2016
07.08

Celebrating the release of Andy McNab’s new Young-Adult novel ‘Street Soldier’ we were granted two copies to give away… to you! Of course we also asked Andy a few questions about the book and guess what……Sean Harker, the young lad who is the main character in Street Soldier, is based on a young Andy McNab!

GML: Hi Andy, good to hear from you again!

Thank you for the sorting the free copies of Street Soldier for us for our fan giveaway, where two lucky readers will win free books.
There’s loads of excitement around the release of your latest Young Adult novel, and I’m sure you’ve noticed many of your not-so-young readers enjoy your YA books as well.

A few questions for you:

Street Soldier is said to be your ‘most autobiographical novel ever’. The main character Sean Harker is a troubled teenager. Where Nick Stone has your adult qualities (but only the good parts), how much of Sean Harker is a young Andy McNab?

Andy: OUR BACKGROUNDS ARE CERTAINLY SIMILAR, LIKE SEAN I GOT IN WITH A BAD CROWD, GETTING INTO TROUBLE AND EVENTUALLY GOT CAUGHT AND SENT TO JUVENILE DETENTION. LIKE HIM, FROM THERE I GOT RECRUITED INTO THE ARMY.

HIS SENSE OF DISILLUSIONMENT WITH LIFE AND PEOPLE IN AUTHORITY IS SOMETHING I FELT AS A KID.

We at Grey Man’s Land like to see ourselves as ‘fans of the first generation’ – we’ve been reading your books since Bravo Two Zero was initially released. Many readers of your latest young adult novels, like the Liam Scott series and now Street Soldier, were not even born or were very young when you wrote your first novel Remote Control in 1998. Now that the black bar over your eyes has gone grey, what do you do to keep up with what goes on in ‘their’ world to be able to write authentic youth novels?

ARE YOU SAYING I’M GETTING OLD? WHAT’S THAT GREY BUSINESS?

SERIOUSLY THOUGH, YOU ARE RIGHT, THE CIRCUMSTANCES AROUND BRAVO TWO ZERO ARE ‘HISTORICAL’ TO THIS YOUNGER GENERATION, BUT IT’S A HISTORY THAT ITS IMPORTANT FOR THEM TO KNOW AND UNDERSTAND, AND LIKE ALL HISTORY, FOR US ALL TO LEARN FROM. I GO TO SCHOOLS AND YOUNG OFFENDER INSTITUTIONS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR AND INTERESTINGLY WHILST THEY MAY NOT KNOW THE POLITICS BEHIND THE BRAVO TWO ZERO STORY AND THE FIRST GULF WAR, THEY ARE INTERESTED IN FINDING OUT ABOUT THE MISSION, WHAT HAPPENED, HOW WE ALL FELT. KIDS ARE ALWAYS GOING TO BE INTERESTED IN WAR STORIES.

IN TERMS OF KEEPING UP WITH WHAT THE YOUNGER GENERATION ARE THINKING AND DOING, I HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN VARIOUS GAME COMPANIES, AS WELL AS TV AND FILM STUFF. THE STORIES THAT INTEREST YOUNG PEOPLE REMAIN THE SAME, THE DIFFERENCE IS JUST THE VARIOUS MEDIUMS THAT THEY ACCESS THEM ON. WE NEED TO BE OPEN TO NEW WAYS OF GIVING MATERIAL TO PEOPLE – WE ALL WANT TO KEEP BOOKS ALIVE, THEY ARE CRUCIAL TO STIMULATING THE IMAGINATION AND MAKING US CREATIVE, BUT WE SHOULD ALSO GO AND FIND PEOPLE WHERE THEY ALREADY ARE, WHETHER THAT IS GAMING, STREAMING VIDEO, WAFFLING ON SOCIAL MEDIA, OR WHEREVER.

Is Street Soldier a stand-alone novel, or will we see more of Sean Harker?

I AM PLANNING A SECOND, HE HAS GOT MORE OF A STORY TO TELL, BUT IT DEPENDS ON WHAT PEOPLE THINK OF THE FIRST BOOK!

We’ve had youth characters Danny Watts, Ethan Blake, Liam Scott and now Sean Harker. Do you have a favorite?

AT THE MOMENT SEAN IS DEFINITELY THE FAVOURITE, MAYBE BECAUSE HIS STORY IS SO SIMILAR TO MINE, MAYBE JUST BECAUSE HE IS WHO I HAVE BEEN CONCENTRATING ON RECENTLY, BUT THEY ARE ALL GREAT CHARACTERS I THINK.

Nick Stone fans will be pleased to hear Nick’s 18th (!) adventure, Cold Blood, will be released this October. With all past drama and then the devastating events in Detonator….we expect him to be crawled up in some dark corner. How on earth will you get him on his feet again?

AS YOU MENTIONED AT THE BEGINNING, A FAIR BIT OF NICK’S CHARACTER IS BASED ON ME. HE DEALS WITH THINGS IN A SIMILAR WAY TO ME WHICH IS TO JUST CRACK ON AND KEEP FOCUSED. HE WON’T LET WHAT HAPPENED DESTROY HIM, BUT OBVIOUSLY HE’S SUFFERING. AS YOU MAY ALREADY KNOW, COLD BLOOD IS BASED IN THE NORTH POLE. NICK TAKES A JOB OFFER THERE AS A WAY OF PUTTING SOME DISTANCE BETWEEN HIM AND WHAT HAS HAPPENED.

Will you be doing a tour and book signings in support of Street Soldier and/or Cold Blood?

YES, THEY’VE GOT ME WORKING FAR TOO HARD! I’M TOURING DURING THE LAST WEEK OF OCTOBER AND FIRST WEEK OF NOVEMBER. DETAILS WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON SOCIAL MEDIA SOON. I’LL ALSO BE VISITING SOME SCHOOLS TALKING ABOUT STREET SOLDIER AT THE SAME TIME.

Finally, would you be willing to sign a book with the phrase, ‘Jon Marquis is a proper hard man?’

HA HA, DEPENDS HOW MUCH YOU PAY ME?

Thanks so much for your time, Andy. Hope to speak to you again soon!

Lynn & Jon

NO WORRIES, THANKS FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT AS EVER.

Street Soldier will be released 11 August. A free copy can be yours, all you have to do is like our Facebook page Grey Man’s Land and 2 lucky winners will be selected at random at the end August.

UPDATE: Winners are Jan Radovic and Peter Wilkinson, books are coming your way 🙂

Andy McNab's Street Soldier

2016
02.08

A truly thrilling new Nick Stone novel – when members of the crew start dying on an expedition to the North Pole, it is clear the murderer must be amongst them.

Accompanying a group of veteran soldiers on an expedition to the North Pole should be a simple job for ex-deniable operative Nick Stone. But when they’re intercepted in their tracks by hulking men with powerful weapons and an enormous ice-breaker ship claiming to be US Navy, Stone immediately understands that not everyone on this trip is who they say they are.

When members of the crew begin to die, it is clear that the murderer must be amongst them. And when the very motivations of the trek are called into question, Stone doesn’t only have multiple murders on his hands, he has an international crisis to deal with too.

Cold Blood by Andy McNab

Cold Blood will be released on 20 October 2016 in hardcover by Bantam Press.

2016
04.03

A new ‘Young Adult’ series by Andy McNab is coming up. Never mind ‘young adult’ though… these books are an awesome read at any age!!

Synopsis:

Sean Harker is good at two things: stealing cars and fighting. One earns him money, the other earns him respect from the gang that he calls family.

A police chase through the city streets is just another rite of passage for Sean . . . as is getting nicked. But a brutal event behind bars convinces him to take charge, and turn his life around.

Now he must put his street skills to the ultimate test: as a soldier in the British army. And the battlefield is London, where innocent people are being targeted by a new and terrifying enemy.

Undercover, under threat – only Sean Harker can save the streets from all-out war.

Exited yet?!?! I know I am! We’ll have to wait until August though:

Product details
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Doubleday Childrens (11 Aug. 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0857534696

Andy McNab's Street Soldier

2015
10.11

Grey Man’s Lands was given the opportunity to give away 5 dedicated copies of Andy McNab’s new Nick Stone novel Detonator. The 5 winning questions of his fans are answered here by Andy and the books are in the mail. Happy reading! Of course we too had a few questions for Andy this time…

Hi Andy,

First we want to congratulate you with your Honorary Doctorate of Arts which you received recently from Plymouth University. What does the acknowledgment of your work mean to you?

Andy: As a kid the only doctors I had ever heard of were the ones you went to in you were ill and Doctor Who. This is a perfect example of social mobility, it doesn’t matter where you come from, you just need to give it a go. As I tell school children and prisoners, if I can do it, anyone can.

You’ll be on a South Pole Trek in support of the Reading Agency soon. Tell us about your motivation and we’re wondering – even though your still fit and healthy, is this still a challenge for you?

Andy: I was invited to join the South Pole Expedition. It was just a bunch of mates to begin with, but I thought why not raise some money for a cause that is close to my heart, the Reading Agency, at the same time!

It will be a challenge, but ultimately even with all the Hi Tec kit and scientifically designed foods, you’ve still got to put one foot in front of the other, really quickly. I find it quite easy to switch off and not think about much, so I think I will be OK. Perhaps you should ask me again when I’ve finished it.

We haven’t got a clue where you find the time to write but the new Nick Stone novel is a fact. What can we expect from Detonator?

Andy: This is Nick Stone at his most exposed, with everything that matters to him at risk. Racing across the Swiss alps and down to southern Italy, Nick is against the clock to save everything he holds dear. It hasn’t got the ending you might expect, just to warn you.

Consider us warned! (and scared??)

Shaking that off for a now….we’ve selected 5 questions from your fans. They’re all very excited getting a dedicated copy of Detonator. On behalf of them, thank you! And we’re hoping they’ll let you know what they think of Nicks latest adventure.

1. Question by Richard Joyce
If you had one decision you could go back and change, what would it be?

Andy: I wouldn’t change a thing, there’s no guarantee anything would be better or worse. The fact is that everything is a punt, why would I change anything, I am doing something different and new. Life is full of lumps of shit, it’s just a question of how much you have to eat on the way.

2. Question by Simon Bunkall
What is your list of the top 5 best E&E items anyone could find in their own home?

Andy:
1) KITCHEN KNIFE – The bigger and sharper the better, for defence and food, and making shelter.
2) BIN LINERS – To use for shelter and for gathering water.
3) 2 LITRE MILK CONTAINERS – For storing and sterilizing water.
4) A WASHING LINE – Erecting shelters and constructing animal traps.
5) A PILLOW – We all need a good night’s sleep!

3. Question by Matthew Rose
Just returned from a backpacking trip in Europe and after riding the regional trains in Italy near Naples it was the most uncomfortable and frightened I’ve been as an adult. My girlfriend and I were confronted numerous times but luckily escaped without any harm. Which area in the World would you be frightened and uneasy to go for fear of being mugged as a tourist?

Andy: It would have to be Colombia purely because you’ve got a society of haves and a society of have nots, and not much in between. It’s also a culture that is naturally violent anyway, and there’s no constructs to dissuade people from doing it. It’s just what goes on.

4. Question by Rick Payne
Having given a very good account of the Op in Gib as an opener to Remote Control are you likely to write a book specifically based upon your various roles in the fight against the IRA once the 30 years are up?

Andy: That’s a good question. The Ireland interest fluctuates hugely. People think it’s far too early to talk about it, or that it’s far too complicated because of all the different factions involved. I did write about the Ireland stuff in Immediate Action, my autobiography. There, got a plug in!
There is film interest in the Gibraltar incident, as I’ve also done a Quick Read, to come out next spring, about it.

5. Question by Kevin Southwell
Having experienced what you have, and could have your time again, would you go for selection again? I also thank you for your time and I wish you a Merry Christmas next month.

Andy: Yes without a doubt. It did two things for me, it kept my army career going (I would have got out if I had failed selection) but more importantly it gave me even more education. The Regiment even sent me to Bristol University for a while.

Thanks as always Andy, we’ll be looking forward to read more about your South Pole adventure and come back safe!
Detonator (Nick Stone 17) is available in hardback and e-book here.

If you would like to support Andy’s South Pole trek to help fight illiteracy take a look here or visit The Reading Agency website to find out more about what they do and to read their latest news.

2015 Andy McNab Reading Journey appeal

2015
30.10

UPDATE 6 November:

The winners are Kevin S., Matthew R., Rick P., Simon B. and Richard J. I’ve sent you a personal e-mail. Congratulations, the book should come your way soon! We’d love to hear from you when you’ve received your copy. Your questions to Andy will be answered by him on this website soon.

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We’ve got 5 copies of Detonator, the new Nick Stone adventure by Andy McNab, to give away!

All you got to do is send us the question ‘you always wanted to ask’ Andy McNab before 5 November.

He will answer the 5 winning questions on this website and on top of that the winners will receive Detonator with a dedication of choice.

(Although we might hold you to a maximum of words in case you wish it to be the whole War & Peace book – unless it’s limited to the part that Nick Stone (Andy McNab?) actually read so far)

Send your question to lynn@greymansland.com and the book might come your way. Good luck!

Winning Detonator

Winning Detonator

2015
20.10

Sainsbury’s Entertainment Blog
By Jonathan Pritchard-Barrett on 20 October 2015

“Bestselling author Andy McNab introduces his latest novel Detonator. The book is the 17th in the Nick Stone series that follow the eponymous former SAS soldier and current gun for hire. This time Nick is motivated by a burning vengeance as he takes on faceless people traffickers and a ruthless terrorist intent on the destruction of Western Europe. The fuse has been ignited – but who really holds the detonator?”

Detonator is published on Thursday 22nd October, 2015