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Immediate Action [Paperback]

Andy McNab
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Book Description

1 Nov 2005

Immediate Action is a no-holds-barred account of an extraordinary life, from the day Andy McNab was found in a carrier bag on the steps of Guy's Hospital to the day he went to fight in the Gulf War.

As a delinquent youth he kicked against society. As a young soldier he waged war against the IRA in the streets and fields of South Armagh. As a member of 22 SAS Regiment he was at the centre of covert operations for nine years - on five continents.

Recounting with grim humour and in riveting, often horrifying, detail his activities in the world's most highly trained and efficient Special Forces unit, McNab sweeps us into a world of surveillance and intelligence-gathering, counter-terrorism and hostage rescue.There are casualties: the best men are so often the first to be killed, because they are in front.

By turns chilling, astonishing, violent, funny and moving, this blistering first-hand account of life at the forward edge of battle confirms Andy McNab's standing in the front rank of writers on modern war.


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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi; New edition edition (1 Nov 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552153583
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552153584
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,026 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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"A richly detailed picture of life in the SAS" (Sunday Telegraph)

"The real thing... The strength of Immediate Action lies in its detail... much more than a jingoistic adventure story" (The Times)

"A joy... An absorbing insight into the controlled thuggery and intimate comradeship that are the the hallmarks of the SAS" (Daily Telegraph)

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The most astonishing true story you will ever read - by the author of the million-copy bestseller, Bravo Two Zero.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I read the book after reading Bravo Two Zero.This book competes with the other but Immediate Action goes into much more detail.Sometimes the book contains technical jargon which some readers may find perplexing, but for a military nut like me it was sheer class.There are also great pictures inside which help understand some of the conditions that this elite - group fight in.The best part of the book , in my humble opinion, was when Andy had to pass selection.It will make you wince in pain and gawp at the book as some of the things done are unbelievable. Immediate action is in my personal top three and i would strongly reccomend this book to anyone slightly interested in that sort of thing. Finally may i congratulate Andy Mcnab(if that is his real name !)on a superb read which gives an amazing insight into The SAS.The only problem with this book is that it finished to soon and kept me up to 3 am as i couldn't put the book down.This book MUST BE READ!!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Paperback
This book right from the first chapter had me gripped.Its not just that having been in the services i had developed an interest,i was taken into a new world for me and an interesting one for those who haven't had the pleasure.Just reading about the selection process was enough to show me just how comfortable my life is!For those who dont know Immediate Action is the autobiography of Andy Mcnab DCM,MM.It starts with him joining the army as a boy soldier to keep out of trouble,and takes you right through to him becoming a sergeant in the SAS and of course the now legendary Bravo Two Zero patrol in Iraq.Superb
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Paperback
This book has got be the best book I have ever read. It is full of action and nailbiting tension. So much so you will be literally on the edge of your seats. Everything you ever needed to know about the army,and of course the the best elite special forces unit in the world!! The S.A.S. Andy McNab has wrote some good stuff but this is just the creame of the crop. Buy this book and you will not want to put it down. I strongly sugest that if there are any film producers out there, that you seriously consider trying to make a film about this extrodinary auto-biography,it would be the biggest film of the year possibly even the decade so do it!!!!!
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Immediate Action by Andy Mcnab 6 Jan 2006
By "d-jc"
Format:Paperback
This book is a masterpiece! I have only just recieved delivery of it 3 days ago and am half way through- but felt compelled to write a review with Immediate Action...! (poor I know, sorry!)
Seriously though, this is a must read for anyone who is vaguely interested in the forces, guns and brutal story telling, even someone who has any interest in fitness stamina etc it has the British Armys finest survival and fitness techniques described and explained so would be a shame to miss out on them.. This book has it all in and is written with fantastic detail and an extremely honest, witty sense of humour.
McNab describes his real life story's with such detail and skill that you feel as though you are there, right next to him in Northen Ireland being fired upon by the IRA and the training selection process for the Regiment (22 Squadron, the SAS); from the Brecon Beacons to the Jungle in Mayaila and feeling the pain from the Interrogation process that completes the training. This has the makings for yet another film on the regiment and would be a complete waste if this didn't happen.
I wont say any more- mainly because I cant! I havnt got far enough but once again, McNab comes out on top. Simply Awesome- a must buy...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars book 3 July 2009
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is my third Andy McNab book and it was a great read. Would recommend it to anyone interested in action,forces,SAS etc
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Realistic writing 22 May 2012
By Isaac-E
Format:Kindle Edition
One of the most refreshing things about the book is the amazing attention to detail and inordinate amount of planning put in before an operation proceeds, no gung ho rushing in without thought, guns blazing,as this will normally end in a collosal gang f*** and lots of dead soldiers.four stars from me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Revealing and Entertaining 23 Nov 2003
By R. P. Sedgwick VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
Immediate Action is a biographical account of the author's army life, culminating in joining the elite SAS regiment of the British Armed Forces.
The first third of the book covers McNab's early life in working class London, up to his attempts to join the SAS via its Selection process. The remainder of the book is about various SAS operations he was involved in all over the globe, not including the material in Iraq - which is covered in Bravo Two Zero.
Written very much in army speak, the book portrays very vividly a career in the SAS, including the boring and mundane parts as well as the more glamorous bits. The impact on McNab's private life is also covered, with three marriages and three divorces all casualties of his devotion to the regiment.
My favourite part of the book is the selection process McNab had to go through which sounded awesomely difficult. The remainder of Immediate Action, describing in detail each of the operations he was involved in, varies from extremely good to tedious. The book even necessitates a glossary at the back of army terms, which are littered throughout the text!
Not quite as gripping as Bravo Two Zero, Immediate Action nevertheless is a frank and revealing account of life in the SAS during the 1980's.
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5.0 out of 5 stars if you like the genre
My kind if thing, if you like the genre, buy the book.
Published 18 days ago by Richard
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
GRANDSON LOVED IT.
Published 26 days ago by mrs k loveday
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing book
when I bought this book I thought it was fiction and don't read biographies but this is a biography written in Andy McNab's unique style and this is a real page-turner. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mr A D Jude
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
The best way to describe this book is just to say it's brilliant, funny and at times thought provoking. I love this book.
Published 5 months ago by mr s d lunt
5.0 out of 5 stars Still one of the best
Andy McNab's book is still one of the best descriptions of the close quarters work that is the staple of the SAS and the special forces, it's some years ago since I first read this... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Bondy4822
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting you get to know what some army life is about
the rating I gave is. because I have read several of his books and this one did not keep you on the edge
Published 6 months ago by isabel
3.0 out of 5 stars Its OK
Its an OK read. Nothing special but nothing negative either. One of those books you can pick up easily but then leave it for a few days.
Published 8 months ago by Steve T
5.0 out of 5 stars hard to put down
A great read. Well put together and nicely detailed.

It's not all just about the action either - the character descriptions and strategy are firmly at the heart of the... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Kit
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
McNab is back to his best in this action packed thriller, it's full of information and background that makes many of today's terrorist scenarios much clearer.
Published 10 months ago by John Wardle
3.0 out of 5 stars Limited Interest, Unpleasant if Honest
Read from August 27 to September 03, 2013.

This is a memoir that shows that even the author can find it difficult to find any redeeming features about themselves! Read more
Published 10 months ago by Steve
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