The Hostage

The Hostage

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When an undercover operation monitoring the Real IRA goes horrifically wrong, British Intelligence turn to the one man who can get their agent out: Stratton, SBS operative with a lethal reputation. It's a dangerous race against time: if the Real IRA get to the Republic before Stratton gets to the Real IRA, his colleague is as good as dead.But the battle in the Northern Ireland borders is just the beginning. For there can only be one way the Real IRA knew about the British agent: someone within MI5 is tipping them off. A surveillance mission is mounted in Paris to identify the mole but ends in disaster: Hank Munro, US Navy SEAL on secondment, is captured.Munro's wife Kathryn is distraught, and her priest Father Kinsella is very supportive. Kinsella, though, is not the holy man he seems, and Kathryn becomes an unwitting part of a deadly Real IRA plan, a terror attack the likes of which London has never seen . . . When Hank is inadvertently kidnapped by terrorists on an SBS 'safe op', Kathryn returns home to America, only to be manipulated by a priest and secret IRA godfather into playing a political role in the negotiations for Hank's release. Unknown to her she is to have a key part in the most destructive terrorist assault in Irish Republican history, one that holds the fate of hundreds of thousands of Londoners in its more

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  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 153 x 234mm
  • Little, Brown & Company
  • Sphere
  • New York, United States
  • 0316861480
  • 9780316861489

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This is a book that relies less than one might expect on the author's training and special knowledge, crucial to it though these are, and rather more on carefully blocked scenes of action and a degree of real thoughtfulness--villains whose absolute evil p * Roz Kaveney, AMAZON.CO.UK * An intelligent action thriller, Hostage is the first novel by Duncan Falconer, formerly of the British Special Boat Service and British counter-intelligence in Northern Ireland. Unsurprisingly, he writes about what he knows and, more surprisingly, does so rather well. * An SBS group running surveillance and similar operations become aware that they have been betrayed when one of their number is kidnapped--the search is on for a mole. The subsequent abduction of an American officer is part of a complex plan to inflict hor * Duncan Falconer's cracking debut novel... Falconer is a former member of the SBS and his book is packed with authentic details. Inevitably, he'll be compared to Andy McNab, but I'd say Falconer has the edge. His characterisation is superior and he knows exactly when and how to ratchet up the tension * Mail on Sunday *show more

About Duncan Falconer

A former member of the elite Special Boat Service & 14 Int., N. Ireland's top-secret SAS detachment, Duncan Falconer left after more than a decade of operational service and went into the private security 'circuit'. His SBS exploits were documented in his first book, the bestselling First Into more