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DropZone [Paperback]

Andy McNab
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1 July 2010 DropZone (Book 1)

Ethan Blake is seventeen and desperate to escape from his dead-end life. When he sees someone B.A.S.E. jump from the top of his block of flats, it changes the way he sees the world for ever.

Soon, Ethan is caught up in the adrenaline-fuelled world of skydiving. He's a natural, so it's no surprise when he's invited to join an elite skydive team, but is he signing up for more than just jumping out of planes?

The team's involved in covert military operations - missions that require a special kind of guts, missions so secret even MI5 denies all knowledge.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi Childrens (1 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552560634
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552560634
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 70,639 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.


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"You had better fasten your seatbelts, for this book is one hell of a ride! ... If future DropZone books are as well written then Mr McNab may well have created a series to rival Muchamore's CHERUB." (The BookZone Blog The BookZone Blog)

"McNab has another hit on his hands, this tale is a cracker. Buy it for a teenager today." (Natasha Harding The Sun)


the action sequences are adrenaline-pumping

McNab is brilliant at describing the exhilarating feeling of falling from an airplane at 12,000 feet.

Reaching speeds of 120 mph, you really do need to pull that cord at the right time! Can you take the pressure?

" (Thomas Murphy Flipside, issue 45) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Packed with action, intrigue - and skydiving! - DropZone is an extreme thriller for teens

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great story great content 4 Aug 2010
I am a massive fan of Andy McNab's Boy Soldier series and (unusually for me) bought them all in hardback. I noticed this book was not co-written with Robert Rigby, who was involved in Boy Soldier, so I waited for the paperback.

I needn't have been worried. This is a very good book.

Strengths: characterisation (esp. the hero), relationships between characters, the hero's dad, believable context (no surprise there).

Weaknesses: not a lot. It took a long time for the characters to get stuck into their first mission, but the way they all get to know each other at the dropzone was conflict enough.

The book was also funny. One of the characters cracks a lot of good one liners.

I'll get the next one in hardback.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a 'cracker' 22 April 2010
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
What a cracking good read this was. Love Andy's main books - didn't even realise this was in his children's series. Intricate, fast-moving plot lines, seemingly unconnected but coming together in a terrific daren't-put-the-book-down culmination. Great stuff.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST BOOK EVER 22 May 2010
I got this book as a gift when I absolutely hated reading but this was given to me because it was to do with the military and I want to be a marine so I started to read it and couldent put down, for the first time I actualy was interested in a book, I read about 140 pages on the first day.It is my second day in reading this book and I am on page 185.This is truely my favourite book ever and when I have finished this book I am going to buy one of andy mcnabs other books. I RECOMMEND THIS BOOK TO ANYBODY.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 27 April 2010
Quite simply, a great novel. much like his adult novels, it grips the reader and doesn't let go until to the very end.
It's written much more in the style for teenage readers - so its easier to follow and understand and enjoy.
If you enjoy other such books as the CHERUB series, then you'll love this book too
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor 19 Oct 2010
By Bored
Very dissapointed, but then again most of McNab's books have gone down hill.

I bought this as I actually skydive, and the use of the correct terminology was woeful. It was cheesy, unrealistic, and seemingly ill-informed, much like Andy's expert view on parachuting accidents that appear in the trashy paper, The Sun.

A shame really, as he has the required experience not to make such mistakes.

I'm bored of McNab now, Chris Ryan's books are much better!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book! EXCITING AND FUNNY. 4 stars / 80% 27 Nov 2010
A Kid's Review
Very good book, I recommend it to all kids and teens.
Exciting and funny.
Short but sweet, ideal for taking on holiday or reading in bed.
Can't wait for the release of the next one.


Ben, 13
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read 1 Aug 2010
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I bought this book on the strength of the other readers reviews about it and I was not dissapppointed, Written for the younger reader didnot prevent Andy Mcnab providing an awful lot of technical information and terms relating to skydiving and parachuting which was great.It held me all the way through and I thoroughly enjoyed it. If I was being over critical I would suggest that the last few pages seemed a bit weak but then I am used to reading The Nick Stone series.Having finished the book in a week I would definitely recommend it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DROPZONE by Andy McNab 16 Aug 2010
I have read all of the Boy Soldier books, and they are only the second series of books I have ever read the first being the Alex Rider Series by Anthony Horowitz. The book was written fantastically well, as a fan of SAS operations and secret missions and what not, I was a bit disappointed with the lack of the usual that I would expect from any McNab book. But as the author served in Air Troop B Sqn, SAS I was expecting to see a teenagers book about free-falling and HAHO jumps etc. And when it arrived, I was very impatient...

The book itself is very well put together, with a great story line and exciting starts middles and ends. The content of the book has been written to make the same thing -skydiving- very interesting over and over again! As the main character began his training, the tension was building for something to go wrong, and when it did it made you grip the book to your eyes even more than before... and has lots of comical lines thrown in!

The only floors in this book for me were the lack of SAS and covert content, and the very speedily cut off ending it COULD have gone into more of the future, it COULD have mentioned a sequel -GOD HOPING HE MAKES ONE- and it COULD have showed more about the characters involvement or even just a summary of the book. But all in all this book is a fantastic read for any teenager who loves action comedy and a gripping read!
Hope this helps!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Different angle from the usual from Andy, still a gripping read
Published 15 days ago by Blakey
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read,
Fast moving action all through. Twist in the tail to rival any thriller and enough adrenaline to keep everyone interested.
Published 18 days ago by Denis Canty
5.0 out of 5 stars Brill
Edge of your seat thriller.
Descriptions of skydiving that can only be done by someone that's acctually been there.
Brilliant read can't wait for the third instalment.
Published 3 months ago by Lee perry
4.0 out of 5 stars riveting read
always enjoy an Andy Mcnab and was not disappointed. kept me hooked right through. couldn't put it down.
if you like his others you'll enjoy.
Published 3 months ago by p. stainsby
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful. Childish plot
My first Andy McNab book - I have lots of them to read but hope the others are better than this
I checked after I'd read it that this was not meant to be a children's book -... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mr Peter Day
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic book!!!
this is a brilliant book and a must read for all andy mcnab fans
strengths the characters were brilliant and the way they all got on together was superb. Read more
Published 6 months ago by benjamin murray
3.0 out of 5 stars Average.
Not up to Andy Mcnab's usual standard. Everything seems to come together just a little too easily. I can't recommend this.
Published 11 months ago by James Mousley
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Book Ever
I absolutely loved this book, because it was funny and exciting. Most books I read are boring but this book, well I just couldn't put it down. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Matthew Gregory
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Simply excellent, I couldn't put it down, I wouldn't expect anything less from Andy. His experiences really show through in his writing.
Published 11 months ago by Martyn
5.0 out of 5 stars Kindle Book
Good writer and a good story as are all his other books I have purchased in the past and will continue to do so
Published 12 months ago by cliff
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