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Bullet Magnet: Britain's Most Highly Decorated Frontline Soldier Paperback – 17 Mar 2011

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: W&N (17 Mar. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753828049
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753828045
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.3 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 159,485 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A no-punches-ulled account of the theatre of war (HUDDERSFIELD DAILY EXAMINER)

raw and evocative (BIG ISSUE IN THE NORTH)

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A raw, honest and evocative account of life as the most highly decorated serving soldier in the British Army.

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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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.. 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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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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I don't normally buy these sort of books but I found myself drawn to this person and ordering the book anyway. I'm glad I did because I couldn't keep the book down most of the time! The writing style is easy to follow and although he can't avoid slipping into soldier talk from time to time it isn't too uncomplicated for us civvies to follow. You really get a sense of how manic this man's life has been and, for me, how little i've done in comparison!

One minor gripe is that as a serving soldier in the army he's not really in a position to comment on the other issues affecting our soldiers - such as lack of equipment and resources that they have to put up with. Flynn doesn't ignore the subject but you get the impression he'd like to say a lot more on the subject. Away from all the news hype, it would be interesting to see a bit more depth about what how real soldiers deal with it all.

Overall, definitely worth a punt either by buying or borrowing the book.
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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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I've just read this book and though I don't doubt his courage I'm left wondering how much of it is true. He states that the RA range at Benbecula has tightly controlled access. This is complete twaddle written with the intend of making his 'true' exploits sound better. I was posted to RA range Benbecula around the same time as he claims to have used RAF C130's to get him from Germany to his girlfriends arms. The tightly controlled access which he says is by way of military transport is made up by him. Most personel use the 6 times a week BA scheduled flight or either of the two civilian ferries that dock at Lochmaddy or Lochboisdale. A few may have arrived on the LSL that docked in a small harbour in South Uist about every two weeks.
As for a few RAF personel using a Hercules to pick fresh salmon every weekend, Think about this.. you need a crew pilot, co-pilot. navigator, flight engineer, and a loadie. You need ground crew at both ends of the flight. you need clearance for take off and landing. and if its every weekend as he says you need a lot of tame air traffic controllers, you need to file a flight plan and ensure the aviation athorities whos airspace you'll be using know about it. you need fuel, and you need a C 130, it's hard enough getting a land rover to nip out for some chips and a kebab but to 'borrow' a large plane for a weekend is just getting into fantasy and wishful thinking. there are most likely other people you'd need to involve and then there's the risk that someone would spot an aircraft taking off or landing that they don't know about but should, then they'd make enquiries. You have the fact that its a civilian airport on Benbecula which is closed on sundays and only opened for emergencys, picking up a few fish is not an emergency.
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