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Immediate Action (Andy McNab's Army Memoirs)

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He is one of the most highly decorated soldiers alive.He is also the first to break the code of silence about the most elite fighting force in the world. What Andy McNab has to say is so explosive that the British government tried to stop him.

A street fighter, a hard case, and a flawless soldier, Andy McNab became one of the elite fighting men in "the Regiment"--Britain's
ebook, 512 pages
Published December 19th 2012 by Dell (first published 1995)
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Supratim Bose
I have always been fascinated by the various Special Forces. I had heard about Andy McNab's Bravo Two Zero and when I saw that this book is about his days in the SAS I decided to give it a try.

Written in simple language and liberally interspersed with soldier’s lingo, this book chronicles his early days as a “juvenile delinquent”, his service as a “Green Jacket” in the infantry, his obsession with the Regiment (SAS) and what grueling tests and training people undergo for the privilege of being
Arun Divakar
Special Forces ever since I came to understand them has been a source of fascination for me. The fact that a handful of soldiers could inflict deeper damage into ant enemy's heart than a conventional military force is nothing sort of a brilliant albeit successful idea. I had heard of McNab from the Bravo Two Zero legend (which interestingly i am yet to read) and Immediate Action was in fact called a stepping stone for B2Z.

The book sketches the career of McNab from the time when he was a juvenil
Feb 26, 2012 Grace rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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I find with Andy McNab’s books that on average I enjoy every other one. Unfortunately this wasn’t one of the books that I enjoyed. The last one I read by McNab prior to this was ‘Bravo Two Zero’ which I thought was fantastic. Although a lot of reader think that the authors writing style adds to the authenticity of his books, I don’t think it lends itself particularly well to this autobiography. I felt that some of the operations weren’t described in any detail, which is unusual for an autobiogra ...more
Dec 02, 2012 Glenn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it!!

Although I was never in the Regiment, I did serve in the infantry around the same time as the author and as you would expect with a diminishing list of destinations at that time, served in almost all of the locations described in the book.

I guess this was the main reason I found this book so compelling and identified with it so well.
Procyon Lotor
Mr McNab could be an ideal neighbour. Some years among SAS troops, an autobiography. Who joins the Regiment (hungry orphans, angry young boys, white trash and eccentric or particular people); what the Regiment does (everything but flying planes or floating ships); when they need to be fit and ready for action: immediately; how heavy and tough their drill is (as tough as hell). Where: Brunei, Malaysia, Ulster, Oman, Belize, Botswana, UK, Beirut, Colombia, Iraqi desert. Unexpectedly, weaponry is n ...more
Demien Hieriem
Mar 29, 2013 Demien Hieriem rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this book reveals that even killer elite squads like the Regiment are afraid of a hippopotamus.
Published after Bravo Two Zero, in IMMEDIATE ACTION McNab takes us back to his early life. He starts, albeit briefly, with being raised by his adoptive parents after being found as a baby on the steps of Guy's Hospital.

In McNab's very matter of fact style he relates how, as a juvenile delinquent, he decided he had a choice between jail and a nothing much of a life, and the Army. After fighting against the IRA in South Armagh McNab decides that the SAS is where he wants to be and he goes in for "
Steve Smy
This is a memoir that shows that even the author can find it difficult to find any redeeming features about themselves! This work by Andy McNab reveals, with brutal honesty, what an unpleasant, dishonest young person he was - the kind of youth we cross roads to avoid. More, he exhibits an egocentricity ruling his life for many years that many will find extremely unattractive. Indeed, apart from very rare hints of a better nature, it's not until the last moments of the book that he suggests that ...more
Dec 16, 2007 Seth rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Given the subject matter--an autobiography of an SAS soldier up to Desert Storm--you would expect one of two things: a) insightful commentary about the SAS, its methods, its role in the world, and it's interrelationship with Thatcherian policies, or b) a great escapist thriller with lots of action, whether interpersonal or military.

Given the lurid cover Bantam/Dell gave the mass market edition ("The explosive true story..." "The controversial book the British government tried to suppress!" "Dare
Interesting topic lines but not necessarily the best writing. A lot of time spent in the minute details which if combined with a wider perspective, i.e. the politics of the events, may have added to the readers enjoyment. There was probably a fair amount of editing that occured as a result of the potentially sensitive material and I am sure that the author was writing with this possible sensorship in mind as well as the fact that he would not want to compromise past present and future regiments ...more
Jan 04, 2016 Lis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un libro davvero incredibile. L'autobiografia di un agente del SAS, dalle incredibili prove affrontate per superare la selezione iniziale alla descrizione di varie missioni compiute in giro per il mondo nel corso degli anni. McNab racconta il tutto in modo molto interessante, senza spacconerie e con una certa ironia.
Questi uomini sono delle macchine da guerra, preparate ed addestrate fino ai minimi sono anche un pò fanatici.
Oct 11, 2008 Kevin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Good book, however I had to learn all new words to understand what he was talking about. I served in the armed forces, and the jargin is entirely different. When I began to read the book I was having to read paragraphs twice to understand what exactly was going on. The author did attempt to explain some of the terms, and how things relate to American English.
One of the quotes on the exterior of the book said in essence that the government tried to suppress the release of this book. I kept looki
Masterjack Tom
Apr 29, 2015 Masterjack Tom rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Like this one better than Bravo Two Zero. Made me chuckle at various points, reminded me of my own bootcamp experiences.
Apr 22, 2015 Sarah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
unfortunately A McNab comes across as a complete idiot. and arrogant to boot.

Interesting in a way.
Boring in bits
Steve Markham
Feb 11, 2015 Steve Markham rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Got into this book straight away and enjoyed the honesty with which it seems to have been written.
Andrew Herbert
McNab's writing isn't the greatest, but the storytelling is compelling. This is supposed to be a memoir, so that's interesting too!
Luis Zamarro Fraile
Super fast and funny narrative of an elite member of the royal british army...In this book Mcnab shows the human face of soldiers and the personal problems that they have to be ready to face in order to have a military career. I only wonder if the cost worths it...
I know for a lot people Andy McNab is their initiation into the special forces world and therefore, there first love. And I respect that. He is not that for me.
I will say his writing has a quick paced, adventurous style that mirrors his life and is impressive to read. But I do feel like there is something lacking. I just can't put my finger on it. It could be depth or introspection.
Mark Dawson
Aug 15, 2013 Mark Dawson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An impressive biography from a writer who - by his own admission - couldn't read or write particularly well until his adult years. McNab is an easy read, with a loose and informal style that means the pages turn quickly. McNab has led an interesting life and he relates the highlights (and lowlights) with characteristic honesty.
Derek Underhill
great book. Not quite the same as "Bravo Two Zero," but good just the same.
Feb 23, 2008 Malcolm rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very descriptive analysis of the selection process and the counter terrorist methodology in eliminating opponents (very useful in mock trial criminal self-defense claims). Also has recollections from the British Special Air Service incursions, against the IRA, in Belfast.
Oct 08, 2012 Beabe rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I had read some really great reviews of Andy McNab books, but was really disappointed with this particular one. The paragraphs jumped ahead in the narrative so much that it was jarring and confusing.

I gave up about 82 pages from the end. I'll try his other books next.
Feb 02, 2011 Bicefalus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
la prima guerra del golfo vista dagli di chi c'era e si è trovato in mezzo ad una delle missioni più fallimentari di tutta la guerra ...
nulla nasce dalla fantasia e l'atrocità del combat tere per salvare la propria pelle esce in tutta la sua tragicità
Nov 04, 2010 Zare rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First modern [non-WW2] book on SAS that I have read. Gripping tale of SAS operators and their actions worldwide. As it is always the case with this sort of history books do not expect that all secrets of the trade will be revealed.
How strange... that so many years after reading this book I should find myself providing work to one of the colleagues of McNab, just a couple of weeks ago.

It has made me want to go back and read this and his other books again.
Oct 03, 2008 Leahcim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
James here again. Read this book to learn all about the secret world of the SAS the masters of CQB. Fun to read and amazing that people are alive to tell the tell. Jason Bourne is fiction. Andy McNab and his team of SAS guys are real.
Beth in SF
Sep 13, 2007 Beth in SF rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Interesting look at the making of a warrior and how he is used. Also a disturbing commentary on the choices of what others do with their training. Is it the rush, making a living, greed, wanderlust, death wish...? Who can tell.
Sergio ruocchio
Sep 29, 2012 Sergio ruocchio rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
senz'altro uno dei migliori di Andy .
rende chiaramente il senso dell'azione e della preparazione dei SAS.
per soli amatori, agli altri i particolari tecnici e dell'azione potrebbero stufare.
prodotto di settore
Ralph Halse
Sep 20, 2014 Ralph Halse rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
McNab is an excellent writer whose efforts to deliverance enjoyable product are most appreciated, particularly impressive is his attention to detail along with a sense of reality tied to a work of fiction.
Chris Harrison
Sep 02, 2011 Chris Harrison rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Massive McNab fan but got bored with this book and gave up 3/4s of the way through..started reading seven troop and the 1st 100 pages of that seem to be the same as what was mentioned in immediate action
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Andy McNab joined the infantry in 1976 as a boy soldier. In 1984 he was badged as a member of 22 SAS Regiment. He served in B Squadron 22 SAS for ten years and worked on both covert and overt special operations worldwide, including anti-terrorist and anti-drug operations in the Middle and Far East, South and Central America and Northern Ireland.

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