2015
12.06

Andy McNab on the latest Tom Buckingham thriller by The Oldie Magazine Recordings on Mixcloud

2015
14.05

WHSmith Blog post 6 May 2015

Andy McNab: The Ideas Behind State of Emergency

The main idea for State of Emergency, the third Tom Buckingham thriller, came from being asked to be part of a policy group for the government looking at the rise of the right wing in the military. There have been concerns for a long time that the UK should be ready for the potential of this. Other European countries, especially Germany, have experienced the right wing gaining real momentum within the military and becoming a strong force.

The danger comes when you have an extreme right wing that are militarised, and also returning extremists from places like Syria who are similarly weapons trained. Suddenly you are looking at two extreme and potentially deadly groups, ready to clash on the streets of British towns and cities. The descent into chaos and the disintegration of society that I depict in State of Emergency  is a natural follow on once we have paramilitary groups on British soil fighting each other.

The rise of the right wing is just as scary and just as much of a risk to homeland security as the returning extremists. We hear a lot in the media about the issue of these returning Jihadi fighters and tend to see them as the main threat, but this isn’t the case, both groups are dangerous in different ways, and the clash between them is potentially lethal.

If we were to see another tragic murder like that of Lee Rigby last year, we could potentially see reprisals from the militarised right wing to radicalised extremists now trained from their experiences in Syria and elsewhere and able to retaliate. No one wants to see all out war on our streets.

It was looking at these issues afresh, as part of this policy group, which made me wonder ‘what if this militarised and active right wing really did exist now, and what if there was a guy using their passion and fundamentalism for his own gain in politics?’

That is where the idea of developing the character of Vernon Rolt came from. The original idea for Rolt who I introduced in Fortress, the second Tom Buckingham novel, wasn’t as extreme. He is a right wing extremist in a suit, similar to several political figures across Europe – smart, articulate, well groomed and well educated. Rolt became a character that represented the right wing of the future, a far more sophisticated and politically influential group than the cliché of bomber jackets and skinheads. If you look at politicians such as Geert Wilders in the Netherlands and Marine Le Pen in France, you can see that the eloquent and charismatic far right politicians have been making their mark. Rolt has evolved and developed, he has got a taste for power and likes it.

At the end of Fortress, I wanted to take this idea of a passionate and militarised right wing forward. I wanted State of Emergency to look at what happened if Rolt actually DID get the power at a time when anarchy was growing and the UK was a tinderbox waiting to go one way or the other.

I found it fascinating to get under the skin of these characters with such extreme views, and to look at what might happen to society here in the UK if the politicians aren’t prepared and let opposing forces bring anarchy and violence to our streets.

Source: WHSmith website

2015
02.05

Andy is signing books again and talking about his latest Tom Buckingham novel ‘State of Emergency’.  Hope you’ll be able to attend one of these events and see if Andy’s face is really as pixelated as he likes us to think!

16 May
Andy McNab will be signing books.
WHSmith – 124-126 Victoria Centre, Nottingham
12:30 in UTC+01

17 May
Andy McNab will be signing books.
Waterstones Milton Keynes – Unit 72 Misummer Place, Milton Keynes
12:00 in UTC+01

18 May
Andy McNab will be giving a talk and signing copies of his book.
Bookmark – 20 The Crescent, Spalding Lincolnshire
19:15 in UTC+

19 May
Andy McNab will be giving a talk and signing copies of his book in conjunction with the Waterstones in Doncaster.
The event will take place at the Danum Hotel – High Street, Doncaster at 7:30pm.

20 May – afternoon
Andy McNab will be signing copies of his book.
WHSmith Newcastle – 36 Northumberland St, Newcastle
12:30 in UTC+01

20 May – evening
A talk and book signing with Andy McNab.
Guisborough Bookshop – 4 Chaloner Street, Guisborough North Yorkshire
19:00 in UTC+01

21 May
Andy McNab will be at the Loch Leven Community Library to give a talk and to sign copies of his book.
Loch Leven Community Library – Loch Leven Community Campus, Muirs Kinross
19:30 in UTC+01

22 May – afternoon
Andy McNab will be signing copies of his book.
Waterstones Stirling – Unit 1 Thistle Marches, Thistles Shopping Centre Stirling
12:30 in UTC+01

22 May- evening
Andy McNab will be giving a talk and signing copies of his book.
Crown and Mitre Hotel – Castle Street, Carlisle
19:30 in UTC+01

23 May
Andy McNab will be signing copies of his book.
Waterstones Market Harborough – 7 The Square, Market Harborough
12:00 in UTC+01

Source: Andy McNab’s official Facebook page

Andy McNab book signing in Basingstoke 2014

Andy McNab book signing in Basingstoke 2014

2015
02.04

“The Oldie Literary Lunches have become a venerable institution on the London literary scene since they were first launched in 1996. Held monthly at Simpson’s-in-the-Strand, the lunches feature three speakers who each address the audience for ten minutes. A delicious three-course lunch with wine accompanies the talks.”

Andy McNab will be one of the speakers on 19 May. We do wonder if they really know who he is … inviting Andy McNab to talk ‘for ten minutes’ ??? They might want to withhold ordering the taxi home in advance. 😉

The programme:

oldies

To book tickets call Katherine or Jenny on 01225 42 73 11 (UK) between the hours of 9am and 3pm, Monday-Friday. Tickets cost £62

Source: The Oldie website

 

2015
02.04

STATE OF EMERGENCY – ‘The electric new Tom Buckingham thriller’ – will be publiced the 21st of May!

Synopsis:

3 AM on a frozen winter’s night.

A small craft skims the Thames closing in on London’s most exclusive new riverside hotel. On board is a lone assassin, his target – Britain’s most powerful new politician. In a nation threatened by extremist jihadis and torn apart by civil unrest, Vernon Rolt has just been catapulted into government on an extreme anti-terror platform.

Rolt’s plans for a zero-tolerance crackdown on ethnic violence has touched a popular nerve.  But his move into politics has made him some unlikely enemies – British ex-servicemen, once his most committed supporters who now want him dead.

Ex-SAS trooper turned MI5 operative Tom Buckingham is undercover inside Rolt’s organisation. His mission: to neutralise the rogue assassins for whom he also has become a target, and to discover the deadly intentions of Rolt’s new financier, shadowy Crimean oligarch Oleg Umarov. But all too soon, Tom gets caught up in a far more devastating plot which will change the political landscape of Europe – for ever…

State of Emergency - Tom Buckingham 3

2015
16.02

Being so excited about this news some of the Luke Evans fans can’t wait for it to hit the big screen!
This movie poster was created by @MoustacheLuke and we love it!

luke evans - tom buckingham 2015