2011
11.01

More Tour Dates – Andy is really busy this month!

Manchester 26/01/2011

Waterstone’s Manchester Deansg
7:00PM
£3, available from the shop and redeemable against the purchase of the book on the night
Further details: 08432908485
Go here for more details

Formby  27/01/2011  Thanks for alerting us Angel 🙂

In conjunction with the Formby Branch of Rotary Club and Help for Heroes 
The event will be ticket only at Treetops Country Hotel, Liverpool Rd, Formby
Go here for more details

Hertforth Heath 31/01/2011 

Haileybury. A charity fundraiser for Help for Heroes
Adults: £10. Under 18s, over 65s & military personnel: £6
Group reductions for 10 or more.
Booking: books @ Hoddesdon 79, High Street
Hoddesdon EN11 8TL 01992 442290
Go here for more details

Other Tour dates  (for details see our earlier post):

25/01/2011 Bookmark, Spalding

28/01/2011 Bishopswood House Bishopswood Ros-On-Wye

01/02/2011 Rainham Library

2010
28.12

Andy was guest columnist in ZOO Magazine. Angel sent us the scanned version, I had to cut & paste a bit to make it fit the post here. Thanks Angel, it’s great!

2010
04.12

Killing? It’s just a job for Andy McNab. The highly decorated soldier and best-selling author feels no fear; rather he enjoys the excitement of conflict. But is this physically powerful man actually an emotional coward? And is anyone brave enough to ask him?

Interview: Andy McNab, soldier and best-selling author
Published Date: 30 November 2010
By Catherine Deveney

ANDY McNab is the most affable, good-humoured man you could meet, which makes his absence of empathy all the more startling. The ex-SAS man, the most decorated soldier in the British Army since the Second World War, and now best-selling author of the Nick Stone thriller series, is sitting with a Diet Coke, agreeing he “couldn’t have cared less” the first time he killed a man.

What if someone got run over and killed in front of him? “Well, they’re dead, aren’t they? What’s the point in being upset?” Married five times, he talks with equal detachment about ex-wives. What does his fifth wife think of him? “That I’m a dickhead.” Thing is, he’s just been tested for an experiment at Cambridge university and the parts of his brain governing empathy and fear were both visibly underdeveloped.

How did he feel about that? “Great,” he says. We both laugh. Even the psychologist joked about it. “He said, ‘You don’t care do you?'” And McNab’s wife? “She just said, ‘I know’. She’s known for years. That’s why she says I’m a dickhead.”

Blue eyes … dark hair … the craggy side of handsome. Friendly and engaged. McNab is never photographed openly – nor does he use his real name – because of his intelligence background in Northern Ireland. But we meet in a London hotel and he talks fast, in a Cockney drawl, with the openness of a man who’s figured things out and doesn’t much care what others think. Clues to his extraordinary levels of detachment are all there in a complex life story, from his abandonment as a baby to his capture and torture in Iraq. There are clues in his books too. The man who entered the British army with a reading age of 11 has just published Zero Hour, the 13th Nick Stone novel. Stone, a tough, independent intelligence operative, is a largely autobiographical creation, McNab admits. It’s easier that way. He describes Stone as “an emotional dwarf”. But he also says he has the capacity to be “soft as shit”. Draw your own conclusions.

Go here to read the full interview in The Scotsman

Andy McNab in The Scotsman 2010

2010
27.11

To celebrate the release of the fantastic new Nick Stone novel Planet Rock is teaming up with Andy McNab to offer you the chance of winning a signed copy of ZERO HOUR along with a PURE One Classic DAB Radio.

From Monday 29 November we will be giving away a copy of ZERO HOUR and a PURE ONE Classic each day. Listen out for the clues which Andy McNab will be giving you throughout the day which point to a particular military themed song.

All you need to do is come here to www.planetrock.com/zerohour and name the song and you will go into a prize draw.

2010
27.11

The latest installment in the Nick Stone series, Zero Hour follows the former special forces soldier through a series of British deniable operations.

The missions are uncannily familiar – namely, an Israeli bombing raid in Syria and a British-led bombing operation blamed on Islamic extremists. Not only that, but Stone has his doubts about the purpose behind a supposed rescue mission. He resolves to watch his back and keep all options open.

As always, the former SAS soldier throws food down his neck, cuts away from difficult feelings and does an awful lot of shopping down at the hardware store. Readers can rely upon his Green Beret abilities to navigate the world, locate a solar plexus and sniff out a stitch-up.

Travelling through Syria, Moldova, the Netherlands and Norfolk, the rock-hard hero battles all manner of obstacles and foes – from Russian gangsters to bent Romanian soldiers and Scouse pimps. Harbouring suspicions, Stone has to do some digging and find out why MI5 would want to rescue an arms dealer’s daughter so badly.

New methods of surveillance and electronic warfare are explored in the book, from GCHQ monitoring of Facebook through to British tampered microchips installed in enemy missile defence systems.

The analysis of Iran, North Korea, Syria and the nuclear proliferation debate is incisive, making this book a light must-read for international relations students. The complexity of the international chess game is balanced with an engaging and fast-moving plot.

McNab knows how to play to his audience and allows his protagonist to have every sort of adventure that is not possible or permissible in ordinary life; stealing a lifeboat, assuming multiple identities and drawing on a thorough knowledge of kitchen bomb building to get the job done.

The real-life experience of the author brings Nick Stone to life and makes this dirty, bloody, spy novel the working-man’s answer to James Bond.

Source: The Global Herald

2010
26.11

Andy McNab has fitted Nick Stone out with all the latest kit in his new novel Zero Hour, and some of the stuff isn’t what you’d expect an SAS hard man to be carrying around.
Stone treats himself to (or is provided with):

So, you may not be an international man of mystery like Nick Stone, but this Christmas you can certainly accessorize like one!