Andy McNab was born in December, 1959, and abandoned on the steps of Guy’s Hospital as an infant. Though adopted by a caring couple shortly thereafter, McNab experienced hardship throughout his young life as his family struggled to make ends meet in economically-depressed south London. Like so many children of the world’s housing estates, McNab became involved in petty crimes– until finally arrested for participating in a burglarly.
The experience of jail influenced Andy McNab to change his life, and at sixteen he enlisted in the Army and was eventually assigned to the Royal Green Jackets as an infantry soldier.
The RGJ was Andy McNab’s home for eight years, most of his time being spent in South Armagh, a dangerous hotbed of IRA terrorism. He was by all accounts an excellent soldier, and performed professionally under fire even while facing the horrors of war firsthand.
Andy sought even greater challenges than he had been faced with in Northern Ireland, and in 1984 he passed SAS Selection on his second attempt and was badged as a member of the world’s most elite special forces unit. In nine years spent with B Squadron 22 SAS, McNab participated in operations in Northern Ireland, Africa, South America, and many places where SAS involvement remains classified to this day.
Having served with distinction throughout his career, Andy McNab was chosen in January of 1991 to lead the now-famous Bravo Two Zero patrol into the heart of Iraq during the Gulf War.
Tasked with locating SCUD launching sites, Bravo Two Zero were left truly on their own deep behind enemy lines. With comms that didn’t work and questionable intel, B20 was essentially helpless. Eventually they were compromised, and after a brutal firefight with Iraqi forces, the patrol split up while evading their pursuers.
Iraqi agents eventually captured and tortured Bravo Two Zero patrol members Andy McNab, ‘Mal’, ‘Mike Coburn,’ and ‘Dinger’, while Chris Ryan made a grueling escape on foot. Sadly, soldiers Vince Phillips, Bob Consiglio, and Steve Lane lost their lives to the brutal weather conditions and enemy fire.
McNab held up under torture as well as any human being could, and eventually he and the other surviving B20 patrol members were released from Iraqi custody. McNab returned to life in the SAS, his post-war assignments including participation in the ultra-elite and secret “Revolutionary Warfare Wing.”
Andy McNab retired from the military in February 1993, and went on to write what has become one of the most critically-acclaimed and best-selling military memoirs of all time, Bravo Two Zero, his personal account of the ill-fated mission in Iraq.
Following the phenomenal sales of Bravo Two Zero with the instant classic Immediate Action, Andy McNab became recognised as a publishing force to be reckoned with, and began a successful fiction career with the publication of his first Nick Stone novel, Remote Control.
Andy McNab has gone on to publish dozens of books, including the teen-oriented “Boy Soldier” and “Dropzone” series, as well as non-fiction titles such as Seven Troop and Spoken from the Front. Andy regularly tops the bestseller lists and has a number of movie deals in the works to bring his novels to the big screen.
When he’s not penning his novels, making movie deals, or writing for newspapers, McNab acts as a consultant to film and television productions as well as training journalists to stay alive in hostile territory.