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Liberation Day   by Andy McNab

Read: 2003-12-13 Reviewed: 2004-03-11
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Another of McNab's fictional adventures. The hero is contracted (in underhanded ways) by the American government to abduct three money launderers from around Monaco in the south of France, so off he goes with assigned colleagues from the unseen world of the special services and government intelligence to bug, spy, reconnoitre, assail, escape from, evade, and convey the villains as required.

The vocabulary and construction of the sentences are distinctively of military origin, and the believability comes from reading the words of someone who's been there and done it.

The plot has an undercurrent where the hero thinks he is going to be able to get out of the shady business at the end, and live peacefully with his fiancee in the States ever after. This is neither ever likely to happen, or believable as an incentive to undertake the work, and on the whole adds nothing to the book. I would prefer it if McNab just stuck to the details of the misson (and the planning behind it) which he describes with so much military precision. In fact, it is only in the details of the ways of the special services that the book has any interest, but that interest is compulsive. In places the pace and suspense of the action is truely page-turning.

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