brute force" was released, I was keen to read the latest Nick Stone thriller.
I bought "Brute Force" on Audible, but later received the hardcover as gift. I decided to read the book before listening to the audio. After reading the book, I regret buying the audio.
This book is rubbish; the average chapter length is no more than 5 pages. Facts not being checked by the author/editor is illustrated by the following: The main character, Nick Stone, ends up in the Libyan Desert driving an automatic shift Audi Q7, however two chapters later, during a shoot out, the Q7 conveniently `develops' a clutch pedal (which is only possible in a manual shift vehicle)! Mr. McNab, whatever happened to that JB7 and boulder used to block the road? How did it conveniently disappear?
Generally the plot is weak, and re-hash of facts made obvious in all previous books and painstakingly repeated here, which to me, seems like 'padding'. The book seems more like a poorly contrived plot to meet a publisher's deadline or contractual obligation. I reached a point, where I believe that the Nick Stone character has outlived its 'sell by' date. Because McNab starts introducing 'past' facts that were not evident in earlier series, assuming the author wants to maintain that each story is a sequel (since some parts of the story refers to previous adventures)
I wonder who is more stupid, the author for not knowing the difference or the editor/publisher for not realizing this hogwash? Or us readers, for being duped into buying such rubbish? I hope McNab returns to his old style and writes decent stories.
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If you love Nick Stones adventures you'll love this. Not quite the same without Clive reading it but once you get over that the story is just as gripping. My only criticism is the face this is only an abridged version and I think these stories loose far too much. I am now reading the book in paperback to get the full flavour.
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