In case you’ve been in a coma recently, we’re sharing this video of…well, maybe it’s best you just watch it. It makes you kind of realise why the ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy is so big in the U.S.


Here’s the official synopsis for Andy McNab & Liz Rigbey’s ‘War Torn’ – I wasn’t too far of with my own translation 🙂

War Torn by Andy McNab and Kym JordanTwo tours of Iraq under his belt, Sergeant Dave Henley has seen something of how modern battles are fought. But nothing can prepare him for the posting to Forward Operating Base Senzhiri, Helmand Province, Afghanistan. This is a warzone like even he’s never seen before.
He’s in charge of 1 Platoon, a ragbag collection of rookies who he must meld into a fighting force, and fast. The Afghanistan conflict is as harsh and unforgiving as the country itself. Their convoy is ambushed before they even reach the FOB, and two of his men are grievously wounded, one scorched beyond recognition, the other left with only one leg.

Back at home, the families of the men – and women – at the front wait anxiously for news. Dave’s wife, Jenny, seven months pregnant, must try to hold together the fragile lives of those they left behind, all of whom remain in constant dread of the knock on the door and the visit from the Families Officer, whose job it is to deliver the bad news…

War Torn traces the interwoven stories of one platoon’s experience of warfare in the Twenty First Century. Packed with the searing danger and high-octane excitement of modern combat, it also explores the impact of its aftershocks upon the soldiers themselves, and upon those who love them. It will take you straight into the heat of battle and the hearts of those who are burned by it.

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Well that title should make you curious. And so it should be. Grey Man’s Land wrote about War Torn in a former post, adding some credit to Liz (Elizabeth) Rigbey, an excellent writer, who is the co-writer of this new Andy McNab novel.

But surprisingly there seems to be confusion in publishers-land  when it comes to the good ladies name. Take a look below, and spot the differences! Remains the question ‘why’ Liz is not (or doesn’t want to be) recognised as the co-writer of War Torn (at least in the UK). One has to wonder what kind of promotion this book will get (so far none whatsoever, except on our ‘right-on-top’ fab website, of course). At a presentation I know my first question would be ‘Who is Kym Jordan’?? But of course I know the answer to that one already…


There’s a new book coming this summer, written by Andy with co-writer ‘Kym Jordan’ (Liz Rigbey): ‘War Torn’ – A novel of Men at War.

Small synopsis: “Set both in Afghanistan and the UK, War Torn revolves around a close knit group of soldiers and their friends, families, and loved ones.”

From what I understand is that the book revolves around Sergeant Dave Henley and his unit, who are on a military mission in Helmand, Afghanistan – and the home-front: Jenny Henley and the other women and families left behind: As much as their loved ones are dealing with the dangers in a war-torn country, they struggle with their fear and anxiety, trying to cope with ‘being apart’ and not knowing whether their husbands are hurt…or worse. The story is told from the soldiers point of view as well as that from their spouses at home.

Liz (Elizabeth) Rigbey (1957), Andy’s co-writer,  has written 3 very successful novels: Total Eclipse (1995), Summer Time (2003) and The Hunting Season (2007). She studied English literature, has been a scriptwriter for BBC TV and radio and has also been a consultant for international aid projects in various countries, including Russia, Kenya and Afghanistan. Having 2 children, she says to be inspired by motherhood.

There will be a second book in this series which I think will be published in the summer of 2011. And also good news is that an outline has been optioned by the BBC for a Sunday evening TV drama.

For any non-English speaking fans I’m afraid I only know of one translation so far: The Dutch translation of War Torn will be published in September by Uitgeverij Bruna and the title will be ‘Afghanistan-Missie’.


A new Quick Read title from the author of Bravo Two Zero, published on World Book Day, 4 March.

Afghanistan, 2009. A Rifle section is halfway through their six-month tour of duty in Helmand Province. Sixteen men from their Battalion have already been killed. Forty-seven others have been wounded and flown back home.

The last three months have been tough and it shows. Their kit is in a bad way. They are in a bad way. Young men with tans, scruffy beards, peeling noses and lips burnt raw by the Afghan sun. Despite the hardships they are enjoying their time out here learning how to fight the Taliban. The lads are on their way to becoming the best soldiers in the Army.

Last Night Another Soldier… is the story of four of the young men in this Rifle section, partly told from the point of view of eighteen-year-old squaddie, David ‘Briggsy’ Briggs.

Go here for more information and the first chapter

This book is also available for iPhones, go here for more information.


To mark the publication of his new book ‘Spoken from the Front 2’, ex-SAS man Andy McNab will be giving a talk at the National Army Museum about “modern-day heroes fighting modern-day wars”, on 15 September 2010.

During the talk he will recount the courage and hardship of British servicemen as they face the difficulties posed by the Afghanistan war.

National Army Museum, Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, London
Tel:+44 (0) 207 881 2455
Buses:170 171 360
Trains:Sloane Square
Date:15th Sepember 2010 — 7 PM