Action, war and conflict junkies are probably more than familiar with the pseudonym of Andy McNab. He's the ex-British SAS operative-turned-author whose most famous novel, Bravo Two-Zero
, tracked his plight as leader of an SAS patrol who infamously failed their objective during an operation behind enemy lines in the Iraq War in the early 90s.
Despite much controversy surrounding his account of the events, and many accusations of lying and embellishment from fellow operatives who were a part of both his patrol and the operation, McNab has prospered as a writer of both fiction and non-fiction books, selling more than 30 million worldwide, with many making their way to the big screen.
This is likely the reason he's been brought on board by EA and DICE with co-author, Peter Grimsdale, to co-write a companion novel to the events of the main narrative in Battlefield 3
called "The Russian", that follows the expanded story of Dmitri "Dima" Mayakovsky, a character you actually play some of the game with.
"It is impossible for any single medium to fully capture the emotion and intensity of war," said McNab via press release. "The Battlefield 3: The Russian novel is one window into the experience, and the game is another. They complement each other perfectly. Working with DICE has been a fantastic ride. Battlefield 3 is going to surprise people this autumn. The story, the characters, the world and the intense action come together to create a resonant, memorable experience."
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Posted 07:05am 02/8/11
Best book i've ever read, even if it was exaggerated.
Posted 09:52am 02/8/11
The constant lies and Bulls*** contained in that novel made me physically sick. For anyone who is interested, have a read of "the real bravo two zero", where the author actually goes and gathers facts from people who encountered the patrol. Turns out that 90% of McNab's book is utter BS.
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Posted 02:37pm 02/8/11
I really enjoyed the Nick Stone character of his main fiction books - and he really had a way with inserting a twist as well as making you squirm with some of the descriptions of violence.
I've read a lot of non-fiction war stuff, including SAS stuff, and as long as you don't plan to use Bravo Two Zero as a reference text it's very enjoyable. It's unfortunate that Chris Ryan (pseudonym) had the same problems. Not sure if it's the author or the publisher that feels like the already gripping true story needs more spice for some reason.
Anyway, I would recommend the Nick Stone books, definitely.
Posted 09:04pm 02/8/11
They Ryan version made me feel pretty sick. The guy talks about how he packs jogging shoes so he can move faster than if he stayed in combat boots. That plus other things basically told me the dude wasn't a team player and was just out to look after number one.
Posted 09:41pm 02/8/11
Ive always wanted to read the real bravo two zero, black hawk down and other real life modern war books (there is an aussie sniper one that caught my eye) but i prefer computer games to books.