2010
30.11

BFBS Radio: Richard Hatch interviewed Andy on Friday while he was in Kabul. Thanks for sending this Nicky!

2010
27.11

To celebrate the release of the fantastic new Nick Stone novel Planet Rock is teaming up with Andy McNab to offer you the chance of winning a signed copy of ZERO HOUR along with a PURE One Classic DAB Radio.

From Monday 29 November we will be giving away a copy of ZERO HOUR and a PURE ONE Classic each day. Listen out for the clues which Andy McNab will be giving you throughout the day which point to a particular military themed song.

All you need to do is come here to www.planetrock.com/zerohour and name the song and you will go into a prize draw.

2010
27.11

The latest installment in the Nick Stone series, Zero Hour follows the former special forces soldier through a series of British deniable operations.

The missions are uncannily familiar – namely, an Israeli bombing raid in Syria and a British-led bombing operation blamed on Islamic extremists. Not only that, but Stone has his doubts about the purpose behind a supposed rescue mission. He resolves to watch his back and keep all options open.

As always, the former SAS soldier throws food down his neck, cuts away from difficult feelings and does an awful lot of shopping down at the hardware store. Readers can rely upon his Green Beret abilities to navigate the world, locate a solar plexus and sniff out a stitch-up.

Travelling through Syria, Moldova, the Netherlands and Norfolk, the rock-hard hero battles all manner of obstacles and foes – from Russian gangsters to bent Romanian soldiers and Scouse pimps. Harbouring suspicions, Stone has to do some digging and find out why MI5 would want to rescue an arms dealer’s daughter so badly.

New methods of surveillance and electronic warfare are explored in the book, from GCHQ monitoring of Facebook through to British tampered microchips installed in enemy missile defence systems.

The analysis of Iran, North Korea, Syria and the nuclear proliferation debate is incisive, making this book a light must-read for international relations students. The complexity of the international chess game is balanced with an engaging and fast-moving plot.

McNab knows how to play to his audience and allows his protagonist to have every sort of adventure that is not possible or permissible in ordinary life; stealing a lifeboat, assuming multiple identities and drawing on a thorough knowledge of kitchen bomb building to get the job done.

The real-life experience of the author brings Nick Stone to life and makes this dirty, bloody, spy novel the working-man’s answer to James Bond.

Source: The Global Herald

2010
27.11

“Our troops are fighting a war as professional soldiers, not victims, and the sooner everyone switches on to this fact, the better” ~ Andy McNab

Andy McNab: In the eyes of the Army, the BBC stands ‘Accused’ over drama
27 November 2010

“It makes me furious the way our soldiers are continuously portrayed as victims in life: victims of war, victims of bullying, victims of bad organisation and leadership.

If an alien had landed in the UK at any time in the last five years, it could be forgiven for thinking that the British Army consists of compete idiots or sadistic bullies.

The truth is, the Army has never been as well-equipped, trained, or experienced as it is right now. And, contrary to popular belief, soldiers do not moan about being issued bad boots, nor are they preparing to hang themselves. They are far from victims.

They are highly competent, professional soldiers who join to fight in Afghanistan; doing exactly the job they have been trained to do.

I am writing this article from Afghanistan, while visiting our troops for a few days. And, guess what, I haven’t seen a single victim, idiot or bully yet. All I see, wherever I look, are soldiers getting on with the job.

I served in the British Army for 18 years, both in the infantry and in the SAS. I have trained recruits and commanded soldiers on hundreds of operations, and I know that our soldiers do not want or need our pity.

Today, along with my writing, I am director of an international private security company which has involvement in many countries, including Afghanistan. I employ soldiers when they leave the Army because they are a high quality product. Not traumatised victims.

The continuous drip effect of “our poor boys” is as incorrect as it is unhelpful. If we, at home, continually feel sorry for our soldiers, this will affect the way our army fights for our national interest.

The latest incident of soldier victimisation reared its ugly head during Accused, BBC One’s new drama following those accused of crimes awaiting the verdict of their trial.

In the second instalment of the six-part series, shown on Monday, the drama focused on the British Army, notably the extreme culture of bullying and intimidation in a fictitious army unit in Helmand Province.

One soldier is shown committing suicide after enduring retribution for having failed to show courage in combat. In one scene, the victimised soldier has a barrel of human excrement poured over him.

General Sir Peter Wall, the Chief of the General Staff, wrote to the BBC director general, Mark Thompson, calling Accused “inaccurate and misleading”, and “deeply distasteful and offensive” to the families of soldiers in Helmand. General Wall also demanded that the programme be dropped.

Accused was written by Jimmy McGovern, the 61-year-old author of Cracker and The Street. McGovern has been quoted as saying: “As a dramatist I was interested in exploring how soldiers have to be of a certain mindset to kill.”

But what McGovern has done, and the BBC allowed him to do, was ignore the first rule of writing – write what you know.

I have sold more than 30 million books and written two Hollywood film scripts based on my own experience, but I would never dream of writing about a pub landlord in a gritty northern town. Because I wouldn’t have a clue.”

Go here to read the full article in The Telegraph

2010
26.11

After a tough day of EOD, you’ve gotta cut loose…

2010
26.11

Andy McNab has fitted Nick Stone out with all the latest kit in his new novel Zero Hour, and some of the stuff isn’t what you’d expect an SAS hard man to be carrying around.
Stone treats himself to (or is provided with):

So, you may not be an international man of mystery like Nick Stone, but this Christmas you can certainly accessorize like one!