R8: Extreme Hard Target

Extreme Hard Target by Chris Ryan

I like the way that Ryan writes.  His books do contain some brutal fight scenes of military actions and assassinations but there is distance for the reader in being able to read them and not actually “see” the violence.  I have watched Ryan’s TV adaptation of Strike Back so I was prepared for it. If need be, you can skip over the violence sections and not lose any plot as long as you can still determine if the character survived the torture or assault.

There are a lot of twists in the novel that confuse any rigid definition of who is good or evil, in the right or in the wrong and what are the politically acceptable actions.  I believe that these twists evidence the reality of war, where one day you have an enemy that the next day is now an ally and vice versa.

The primary protagonist is former SAS warrant officer Joe Gardner.  I like that despite losing his hand he is still able to do many of his previous tasks.  It is a great book advocating for the capability of people living with a disability.

This is a keep it but it is not a reap it as I already collect this author.


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