2009
23.09

Dropzone Book 1 will be published in February and it’s another teen book. But as the Boy Soldier series was a good read for adults, I’m assuming this will be too.

Synopsis:
Ethan Blake is seventeen and desperate to escape from his dead-end life. When he sees someone B.A.S.E. jump from the top of his block of flats, it changes the way he sees the world for ever.

Soon, Ethan is caught up in the adrenaline-fuelled world of skydiving. He’s a natural, so it’s no surprise when he’s invited to join an elite skydive team, but is he signing up for more than just jumping out of planes?

The team’s involved in covert military operations – missions that require a special kind of guts, missions so secret even MI5 denies all knowledge.

2009
28.08

From Amazon:

Three tons of Saddam Hussein’s gold in an unguarded warehouse in Dubai…For two of Nick Stone’s closest ex-SAS comrades, it was to have been the perfect, victimless crime.

But when they’re double-crossed and the robbery goes devastatingly wrong, only Stone can identify his friends’ killer and track him down…As one harrowing piece of the complex and sinister jigsaw slots into another, Stone’s quest for vengeance becomes a journey to the heart of a chilling conspiracy, to which he and the beautiful Russian investigative journalist with whom he has become ensnared unwittingly hold the key.

Ticking like a time-bomb, brimming with terror and threat, Andy McNab’s latest Nick Stone adventure is a high-voltage story of corruption, cover-up and blistering suspense – the master thriller writer at his electrifying, unputdownable best.

2009
06.08

Review by Ecstatic Gaucho Blog 

The enduring effects of war was one of the themes of Andy McNab’s first radio play Last Night, Another Soldier that aired on Saturday. McNab is best known for his first book Bravo Two Zero, which tells about his involvement in a failed SAS patrol in the First Gulf War in 1991. I’ve never read the book, but must have built up preconceptions that it was fairly gung-ho. I think must have had these ideas, because the play surprised me.

McNab’s attitude to conflict is a bit more complex. His autobiography, published last year, told how his friends and fellow SAS members suffered after leaving the regiment for the mundanities of civilian life. The portrayal of war in Last Night… was not exactly glorious either.

The story centres around Briggsy, an 18-year-old squaddie on his first tour in Afghanistan. Starting with a firefight in an Afghan maize field, and it’s clear that battle is exhilarating. It’s also very dangerous – one a soldier dies a gurgling death.

Briggsy isn’t just in Afghanistan because he’s after a buzz. A desire to create a stable, democratic Afghan state isn’t really what’s driving him either. He’s from Peckham (like McNab himself) and was brought up by his mum after his alcoholic dad left. The army offers a future, an education and a tight bond of comradeship. It also offers him a connection to his dad.

Mr Briggs Senior was in the army too and served in the Falklands. After talks with the platoon medic and his own taste of battle, Briggsy starts to suspect that his dad’s wayward behaviour was probably as a result of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Afterall, 258 British soldiers died in the conflict in the South Atlantic, but over 300 have committed suicide since then.

The play shows the comradeship of the army as central to the experience. Briggsy’s colleagues are drawn from all corners of the UK, and even Fiji, but have to lay down any differences in those Central Asian fields. The brotherhood of the soldiers takes precedence over questions about the morality of what they are doing.

The ethics of what Britain and the Western powers are doing in Afghanistan is not really dwelt on for too long in the play. Last Night… is in a sense an open work: the reader is left to work out whether we think the enterprise is a good thing or not. McNab’s soldiers might say that decisions like that are made by ‘pencil necks’ behind their desks.

The Afghan conflict is a conundrum. It’s difficult to know if we should we be there, or even if can we make a difference. Whatever happens, there’s bound to be someone collecting newspaper cuttings about it for some time to come.

2009
06.08

Thursday 06 Aug 2009

Today, GoSpoken.com, mobile platform for audio and eBooks, and the book publisher Faber and Faber announced a partnership to bring their ebooks to mobile. The full catalogue of almost 200 ebook titles from Faber and Faber will be made available to all UK mobile phone subscribers.
‘We actively seek to make the books we publish available to as many readers as possible. This means being open-minded about formats. Mobile phones represent a new and hugely interesting market for ebooks and GoSpoken are now the ideal platform to make this intention a reality.’ Henry Volans, Head of Digital Publishing, Faber and Faber

GoSpoken.com has established relationships with Vodafone UK, Hutchison 3G UK, Orange, Nokia and BlackBerry. A books-on-mobile icon was pushed out to all BlackBerry Storm and Bold devices on the Vodafone UK network in February this year.

Ex-SAS (Special Air Service) operative turned best-selling author, Andy McNab founded the audio-and-eBook-for-mobile company, which was then supported by Lord Ashcroft’s investment organisations. GoSpoken now offers more than 5,000 titles from authors now including the Faber authors Alan Bennett, Sebastian Barry and P.D. James. Mobile phone owners can browse and buy Faber and Faber’s titles in text format and download each book in minutes over any operator’s network.

Most of Faber’s eBooks cost between £7 and £10 and can be purchased via the mobile phone bill or mobile credit card payment.

“Since leaving the armed forces, books have become my life, so making them easily accessible in this way is a natural progression,” said Andy McNab, founder of GoSpoken.com.

The service is accessible at GoSpoken.com or by texting SPOKEN to 60300 (UK).

Source: Book Trade

2009
22.05

Andy McNab's

2009
16.02

From The Times February 16, 2009
By Lilly Peel

As an SAS soldier, Andy McNab was used to being thrust into unknown, hostile territory to carry out special operations. Now the author-turned-businessman has set his sights on a new terrain: the burgeoning e-book market. The author of Bravo Two Zero plans to take on heavyweights such as Amazon and Sony to win a slice of the action.

GoSpoken, the audio book company Mr McNab co-founded in 2007, will announce tomorrow that it has struck a deal with Research in Motion (RIM), the maker of the BlackBerry, to supply e-books for its smartphones. Under a deal between RIM, Vodafone and GoSpoken, a GoSpoken e-reader application will be launched for BlackBerry Storm and BlackBerry Bold handsets for Vodafone customers in the UK. GoSpoken expects to roll the service out to other networks and handset makers soon.
GoSpoken is talking to Nokia about providing the service on their phones, she said. The company has already signed content deals with several book publishers, including Penguin, Random House and HarperCollins. Many titles are already available as audio books to Vodafone and 3 customers in the UK.
GoSpoken, a private company, has received millions in backing from Lord Ashcroft, the deputy chairman of the Conservative Party and millionaire businessman, in November last year. GoSpoken has yet to make a profit but Mr McNab believes that the audio and e-book market will continue to grow. “With my evangelical head I think yes, this is going to be huge,” he said, “but the practical head says wait and see how it goes.”

Source: Times Online