Review: Ghost Flight by Bear Grylls

Tuesday 23 June 2015
Title: Ghost Flight
Author: Bear Grylls
Publisher: Orion
Publication Date: 4th June 2015
Pages: 464
ISBN: 9781409156819
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 5/5
Purchase: Amazon
A mother and child savagely abducted from a snow-swept mountainside.

A loyal soldier tortured and executed on a remote Scottish moor.

A lost warplane discovered in the heart of the Amazon jungle, harbouring a secret of earth-shattering evil.

A desperate race to defeat a terrifying conspiracy emanating from the darkest days of Nazi Germany.

One thread unites them all. Only one man can unravel it. Will Jaeger. The Hunter.

When I found out that Bear Grylls was releasing a thriller I couldn't wait to read it. In terms of pure excitement, thrills and adrenaline rushes, Ghost Flight has it all. If I had to describe our main character, Will Jaeger, then I'd say he was a cross between Bear Grylls, Ross Kemp and Danny Dyer. Or at least that's how I pictured him.

Ghost Flight is a difficult book to summarise because of just how much story it contains, and the complicated threads that make up the inventive mystery within the story. Will Jaeger is haunted by the disappearance of his wife and son. Rescued by an old friend they must achieve the impossible and escape from a very well-protected African island. Returning to the UK Jaeger is tasked with leading an expedition into the Mountain of the Gods in the Amazon jungle to examine the secrets of a lost WWII warplane, one that harbours explosive secrets and terrifying forces are intent on keeping the warplane hidden forever.

Bear Grylls goes into a lot of detail, and he is obviously more than qualified to write an action-packed adventure thriller such as this one. The atmosphere just seeps from the pages, I felt as if I was in the Amazonian jungle myself. Before that though we have probably one of the most thrilling scenes I have ever read in a book with Jaeger jumping from 30,000 feet strapped to a sexy Russian who is part of the expedition team but who Jaeger thinks might be the person responsible for the death of his friend. The scenes between Jaeger and Irina Narov are electric, and I think he's more than met his match in Narov.

The mystery element is brilliantly done, complicated in places this is a book you definitely need to give your full attention to but it's totally worth it. It's a thought-provoking read, with a story that is at times frighteningly realistic and believable. The whole thing has been beautifully well-researched and I stopped guessing how things would progress early on as it was a wasted task. As the book nears its conclusion things get very exciting.

We are really given a sense of Jaeger's character. How haunted he is by the disappearance of his family, and his need to find answers to where they are. Despite him coming across as a little bit superhuman at times (which is expected from a thriller) he is a believable character, and unlike other books in this genre he felt original and not a rehash of characters I've read about before. He's a character I think we will continue to learn about as the series progresses, and I for one can't wait.

In terms of a book ending and leaving you wanting more, Bear Grylls ends the book on the biggest cliffhanger meaning that readers will be left desperate for more. I hope the follow-up isn't too far away as this book is a thriller in every sense of the word, and Bear Grylls has created a character in Will Jaeger that I can't wait to read about again.


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