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Andy McNab
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23 May 2013

In January 1991, eight members of the SAS regiment embarked upon a top secret mission that was to infiltrate them deep behind enemy lines. Under the command of Sergeant Andy McNab, they were to sever the underground communication link between Baghdad and north-west Iraq, and to seek and destroy mobile Scud launchers. Their call sign: BRAVO TWO ZERO.

Each man laden with 15 stone of equipment, they patrolled 20km across flat desert to reach their objective. Within days, their location was compromised. After a fierce fire fight, they were forced to escape and evade on foot to the Syrian border. In the desperate action that followed, though stricken by hypothermia and other injuries, the patrol 'went ballistic'. Four men were captured. Three died. Only one escaped. For the survivors, however, the worst ordeals were to come. Delivered to Baghdad, they were tortured with a savagery for which not even their intensive SAS training had prepared them.

Bravo Two Zero is a breathtaking account of Special Forces soldiering: a chronicle of superhuman courage, endurance and dark humour in the face of overwhelming odds.


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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi (23 May 2013)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0552168823
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552168823
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.6 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (172 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,755 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Andy McNab joined the infantry as a boy soldier. In 1984 he was 'badged' as a member of 22 SAS Regiment and was involved in both covert and overt special operations worldwide.

During the Gulf War he commanded Bravo Two Zero, a patrol that, in the words of his commanding officer, 'will remain in regimental history for ever'. Awarded both the Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM) and Military Medal (MM) during his military career, McNab was the British Army's most highly decorated serving soldier when he finally left the SAS in February 1993. He wrote about his experiences in three books: the phenomenal bestseller Bravo Two Zero, Immediate Action and Seven Troop.

He is the author of the bestselling Nick Stone thrillers. Besides his writing work, he lectures to security and intelligence agencies in both the USA and UK. He is a patron of the Help for Heroes campaign.

www.andymcnab.co.uk

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"The best account yet of the SAS in action" (Sunday Times)

"Extraordinary" (The Times)

"Gripping" (Daily Telegraph)

"Magnificent" (Independent on Sunday)

"A gripping account of special forces at work...a tremendous adventure story" (Daily Telegraph)

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A special twentieth anniversary edition to celebrate a classic of modern war literature

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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book - definately *based* on a true story 7 April 2008
Format:Paperback
You'd be suprised how many people still haven't read this book, yet everyone has heard of it - maybe due to the film starring Sean Bean released in 1999.

Bravo Two Zero was the call sign of an 8 man SAS team led by Andy McNab (not his real name) dropped deep behind enemy lines in Iraq during the first Gulf war. Their mission was to monitor and disturb the movement and deployment of Scud missiles being used by Saddam Hussein.

The mission goes badly wrong and the team find themselves extremely close to a large force of Iraqi military and a terrain and climate that they were largely unprepared for. They are soon discovered and pursued enormous distances day and night until most of the group have been either killed or captured. McNab was captured and the story recounts in gruesome detail the torture and psycological tecniques used to attempt to break the men down. It's gripping and exciting and you actually feel like you're there with him. These are some very tough guys.

However no review of the book would be complete without mention of the subsequent critisism levelled at McNab by other members of the patrol. Chris Ryan in his book 'The One that Got Away' says that McNab played up his own role and actually was largely responsible for the mission's early failure - Ryan clearly sees himself as the real hero of the mission, being the only member to survive the pursuit and flee to Syria.

Subsequently another surviving member of the expedition, Mike Coburn, released 'Soldier 5: The real truth behind the Bravo Two Zero mission' claiming that neither Ryan or McNab give an accurate portrayal of events and both dramatised the story for the purposes of publication (for example making up most of the major gun battles).
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Warts & all 4 Sep 2007
Format:Paperback
Many books have a reputation which precedes them, some reputations might be a deterrent. Readers like myself may worry that if anyone sees you reading Bravo Two Zero they will think you're one of those pitiful 'chairbourne ranger' dreamers who fantasize about being part of the military elite: I've met more than a few of these in my time... Partly because of this kind of thing, I avoided this title for many years, but having now read the book I would heartily recommend it to anyone, even if only to be able to speak about it from experience.

The book raises many questions. For example, satellite photography technology has been around for many years now, so why was the patrol not provided with detailed images of the terrain? Why was the concentration of Iraqi forces in the drop-zone so badly underestimated? Why didn't the military have information on the weather conditions the patrol would encounter? According to other books such as "The Quiet Soldier", the cardinal rule taught during training for the SAS is "you must kill immediately". So why leave so many witnesses alive to compromise your location?

More pertinently, we have no idea how accurate the book is; by all accounts Chris Ryan's "The one that got away" presents a wholly different version of events. Most avid readers can't have failed to notice that both Andy McNab and Chris Ryan have since become surprisingly prolific authors and I'm sure their "true story" beginnings can have done no harm to their new careers. I for one do not begrudge them their post-military success, though had I realized that a military career could be such a useful passport to becoming a fiction author I might not have walked past the door to the army recruitment centre all those years ago.

So...
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Special Forces indeed 27 Jan 2001
Format:Paperback
Special Forces indeed
A definite page turner. I read it going to work, coming from work, and even at work (when no colleagues were watching). But my job, being a human-computer interaction specialist, is *very* boring compared to the work of the SAS, the British Special Forces. Although I don't think I would want to trade places.
The book cover of my version of Bravo Two Zero was somewhat misleading. It cited the British premier John Major saying it was the SAS who destroyed the SCUD missile sites in the Gulf War, and it cited the American General Norman Schwarzkopf saying that the SAS were the eyes of the allied forces deep in enemy territory. So I expected the book to show a very successful commando mission in Iraq. Other SAS missions were a great success, but in the Bravo Two Zero mission much went wrong...
That doesn't make the operation of the main team of 8 soldiers less heroic, not at all. The gun fights in which the team were heavily outnumbered but in which they still wreaked havoc, the distances they had to walk causing their feet almost to fall of, the hypothermia, hunger and thirst they suffered: all was very impressive. And, probably worst of all, the extensive torturing some had to go through when they were caught, but which they still survived, makes those British soldiers truly admirable men. It much surprised me that, at the same time, they remained very humane during their stay, not killing one single Iraqi civilian even when that might have significantly improved their chances of survival.
What did surprise me however, were the extremely shallow emotional lives these SAS commandos seemed to have.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Husbands read
my husband really loves Andy Mcnab books and yet again he said this one did not dissapoint. Enjoyed the great read
Published 3 days ago by troey
3.0 out of 5 stars good read
A good read! Not my usual, but found it really interesting and informative. Brave men in a sticky situation! A must read.
Published 20 days ago by mort
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
beware of Lots of swearing but gives a real life idea of what SAS work is like and a harrowing account of his capture and torture take up most of the book. Well worth reading. Read more
Published 1 month ago by T Mind
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Amazing book, great read, exciting and very real. I liked the down to earth way it was written, and the pictures included. I read it in one go, just didn't want to put it down.
Published 2 months ago by debbieperry
5.0 out of 5 stars Glad I got round to reading
This book although twenty plus years old now still great to read. With troubles only just wrapping up in Afghanistan this story could have happened only a few years ago. Read more
Published 2 months ago by jonny raver
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Again this is another great book by Andy McNabb, this man has done extremely well in life from what he has come through. Brilliant
Published 2 months ago by Robo
5.0 out of 5 stars True balls
Best made plans don't mean anything after compromise you are proper soldiering which means life or death. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Barry gilmour
5.0 out of 5 stars gripping all the way through!
Bravo two zero is by far the greatest war story ever, full of action, horror and information you must read this book!
Published 2 months ago by M. Stevens
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of the best.
The title says it all
Young men wanting to be one of the best with like minded comrades. THE BEST
Published 2 months ago by Norman
5.0 out of 5 stars ANOTHER GOOD READ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
It was a good read. What they went through one can only imagine. However much training they had cannot prepare any one for what was to come.
Published 2 months ago by tony cronin
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