Carrying on my “Man reading” I finished Aggressor by Andy McNab on Friday night.
Ex-deniable operator Nick Stone seems to be living his dream, not a care in the world as he steers his camper van round the surfing and parachuting paradise of Australia, a board on the roof, a freefall rig behind him, and a beautiful young backpacker at his side. But when he sees a news report of the massacre of women and children in a terrorist outrage the other side of the world, long-suppressed memories are triggered, and Nick knows he must risk everything to repay a longstanding debt of friendship.
As events unfold in the bleak, medieval villages of Georgia and teeming streets of modern Istanbul, Nick finds himself catapulted once more into the murky, clandestine world he thought he’d left behind – a world in the grip of nameless enemies who linger in the shadows, and stalk the corridors of power.
This is a great continuation of the Nick Stone series of novels. Again, the story moves at a good pace, but this may be partly due to the way it was written. There’s more focus on his friend and how they interact with their surroundings. The story is different in that he’s not really on a military mission, but one to save his buddy so it’s not so narrow or one-minded. McNab also writes more about human interaction and emotion. Although Nick normally finishes up worse off than when he started this story does have a subtle happy ending!