2011
05.09

This year Grey Man’s Land was fortunate to get  an advanced readers copy of the new Nick Stone novel ‘Dead Centre’! Quite a pleasant surprise that one 🙂

So what about this 14th (!) Nick Stone adventure….

As you probably know from the synopsis Nick gets involved in a hostage negotiation.

A young boy and his mother have been kidnapped from aboard a yacht and certainly our hero is the one to bring them home.

The book starts the way we recognize from the former novels: with a prologue to make us understand more about the present situation and characters. It reads a bit slow, however, we get interesting information about the world of NGOs.

Then, when ‘present time’ starts you get sucked into that rollercoaster of action and events that we know so well from Andy’s novels. Every detail covered you’re ‘there’ with him, not just reading, but experiencing the story.

Andy is your perfect host, from details on the Moscow underground to the uprise of Al-Shabaab and background information on current world affairs… it’s non-fiction woven into fiction and all is very up-to-date so it’s real nice to read the book as soon as you can.

Nick Stone himself remains an interesting character, mix of human and superhuman. He’s doing a brave attempt to become more of a ‘grown-up’ but can’t help that boys will be boys…

When I was halfway through the book I thought..how can it be 400+ pages long, this is a piece of cake for our hero! But then, of course, unexpected twists keep you hooked and before you know it you have indeed read the full 400 and you’re as exhausted and dried out as Nick is in the last pages.

It’s a quality sequel in the series, a great read, but then we expect no less from Andy.
So nothing out of the ‘ordinary’….??

You’d think.

Zero Hour was quite a shock learning about Nick Stone’s  situation.

Prepare for another one!!!!

I had to read the last pages a couple of times over….. a real jaw dropper!!

But find out for yourselves! ‘Dead Centre’ is published on 15 September.

Have fun reading, you can go here to pre-order Andy McNab’s new Nick Stone novel ‘Dead Centre’

Lynn

2010
04.12

Andy McNab’s new novel Zero Hour delivers authentic excitement in a way most fictional thrillers simply can’t, and reviewer ‘Camban’ knows why:

As a serial reader of serial authors I think it is safe to say that Nick Stone is certainly among the best of the creations of the genre, if not the very best. This is true because McNab has the sure touch of intimate knowledge about the world inhabited by his alter ego, his ability to weave anecdotes from his own past together with real world factual events is surely unique.
If you know characters created by other serial novelists such as John Stratton, Jack Reacher, Mitch Rapp, Elvis Cole, Joe Pike, Dan Lenson, Harry Bosch, Mickey Haller, Inspector Rebus, Inspector Banks, and Gabriel Allon, to name but several, and there are many more, it can be appreciated that only two of these are based on the personal experience of the author; John Stratton to an extent, and Dan Lenson to a far greater extent, it can be appreciated that the depth of knowledge behind the novels lends a veneer of authenticity that is both fascinating and absorbing in the narrative due to an ability to interweave obviously accurate anecdotes within the main story. So McNab is in a very select category of successful authors who know exactly what they are talking about and just how to say it with credible authority.

2010
27.11

The latest installment in the Nick Stone series, Zero Hour follows the former special forces soldier through a series of British deniable operations.

The missions are uncannily familiar – namely, an Israeli bombing raid in Syria and a British-led bombing operation blamed on Islamic extremists. Not only that, but Stone has his doubts about the purpose behind a supposed rescue mission. He resolves to watch his back and keep all options open.

As always, the former SAS soldier throws food down his neck, cuts away from difficult feelings and does an awful lot of shopping down at the hardware store. Readers can rely upon his Green Beret abilities to navigate the world, locate a solar plexus and sniff out a stitch-up.

Travelling through Syria, Moldova, the Netherlands and Norfolk, the rock-hard hero battles all manner of obstacles and foes – from Russian gangsters to bent Romanian soldiers and Scouse pimps. Harbouring suspicions, Stone has to do some digging and find out why MI5 would want to rescue an arms dealer’s daughter so badly.

New methods of surveillance and electronic warfare are explored in the book, from GCHQ monitoring of Facebook through to British tampered microchips installed in enemy missile defence systems.

The analysis of Iran, North Korea, Syria and the nuclear proliferation debate is incisive, making this book a light must-read for international relations students. The complexity of the international chess game is balanced with an engaging and fast-moving plot.

McNab knows how to play to his audience and allows his protagonist to have every sort of adventure that is not possible or permissible in ordinary life; stealing a lifeboat, assuming multiple identities and drawing on a thorough knowledge of kitchen bomb building to get the job done.

The real-life experience of the author brings Nick Stone to life and makes this dirty, bloody, spy novel the working-man’s answer to James Bond.

Source: The Global Herald

2010
17.07

GML favourite and raconteur-at-large Camban was kind enough to provide us with the following thoughts on War Torn.
War Torn by Andy McNab and Kym Jordan published June 2010 is really nothing like previous McNab publications, except for the gritty squaddy humour (when tasked to search for a goatherd who disappeared following an IED explosion triggered by his goat ‘last seen with knobbly knees and a white beard, carrying a stick’ one squaddy says wearily to another “I’ll look for the knees, you look for the beard”). This is the closest you will get to understanding the experiences of those sent to fight a determined enemy and those left behind. Even if you have read other accounts of this conflict and seen the documentaries, this account will truly open your eyes to the true price being paid by these young, dedicated people. Absolutely brilliant story telling on all levels.

2010
29.05

FiveBooks
Andy McNab on Anti-Terror, The Politics of War
Published 27 May 2010

Andy’s ‘Five Books’ are My Friend the Mercenary (James Brabazon), Crusades (Terry Jones and Alan Ereira), 52 Days (James Fergusso), Memoirs of an Infantry Officer (Siegfried Sassoon) and: 

Your fifth choice is a Ministry of Defence green paper.

“Yes, a bit geeky this one. This is an MOD green paper pre-empting the white paper and it’s a very clear and concise document about the politics of war. We are a trading nation and we will go to war to keep our trading routes clear. Alan Greenspan said we went to war in Iraq for the oil, and he was right. The fuel is coming on line now (the army is getting a deal for something like five pence a litre) and, though Basra is never going to be a day out in Margate, things have calmed down because people are making money. It’s about the freedom of goods, services and information and to secure our food and resources. That’s the way we do it. We don’t send in the gunships any more, but we go into joint operations with America because they have the same doctrine as us. We are in Afghanistan because we need stability in the region…”

Interview by Anna Blundy

Go here to read the full interview about Andys book choices on the FiveBooks website

2010
30.01

Derek Lord provides a fantastic analysis of Andy McNab’s Spoken from the Front in today’s Aberdeen Press and Journal:
Spoken from the Front“I HAVE just finished reading former SAS soldier Andy McNab’s book Spoken From the Front, a compilation of interviews, diaries, letters and e-mails written to family, friends and loved ones by British men and women serving in Afghanistan since 2006. It makes for a very depressing, if informative, read.

The numerous deaths and horrific injuries suffered by the fighters on both sides and by the civilian population caught up in the war weigh heavy on the reader’s soul, and yet it seems we are no nearer to a solution now than we were when the book was published several months ago.

At the time of writing, McNab pointed out that the percentage of British soldiers being killed in Afghanistan exceeded that of those killed during the heaviest fighting in World War II and was approaching the levels experienced by our troops at the height of World War I.” Read more…