2015
25.06

DEADLINE
by Mike Fleming jr.
24 June 2015

The Weinstein Company is close to winning an auction for a series of 16 bestselling novels by Andy McNab. The intention is to turn the books into a series revolving around former British Army regiment SAS agent Nick Stone. Already, Antoine Fuqua is in early discussions to direct the pilot and be an executive producer. CAA is running the auction. McNab, a former Special Air Service sergeant who was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal, has written 16 volumes based on Stone, who sounds like one tough guy who tries to mix covert work with life, almost like Luther if he was a British intelligence agent rather than a police detective.

Stone’s dilemmas along the course of the book series include finding a 7-year old daughter alongside the bodies of his slain SAS friend and his wife, and then keeping the kid alive when someone tries to finish the job; taking a side job kidnapping a Russian mobster to transport to St. Petersburg, only to find he has been deceived about the end game; or being promised American citizenship so he can live with the woman he loved, if he goes to Algeria and brings back the severed head of a money launderer.

In the last book, For Valour, which was published in 2016, Stone was tasked with tracking down a deadly sniper who just killed two men as he tries to keep a lid on top secret information. TWC will develop the property for series and set it up when it’s ready. It certainly sounds like fertile ground for edgy episodic fare. Fuqua got involved because he and TWC worked so well on his upcoming film, the boxing tale Southpaw with Jake Gyllenhaal. Fuqua is currently directing The Magnificent Seven, with an ensemble for the Western that is topped by his Equalizer and Training Day star Denzel Washington, and Jurassic World star Chris Pratt. Fuqua is repped by CAA.

Source: Deadline.com

2015
12.06

Andy McNab on the latest Tom Buckingham thriller by The Oldie Magazine Recordings on Mixcloud

2015
09.06

Andy McNab is twice the psychopath with the publishing of ‘Sorted!: The Good Psychopath’s Guide to Bossing Your Life’ (The Good Psychopath 2).
This sequel to ‘The Good Psychopath’s Guide to Success’ will be out for sale on 13 August.

Product details:
Authors: Dr Kevin Dutton & Andy McNab
Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Bantam Press (13 Aug. 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0593075579
ISBN-13: 978-0593075579

Book Description:
An experiential guide on how to use your inner psychopath to get what you want out of life

To talk about Sorted! Andy and Kevin will be present at the Autumn Festival organised by Harts Books in Saffron Walden on Thursday 17th September!

When & Where: 7.30pm, Friends’ School Hall

“The usually shadowy figure of SAS hero Andy McNab will be centre stage and in the limelight. With his co-author Dr Kevin Dutton, he talks about their book, Sorted: the Good Psychopath’s Guide to Bossing your Life. Dutton is a psychologist who studies psychopaths. McNab is a diagnosed psychopath – but a good one – who can control his qualities of fearlessness, decisiveness and ruthlessness to get the best out of himself. This unlikely duo has put together what they call the Seven Deadly Wins: the personality quirks which make the difference between win or lose.
If that shrouded figure on TV has ever intrigued you, now’s your chance to meet him in the flesh.”

Tickets are £12.50 and you can book here.

Sorted!: The Good Psychopath’s Guide to Bossing Your Life

2015
14.05

WHSmith Blog post 6 May 2015

Andy McNab: The Ideas Behind State of Emergency

The main idea for State of Emergency, the third Tom Buckingham thriller, came from being asked to be part of a policy group for the government looking at the rise of the right wing in the military. There have been concerns for a long time that the UK should be ready for the potential of this. Other European countries, especially Germany, have experienced the right wing gaining real momentum within the military and becoming a strong force.

The danger comes when you have an extreme right wing that are militarised, and also returning extremists from places like Syria who are similarly weapons trained. Suddenly you are looking at two extreme and potentially deadly groups, ready to clash on the streets of British towns and cities. The descent into chaos and the disintegration of society that I depict in State of Emergency  is a natural follow on once we have paramilitary groups on British soil fighting each other.

The rise of the right wing is just as scary and just as much of a risk to homeland security as the returning extremists. We hear a lot in the media about the issue of these returning Jihadi fighters and tend to see them as the main threat, but this isn’t the case, both groups are dangerous in different ways, and the clash between them is potentially lethal.

If we were to see another tragic murder like that of Lee Rigby last year, we could potentially see reprisals from the militarised right wing to radicalised extremists now trained from their experiences in Syria and elsewhere and able to retaliate. No one wants to see all out war on our streets.

It was looking at these issues afresh, as part of this policy group, which made me wonder ‘what if this militarised and active right wing really did exist now, and what if there was a guy using their passion and fundamentalism for his own gain in politics?’

That is where the idea of developing the character of Vernon Rolt came from. The original idea for Rolt who I introduced in Fortress, the second Tom Buckingham novel, wasn’t as extreme. He is a right wing extremist in a suit, similar to several political figures across Europe – smart, articulate, well groomed and well educated. Rolt became a character that represented the right wing of the future, a far more sophisticated and politically influential group than the cliché of bomber jackets and skinheads. If you look at politicians such as Geert Wilders in the Netherlands and Marine Le Pen in France, you can see that the eloquent and charismatic far right politicians have been making their mark. Rolt has evolved and developed, he has got a taste for power and likes it.

At the end of Fortress, I wanted to take this idea of a passionate and militarised right wing forward. I wanted State of Emergency to look at what happened if Rolt actually DID get the power at a time when anarchy was growing and the UK was a tinderbox waiting to go one way or the other.

I found it fascinating to get under the skin of these characters with such extreme views, and to look at what might happen to society here in the UK if the politicians aren’t prepared and let opposing forces bring anarchy and violence to our streets.

Source: WHSmith website

2015
02.05

Andy is signing books again and talking about his latest Tom Buckingham novel ‘State of Emergency’.  Hope you’ll be able to attend one of these events and see if Andy’s face is really as pixelated as he likes us to think!

16 May
Andy McNab will be signing books.
WHSmith – 124-126 Victoria Centre, Nottingham
12:30 in UTC+01

17 May
Andy McNab will be signing books.
Waterstones Milton Keynes – Unit 72 Misummer Place, Milton Keynes
12:00 in UTC+01

18 May
Andy McNab will be giving a talk and signing copies of his book.
Bookmark – 20 The Crescent, Spalding Lincolnshire
19:15 in UTC+

19 May
Andy McNab will be giving a talk and signing copies of his book in conjunction with the Waterstones in Doncaster.
The event will take place at the Danum Hotel – High Street, Doncaster at 7:30pm.

20 May – afternoon
Andy McNab will be signing copies of his book.
WHSmith Newcastle – 36 Northumberland St, Newcastle
12:30 in UTC+01

20 May – evening
A talk and book signing with Andy McNab.
Guisborough Bookshop – 4 Chaloner Street, Guisborough North Yorkshire
19:00 in UTC+01

21 May
Andy McNab will be at the Loch Leven Community Library to give a talk and to sign copies of his book.
Loch Leven Community Library – Loch Leven Community Campus, Muirs Kinross
19:30 in UTC+01

22 May – afternoon
Andy McNab will be signing copies of his book.
Waterstones Stirling – Unit 1 Thistle Marches, Thistles Shopping Centre Stirling
12:30 in UTC+01

22 May- evening
Andy McNab will be giving a talk and signing copies of his book.
Crown and Mitre Hotel – Castle Street, Carlisle
19:30 in UTC+01

23 May
Andy McNab will be signing copies of his book.
Waterstones Market Harborough – 7 The Square, Market Harborough
12:00 in UTC+01

Source: Andy McNab’s official Facebook page

Andy McNab book signing in Basingstoke 2014

Andy McNab book signing in Basingstoke 2014

2015
11.04

ChildLine Rocks is a voluntary committee which was established in 2008 to raise money through live music and other shenanigans for ChildLine.

2015 will see the fifth ChildLine Rocks/Sons of Royalty annual Harley Davidson fundraising motorcycle (or car) ride in aid of charity ChildLine, a service provided by the NSPCC.

Andy wrote a great blog about his trips with – and for – this organisation..

The Great British Invasion – by Andy McNab

“I’ve been into bikes for about 25 years. I first started getting into them when I was in the army, purely because I had the chance to go and get my motorbike licence when I was serving.

They said, ‘Right, you’ve got a week off – go and learn how to ride.’ The bikes we learnt on were these dreadful old 250cc CanAm Bombardiers, but from there I just got into two wheels because it was easier to get around. I’ve had everything from £300 shitters that fall apart after ten minutes to a BMW R1200RT, which is what I’ve got now.

I started going on the Great British Invasion about four years ago, and I’ve done it three times now. I met the organiser of it through a mutual friend, and he just said, ‘Look, we’re basically going to scream around the States on Harleys and raise money for a charity called Childline Rocks.’ I liked the fact that it was all organised for you and you didn’t have to worry about anything: you get there and you’ve already chosen your bike, which is waiting for you. You even get a route card every day. When I turned up to my first Invasion all you had to do was get on the bike, ride from British Columbia in Canada and cross the border through all the National Parks into Montana and Idaho – simple. There were some fantastic rides. I’ve just carried on doing it from there, really.

It’s just really free and easy – my wife even comes on it with me. We get a Harley Electra Glide, because it’s basically got a sofa on the back. So she sits on that and I annoy her by constantly flicking the radio channels every two minutes. On the last one through Mississippi and Louisiana we were passing all these hugely religious towns with big crosses everywhere, so I just used to flick the radio onto the Christianity channel. That annoyed her even more, because she’s Jewish.

The Great British Invasion is basically like the coolest, craziest road trip ever. You’ve got a great collection of people who go on it for a start: there’s the Sons of Royalty, the ride’s house band who play loads of gigs along the way, plus people from the music business, the finance industry and lots of ex-military people. The first event in 2008 had a couple of very senior people from the armed forces, including a chap called Brigadier Richard Dennis, who used to be in charge of the entire British Army. He remains the only person to ever get lost on a Great British Invasion, which he actually managed three times. He said he wasn’t lost, just ‘geographically embarrassed.’ We gave him a hard time about it, but he took it very well.

It’s a great mix of people. You end up making some really good friends – you can get to a town and there’ll be loads of people on Harleys waiting to meet you and join you for a bit of the ride. It’s quite funny that there are all these former soldiers that go on it as well. The year before last there were a few blokes from the SAS and a couple of Marines, who’d heard about the Great British Invasion from somewhere. We all turned up and they came over and went, ‘Alright Andy, what the bloody hell are you doing here?’ But having so many former soldiers has its disadvantages. We were near Salt Lake City in Utah and there was a gun range there, where you could just go and try out all these firearms. That’s all anyone wanted to do – shoot Glocks and AK47s. The problem is that us military people had no fun, because we basically had to tutor them all day. It was like we were running a bloody course!

I’d say a typical day involves about 200 miles of riding – 250 at the most. When you’re going through these huge National Parks in places like Utah you have a pretty long day in the saddle, but it’s not like you’re on a motorway: you’re on these amazing roads going through the sort of stunning scenery that we’ve all been brought up on watching Westerns. It’s a great part of the world to explore on a bike, because you’ve got the freedom to stop and do what you want. People on the Great British Invasion are always seeing something and peeling off to investigate. On the last one we were going through Mississippi and people were taking detours to go and see BB King’s old house and all this stuff; I was with a mate of mine, and his girlfriend decided she wanted to try this shellfish in some minging old hut somewhere that she’d read about. So we went and had this meal and guess what? It was absolutely rank. She loved it, though. But we finished, got back on the road and caught up with everyone. Nobody cares – it’s all very chilled out.

Riding a Harley around the Deep South of America makes a bit more sense than doing it round Yorkshire. I’ve never had a Harley over here. If you see a load of blokes turn up on Harleys in the UK wearing all the gear, they take their helmets off and it’s usually a bunch of retired accountants and dentists – they’re the only ones who can afford all the official Harley stuff. It’s not really a bike for me, but if you’re in the States it’s universal. Everybody’s got one, and everyone does the Great British Invasion on a Harley. You have to.

You’d have thought we’d get strange looks all rocking up into towns on Harleys, but we don’t at all. I think they’re just so used to it over there. If 20 blokes on Harleys rolled into Basildon, people would be looking around thinking, ‘Hang on, what’s going on here?’ But in the States it’s just the norm, so people aren’t intimidated. They’ll come over and have a chat about the bikes. In Montana they knew were coming and about 60 people on Harleys turned up and joined us. I love that about America.

One of the best things about the Great British Invasion is that you’ll probably see Morgan Freeman at some point, who is one of the coolest people on the planet. I first met him in Los Angeles years ago on a social thing, because one of my business partners is in films and knows him really well. We were in a hotel there and got introduced to him, and he ended up spending the evening with us. He and my wife really got on because of yoga – Morgan’s a bit of a hippy. So we began this friendship, but when the idea started for last year’s Great British Invasion to go through Mississippi, the plan was to end up at a club called Ground Zero in Clarksdale, which Morgan co-owns. Anyway, the people organising the ride wanted to see if the Sons of Royalty could play a gig there, so my wife said, ‘Hang on, I know Morgan – I’ll ask him.’ She emailed him to see if they could play on a Wednesday or something, but he came back saying, ‘Let’s do it on a Saturday – we’ll make a massive thing of it!’

He’s a lovely bloke. With people at the top of their profession like him, all the bullshit disappears. It’s the people in the middle who throw wobblies and demand six hairdressers and all that shit. He’s got it sorted: he goes to LA to film and then comes back to Mississippi.

When you speak to him, the Shawshank Redemption instantly comes into your head. Well, that and the recent mobile phone ad he did! I told him about that and he’s going, ‘What?’ I was saying what a brilliant advert it was, but he didn’t have a clue about it. He was laughing going, ‘Is that what it’s come down to now? Flogging cell phones?’ He’s an icon, and a very funny guy as well.

When we’re riding about we’ve all got these Sons of Royalty patches, which the Brigadier had initially advised us against wearing because he thought we might get into trouble in that part of America. But you have to bear in mind where you are in the world. The black/white thing still exists in the Deep South – not as much as it used to, maybe, but it’s still very much there. On the last ride we’d stopped off at one of these picnic places in the middle of nowhere to get something to eat and this van turned up with all these White Supremacist stickers on it. One of the ex-Marines who was there was a black guy, and he was reading these slogans and just couldn’t believe. So he goes over to these people and says, ‘What (i) is (i) all this?’ He was trying to get them to explain all the racist jokes they had on the van, but they started waffling on about freedom of speech and all that. You just have to laugh at them, really. The thing is, I remember being in North Carolina having a BBQ at a picnic area and all of a sudden a Ku Klux Klan meeting started happening. I was like, ‘What the fuck is this all about?’ So to get back to the point, no one cares if you’ve got a few patches on the back of your jacket. You can do what you like.

The Great British Invasion is a bit like a really good-natured stag do. For me, I’d never been to places like Montana and Idaho before – I thought Idaho was flat and they just grew spuds there. Absolutely not: it’s mountainous, has amazing scenery and is great for riding. All of a sudden, you’re going to all these cool new places, having a right laugh, listening to great music, having a few drinks, talking to some nice people – it’s brilliant. You end up in these one-horse towns waffling on to some fantastically random people. It can get quite boozy, mind – some of the lads really go for it.

Obviously I have to keep up the whole anonymity thing while I’m on the ride, and it is in the back of my mind, but I just have to be sensible with it. It’s nothing to doing with Iraq or any of that – it’s to do with Northern Ireland and the stuff I used to do there. But a lot of the time you’ve got a helmet on so everyone looks quite similar. Mind you, in some States you can ride without a lid, and someone was taking the piss saying, ‘Look out Andy, the bloke with the shades and the scarf on his head is gonna stick out like a sore thumb – those insurgents will definitely find you!’

If you’re thinking of doing the Great British Invasion, just do it. Seriously. It’s a great way to have a brilliant time and raise money for a worthy cause as well. There’s none of this having to run five marathons in five days malarkey – you get on a bike, ride round the States and raise loads of cash for children who need our help. Easy. Who wouldn’t want to do that?”

Read more information about The Great British Invasion 2015 here on the Childline Rocks website

2014 Childline charity Harley Davidson bike ride - Photo from website gallery

2014 Childline charity Harley Davidson bike ride – Photo from website gallery