With the recent kidnapping of a wheelchair-bound British tourist and the murder of her husband Somali pirates and terror groups are again making the headlines.
These tragic examples highlight the danger of al-Qaeda-linked group al-Shabab, who currently control much of southern Somalia. The thriller Dead Center follows the protagonist to Somalia as he attempts to rescue the kidnapped son of a Russian oligarch.
Andy MCNab, a former SAS operative and the author of Dead Center joins Sir David to discuss terror groups, his book and the issues behind it.

Andy’s item starts at 7min25

Source: AlJazeera


Between the Lines – Transworld Publisher’s Blog
Posted by Lynsey on September 22, 2011

Transworld Books called out to readers and fans of Andy McNab on twitter to send in some questions for the SAS hero to answer. Andy McNab is currently touring the UK to promote his new book Dead Centre, published 15th September in hardback. Andy took time out between events to answer your questions.

1. Where do you do most of your writing?
Wherever I can get it done. Planes and trains are best, peace and quiet!

2. When was the last time you were in a war zone?
March this year, in Mogadishu.

3. Can we hope for another War Torn book?
Yes definitely, hopefully next year!

4. Who is the man on the covers of your books?!
The original one was George Clooney’s body double!

5. Why did you choose “Andy McNab” as your pseudonym?
It was short and sharp and there was symmetry on the two words. And it looks good on the covers! It was only for one book originally!

6. Where, apart from Iraq, was the coldest, wettest and hungriest you have been?
Norway on the yearly NATO northern flank exercises.

7. Why did you choose not to call your 2nd non-fiction book simply “The Regiment” instead of “Immediate Action”?
I wish I had now, good idea!

8. Nick Stone isn’t a spring chicken, will there be a point that he’s just too old for his game or will he be a kick arse pensioner?
He will be just like Mick jagger, keep on going forever!

9. Do you still genuinely enjoy watching Bollywood films?
Yes! Can’t get enough of them!!

10. Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Just start writing stuff and ask your mates or girlfriend to read it and honestly give feedback? Once you’ve done that you need an agent to get it to the right publishers as they do not want unsolicited manuscripts. If that doesn’t work there are many online sites where you can publish yourself.

Source: Between the Lines

Click here to order Andy McNab’s new Nick Stone novel ‘DEAD CENTRE’  FOR  £ 9.49



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’



Aug 31st 2011 – By Oliver Jones

For a second, just pretend you’re an Ex-SAS hero, you were the commander of the one of the most famous military operations of recent times and at the time of leaving the military you were its most highly decorated soldier — what would you do next?

Well that’s exactly the situation Andy McNab found himself in 18 years ago, when he became one of the most entertaining and prolific action authors of recent times.

His most popular novels are the Nick Stone series: tales of an Ex-SAS, deniable operator who traverses the world generally being an incredibly competent badass.

We spoke to Andy McNab about his new novel, Nick Stone, and how good he was at Battlefield 3.

Go here to read the interview


Asylum: You’ve been credited before with predicting flashpoints, and how certain military operation will unfold. Are you trying to predict what’ll happen next or do you take inspiration from contemporary events?

Andy McNab: “It’s a mixture, but again being a commentator for the MOD, there’s a thing called the future character of conflict, it’s an ongoing think tank that thinks up scenarios, not major state conflicts, but all sorts of conflicts. How would they effect commerce and how commerce effects conflict. That’s very useful because I get to see what’s out there, and in the general sort of environment. Combine that with mainstream news and deeper sort of feature-style news, and then it’s about bringing it all together.”


Competition closes: September 30th 2011

Random House:

To celebrate the new release of Andy McNab’s Dead Centre, we are giving away a set of the last four titles in the Nick Stone series for the ultimate catch up. Join the ex-SAS mercenary in Brute Force, Exit Wound, Zero Hour and the newest episode Dead Centre. Stone is hurtled into his most complex and compelling mission yet, following the kidnap of an oligarch’s young son and heir, but what has led Nick Stone to his latest operation? This is your chance to find out.

For the opportunity to be the lucky winner of this thrilling series, brought to life through Rupert Degas’ gripping narration, answer the question below.

The prize is four Andy McNab Audiobooks – Dead Centre, Brute Force, Exit Wound & Zero Hour

Go here to enter the competition. Good luck!!

PS: Unfortunately for some readers:  This competition is open to anyone aged 16 or over who is a resident of the UK or the Republic of Ireland, except for employees of The Random House Group Limited (the promoter), their families and any other company connected with the competition.