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Immediate Action: By Andy McNab.
I often find myself short of time to be able to read books. Usually only taking one on a long journey like my annual coach holidays to spain.
But, ever since being in the Army cadets as a teenager and playing with the big toys, i have been an avid fan of most things military, especially the SAS.
For this reason i set about picking this book up and having a browse through it quickly, and withing 2 minutes i was at the till paying for it.
Immediate Action is a true account of Andy McNabs military life, telling how he went from almost a life of crime right up to his active duties as an SAS soldier.
He gives his own personal experiences of being on duty in Northern Ireland and his close shaves with death, but my favourite part of the book is how he gives a detailed account of the strenuous activities of SAS selection, including running the "fan dance" and jungle training.
I could not put this book down and since have purchased many of his books. However this has to be his best work.
This book just tops them all. Andy McNabs IMMEDIATE ACTION is probably the best he has wrote, yes that is right, even topping his best seller BRAVO TWO ZERO. Although only just.
I believe he has only ever written three non fictional books (Including his knew book SEVEN TROOP), and to have a non fiction as my top, all time favorite book, requires great skill as an author; trust me, i do like my fictional books!
The story is about the life of Andy McNab from the day he was found in a Harrod's carrier bag on the steps of Guy's Hospital to the day he went to fight in the Gulf War. And trust me its a page turner. Like many young lads without a prospect of a job, he joins the army. After a few years he passes selection and joins the SAS, but not without its trouble. I cant say can't say anymore as i might as well type the book up, and the fact its probably illegal.
Anyway, from that point onwards, its all action. The book grips you and pulls you in, and doesn't let you go. Not that you would want to, i had to really force myself to put it down.
I've been interested in the army ever since I was young. I've been reading books on the British army, royal marines, special forces etc. for a long time now, and this is one of my favourite books of all time. It costs about £8 and is also avaliable as an audiobook.
Andy McNab is a Special Air Service (SAS) legend who commanded the famous bravo 2 zero mission during the first gulf war. He has written several non-fiction books (including immediate action), and several fictional books. In my opinion the non fictional books are far better and more interesting than the fictional books. Having read 3 of his non fictional books; immediate action, bravo 2 zero and 7 troop; I can honestly say that I believe that immediate action is the most interesting of the 3.
The book takes you on a journey throughout McNab's life, starting when he was a young kid on the streets of London, going on to talk about his career in the green jackets, his selection to get into the SAS, and his SAS career itself. The book has photographs of McNab and equipment that he used, which helps to build up a picture in your mind. The book is well written and easy to read, and there are some genuine 'laugh out loud' moments in the book.
A lot of technical army jargon is used in the book, but there is a helpful glossary at the back which tells you what everything means. I first read this book when I was not in the army, and it was a joy. I re-read the book after being in the army for 2 years and I found that I enjoyed it even more as I could more easily understand the army jargon and what was going on.
Overall this is one of the best books that I have ever read. If you are interested in the armed forces, special forces or just want to read a very entertaining book then I would recommend immediate action.
Firstly, I am a long standing fan of the Andy McNab books, starting with Bravo Two Zero right through to his latest fiction novels.
Immediate Action is, however, non-fiction and this is why I feel it is his best work.
McNab gives a detailed, graphic and emotive insight into his difficult upbringing and subsequent journey through his adult life. He does so in a way that makes you warm to him and also allows you to glimpse how life is when you are in the British Special Forces. I find the SAS intriguing subject and this book gave a superb insight into the life they lead and the grueling selection process that candidates have to get through in order to be even considered for application. McNab captures this through this book and allows the reader to get a real taste for army life.
McNab talks about his time spent intelligence gathering against the IRA, covert operations and hostage rescue.
I really enjoyed reading this book and have even been back and read it a further two times. The detail is excellent. My only concern would be that if you were not remotely interested in this subject then you may find it slightly uninteresting for you.