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Andy McNab is a former SAS officer and author of Bravo Two Zero.
Andy McNab joined the infantry in 1976 as a boy soldier. In 1984, he was badged as a member of 22 SAS Regiment. He served in B Squadron 22 SAS for ten years & worked on both covert & overt special operations worldwide including, anti-terrorist & anti-drug operations in the Middle & Far East, South & Central America & Northern Ireland.
Trained as a specialist in counter terrorism, prime target elimination, demolitions, weapons & tactics, covert surveillance & information gathering in hostile environments & VIP protection, Andy worked on co-operative operations with police forces, prison services, anti-drug forces & western backed guerrilla movements as well as on conventional special operations. In Northern Ireland he spent two years working as an undercover operator with 14th Intelligence Group, going on to become an instructor.
Andy also worked as an instructor on the SAS selection & training team & instructed foreign Special Forces in counter terrorism, hostage rescue & survival training.
In the Gulf war, Andy commanded the famous Bravo Two Zero patrol, an eight man patrol tasked with destroying underground communication links between Baghdad & north-west Iraq & with finding & destroying mobile scud missile launchers. The patrol infiltrated Iraq in January 1991 but were soon compromised. A fierce fire fight with Iraqi troops ensued & the patrol was forced to escape & evade on foot to Syria.
Three of the eight men were killed; four were captured after three days on the run; one escaped. One of the four taken prisoner, McNab was held for six weeks & was relentlessly & savagely tortured. By the time he was released he was suffering from nerve damage to both hands, a dislocated shoulder, kidney & liver damage & had contracted hepatitis. After six months of medical treatment he was back on active service.
The most highly decorated patrol since the Boer War, the truly heroic exploits of the Bravo Two Zero patrol have been recognised the world over & in the words of the patrol’s commanding officer, “will remain in Regimental history forever”. Awarded both the Distinguished Conduct Medal & Military Medal during his military career, Andy was the British Army’s most highly decorated serving soldier when he finally left the SAS in February 1993.
Post SAS: Andy McNab has written about his experiences in the SAS in two best-selling books, Bravo Two Zero & Immediate Action. Bravo Two Zero is the highest selling war book of all time & has sold over 1.7 million copies in the UK. To date it has been published in 17 countries & translated into 16 languages. The CD spoken word version of Bravo Two Zero, narrated by Andy sold over 60,000 copies & earned a silver disc. The BBC’s film of Bravo Two Zero starring Sean Bean was shown on prime-time BBC1 television in 1999 & released on DVD in 2000.
Immediate Action, Andy’s autobiography, spent 18 weeks at the top of the best-seller lists following the lifting on an ex-parte injunction granted to the Ministry of Defence in September 1995. To date, Immediate Action has now sold over 1.4 million copies in the UK.
Andy is the author of seven fast-action thrillers, highly acclaimed for their authenticity & all Sunday Times best-sellers. Published in 1997, Remote Control was hailed as the most authentic thriller ever written & has sold over half a million copies in the UK. Andy’s subsequent thrillers, Crisis Four, Firewall, Last Light, Liberation Day, Dark Winter, Deep Black & Aggressor have all gone on to sell equally well.
Andy’s fiction draws extensively on his experiences & knowledge of Special Forces soldiering. He has been officially registered by Neilsen Bookscan as the best-selling British thriller writer of the last year.
Andy was technical weapons advisor & trainer on the hit Michael Mann film Heat (1995) & spent five months in Hollywood working closely with Robert De Niro, Al Pacino & Val Kilmer. As well as advising on weapons handling & use, Andy was drafted in to work out in detail, how master-thief De Niro would go about pulling off robberies on an armoured car & a bank & how cop Al Pacino would go about tracking him down & stopping him. Miramax has acquired the film rights to the first four of Andy’s novels & Crisis Four is currently in production, co-produced by McNab himself.
Also a director of a Hereford based security company, Andy developed & runs a specialist training course for news crews, journalists & members of non-governmental organisations working in hostile environments (including war zones). The course is currently the only one of its kind in the world. He is also involved in training videos for the Ministry of Defence, lectures for the FBI & does motivational talks for large corporations on both sides of the Atlantic. He is also currently finishing a film script for a forthcoming Hollywood blockbuster.
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