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Publisher's Summary

Faster - Grittier - Darker - Deadlier

Former SAS Warrant Officer Joe Gardner has fought the Regiment's deadliest enemies, in some of the most desolate places on earth. And he's always won. Now he's about to face his toughest challenge yet. After losing his hand whilst on a covert operation in Afghanistan, Gardner is forced to stand down from active duty. Now he lives off the grid. But trouble finds him in the shape of a phone call from an old friend. Ex-Regiment legend John Bald is trapped in a bullet-ridden favela in Rio de Janeiro and a violent gang is out to kill him. Unless Gardner helps, Bald is a dead man.

What begins as a simple rescue mission soon descends into a desperate struggle for survival as Gardner finds himself caught up in a conceit that stretches from the slums of Brazil to the frozen steppes of Siberia. Stalked by elusive MI6 agents and ruthless ex-Blades, Gardner must draw on all his training and instincts to hunt down the hardest target of all - before disaster strikes....

©2010 Chris Ryan (P)2010 Hodder & Stoughton

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Waste of time

Huge disappointment. Cliche after cliche. Overtly sexist. Don’t waste your time unless you have insomnia in which case this will help.

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  • Graeme
  • 16-02-2021

Not good

This was a terrible read, disjointed story line and terribly unrealistic, science fiction stuff. The sound effects rounded off a terrible overall experience.

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  • Ernie
  • 23-12-2018

Worst book ever.

Between the sound effects and the poor story very hard to finish, waste of money.

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  • Ray
  • 31-10-2013

Chris Ryan has used a tried and true formula again

This a storyline that is familiar from Chris Ryan. I didn't like the sound effects or dramatic music, it really did nothing to enhance what was really a fairly ordinary story. The punishment Joe Gardiner takes and seem to miraculously keep functioning is a bit of a stretch. Not one of his best, but still worth a listen at the discounted price.

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  • Seumas
  • 27-03-2012

Extremely Good.............but!

Would you consider the audio edition of Extreme Hard Target to be better than the print version?

The narrator did a great job on this really bringing it to life.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Extreme Hard Target?

The firefight in the favela

Which character – as performed by Josh Cohen – was your favorite?

Gardner

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

no

Any additional comments?

Curious errors that make you wonder if Ryan actually wrote this.
Referring to a near miss by a bullet as

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  • Robert
  • 12-03-2012

hard hitting easy read

What made the experience of listening to Extreme Hard Target the most enjoyable?

I could close my eyes and relax, thus taking in the whole experience.It also allowed me to do other things when reqired without loosing the plot.

What did you like best about this story?

The easy flow from each story line.ie. mission 1 to 4

Which character – as performed by Josh Cohen – was your favorite?

Gardener

Any additional comments?

Yes, will the story continue, or do we assume that aime dies?

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  • Wayne Davies
  • 25-07-2016

Stupid sound erects ruined it!

Stupid sound erects ruined it! There was no need for them, there was plenty of action and suspense in the book.

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  • Mr D Whybrow
  • 19-07-2015

One to avoid

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

To be hones, I like Chris Ryan's books. This book seems to have been written by someone else.

What will your next listen be?

Anything

Would you be willing to try another one of Josh Cohen’s performances?

Not really

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Not really

Any additional comments?

A real shame, but I will not be going back to Chris Ryan for a while

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  • weardalelad
  • 15-02-2015

foolish story of a unbreakable man

Been a long time since I read such a poor tale.
This man fall 45ft is shot/ choked n gets up n walks away. tripe at its finest.....Ryan is scraping the barrel now

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-04-2012

Farcical and Cringe Worthy

I can usually suspend my disbelief and enjoy a far-fetched action novel, but Extreme Hard Target stretches credulity way beyond breaking point. Is this really Chris Ryan? The plot is farcical, and the narrative is cringe worthy in a number of places. Having stuck it out to the end I found that either the author ran out of story before the end of the tale, or there is some narrative missing just before you get to the “Audible hopes you…..” finish. Whichever is the case, I’m sure that I’ve not missed anything worth listening to.

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  • Nicholas
  • 05-02-2012

Don't waste your money

This is by far his worst book. In fact it is the worst book of this type by any of the authors I have read and I usually love this genre. The only extreme thing in this book is how farcical the plot is. Not even worth 1 star.

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  • Allan
  • 11-01-2012

Not his usual style

They say in life you only get what you pay for, I paid £3 for this and it wasn't even worth that. The tacky noises and background music just put you off from the start. It doesn't even sound like its Chris Ryan’s writing style the descriptive commentary is abysmal I stopped listening after half an hour.

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  • Chris&sally
  • 21-08-2020

Don’t waste your money

Wow can’t believe this has been penned by the same author that wrote the Danny black series. Very poorly written almost as if a 14 year old had handed it in for GCSE English project. Found myself wondering why I was still listening to it as it got more far fetched as it went on. Also john bald gets killed in this?? Then how come he is in future books??? Stay away is my advice it’s not worth your time as you will not get it back. Sorry Chris but very very poor

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  • MR H .S. Rose
  • 19-08-2019

Expected better

Enjoyed previous Books by this author, but left bitterly disappointed by this book. Not up to standard.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-04-2019

4 stories in one

I have had this book for a couple of years and really struggled to get into it, but restarted it last week and battled through.

The first story isn't too bad, but they get more and more stupid and far fetched as they go on to the point of a bionic hand controlling a car.

There is also far too much swearing outside of the dialogue - i generally don't have any issues with swearing by a character, especially in some kind of military role, but swearing from the author is just lazy and unnecessary in my opinion.

First part would be 3 stars, then 2.5, 2 and 1 (last one was shocking)

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  • Alistar Davies
  • 10-04-2018

I will be returning this book series

What would have made Extreme Hard Target better?

Get rid of the annoying sounds please. All his books are getting very predictable. Again "He closes his eyes waiting for the bullet" oh he is saved for the 50th time!

What will your next listen be?

I have listened to enough Chris Ryan audbile books, I am going to try something totally different.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Josh Cohen?

Josh was fine

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The reader is good

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