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Killer Elite (previously published as The Feather Men): A Novel (Random House Movie Tie-In Books) [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Ranulph Fiennes

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6. September 2011 Random House Movie Tie-In Books
The “enthralling page-turner” (Library Journal) now a major motion picture starring Jason Statham, Clive Owen, and Robert De Niro

Here is a gripping novel, inspired by real-life events, about a private team of British vigilantes that sets out to eliminate a gang of cold-blooded contract killers. From 1977 to 1990, four former British soldiers die, one by one, supposedly due to accident or illness. But soon a link is established between the victims: a shared mission in the desert kingdom of Oman, where they fought for a sultan against insurgents and ruined the life of a rival sheikh, who in turn has sent a band of assassins to methodically slay the soldiers and salvage his pride. Now these clever assassins are on the run from an underground group of SAS vets with nothing to lose, no time to waste, and a desire to dispense their own form of justice—no matter the cost.

Previously published as The Feather Men

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“Marvelously entertaining.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Highly suspenseful.”—Publishers Weekly

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Ranulph Fiennes has traveled to the most dangerous and inaccessible places on earth. In the process he lost nearly half his fingers to frostbite, nearly died on several occasions, and raised millions for charity. He discovered the lost city of Ubar in Oman, was the first man to reach both poles by surface travel, and was also the first to cross the Antarctic continent unsupported. In 1993, Queen Elizabeth II awarded him the Order of the British Empire for “human endeavor and charitable services.” An elite soldier, athlete, mountaineer, and renowned explorer, Fiennes is also the author of nineteen books of both fiction and nonfiction.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen A psychologically deep, complex, historically detailed yarn well worth reading 17. Mai 2014
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Killer Elite is a fantastic historical military/crime thriller, very well plotted with tension dripping off the pages as the end nears and the fates of characters are revealed, or not revealed. The protagonist, an emotionally detached American contract killer named Daniel de Villiers, isn't your usual good guy but is torn between being a villain and an anti-hero. It's impossible to define him into either grouping. He's in the sociopath diagnosis as he kills innocents for money with his equally amoral hit team colleagues, a perverted tech expert, Meier, and a violent ex-paratrooper, Davies, as they hunt former British commando veteran's of the Dhofar Rebellion for a vengeful sheikh who's son's were killed by the SAS men during the war, murdered, as he says. De Villiers is a little sympathetic, with a childhood tragedy that has mentally scarred him for life, turning him into an orphan, but that doesn't free him from the lives he's taken. He's is pitted against an ex-SAS vigilante, Spike Allen, a high-ranking member of a secret society made up of ex-SAS operatives, dedicated to protecting their elite brothers. Allen is the opposite of de Villiers, a family man, a patriot, but as determined and tenacious as him. The pace is excitingly slow, understandable for this book has an unusual setting. It takes place over the course of 16 years, excluding the 1945 set prologue, from 1975 to 1991. And this is where Fiennes gets into the highly detailed settings of barren Oman, describing the clothes and weapon's used, the engine of a helicopter, even the language nouns of the people of Dhofar province, etc. Very, very uncommon for a writer to go that far into a foreign people's culture. Quite unique insight to how Omani tribes live. Anyway, back to the story, it's not painfully drawn out but Fiennes wants to push the reader into the most built-up climax I've ever read, and that needs time to be stretched for nearly two decades. He's the best author I've seen so far in keeping a person at the end of their seat, not really action-wise. No, no, no. It's more a psychological thriller of close call escapes, predator stalking prey, surveillance, and a brilliantly executed cat-and-mouse game. The assassins make their murders look like accidents in ingenious ways, but Allen isn't fooled. He tracks them down and tries to stop them, using every means at his disposal. Meier and Davies are eventually killed, by not at his hands. De Villiers fall's in love with a woman from South Africa, romantically attuned to the feelings of another human being for the first time in his life, but that takes a tragic turn. At the end, an unexpected conclusion. De Villiers fate is left up in the air,he was let go, as it were, by Allen because, he had "no proof" to put him in jail. What?! Why couldn't have Spike just put a bullet in his head? What person in their right mind would do that?! He spent almost a quarter century of his life looking for him and now this?! It made no sense at all. A lot of implied suggestions and theories are put up by Fiennes, for ultimately, the reader to decide at the closing, like de Villiers fate. It's perfect in every literary supplement except for the ridiculous ending. The poorly received and weak box office take movie adaptation was as good and is my second favorite film with Killer Elite my favorite book. If you're looking for action, boiling tension, a history lesson coupled with a trip back in time, and a mesmerizing look inside the mind of a stone-cold killer in a controversial work of semi-fiction, this is the book you'll want to read. This is the most well-crafted thriller novel ever.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Well written story that the movie won't be able to match 20. November 2011
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I am biased because Rannulph Fiennes as an explorer holds my admiration. As an author he is pretty good, interweaving fact and fiction into a story that those not intimately familiar with the details would find indistinguishable. The character development of the antagonists was a bit deeper than that of the protagonists, but that can be forgiven given that there are more of the latter than the former. Fans of espionage novels will find more in common with LeCarre's style of subdued hero than Morrell's aggressive hero. A very British novel in all regards. Highly recommended.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen excellent book.... 2. Februar 2014
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....if it's true or not only the people involved know.....but it makes the reader think! I personally believe there's some degree of sinister truth, I mean, why not?!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Killer Elite 27. Oktober 2011
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Ordered this book for my husband after seeing the movie. He really liked this book because it told the "real" story of the Feathermen. He said it was better than the movie. Book was in good condition for a used book.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Killer Elite 20. November 2011
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I found this book particularly interesting because I had read about the time period and activities which involved the British Special Air Service (SAS). The background of the book was a mixture of SAS operations and Muslim culture, which is currently in the news almost daily. The book is a novel, but investigation of the author, Ranulph Fiennes, will cause one to ponder that the story is more truth than fiction.
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