2017
20.10

Penguin:

Line of Fire is the latest book in ex-SAS commander Andy McNab’s action-packed Nick Stone series. To celebrate its release we’ve partnered with Heroes Vodka, an award-winning vodka brand on a mission, supporting Military and Veteran’s causes.

We’re offering readers the chance to win a limited edition, first production bottle of Heroes Vodka worth £150, plus a signed copy of the next Nick Stone book, coming in Autumn 2018.

Three runners-up will also win a signed copy of Andy McNab’s Bravo Two Zero and a bottle of Heroes Vodka.

(Sadly..) Competition is open to UK & Eire residents aged 18 years or over.

Go to the Penguin website to read more!

2017
27.08

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
  • 2017
    12.07

    UPDATE: And the winner is… Roy Jones. Congrats Roy!! We hope you enjoy the book 🙂 Our selection of questions was sent to Andy and we’ll publish them – of course – when he’s answered and returned them. So keep checking here from time to time!

    We’re very happy to be able to offer one of Sean Harkers fans a copy of the new ‘Street Soldier’ book ‘Silent Weapon’ – signed by Andy no less!!

    There’s more good news… if you have a prying question for Andy you may be lucky – he will answer 10 questions and one could be yours! The book will go to the creator of the most original question.

    So think of a good one and send to lynn@greymansland.com before 1 August!!

    ‘Silent Weapon’ is published mid August and will be send to the lucky person after Andy has signed it for you.

    Good luck!!
    Silent Weapon by Andy McNab

    2017
    05.06

    2017 Booklaunch Line of Fire

     

    2017
    28.04

    Nick Stone’s 19th adventure will be published in October!

    Andy McNab's Line of Fire

    Synopsis:
    Stone has returned to London.

    Both the UK and the US are in a state of unrest and ever more extreme politicians are looking to take advantage of an unstable world.

    Their motives are unclear. But their threat is real.

    Who are they really working for?

    Nick Stone is back in an up-to-the-minute thriller – ripped fresh from the headlines.

    2016
    15.10

    Penguin Books, October 2016

    ‘This vast area of nothing, as big as Europe, with the constant drift of ice creating shapes before your eyes, it was like a mirage’ ~Andy McNab

    “I like to think that my book are pretty realistic – I try to write about places I’ve been and experiences I’ve had. So whatever I’m doing in my life, I’m always wondering whether it might make a good setting or part of a plot. If you’ve read Dead Centre, my Nick Stone novel set in the kidnap and ransom world of Somalia, you’ll have seen this already. That book was inspired by my work out there with a private security company tasked with securing the release of a couple of western hostages being held by al-Shabaab.

    You couldn’t get much further away from the heat and landscape of Somalia than Antarctica, and this is where I have set my brand new Nick Stone thriller, Cold Blood.

    Back in early 2015 a mate asked if I fancied trekking to the South Pole, following the last 100 nautical miles that Shackleton and his crew should have covered had their ship not got stuck in the ice. I said yes without really thinking it would ever happen, so no one was more surprised than me when he got back in touch later that year to say that the expedition was on and we were to leave in November.

    Actually, I suspect my wife was more surprised, but I promised I would be back in time for Christmas, so she got over it and I got ready to go.

    It took a while to get there – commercial flights to the south of Chile, Russian military jet to the ice camp in Antarctica and then a WW2 Dakota over the mountains and onto the plateau itself – but once we were there it was spectacular, just looking out over this vast area of nothing, as big as Europe, with the constant drift of ice creating shapes before your eyes, it was like a mirage.

    Then the hard work started. We got going most days at around 6am. Bizarrely, the navigation is exactly as it was 100 years ago. Because at the South Pole everything is north of you, as long as your shadow is broadly in front of you, you know you’re heading south. And it’s 24-hour daylight. There’s no compass, no SatNav – you don’t need it. Except for the horizon, there’s nothing. It’s totally flat, no points of reference. The desolation is extraordinary and bizarrely some people even find it claustrophobic!

    We were in three tents of five, crammed in to help generate body heat. The first three or so hours of each day were spent melting ice on the pressure cookers and trying to fill water bottles and eat and drink as much as we could. Trekking in Antarctica, at temperatures averaging -35C, you ned about 8,000 calories a day.

    On days that the temperature went down to -50C, it was really hard to breathe and to generate body heat. You try to keep everything covered up but if there’s even the smallest chink in your clothing, you get windburn. We had a doctor with us who would treat these burns using something which generated new skin underneath, our version of an Antarctic facelift.

    Even though we tended to walk in silence, preserving our energy during the day, once we were tucked up in our tents at night, the banter got going. In some respects it wasn’t that different from my days in the army. You had to pee into a bottle rather than leave the tent, you had to take everything with you, leaving nothing there, just as we had to during hard routine as a special forces soldier. I probably found bagging up all my bodily deposits and happily letting them freeze in my pack rather easier to deal with than others!

    For the final couple of days we started making out a shape on the horizon. It never seemed to get nearer, but eventually we got there, the Amundsen-Scott base that’s at the South Pole. To stand on that spot, and to think of who – and how few – had been there before you, was an incredible feeling.

    We were then stranded at the base due to bad weather for several days before we were able to begin the journey back to Chile. This gave me the perfect opportunity to start thinking about how I could use this extraordinary experience in the next book. I knew that the ice and the expanse of emptiness was more than it seemed, and that is always a good starting point for a thriller. I had just one problem though. The South Pole is a bit bleak and barren, no polar bears there, and I thought we could have some fun getting Nick Stone in front of a new kind of predator. So I switched the backdrop from the South Pole up to the North, just as much ice and cold, just a few more furry friends!

    So I got that squared away, leaving me with just one other issue to sort out whilst waiting for the plane. What was I going to buy my wife in duty free that was going to make up for missing Christmas after all…”

    Source: Penguin Books

    ‘Cold Blood’ is the 18th Nick Stone novel and is available from 20 October.

    Cold Blood by Andy McNab