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'Stand-To': The 2015, Map Illustrated Edition. (Armageddon's Song) [Kindle Edition]

ANDY FARMAN
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Book Description

Volume 1 of 5, the best selling Armageddon's Song series, a story that goes further than even Tom Clancy's classic, in a tale of truly global, world war.

Did the Cold War really end? No matter, it is about to get hot anyway.

Espionage, subterfuge, corruption in high places and a nuclear plot are uncovered by a beautiful spy more used to shedding her clothes to discover secrets than she is of keeping them.
Will duty bind her to silence or will conscience win her over?

'Stand-To' is the first book in the 'Armageddon's Song' series and it puts you in the seat of a Sea Harrier dog fighting over the Pacific, in the control room of a submarine during a torpedo attack in the Atlantic, looking down the sights of a sniper rifle on the north German Plain, and at the side of a Russian paratrooper General who leads from the front.

Encompassing not just a story from a US point of view but also through the eyes and deeds of the other combatants, on both sides of the conflict.
There are many and varied characters this book will follow, the soldiers and the spooks, the brave and the low on both sides on the conflict, and of course those just trying to survive World War 3.

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As the first pair reached the river the right hand fighter-bomber staggered in the air and Major Kegin applied left rudder to avoid pieces of the aircraft that were being chewed off as if by an unseen buzz saw. The aircraft ahead rolled drunkenly to the right, streaming coolant and smoke, too late the young pilot ejected, leaving the stricken aircraft sideways at less than 200ft altitude and the pilot, still attached to his ejector seat, had struck the ground in a cloud of torn turf and soil.
Kegin’s wingman reacted to a message from the survivor of the lead pair; a slight touch of stick, a nudge of rudder and CBUs dropped from their hardpoints, decimating a pair of bridging sections mounted on T-72 chassis, and an engineer vehicle on the bank. Ahead of them the lead aircraft dropped its nose to ripple fire from its under wing pods, it was still doing so when it vanished in a fireball. Kegin broke left to avoid and found himself looking at some of his traitorous countrymen’s T-72s that emerged line abreast from a treeline. Selecting rockets Kegin applied hard right rudder and walked his rockets across the end three tanks in the line, then he was past and calling for his wingman.




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About the Author

Andy Farman was born in Cheshire, England in 1956 into a close family of servicemen and servicewomen who at that time were serving or who had served in the Royal Air Force, Royal Navy and British Army. As a 'Pad brat' he was brought up on whichever RAF base his Father was posted to. He joined the British Army as an Infantry Junior Leader in 1972 at the tender age of 15, serving in the Coldstream Guards on ceremonial duties at the Royal Palaces, flying the flag in Africa, and on operations in both Ulster and on the UK mainland. In 1981 Andy swapped his green suit for a blue one with the Metropolitan Police. With volunteer reservist service in both the Wessex Regiment and 253 Provost Company, Royal Military Police (V) he spent twenty four years in front line policing, both in uniform and plain clothes. The final six years as a police officer were served in a London inner city borough and wearing two hats, those of an operation planner, and liaison officer with the television and film industry. His first literary work to be published was that of a poem about life as a soldier in Ulster, sold with all rights to a now defunct writers monthly in Dublin for the princely sum of £11 (less the price of the stamp on the envelope that the cheque arrived in.) The 'Armageddon's Song' trilogy began as a mental exercise to pass the mornings whilst engaged on a surveillance operation on a drug dealer who never got out of bed until the mid afternoon. On retirement he emigrated with his wife to the Philippines where he dives for relaxation and is a member of the famous Asian running club 'The IGAT Runners'. The first two volumes of the trilogy have been published in print and also Kindle form along with Abridged editions making them suitable for the Under 18's

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2435 KB
  • Print Length: 477 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1490333134
  • Publisher: Andy Farman; 3 edition (8 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DDYOV14
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #20,567 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Andy Farman has written two UK #1 best sellers since May 2013 when he published his first book, 'Stand-To'. The books are now upon the shelves of Ministry of Defence libraries, on land and at sea.
He was born in Cheshire, England in 1956 into a close family of servicemen and servicewomen who at that time were serving or who had served in the Royal Air Force, Royal Navy and British Army.
As a 'Pad brat' he was brought up on whichever RAF base his Father was posted to.
He joined the British Army as an Infantry Junior Leader in 1972 at the tender age of 15, serving in the Coldstream Guards on ceremonial duties at the Royal Palaces, flying the flag in Africa, and on operations in both Ulster and on the UK mainland.
In 1981 Andy swapped his green suit for a blue one with the Metropolitan Police.
With volunteer reservist service in both the Wessex Regiment and 253 Provost Company, Royal Military Police (V) he spent twenty four years in front line policing, both in uniform and plain clothes. The final six years as a police officer were served in a London inner city borough and wearing two hats, those of an operation planner, and liaison officer with the television and film industry.

His first literary work to be published was that of a poem about life as a soldier in Ulster, sold with all rights to a now defunct writers monthly in Dublin for the princely sum of £11 (less the price of the stamp on the envelope that the cheque arrived in.)

The 'Armageddon's Song' series began as a mental exercise to pass the mornings whilst engaged on a surveillance operation on a drug dealer who never got out of bed until the mid afternoon.

On retirement he emigrated with his wife to the Philippines where he dives for relaxation and is a member of the famous Asian running club 'The IGAT Runners'.

The first three volumes of the four part series have been published in print and also Kindle form along with Abridged editions making them suitable for the Under 18's.
The fifth, and final volume, in the Armageddon's Song series saw publication in May 2014 and two prequels are under way, with a sequel planned for next 2015.


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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars War I'm glad we never had 16 May 2013
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Something we never had, and i am glad.
Written by an ex squaddie, the story covers the hideous reality of world war three in an all too real scenario.
I won't ruin the story but the characters are people like you and I, who joined the forces for work and now find themselves at the sharp end, with real human feelings, failings and successes.
I was gutted when the book ended but also pleased when it was announced this is only book one in a trilogy.
Hurry up and release number two !
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A first rate page-turner 27 May 2013
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I would recommend Armageddon's Song - a terrific read by a great story teller, with very interesting characters. It's credible and frightening - the author's own experience makes it shine. Looking forward to the next part comingARMAGEDDON'S SONG 'Stand - To' out!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I am half way through the third novel of the series and I am starting to slow down turning the pages because after this saga I am not sure what to pick up next... I am loving the story, the realism of the settings, the fast pace and different scenarios. I am also enjoying the characters even if I learned not to get too attached to them because frequently they don't last long... you never know who is going to be left alive after the next artillery barrage, submarine attack or dogfight. This is one of the positive aspect of this story, there are no superman or women, surviving after every fight, just credible soldiers, pilots and navy personnel with their fears, bravery and weakness and this is quite refreshing compared to some books where somehow the main characters land always on their feet and the enemies are a bunch of buffoons.
If you liked great book as Tom Clancy's (RiP) Red Storm Rising; Larry Bond's Red Phoenix and Vortex; Ralph Peters's Red Army or finally Chieftains by Bob Forrest-Webb then you MUST get stuck in this series.
In order to keep this review real (sorry Andy) some minor glitches, sometimes the descriptions of some of the hardware has some imperfections, one example I was reading a spectacular air battle last night when a group of Spanish F/A 18 Falcons... went in action. Ok I am a geek so probably the majority of readers won't spot the mistake, and trust me small things like this do not spoil the enjoyment of the great story. I am looking forward to book 4!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars great story, not so great writing 16 Nov. 2013
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I enjoyed reading this story- it's quite gripping once you get into it. The plot is fairly intricate, with may characters featuring throughout. There is a fair amount of technical detail, and the action comes thick and fast.

The serious downside is the awful spelling, grammar, punctuation and just bad writing. This makes it a far less enjoyable read than it should/could be. With the services of a good copy editor, it would be an excellent book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The war that wasn't 29 Sept. 2013
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I was attracted by the title first off and I was not dissappointed with the book. Although this is an alternative history it reads as if from the authors experience which I found a very interesting 'take' on an alternative history novel. It was good to get the story from the infantryman's viewpoint (nice to see the British Army get a storyline for a change) But it also shifts nicely to take in other theaters across the world, and the 'global view' and does not dawdle too long with the one viewpoint. I could not put this one down and immediately went on and purchased the 2nd novel to follow the story. Hooked!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great series - confusing covers 26 Aug. 2013
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This is a great new alternative history series - the Soviet Union has re-emerged and made an alliance with China, the west are under attack in Europe whilst wars are fought at sea, in the air, in Europe, the Pacific and SE Asia. A very good exciting read.

However the covers are very confusing and Amazon are little help, I asked them for guidance and they assured me this was the second in the series so I read it second BUT its the first.

So if you are interested in this new series, this is the FIRST book, despite the Part two label. Read this fist and then move on to the next.

By the way if you like this genre try Colin Gee's Red Gambit series which is brilliant and about the Allies going to war in 1945, Harvey Blacks' "The Red Effect" which is similar but about a war between NATO and the Warsaw Pact in 1986 and SM Stirling's "The Peshawar Lancers", Guy Saville's "The Afrika Reich" set in an Africa run by the Nazis in a world where the Germans won world war 2 and Andy Johnsons - "Seelowe Nord-the Germans are coming" about the Germans invading England in 1940 but in Yorkshire.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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This is the type of techno thriller I enjoy because it is detailed, plausible, exciting and exceptionally well written. The author obviously has a wealth of knowledge on military matters and procedures. His skill is to weave his knowledge into a fast paced narrative without ever filling the paragraphs with jargon and unintelligible techno-speak. This book casts a panorama view, introduces characters, intimates of plans yet to be revealed and action yet to be taken. No doubt these will unfold in subsequent books in this series and I intend reading them all. I really like the non-sentimental way characters are often introduced, a short bio is provided and just as we are getting to know them they meet their fate on the battle field. It is almost as if a camera swings around the battlefield, lingers on a soldier for a few minutes, draws us in to what he or she is doing and just as suddenly they are killed and the camera moves on. Looking forward to the next book in the series. I can thoroughly recommend this book for your reading pleasure if your chosen genre is war/techno-thrillers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Third world war
I have been looking for a book in the same vein as Red Storm Rising or Sir John Hacketts Third World War for some time and I have enjoyed reading this book. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Steven M Russell
5.0 out of 5 stars Cold War goes hot...
Read the whole series - fantasic - gritty, realistic - Tom Clancy for the British Army - buy the lot!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent start to an excellent series.
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A good start to a really engaging series. The author quite clearly draws on his own experiences and knowledge to flesh out the story. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars wow
Fast paced with plenty of twists this is a real page turner! Ok so some of the bad guys are kinda cartoonish but when the story is a vast and exciting as this who cares?
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