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Chris Ryan's Strike Back, Sky1

Chris Ryan's Strike Back, Sky1

Boy's Own adventure with the SAS in Iraq

Andrew Lincoln's SAS soldier ponders the rights and wrongs of invading Iraq
Chris Ryan and Andy McNab are the Pepsi and Coca Cola of gung-ho, modern SAS war fiction, a lucrative genre that these one-man brands have carved up so effectively between them that it would take a gate-crasher of Nick Clegg-like proportions to threaten their duopoly. Both men retain their pseudonymous existence, more for the self-publicising drama of it than for security reasons - although Ryan rather ludicrously asserts that his life would be at risk if his real identity was revealed. Literary critics aren’t that savage, surely.

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Hey, did we watch the same show? - I really liked this. Luther was terrible, by the way

I agree that this is not a very bright piece of work. It`s basically a rerun of Ultimate Force, and just as bad.Richard Armitage is wooden and typecast in bimbo action man roles such as this.I expected better of writing by Jed Mercurio, but then he had a lousy airport novel to work with. This material will only be of interest to 15 yr old boys.The women characters were just ciphers; they were given few lines and were relegated to being saved, sex toys or talking heads in a computer room.

what a pompous review i thought it was really good and i am looking forward to the next episodes,

Did everyone miss the point - the underlying emotion that these lads suffer - they dont just go to war, with any luck see no action and come home to play happy families and the simplicity of life takes over again - they are on a roller coaster. Lives can disintegrate - theres no backup plan to make sure they are alright. Obviously people who can only judge on a superficial level should stick to subjects they know the soaps - may be we should report in the papers with graphic detail, what it is really like and instead of having it capped. Maybe if people were shaken out of their nice comfortable lives to the actual results of war and not just with a few well placed photos or words you wouldn't need to watch a horror movie again. Maybe having real emotion put in to actual words from people who have suffered loss is what this country needs. Most papers dont have the balls to report true life and fall under the control of which ever political party they favour. How many good reporters are there, that can actual capture the essence of a story. We are losing our understanding, our compassion our empathy and our patience.

Thank you for your wonderful comment, IntelIigentblog 13:38! I totally agree with you. Be positive though..there are more like-minded people out there then you think...

There are plenty of negative reviews about this drama. If watching something with "all the emotional nuance of a shoot-em-up video game is your bag, suit yourself. I`d rather watch Wallander any day, and won`t be getting a Sky sub if this is their idea of home grown drama. By the way, Armitage, in a recent interview, said he was "repelled" by the script. But he still did it.Probably got well paid and hoped for the kick it would give his mediocre career.

Bad all round!! Ultimate force all over again!! I realy wonder if Chris Ryan was actualy special forces!! I will not go on as so disappinted!!

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