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.
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.”
By John Kay, Chief Reporter
07 Jul 2011
The Ministry of Defence spends three times as much money helping top officers’ children attend elite private schools as it does compensating soldiers injured in Afghanistan.
(..) But the MoD – which faces severe cost-cutting measures – found cash to subsidise the children of more than 5,000 officers to attend top schools.
By ANDY McNAB
“The education allowance is a success story for all sorts of reasons. The Armed Forces remain one of the few places where ordinary people can really achieve social mobility through hard work.
This scheme is open to all ranks and it is money well spent on the children because they are getting a top-class education.
It is also money well spent on our servicemen and women who travel constantly for work.
If they take advantage of this, they stand to gain a great deal.”
After a tough day of EOD, you’ve gotta cut loose…
Wednesday 16 June
“Lord Saville’s inquiry into Bloody Sunday found that the Ulster massacre had no justification. John Kelly, the brother of Michael Kelly who was shot during the march at the age of 17 speaks to Charlie. Trevor Kavanagh also gives his opinion.
Gregory Campbell, DUP member for Londonderry, explains his view on the verdict.
The Sun’s Security Expert, Andy McNab says the report lacks context.”
Go here to listen to The Jon Gaunt Show – 16 June
Andy McNab’s item starts at 1h45min30