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Ryan, Chris, 1961-

Alpha Force, a group of five kids dedicated to fighting against injustice in the world, are in Australia helping with a TV reality show. But when Paulo spots a dangerous terrorist hiding out in a nearby town, events suddenly force them into a terrifying adventure as the terrorist seizes hostages and flies off into the bush

Paperback, Book. English. Children's stories. Suspense fiction.
Published London: Red Fox, 2004
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Statement of responsibility: Chris Ryan
ISBN: 0099464241, 9780099464242
Intended audience: Juvenile.
Physical Description: 339 p. ; 20 cm.
Series: Alpha Force
Subject: Great Britain. Army. Special Air Service Juvenile fiction.; Terrorists Juvenile fiction.

Accelerated Reading

Book Level: 5.1
Interest Level: MY
Points: 9
Quiz Number: 208822

Author note

Chris Ryan was born in 1961 in a village near Newcastle. In 1984 he joined the SAS. During his ten years in the Regiment , he was involved in overt and covert operations and was also Sniper team commander of the anti-terrorist team. During the Gulf War, Chris was the only member of an eight-man team to escape from Iraq, of which three colleagues were killed and four captured. It was the longest escape and evasion in the history of the SAS. For this he was awarded the Military Medal. During Ryan's last two years in the Regiment he selected and trained potential SAS recruits, he left the SAS in 1994 and is now the author of many bestselling thrillers for adults, as well as the ALPHA FORCE series for younger readers. His work in security takes him around the world. He has also appeared in a number of TV programmes, including HUNTING CHRIS RYAN, PUSHED TO THE LIMIT (Toughest Families) and TERROR ALERT (Sky TV, 2004).


"Thrilling read"
Teaching and Learning||"Plenty of excitement and action, packed with bush fires, dust storms and some gory survival tactics"
Primary Times||"Fast-paced action thrillers"
Manchester Evening News||"A good suspense plot which kept me gripped throughout"
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Back cover copy

Alpha Force
Target: Terrorist Hostage-Taker
The five members of Alpha Force train hard and are prepared to go anywhere in the world to combat injustice. Recruited to help on a survival show in Australia, they are suddenly thrust into a terrifying ordeal when a hunted terrorist takes desperate measures to escape capture. Alongside the Australian SAS, Alpha Force must act quickly to save lives - even if it means facing the terrifying heat of an out-of-control bush fire...

A breathtaking and action-packed adventure in the Alpha Force series, from bestselling author and ex-SAS hero Chris Ryan, a man who has faced the gruelling reality of modern hostage situations.

Contains Chris Ryan's top SAS tactics on Escape and Evasion