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  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (21 Nov. 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1518812775
  • ISBN-13: 978-1518812774
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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To clarify a points, my details were taken from a CV from a networking website without my knowledge or permission and I am confused as to why my details including work and military history have been included in the book but he has chosen to omit details of his other children who he won visitation rights for. I would have preferred to have been given the anonymity he has given to others. To confirm I did NOT join the British forces because of any military career the author claims to have had. I joined a regular infantry unit for my own reasons. I did the training, did the courses and cultivated my own mates. I did and do not need nepotism. I am also happy that there were no hidden people 'looking out' for me. Anyone who has been in the forces in active service will know the challenges faced and it's the mates you are shoulder to shoulder with who pull you through. I also did NOT get into my current career because the author. It was an opportunity that came via a mate, however as my work colleagues will confirm, it's been my hard work and dedication for many years which has got me to where I am. Unfortunately for the author there was NO 'apple falling from any tree'. After learning about my birth, I did seek out the author and since then I have been to places including L.A. & N.Y. , there were people I met and I did write/say things in attempt to cultivate some sort of relationship. However, I have not seen the author for many years. Unlike the author, I embrace and enjoy the responsibility of being a father and a husband wholeheartedly. I needed no explanation. Don't believe all you read.
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My last review deleted - I disliked the book for bad production and unbelievable content.
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Amazon.com: 4.3 out of 5 stars 6 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 15 Oct. 2016
By Ceridwen - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a beautifully done, excellent bio. Good read!
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 23 Aug. 2016
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Great read!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Clarifcation... 11 Dec. 2015
By Dan Hildreth - Published on Amazon.com
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To clarify a points, my details were taken from a CV from a networking website without my knowledge or permission and I am confused as to why my details including work and military history have been included in the book but he has chosen to omit details of his other children who he won visitation rights for. I would have preferred to have been given the anonymity he has given to others. To confirm I did NOT join the British forces because of any military career the author claims to have had. I joined a regular infantry unit for my own reasons. I did the training, did the courses and cultivated my own mates. I did and do not need nepotism. I am also happy that there were no hidden people 'looking out' for me. Anyone who has been in the forces in active service will know the challenges faced and it's the mates you are shoulder to shoulder with who pull you through. I also did NOT get into my current career because the author. It was an opportunity that came via a mate, however as my work colleagues will confirm, it's been my hard work and dedication for many years which has got me to where I am. Unfortunately for the author there was NO 'apple falling from any tree'. After learning about my birth, I did seek out the author and since then I have been to places including L.A. & N.Y. There were people I met and I did write/say things in attempt to cultivate some sort of relationship. However, I have not seen the author for many years. Unlike the author, I embrace and enjoy the responsibility of being a father and a husband wholeheartedly. I needed no explanation. Don't believe all you read.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and a must read 28 April 2016
By MR R G Case - Published on Amazon.com
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I was privileged to interview this amazing kind man. He has led a very interesting life and is a real example to today's youth about living life to the full. And his wisdom is a true inspiration. This book has everything a good book needs and gripped me from the first chapter. Highly recommend this book

Richard Case.
4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Bold Life 29 Jan. 2016
By Lutine - Published on Amazon.com
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HOLD FAST, the new autobiography from actor, voice artist and action director Mark Ryan, delivers what it promises: a very personal insight into the life and many roads this multi-talented man has taken in his decades-spanning career. He has combined his acting career with his work for the British Army's Intelligence Corps, so the story told intertwines anecdotes from London's West End and Hollywood with exciting stories from darker worlds. Who knew the entertainment industry has so many close points of contact with the military world and its inherently silent branch of espionage?

The book opens with a great introduction from actor Ray Winstone, which is in itself (almost) worth reading the book for. Anyone who has had the pleasure to sit down with Mr Ryan and listen to his life stories will find this book greatly entertaining. It touches on very personal subjects, on the people he shared parts of his lifepath with, his road to London's West End and Evita, the relationships with his fellow actors (among them Robin of Sherwood's Michael Praed, with whom he experienced a somewhat strained relationship during a later project in which they both participated), on his Robin of Sherwood days and on his subsequent move to the US. Ryan talks about the filming of First Knight and Bob Anderson the exceptional swordmaster, as well as of King Arthur and the great promise actress Keira Knightley already showed during shooting that movie. Talking about close contact points, Ryan's work in Ireland for King Arthur brought him unexpectedly close to Republican sympathisers (not the best place to be for a British soldier!).

Those who love background stories on famous actors won't be disappointed. Yet, all chapters in the book have a slight undertone of warning, maybe to remind the reader that underneath of all that glitter of Hollywood, there is a world that is the perfect negative image of the business' glamour. Ryan's work as a Licensed Private Investigator and his work in the recovery business (protecting recovering drug addicts from relapsing) provide for some very harrowing tales, recounting acts of unspeakable evil. The book offers insight in those interconnected worlds, and it provides a thorough education too! I know very little of modern weaponry, yet after reading Hold Fast I do know exactly which gun to use in a particular life-threatening situation!

Of course, Ryan also elaborates on his time in South Africa filming Black Sails, in which he played Mr Gates, for on a variation on a saying by Mark Twain, he lived and was good and God permitted him to be a pirate. Working on Black Sails was an amazing experience for him, even after a lifetime in the business (one does wonder, how much action and endeavour can a person pack into one lifetime?). The book's title Hold Fast derives from the pirate world, as pirates would tattoo the letters on their fingers, reminding them to hold fast to ropes and ship, or to inevitably drown.

Possibly the best part of the book, and the Transformer fans will absolutely love this, is Ryan's account of his collaboration with famous director Michael Bay on the four films of the franchise. It turns out that voicing Bumblebee, Jetfire and Lockdown involves a lot of running!

To conclude this review, I have to say I very much enjoyed the little quotes the book offers on how Ryan has approached his own rollercoaster type of a life, always emphasising boldness in making one's choices as well as trusting the Universe in opening paths for us when others seem irreversibly overgrown. I propose there should be a Hold Fast part 2, in which we see even more of Ryan's remarkable visions on life. But for now, let's focus on the Hold Fast before us, a perfect holiday read.
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