2010
06.08

Ok, that does make a better title. Apparently ‘Dogfight’ was a working title OR Amazon screwed up again (leave it to you to choose the option most likely). But in all fairness, the synopsis does indicate some (doggish) fighting!

Dropzone: Terminal Velocity Synopsis:
The Raiders are a talented young skydiving team – with a secret. They are also a highly trained group of covert operatives, carrying out deniable missions for Britain’s intelligence services.
Under the demanding guidance of their ice-cold leader, an ex SAS explosives expert with many live covert special ops missions into active war zones behind him, the Raiders are developing into an impressive unit.
This time, the mission lands Ethan and the team in the most perilous adventure of their careers. The bodies of homeless teenagers are turning up dumped on the street, having been beaten to death.
At first no one really seems to care, but then one survives long enough to talk of being forced to fight in a cage, and the authorities suspect organised crime.
But they have no luck cracking the impenetrable wall of silence surrounding the organisation.
They need a teenager, trained in hand-to-hand combat, to go in undercover. Ethan’s the obvious choice…

Buy Dropzone: Terminal Velocity now.

2010
30.07

Well.. apart from a title and publishing date 3 March 2011 there’s no more info. Also means the title might still change but hey.. when we got the tiniest bit of news we’ll bring it to you 😉

2010
11.07

Now here’s something new… would love to see that for every coming book by Andy 🙂

2010
29.04

I’ve finally had a chance to give Andy McNab’s DropZone: Bk. 1 the thorough reading it deserves, and I can tell you it ain’t just for kids. Dropzone is indeed fun, exciting, and written in a way that won’t have you reaching for your thesaurus, but the action and descriptions (particularly the parts about sky-diving) deliver in a way that only Andy McNab can, and the insider viewpoint he always provides will have adults as well as teens getting vertigo as they experience the thrills alongside the main character in this series, Ethan Blake.
Young adults will find in the Drozone series not just adventure but moral lessons that aren’t ‘preachy’ or out-of-touch with today’s youth culture — Andy McNab writes in an honest, non-judgmental way that is refreshing to see in a young adult series.
In short, Dropzone is a fast, fun read for adults, and an adventure classic for youths.

2010
27.03

March 9, 2010

The Bookwitch: “My alert readers will immediately deduce who that sleeve belongs to, and that the asterisks above indicate that after blogging about Scandinavian Airlines and the Scattered Authors, I have finally met the real SAS. I mean, the real SAS for me is the airline, but it’s the ‘cool and dangerous’ SAS this time.

I met Andy McNab in Birmingham yesterday. At least I hope I did. I went into this bar and started chatting to the first balaclava-ed man I saw. It was him, wasn’t it? With all other writers, if I don’t know them, I google them to make sure I can recognise them. Doesn’t work with Andy. Not that he’s called Andy, anyway. This one tried to suggest he’d be Terry Pratchett today, but you know me. I know my Terry Pratchetts well, and it wasn’t him. He tried it with the wrong witch.

Andy’s lovely publicist Sally had suggested that I might want to interview him. And I did, seeing as I missed him at the local bookshop three years ago, due to someone’s unfortunate lack of understanding my likes and dislikes. The Daughter got to meet him then, so she didn’t need to come this time. Especially since the services of a photographer wasn’t top of my list for Monday’s outing.

The witch had tea and this man in the bar had coke. Whoever he was, we had a nice conversation. He looked rather like a Guardian reader, now that I come to think of it. That doesn’t mean we actually read the same newspaper. In case he wants to sue.

As some of you will want to know what Andy had to say, I’ll now work diligently at transcribing our conversation, and I will strive to make up a really good misquote, because he seemed to quite fancy being quoted wrongly, as long as it’s a good one.

And no, he didn’t really wear a balaclava. It would have attracted attention.”

Source: Bookwitch

Bookwitch posted the interview this week and it’s awesome. We’ll post a snippit but really you have to go read the entire interview!

Andy McNab: “I say “look, if you wanna be in the X-Files, you’ve got to be talented. Get on with it. However, if you can’t read, you can’t read your contract. Contracts are like that (he holds up his finger and thumb to show how thick) and you’ve got to be able to read.”

The Andy McNab interview
March 23, 2010
 
Whether or not the man I interviewed in Birmingham the other week was an impostor, at least it was the same impostor as turned up in G2 a few days later. I’d recognise the man behind those cucumber slices anywhere! Also gather that my way of taking photos of Andy’s sleeve must have caught on, since it seems that some television channel or other did precisely that when Andy talked to the opposition leader. Please note that he met with me first. Everybody needs a sense of priority when they have a busy week.
So, read the interview, and see what sort of man and writer this former soldier is. His interest in getting boys educated is heartening. Enticing reluctant readers to open a book is another thing to admire Andy for. I remain to be convinced of the necessity for his anonymity, but it does make for a different kind of meeting. And he doesn’t take himself too seriously, which is nice.

Andy McNab – ‘I’ve met myself, you know’

He’s well preserved for fifty, this man who claims to be Andy McNab. Good looking and with very few grey hairs. He’s waiting for me in the bar at the top of the red-carpeted stairs at the Birmingham Malmaison. We appear to be in Birmingham’s former mail sorting office, which is quite appropriate for me, at least. Andy leads us to two black sofas by the window, where we can see the entrance to the upmarket shopping mall housed in the Mailbox, as it’s called.

Go here to read the Bookwitch interview with Andy McNab

Photos by Bookwitch’ Ann Giles on Flickr

2010
24.03

Article by SHS Students – 9th March 2010

Andy McNab started in the Army at the age of 16. Not only does he write novels but he also writes for well known papers such as The Sun, The Sunday Times and The Sunday Telegraph. When he started in the Royal Green Jackets (a branch of the military) he couldn’t read or write, so he was educated there and they said “you’re not stupid, you just haven’t been educated.”

Andy McNab stayed in the infantry for 8 years and thought about going to the special air service. When he was in the SAS he spent a lot of time in Colombia stopping the exporting of Cocaine. Going all around the world he has learnt Spanish and Swahili. He never thought that his novel Bravo – two – zero would be so successful.

On Tuesday 9th March 2010, Andy McNab – the commander of bravo-two-zero – came to Stourport High School to promote his new book DropZone and luckily we had a chance to interview him. Here is a snippet of our exclusive with Andy McNab

SHS – What was it like working for the SAS?
McNab – It was great. I was an infantry soldier first. It was different because everyone calls you by your first name not your surname.

SHS – What were you put in juvenile detention for?
McNab– Breaking into some flats, we broke into the same flat 4 times so the police were expecting us.

SHS – What made you want to write books?
McNab – I didn’t really. It’s just that all the newspapers were saying that bravo-two-zero single-handedly won the war; so to stop all the rumours I wrote bravo-two-zero.

SHS – Why do you hide your identity?
McNab – Because I spent lots of time in Northern Ireland and there was a terrorist war that stopped during the 90’s. I had to go undercover in one of the main towns/cities and I lived there pretending to be someone else. We would get an Irish guy to come in and talk to us and if I show my face I potentially put him and his family at risk.

Following this report Andy McNab delivered an inspirational presentation about how books have changed his life and his life in the SAS. The hall was packed with over 400 students and teachers form 10 schools around the county. We were very fortunate to be able to conduct this interview shared the opportunity with a local radio SHS and a SHS form the Stourport Times.

Source: Stourport High School website