Red Notice by Andy McNab

Red Notice by Andy McNab

Deep beneath the English Channel, a small army of vicious terrorists has seized control of the Eurostar to Paris, taken 400 hostages at gunpoint – and declared war on a government that has more than its own fair share of secrets to keep.

One man stands in their way. An off-duty SAS soldier is hiding somewhere inside the train. Alone and injured, he’s the only chance the passengers and crew have of getting out alive. Meet Andy McNab’s explosive new creation, Sergeant Tom Buckingham, as he unleashes a whirlwind of intrigue and retribution in his attempt to stop the terrorists and save everyone on board – including Delphine, the beautiful woman he loves.

Hurtling us at breakneck speed between the Regiment’s crack assault teams, Whitehall’s corridors of power and the heart of the Eurotunnel action, RED NOTICE is McNab at his devastatingly authentic, pulse pounding best.

RED NOTICE: You have been warned…

When I first read Andy McNab was introducing a new character to his novels I was excited. When I read the back cover I could hardly contain my excitement, anticipation was high – especially as it reminded me of Steven Seagal’s 1995 movie Under Siege 2 where we find former US Navy Seal Casey Ryback stuck on a train in the Rocky Mountains – but when I finally read Red Notice I was blown away, literally! The action doesn’t stop from beginning to end, in McNab’s own inimitable no prisoner style, the book moves effortlessly along like a runaway train and delivers a heart pounding romp deep below the English Channel.

Sergeant Tom Buckingham, a member of the SAS (or Men in Black), is the new gun in town but take it from me he’s no ordinary man. An all action hero, Buckingham comes from money but doesn’t act it, despite the Posh Lad handle given to him by the squad. He reads well, has a great background story and as the book moves along you get to know more about what makes him tick and how he lives day by day, hour by hour. The SAS is his life, his mistress and priority; that is until a new woman enters his life, Delphine. This isn’t just about finding bad guys, blowing up objects and killing people, this book gives us an insight into how SAS operatives try to juggle the crazy and unpredictable demands of being on call and a family life.

Laszlo Antonov had been officially charged with war crimes at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, and a Red Notice had been issued by Interpol. Interpol did not have the authority to issue arrest warrants in the formal sense – that was the domain of the sovereign member states –   but a Red Notice was the closest thing there was to an international arrest warrant.

As with McNab’s other protagonist – Nick Stone – Tom Buckingham has a certainly fallibility to his makeup. Just like Stone, Buckingham isn’t perfect and nor should he be, this is what makes him believable. You never quite know what you’re going to get when we start off but Buckingham develops into an incredibly likeable character, one you want to barrack for and hope he comes out the other end in shape to live another day! I really enjoyed how McNab used not only his fellow soldiers to learn more about our protagonist but his French girlfriend who manages to chip away at his stoic defences and charm her way into his life. We also get to meet his parents who are colourful to say the least – I’d love to discover more about them in future novels – but all in all it makes for effortless reading.

The murders, the deaths. Simply put I was shocked. This book takes no prisoners and some of the deaths will make you squirm. No man, woman or child is safe but it’s all done in such a way that makes you keep turning the page wondering what the bad guys will do next. No character is safe – as we soon discover – and this gives the book an edge that you never quite know what to expect. There’s nothing worse than reading a book knowing all the main characters are safe – what’s the point. Graphic in parts, there’s more than enough blood to satisfy but be warned, this ain’t no Sunday picnic so forget the sandwiches, you won’t have time!

The only problem with this book – I now want an Omega Planet Ocean watch!!

Utterly compelling, Red Notice gives the reader an authentic insight into the world of the SAS and beyond. Andy McNab has excelled himself with Tom Buckingham; an all-out action hero I hope is here to stay for many more missions. With an infectious humour, great camaraderie, impeccable pace and wonderful storytelling that grips from beginning to end, this book demands your attention.

I can’t recommend this book any higher, without question Red Notice is one of the most enjoyable and entertaining books I’ve read this year.

Red Notice – you have been served.

Available to buy in Hardcover and Kindle.

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Press (25 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 059306948X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0593069486
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