Red Notice | Andy McNab

Red Notice (Tom Buckingham #1) 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.

How was it?

It’s been a while since I picked a novel that didn’t have a paranormal or fantasy bent to it. I wasn’t sure how this one would fair but I was more engaged with the story than I expected. Reading it I was thinking “you can tell that a lot of research went into this” because the story is both informative and feels like the novelization of real events. Little did I know that Andy McNab is a former SAS sergeant.

The way story unfolds is brilliant, makes it more captivating as you go along. The story has big and little flashbacks that serve as background, giving the right information at the right time, painting a broader picture, and allowing for speculations with enough room for surprises.

It’s a tightly plotted action thriller that thankfully is very grounded and doesn’t have a totally indestructible hero. Tom Buckingham is just a trained soldier that pushes himself when he has to. The same goes for the main antagonist that has a reasoning that gives some sense to his actions however despicable they are.

This could have been one neatly wrapped event in Tom’s life but there are some unfinished business that hints at an exciting overall arc. I might be tempted by the sequel but I’m in no rush to get to it.

Red Notice is an action movie in book form, entertaining popcorn fun that doesn’t go overboard with the action.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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