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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'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 covert SAS.   His actions behind the lines in the Gulf War made him a hero.   But the full story of his life and his amazing career in Special Forces has remained a secret...until now.In harrowing detail, McNab takes us inside the Regiment, chronicling nine years of covert operations on five continents.   Plunging us into a world of surveillance, counterintelligence, and hostage rescue, he takes us behind the scenes on some of their top secret missions.   For the first time, he reveals the shocking details of their training--physically severe, mentally grueling, and sometimes deadly.   And he dares to expose some of their highly confidential codes and rules--including the one that sanctions murder.This is the story of the fighting men of the SAS.  Here is how they live.   And here is how they die......

Title : Immediate Action
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ISBN : 9780440222453
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 512 Pages
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Immediate Action Reviews

  • Supratim
    2018-11-21 22:31

    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 a member of one of the most elite special forces unit in the world and of course his various missions in different continents while in the SAS. I enjoyed his detailed descriptions of the rigorous trainings, the planning and hardships involved in any mission – whether it is for providing protection to someone, intelligence gathering or conducting a raid on a drug manufacturing plant in the deep jungles of “some Latin American country”. Gun fight is a small part of the operations and in many cases the work is to be done under absolute secrecy – a small mistake can jeopardize the whole mission and endanger the lives of people. The danger is not only from armed enemies but can be from nature too.McNab has also written about the difference in nature of the people in the SAS, the wild parties, the different arms and ammunitions used by them etc. In short he has tried to give a complete picture of the SAS.At times, the writer tries to be funny too e.g. he has made fun of his own academic aptitude.The parts about his string of divorces owing to his obsession with his work is a bit annoying but this man is writing down his memoir so I understand a little bit about his personal life would be there.I was expecting a small section on his mission in Iraq but it was not there. This may be because it is the subject matter of “Bravo Two Zero”.Overall, it is a decent read if you are interested in this sort of non-fiction books. If you want some great gun fights and action then you are better off with a Frederick Forsyth or Robert Ludlum novel.

  • Arun Divakar
    2018-11-17 00:38

    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 juvenile delinquent to when he joins the Army and fights the IRA in South Armagh. He moves on to other missions and at a later point of time gets attracted to the SAS, nicknamed The Regiment. Following this are detailed descriptions of the selection and training for the regiment. SAS is known world over as the most elite special forces team and the answer to anybody's question of why can be found in this book, the recruits go through the most gruelling physical and mental exercises to prove their mettle. The need for such paramount standards are understood as we go deeper into the environments that the team has to operate in. McNab details on the various methods of training they undertake whether it be in the Jungle,Desert or Urban terrain.SAS had been a team shrouded in mystery until McNab and Chris Ryan came forth with their expositions. Being able to place themselves one step ahead of "competition", it is my belief that the ways of the regiment would have advanced far from the times of McNab. The book is throughly in soldier lingo, there are countless acronyms and the action is not hollywood ish. Before even a single shot is fired, there are countless planning and recce exercises that would drive a quick action fan crazy. As one officer rightly points out the regiment aims to create perfect soldiers, ones who can see both sides of the coin.For those who have read the review till this far, you would know all this comes from someone neck deep in interest of warfare of the covert kind. The book sure has its drag points, the highest ranking would go for the author describing his failed marriages. We are treated through strings and strings of failed marriages. The focus is entirely on the operations of a squadron of SAS members in various parts of the world. Needless to say, all other things are sidelined.Recommendations is not something i would make for this book, for it is my feel that this is purely an interest oriented book. For someone not specifically interested in military writing, this would prove to be a very dry read indeed with a lot of slang and wry humor. But if you do have the time to spare, give it a shot...

  • Stewart Cotterill
    2018-11-21 00:30

    As realistic an account of real life pre his selection for the SAS as you're ever likely to get in an autobiography, every word making you realise the day to day existence of someone brought up in the 60s and 70s in Britain.The stories of selection make you exhausted just reading them and the missions are as non glamorous as you could possibly imagine. This is not the world of James Bond or John Wayne.I really enjoyed reading this, as you can probably tell, by the fact it only took three days to read!

  • Glenn
    2018-12-04 03:38

    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.

  • Seth
    2018-12-11 22:20

    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!" "Dares to expose some of their highly confidential codes and rules--including the one that sanctions murder"), you would expect the latter. Oddly, you'd be wrong on both counts. There is really only one in-depth military operation in the book. All the rest are glossed over, although training runs are discussed. Much of the covered time is similarly glossed-over. Which year a section occurs in is rarely revealed, even, and some back-and-forth is played with sequence.Probably much to the publicist's dismay, Andy McNab doesn't seem to have wanted to write a thriller. The major theme of the book is his string of failed marriages; we're never really let into the marriages to see them, but that seems appropriate since his inattention to his wives and the amount of fun he was having at work was the cause of the first three failed relationships. The cost to his personal life is visible in every section, and he points out that many other soldiers have similar problems (as do emergency response professions), but he also points out successful relationships among his friends.McNab also takes us to the edge of analysis on political and social issues of military action, specifically North Ireland in the 70s, Beirut in the 80s, and British military drug interdiction in South America. But each time, he pulls away from actually giving an opinion. He reports other peoples' opinions and demonstrates that "doing his job" is his virtue. Laudable, but the book leaves you feeling that he has more to say.It's the same with his family situation. Even when he realizes how he's sabotaging his marriages he only knew how to apologize for it; the modern McNab can call himself a dickhead back then but he doesn't say what he would do now or what someone else could do in the same situation. The line, when he's just come back from overseas after missing the birth of his daughter, that he was so enchanted and so excited and so amazed and that he would only see her for a total of 12 weeks over the next two years is chilling, but I don't believe McNab means that to say "don't join the army." This is a fun read if you like military procedurals. It's certainly light enough reading. It could have been really great, and I expect McNab had it in him to say something meaningful in this book. I can imagine many reasons why he might have refrained, but I wish he hadn't.

  • Grace
    2018-12-15 22:44

    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 autobiography. I guess that he has some restrictions on what he can actually write about as some of his work has to be submitted to the MOD before publication but I am used to reading autobiographies with a bit more depth. Here everything felt as if it was being skimmed over and this doesn’t compare in any way with Bravo Two Zero.

  • Demien Hieriem
    2018-12-10 23:20

    this book reveals that even killer elite squads like the Regiment are afraid of a hippopotamus.

  • Kas
    2018-12-10 00:43

    Fascinating insight into a life in secrecy and adventure well worth the read

  • Peter J Manna III
    2018-12-02 03:42

    The follow-up to "Bravo Two Zero", "IA" provides more background into McNab's SAS career.

  • Sergio
    2018-12-11 02:33

    McNab ci fa vivere la sua esperienza nei SAS ai quattro angoli del mondo, sempre là dove l'atmosfera è più incandescente

  • Thomas
    2018-11-22 22:48

    CAPOLAVORO. Anzichè Tom Clancy... che al massimo avrà fatto il militare 40-50 anni fa... McNab, che è stato un grande soldato, superspecializzato e superaddestrato, racconta la sua storia nei Sas (ma non la fine, il libro finisce con la partenza in Iraq dove comincia la sua avventura + difficile, raccontata in Pattuglia Bravo Two Zero) in modo perfetto, ironico, molto dettagliato, avvincente. Ogni pagina del libro è farcita d'azione e di tipica ironia inglese e ci fa immaginare di essere lì con loro. Azione Immediata ci racconta moltissime curiosità, segreti, aneddoti della vita e dell'addestramento delle forze speciali che magari non avremmo mai immaginato. Volete il realismo? Volete l'ironia? Volete azione in ogni pagina del libro? Mettete da parte Tom Clancy e tutti gli altri e andate sul sicuro con Andy McNab.

  • Endro
    2018-11-29 23:24

    Great insight on how the training is for the SAS commando. Great book with many details and the struggle to finish one of the hardest trainings in the world.

  • Steve Smy
    2018-12-04 04:18

    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 he has changed.All that may seem a strange way to start a review of a book many would buy because it features the SAS, but the book is autobiographical and therefore must be judged in that respect first! From a careless, thoroughly despicable thief, through a brush with the law that scared the life out of him, McNab enters the army convinced it will save him from almost inevitable imprisonment. Yet he continues to exhibit the self-centeredness that had made him totally disregard the feelings of others. He's really only interested in McNab - and how following this course or that course can make life better for McNab. He appears to show some consideration when, eventually, he becomes a trainer of new recruits - but his motive remains his own welfare, caring only about how well the recruits turn out reflects upon him.He shows determination, at times, to push himself to the ultimate degree, when doing so offers what he perceives to be a more relaxed existence. That's what drives him to undergo the fearsomely tough selection process to join the SAS. He knows enough to not attempt to be a "stand out" type - just an average type able to fit in without ever rocking the boat. That said, he minimises the effort he expends, in all things - always trying to arrange matters so that somebody else has to do the work, like cooking meals or brewing tea. There are also times when he demonstrates far too much faith in himself, without justification.Yes, there are some interesting insights into the SAS, but, to be honest, I was left with a lower opinion of McNab than I possessed before reading this book. If I could, I would lift out the SAS procedural parts and dump the rest, which is just an unpleasant read.

  • Karen
    2018-11-22 05:46

    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 "Selection" as the process is known. Selection is a gruelling physical and mental test to join the SAS - you get two chances and if you fail both of those, then that's it. McNab fails the first but gets in on the second attempt. He then goes onto a number of different types of covert operations, until the book finishes, just before The Gulf War, which was covered in BRAVO TWO ZERO.McNab is writing about a different world from the one that most of us will ever occupy. The nature of the covert operations, the sorts of training and the mindset that members of The Regiment go through their lives with is totally alien to the suburban, family orientated lifestyle that he also tries (and mostly fails) to maintain through a series of very short, sharp marriages and relationships.As with BRAVO TWO ZERO, IMMEDIATE ACTION is written in a very matter-of-fact style. Whilst there is quite a bit of technical information that is discussed the writing doesn't drag and remains engaging.It's brutal, but slightly less so than BRAVO TWO ZERO. It's actually quite funny in some places. Ultimately a look at why or how and what sort of person ends up in the SAS. If you like rollicking adventure style books, then the fact that this is true is just one more twist.

  • Procyon Lotor
    2018-11-26 00:21

    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 not so important, dealt about as "tooling". Situation awareness far more. Team drill is key. Dry as a desert rat's ass, serious as a scorpion sting, amusing as a soldier joke and flooded with whisky, absolutely squeezed from everything useless as your "bergen" (backpack) should be. It's difficult to do, but it works. *** Italian version is translated somehow rambo-talks, prefer original english where the bloke speaks without posing.

  • Kevin
    2018-12-14 01:30

    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 looking for a great secret, or something that would merit that quote, and nothing really jumped out to me, at least nothing that I hadn't already read in countless American Military books. Despite the difficutly in comprehension, it was still a fun read.

  • Mike™
    2018-12-11 02:20

    Leggere "Azione immediata" è stato come sedersi al bar con uno sconosciuto,ma che ti sembra di conoscere da sempre.Ti racconta gli aneddoti della sua vita. Solo che invece che aneddoti soporiferi,di cui non te ne può fregare una mazza,questo ti racconta di quella volta che era di pattuglia in Irlanda dove i soldati inglesi saltavano per aria cercando di togliere bandiere dalle aste.Oppure ti racconta dell'addestramento, di marce di 60km in un bosco con un freddo cane o di quando si trovò ad addestrare dei poliziotti sudamericani per assaltare una raffineria di coca.Se qualcuno l'ha trovato noioso,verboso e troppo dettagliato,evidentemente non ha mai letto un saggio militare. Se invece l'argomento interessa,dubito che gli aneddoti di Andy non potranno tenervi incollati.

  • Derek
    2018-12-07 23:36

    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 and their members.

  • Lis
    2018-12-14 23:43

    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 dettagli...ma sono anche un pò fanatici.

  • Mark Dawson
    2018-11-21 21:39

    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.

  • Brunhilde
    2018-12-13 00:24

    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.

  • Patricia
    2018-11-28 02:22

    Lots of acronyms to go with the action in this book. I could have done without the intelligence officers being called 'slime' every time. Once for verisimilitude would have been enough. However I did enjoy it and found it amazing that so many men actually want to be in the SAS and put themselves in harm's way - with absolutely no voice in where they go or when.

  • Malcolm
    2018-12-04 21:30

    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.

  • Sergio ruocchio
    2018-11-30 22:28

    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

  • Beabe
    2018-11-18 05:34

    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.

  • Beth in SF
    2018-12-10 21:29

    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.

  • Chris Harrison
    2018-12-17 04:42

    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

  • Luis Zamarro Fraile
    2018-12-07 02:25

    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...

  • Leahcim
    2018-12-10 00:26

    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.

  • Zare
    2018-11-30 05:41

    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.