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Bullet Magnet: Britain's Most Highly Decorated Frontline Soldier Hardcover – 8 Jun 2010


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  • Hardcover: 306 pages
  • Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson; 1st edition (8 Jun. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0297859919
  • ISBN-13: 978-0297859918
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 2.6 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 456,611 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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riveting... as vivid a piece of writing about war as I have ever read (John Preston DAILY MAIL - BOOK OF THE WEEK)

Mick Flynn truly moves the reader with his courage and tenacity (Marie-Gabrielle Arco CATHOLIC HERALD)

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'From the Falklands to Afghanistan, Mick Flynn has been looking for trouble for over thirty years - and finding it' Andy McNab

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By George on 23 Jun. 2010
Format: Hardcover
Mick Flynn was an 'ordinary soldier' who went on to become a quite extraordinary fighter and leader of men. This book tells his story in compelling fashion, from his humble upbringing to the journey he began as a nineteen year old recruit and which led eventually to escapades of bravery and heroism that have become the stuff of legend within the Armed Forces. Brutally honest his narrative provides an incredible insight into the horror of war close up but in a way that is also thoughtful and poignant. You cannot stop turning the pages only this time it is not Frederick Forsyth, it's the real thing. An amazing read about an amazing soldier.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Crocus on 29 Aug. 2010
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An amazing read. When Mike Flyn enlists one feels that he is going to play by his rules not the armies.Unfortunately it isn't that easy and after a spell in Colchester Barracks for going AWOL he is sent to Ireland where the reality of life in the forces begins. During his career to date he has served in many theatres of war including Iraq and Afghaniston and has proved himself to be a very courageous and brave soldier always putting the lives of his men before his own.He was thoroughly deserving of his medals he was awarded.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Michael Metherell on 24 Sept. 2010
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I found this a most enthralling read. Mick packs more into 10 pages than most people pack into a lifetime. His story encompasses not only brave soldiering but also human frailties just like the rest of us, a real man's story. Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John B on 2 Aug. 2010
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I didn't know what to expect with this book but once you start reading the extraordinary account of Mick Flynn's time in the Army, it is hard to put it down. He has played a part in most of the major conflicts that the British Army has been involved in since the late `70's and his insight into, how it is at the sharp end of operations, make a great story. It is told with an easy to read style that captures the camaraderie of working alongside his fellow front line soldiers. If you want to find out what it's like being at the front in today's British Army then here it is.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. G. Troke on 30 Jun. 2013
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I was attracted to this book by the title. First half of the book I thought I made a error buying it as it was going into dating girlfriends to much, but second half made up for the first. A lot of where and what Mick Flynn wrote about I could reflect upon as I was in the services myself and visited the same places before Flynn. I do recommend his follow up book Trigger Time. And it is also a good account of the weaponry or lack of it and poor vehicles that the troops had to suffer during their tours in combat. Members of parliament should hang their heads in shame. Very quick to go to war but not quick enough to spend the money on equipment. And how many times do we have to read that soldiers are down to a few men and not enough ammunition to last a few more hours and so close to all the unit being killed. It's down to those few men who have never given up and fought against all odds, they survived by true grit and not by being given the tools for the job.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Gordon on 31 July 2010
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Bullet Magnet is a gripping book, based on personal experience of conflit in Northern Ireland, the Falklands, Iraq, Bosnia and Afganistan (forget media hype, this is from the front line). It is also an inspiring story of bravery, professionalism and leadership.

I hope I can buy Mick Flynn a drink some time soon. [[ASIN:0297859919 Bullet Magnet: Britain's Most Highly Decorated Frontline Soldier]
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Paul M. Sheehan on 24 April 2011
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Mick Flynn has fought for his country in a number of the troublespots all over the world in the past thirty years or so.From the mean streets of 1978 Belfast through to the dusty,hell that is Afghanistan Mick has put his life on the line and this service was rewarded with the Queens Gallantry Medal for his heroism in Iraq in 2003 when he took on an entire division of Iraqi tanks and came out on the winning side.The best perhaps is saved for last though , with the chapter on a horrific ambush he and his younger colleagues were subjected to while trying to relieve a besieged British outpost in Afghanistan during 2006.The horror and danger of the ensuing firefight just leaps of the pages and it will be a stern heart that does not find itself moved by the horrific injuries sustained by one of the young warriors under Flynn's command who sustained burns to 70% of his body but is miraculously still alive today , thanks in no small part to Flynn who kept his cool while everyone around him seemed to be losing theirs.This book however is not all intensity and engagements, and far more low profile assignments such as trying to control the mafia in post civil war Bosnia are included along with a poignant postscript in which Flynn returns to Belfast in 2008 to try to confront his demons from his long ago tour in that once war torn city and give a final farewell to the two loyal comrades of his who had been killed by the IRA in an ambush in the republican stronghold of Anderstown . Mick Flynn truly is a man of steel and the overriding feeling when you finish the book will be one of intense pride that men like Mick Flynn are in our armed forces.Hero is a much overused term but Mike Flynn truly is one.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Caroline Munday on 29 Jun. 2010
Format: Hardcover
.. I started to read this book and just couldn't put it down. This book is written with complete honesty sharing true feelings and mind blowing experiences. It flows.. from a young soldier, you feel Mick grow in his Career, through Northern Ireland, The Falklands, Bosnia and Afghanistan to a mature experienced absolute Hero in my mind. I just couldn't put this book down and I cannot wait for the next. Mick shares his experiences with honesty, feeling and humour. I never knew the half!! From Ivan the Terrible in Bosnia, what a character I felt I was almost in the room, to the ambush in Afghanistan where Mick showed such courage and led his young crew through to safety. It made me smile and it made me cry. To feel the heat of battle and share it so that a civilian can understand the nervousness, anticipation and adrenaline rush is amazing. Mick Flynn has something else though, he thinks and uses his energy positively to win, courageous and very brave.. God Bless you Mick and God Bless Martyn Compton. I know now why my son Trooper James Munday held you in such high esteem. Hurry up with the next one!! Caroline Munday x
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