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Bullet Magnet: Britain's Most Highly Decorated Frontline Soldier [Hardcover]

Prince William , Mick Flynn , Will Pearson
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8 Jun 2010

Summer 2006, Afghanistan: an apparently deserted village, and a rapidly ticking clock... The relentless Taliban ambush which followed saw several British soldiers dead, two armoured vehicles destroyed - and Corporal of Horse Michael Flynn awarded an MC to go alongside his Conspicuous Gallantry Cross.

Mick Flynn has never backed away from a challenge. From his uncompromising South Wales childhood - within a whisker, at one point, of Cardiff Prison - to the streets of Belfast, where he first learned the bitter realities of armed conflict, he's had no difficulty finding and facing trouble. Whether on the storm blasted Falklands cliff tops, where he witnessed the Sir Galahad going down in flames, or in the searing deserts of Iraq, where he and his crew pinned down an entire division of enemy tanks, he has carried the attack with a coolness that has earned him the respect of princes, generals and his fellow soldiers.

Mick Flynn has seen action in every major British war zone of the past thirty years and still serves with the legendary Blues & Royals today. Bullet Magnet is his story - the story of an extraordinary modern warrior who mixes warmth and humour, and at times heartbreaking poignancy, with truly breathtaking fighting skills.


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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: 16.5 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 121,577 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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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deserves to be a bestseller. Amazing. 23 Jun 2010
By George
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars When is the film released? 24 Sep 2010
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
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
5.0 out of 5 stars One side of a coin..... 9 Sep 2010
By A. Cresswell TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
I ploughed through this book in no time at all but I have to agree with one of the other comments from the reviewers in that the book would have benefited from having a professional writers touch or even a ghost writers touch. There's no doubt there's a great story to tell here and a lot of it's well told but it simply doesn't hang together as well as many other books that have come out of Afghistan and Iraq.
That's my old criticism and other than that you'll find this a quick and interesting read. I'll be interested to see if there's any more to come from this author at a later date. I would imagine so.
One thing that needs to be said .... Read this then read RED ONE ... Bomb Disposal. There's another untold part of this story and RED ONE tells it. It's the pschological cost of the war and the complete and utter breakdwon of a brave man who didn't share Mick Flynn's strong Psyche.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Mick Flynn represents the backbone of any professional army, the senior NCO. His first hand account of operations from Northern Ireland and the Falklands to Iraq is authentic and entertaining. Strongly recommended for anyone who wants to know what the British Army is really all about.
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good read 2 Aug 2010
By John B
Format:Hardcover
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
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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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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.. 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
I bought this for a birthday present so this is a proxy preview. It has brought good reading time to the person I gave it to. That's all I can say about the item..
Published 1 month ago by Phil9028
3.0 out of 5 stars Average
Not a bad read but a bit self indulgent. Not the best true story about a soldier but there are better out the - Harry McCallion The Killing Zone for example.
Published 1 month ago by Mrs H.
5.0 out of 5 stars Giff
Excellent read well written in plain and simple English even when in the heat of battle was easy to follow only thing I never understood is how this soldier is still alive !
Published 3 months ago by frans-wa
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad
Not too bad but not as good as I was expecting the title suggests a better read rmbles on a wee bit at the beginning
Published 4 months ago by ydnaswhisky
5.0 out of 5 stars Go read
Good insight into years of convicts that we are now reading about in history books. Really enjoyed it top read
Published 4 months ago by Stephen Dunne
5.0 out of 5 stars AKA the Man of Steel
When I am reading a true, gritty and compelling story I am taken beyond writing style etc and I judge that book by how emotive I get when reading. Read more
Published 5 months ago by CD
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
An easy to read, hard to put down account of of the authors experiences serving with the Blues and Royals . Read more
Published 6 months ago by Honestas
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality
Some very interesting stories over a very long career. I do not share the same doubts as some of the other reviewers on this being a 100% true story.
Published 7 months ago by Greg Flinn
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good read
If you like all action and little else then this is the book for you!
Gets the heart pumping a very good read.
Published 7 months ago by hagey
5.0 out of 5 stars Bullet Magnet: Britain's Most Highly Decorated Frontline Soldier
Very impressive carreer. How he stayed alive is a testamemt to the professionalism and training of the best army in the world. Very readable.
Published 7 months ago by Ian D Currah
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