Review: Dead Centre by Andy McNab
Bantam Press, £18.99
Years ago, ex-SAS operative turned soldier of fortune Nick Stone made a promise to a friend, a promise he now has to keep, at considerable danger to himself and his crack mercenary team.
A Russian billionaire oligarch's son and wife have been snatched from their private yacht by Somali pirates and are being held to ransom.
Stone and his men have to operate in the savage underbelly of war-torn Somalia to effect a rescue.
This is biff-bang action fiction at its most uncomplicated, but McNab, a decorated British war hero, knows his stuff when it comes to the minutiae of modern warfare and keeps his action-all-the-way story flowing with considerable brio.