2017
08.27

Happy to show you the answers Andy gave to YOUR questions! We thought Roy Jones did a lot of thinking to come up with his question so he’ll get send the new Sean Harker Silent Weapon by Andy McNab, signed and all! Congratulations Roy.

We’ll start with his intriguing ‘case study’ and we’re curious to see what Andy made of it.

Yourself and your closest squad mate are offered work. The first placement is CP for a high level VIP, the second placement is to take out the CP of the high level VIP. Whichever one you take, your squad mate gets the other placement. Which placement would you take? ~Roy Jones

Andy: “It would be to take the VIP protection job and my mate to take the job of trying to drop me. There are two reasons why: Firstly, I have got the easier job. Secondly, there is always the chance that my mate simply couldn’t carry out the job because of our friendship. Thirdly, if he does attack I then have no other option but to fight and then we see who comes out still breathing at the end.”

Do you have any plans in writing your 4th autobiography? Considering you most definitely have plenty enough material for it. ~Bhakti Dave

“If my publishers are reading this and want to pay me to write autobiography number four, I am on it!”

I’d like to ask Andy if he is knowledgeable about Blair Mayne, otherwise known as Paddy from my hometown of Newtownards. I’d love to know what he thinks of him. ~Kindest regards, Georgie Davidson

“Yes, I do know the Paddy Mayne (SAS) story and have read the accounts of both his exploits during World War II and what I can only call the political stitch up in not awarding him the Victoria Cross. Paddy clearly deserved the decoration and I have seen the recommendation document that was later amended by people who were jealous or simply didn’t like the idea of somebody like him being awarded such a high decoration. There have been attempts in the past to try and have a posthumous VC awarded to Paddy but unfortunately I don’t think that it will ever happen.”

Now you have a CBE – which medal means the most to you? ~Richard Lister

“A great and at the same time an annoying question because I haven’t really thought about it until now. I guess it is the ACSM (Accumulated Campaign Service Medal). It’s awarded to anyone who has served over 1080 days of active service. I was awarded it as a young infantryman and even having won the Military Medal a couple of years before, this award made me feel like a true professional soldier.”

My question is: what is Andy’s favourite book he has written, and by another author? ~Kind regards, Richard Joyce

“My favourite written book is always the last one, so it has to be Line of Fire. [Published later this year ~GML]
It certainly was the quickest (five months), easiest and most fun to write. Maybe because Nick is working with two ex military guys and I could play about with the piss takes and general mate stuff that felt authentic and how I would be with my mates. The best book by another author is Touching the Void by Joe Simpson. it’s short, sharp and so straight to the point. At the same time, it gives you an incredible sense of environment. In the case of Touching the Void, that environment is ice, snow and mountains, and you definitely feel you are there and experiencing all that with him. It also gives you more than that – you can feel the cold but you can also understand the fear, anxiety and pain of the two men involved because it’s a story of a mountain climb that goes very wrong.”

What further actions will you be taking to increase awareness regarding literacy, and what demonstrable success stories can you share?

“I intend to really tear the arse out of my award of a CBE and I hope it can open a few more doors and that there are people on the other side of those doors who are able to help. Because I’ll talk to anyone who will listen about reading and about the fact that reading has the power to change lives. Noone is thick, they are just uneducated and if I can do it and change my life, frankly anyone can.”

Did ‘Brand McNab’ follow a particular business model, or was it an organic growth?

“No brand planning at all, it just got a life of its own. My intention was just to write one book and that was Bravo Two Zero. But because of its success the publishers asked if I wanted to write another one, so I thought yeah why not? And that system carried on for years, every book was a punt because maybe readers would like it or maybe not. But that has changed now and its all a bit more formal.”

Last year Chris Ryan’s family was targeted by a terrorist cell. What is the likelihood of something like this happening to you, and how does this affect you professionally, as well as personally?~Jan Radovic

“This is a constant problem and one that all members of the Special Air Service are aware of. Over the years I’ve had a number of threats, the most recent was when I was in Northern Ireland taking part in some fundraising events for the Police Service of Northern Ireland. Soldiers will not be only ones that were killed and lost limbs during that war. I’ve also been vocal about the rise of Islamic terrorism and could be thought of as a headline grabbing victim. That is why I try my best to keep a low profile and not show my face. Because it’s just not me that I have to think about but also the the safety of my family. It’s not about hiding in doorways, just trying to be as low-profile as possible yet at the same time carrying out my job and living life.”

Have you caught up with any ex members of Bravo 20? ~ Mark Heelas

“Not for quite a few years. Everyone has now zoomed off to different parts of the world. But it’s just life. People are brought together for work, friendship or just circumstances, but we all move on to other things. I’m not that emotional about this kind of stuff.”

Thanks so much Andy for taking the time to answer all our questions! 

Silent Weapon is published 10 August by Doubleday Childrens.

Product details: 

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 085753467X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857534675