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The fifth audiobook in the best-selling Strike Back series by SAS hero Chris Ryan.  

Three years ago, Julian Norwood was the rising star of the political universe.   

As the co-founder of a wildly successful London-based political consultancy, Norwood and his colleagues used controversial tactics to help win the election for the American President and played a decisive role propping up odious governments around the world. But after a scandal broke, the company's reputation was shredded. All of a sudden, Norwood was toxic. People stopped returning his calls. Nobody wanted to work with him. In desperation, he fled to the Seychelles to escape the media spotlight.   

But when Norwood uncovers a terrifying secret - one that threatens to trigger a brutal new conflict - he senses an opportunity for political redemption...and a hefty payday. He reaches out to his former mentor, a close confidante of the American President and a shadowy populist puppet-master. Before he can tell his mentor what he has discovered, however, masked gunmen ambush the meeting, killing the populist and kidnapping Norwood.   

In Hereford, former SAS legends John Porter and Jock Bald are brought in from the cold and tasked with a dangerous new mission. A close-knit gang of ex-Navy SEALs, dishonourably discharged from the US military, have gone rogue down in the badlands of Mexico, offering their services to the highest bidder. Now American and British intelligence experts believe that the gang is plotting a sinister new attack - and they want Bald and Porter to infiltrate the gang and find out what they're up to.   

Amid the deadly carnage and daily, horrifying violence of the Mexican drug wars, Bald and Porter must earn the trust of the ex-SEALs and their charismatic leader, survive brutal cartel attacks and uncover a deadly conspiracy involving the 'Deep State' in both the US and the UK. 

When their cover is blown, however, Bald and Porter must act to stop a deadly plan to assassinate the Venezuelan President and trigger a bloody civil war. 

In a breathtaking finale, they must fight alongside their fellow SAS comrades, taking on the gang in a deadly battle of SAS versus Navy SEALs - and only the strongest will survive.

©2020 Chris Ryan (P)2020 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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Lacklustre

Have loved this series and really disappointed with the story- repetitive of previous books and none of the usual Intrigue . No resolution and the protagonists are dealt with in what feels like an unsatisfactory way... whilst this may be Ryan’s intention it feels unfinished given all we have experienced with the previous novels of Porter and Bald.
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Awesome story read by the best narrator I have heard

Chris Ryan never disappoints with a gripping story. But Barnaby is the best narrator I have heard with amazing talent for voices.
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  • Amy
  • 23-11-2020

An Act of Kindness

Don’t worry, there aren’t really any acts of kindness in this book, apart from the one dealt by the author- I won’t say any more because it would be a spoiler......

John Bald is such a bastard but he redeems himself from time to time, so I can’t loathe him 100% and we do catch a little glimpse of why in this story.

All in all, I enjoyed the story and the excellent narration.

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  • Vinces
  • 08-04-2021

Compelling storyline

A good storyline and keeps you engaged from beginning to end. Excellent narration adds to the performance.

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  • Mario G.
  • 16-03-2021

Great Book Well Narrated!

Really enjoyed this audio book, yet another great Chris Ryan audio book, very well narrated! 👍👍👍👍

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-02-2021

another gripping read

This is a great book and series. the narrator is fantastic throughout. looking forward to my next Chris Ryan read.

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  • Alec
  • 07-12-2020

Excellent Story

Not quite what I expected but our heroes come out of retirement, get together, and head to South America. will there be any more of these stories ... you'll need to read this one first ! Edwards narrates well and keeps the story going throughout !

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  • paul blakemore
  • 13-06-2020

amazing as per.

seens to be getting shorter of late, but nonetheless amazing storty telling and gritty ness.

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  • Family
  • 09-05-2020

Worst book of the series

you know what you will get with a Chris Ryan book and you have it here a pretty run-of-the-mill book the ending seemed to lack closure, for one of the main twists in the book, will listen to the next book if there is a next book only to see if there is closure for one of the main characters 6 out of 10 overall score for book

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  • TW
  • 28-05-2021

Good ... but...

This was a good story although it seemed to take forever to get going. Also something felt odd about the way it was written: cant put my finger on it. Also even though the narrator was the same he made Porter sound like some thick sulky mumbling teenager instead of the ace operative- especially as he was not on the juice. Even Bald seemed different ...

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  • Katy Griffiths
  • 28-05-2021

outstanding

An Excellent , gripping , thrilling story line, couldn't stop listening you will not be disappointed

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  • simon wass
  • 30-03-2021

not is best

not is best work with stupid music at the end of each chapter very slow story

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