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Soft Target (An MCU Thriller, Book 1) (A Sarah Stone Thriller) (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Iain Rob Wright

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-- An SG ActionThriller Release
-- From Top Selling Horror & Thriller Author, Iain Rob Wright
-- A non-stop Action Thriller and the first book in the Major Crime Unit series

When a quaint village in the United Kingdom is struck by a suicide bomber, no one sees it coming. Yet, that first attack is just the beginning of something far greater and much much worse. The days to follow will determine the future of the modern world. If the terrorists get their way, there will be nothing left but anarchy and ashes. War is coming to the UK.

Only one person stands a hope of stopping the slaughter before it begins, and that person is damaged ex-soldier, Sarah Stone. Sarah hates her country for what it did to her, and that's what makes it so hard when she is forced to save it. Being a heroine doesn't suit her but she's all we've got.

SOFT TARGET is the first in a series of books featuring acerbic protagonist Captain Sarah Stone and the Major Crimes Unit. It is a non-stop action thriller in the same vein as 24.

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Iain Rob Wright is one of the UK's most successful horror and suspense writers, with novels including the critically acclaimed, THE FINAL WINTER; the disturbing bestseller, ASBO; and the wicked screamfest, THE HOUSEMATES. His work is currently being adapted for graphic novels, audio books, and foreign audiences. He is an active member of the Horror Writer Association and a massive animal lover. Check out Iain's official website for updates at: or add him on Facebook where he would love to meet you.


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  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 218 Seiten
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  • Sprache: Englisch
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Good Start! 23. Juli 2014
Von Michael Patrick Hicks - Veröffentlicht auf
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
Wright attributes his inspiration for Soft Target to 24, and even goes so far as to quote Jack Bauer's infamous "Damn it!" prior to the book's opening. It's a decidedly fun nod and sets the mood, but let me get this particular bias out of the way right up front: I am an unabashed 24 fan. It's one of my all-time favorite action series, and I was ecstatic to see the Jack Bauer Power Hour make a return to the recently-concluded UK-based miniseries, 24: Live Another Day. As it just so happens, Wright's Soft Target is also set in the UK, his homeland, and, inadvertently or not, further reinforces that parallel to 24. To me, Live Another Day was a fine return to form and a bit like a collection of Greatest Hits spread over its half-season run. All of this is to say that when a thriller writer makes the bold claim that their work is in the vein of 24, it's a large promise to live up to.

Soft Target introduces us to Sarah Stone, a physically disfigured and emotionally scarred combat veteran who has lost everything. In 2008, she was abducted by Afghan terrorists, led by Al Al-Hariri, after an IED detonated and killed the soldiers under her command. After suicide bombers start detonating themselves across London, and evidence surfaces linking these terrorists to Al-Hariri's organization, the Major Crimes Unit (Wright's run-down, underfunded and understaffed equivalent to 24's CTU) calls on Stone for help.

While Soft Target draws on the rapid-fire pacing of its inspirational source, Wright, unfortunately, also brings in some of 24's more notable weaknesses, which is evident in the book's opening. As is typical in these types of thrillers, the narrative is based on the outsider who is called in to assist and who knows far more than the somewhat-bumbling superiors she is assigned to, but whom seem to hardly ever listen, in order to generate more conflict and ratchet up the tension. For instance, after receiving a video attributing the terror attacks to an Afghan terrorist, Sarah Stone instantly knows the video is fake and rifles off certain key aspects to support her theory, primarily the misplaced henna tattoo of the videoed spokesman. It takes some convincing, but eventually MCU is forced to acquiesce to Stone's knowledge and let her run the show. In between, there's snarky inter-personal conflicts galore, many of which are instigated by Stone, who is intent on maintaining her outsider lone-wolf status by making bad jokes and generally treating those around her with brusqueness and a cold shoulder attitude.

I was a bit put off by Stone's self-ascribed bitchiness initially, but Wright was able to layer her personality and unravel the past horrors of her capture in Afghanistan expertly, and, eventually, win me over to her side. There are several flashbacks to Stone's time in the military, which shed so much light on her current scarred psyche that by book's end it has actually become quite difficult to not sympathize with her, and she transforms into a figure to root for. The way Wright shades in her history is much appreciated, and those 2008 flashbacks were oftentimes the greatest strength of the book and carried the most emotional resonance.

The Afghanistan interstitials and the mad-bomber threat of the premise alone were enough to keep me turning pages, and by book's end I was fully invested and completely won over. The action is pretty solid, oftentimes exciting, and I was drawn in by the mystery of why seemingly normal UK citizens were suddenly turning into terrorists (although, this particular issue was not fully resolved with satisfaction or with enough clarity to approach closure, but that may be a subject for the next book). While I still have a bit of those initial misgivings, and there were several scenes that fell a bit flat for me, I can examine them with hindsight and see a tad more clearly what Wright was attempting and where both he and his characters were in terms of head-space.

Soft Target may not reach the glories of 24 in its heyday, but it's ultimately worth a read. It's a fun, fast-paced thriller, which is ultimately more important than how well it stacks up as a 24 clone. And while I was a bit put-off by Sarah Stone during the opening moments, her past was sufficiently detailed while her present-day experiences helped to shape and inform her, and help her grow to the point that I'll be looking forward to seeing where Wright takes her next. I think she could develop into an interesting, multi-layered heroine and the series as a whole has much potential. Soft Target is a good start to a new adventure series, and I'm hopeful it'll have an explosive future.
4.0 von 5 Sternen A New Genre Proves Wright Can Write More Than Just Horror/Post Apocalyptic World Novels and Do it Well! 18. September 2014
Von James N Simpson - Veröffentlicht auf
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
A fast paced secret agency military organisation fighting terrorism in the UK action novel. Different to the Ian Rob Wright horror, post apocalyptic world norm, which may not be what some fans want, but I always like seeing a dominant writer of one genre prove they can write in others. Soft Target like other books in the government secret agent genre isn't the most realistic novel in the world, but I think when you read that genre you know that going in. Sarah Stone is initially not that likeable a character, but once you've turned enough pages and got to know her, including a few flashback scenes to how she became the disfigured angry woman she is today, she grows on you. Plenty of far fetched action scenes including car chases, jumping out of helicopters, gun battles, a secret underground base (with the cool name of The Worm), villains and terrorists keep you turning the pages until the end.

I liked it, I'll definitely read the sequels when they come out in the future.
4.0 von 5 Sternen WRIGHT PROVES HE'S NOT A ONE TRICK PONY 3. August 2014
Von Jack Millis - Veröffentlicht auf
Format:Kindle Edition
Being a fan of Iain Rob Wright, I was excited to see his new book come out. I loved his books on the paranormal world and the apocalypse, so I was surprised to see that his new book was more on the espionage side, and was going to be part of a series. I like series but I have never gotten into shows like 24 or THE FRINGE. I was happily surprised by SOFT TARGET - I was reminded why I'm a fan of Wright. His novels are about people and he knows how to make you care for them. Even if you don't think of yourself as a MISSION IMPOSSIBLE sort, give this book a read and I think you might change your mind.
5.0 von 5 Sternen Action-packed Thriller with a Great Leading Lady. 25. Juli 2014
Von CrimsonRed - Veröffentlicht auf
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I have read almost all of Iain Rob Wright’s horror novels so I figured I would give this one a try and it did not disappoint. I was a little hesitant because I don’t really like the show 24, and there are a couple direct references, but this book was a pure adrenaline trip with Wright’s always believable characters. Great start to what I hope will be a continued series.
5.0 von 5 Sternen It's Sarah... Ms. Stone if you're nasty. 31. Juli 2014
Von C. B. - Veröffentlicht auf
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Love! Love! Love! Love the character of Sarah Stone. I am a sucker for a strong female protagonist and Ms. Stone just became one of my favorites. I can’t wait to read the next one although I think I may wait for the paperback. I am also a sucker for cool looking cover.
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