Synopses & Reviews
The biggest military author introduces real-life voices from the battlefields of Afghanistan.
Spoken from the Front is the story of the Afghan Campaign, told for the first time in the words of the servicemen and women who have been fighting there. With unprecedented access to soldiers of all ranks, as well as pilots, reservists, engineers, medics, Royal Military police, mechanics, cooks and other military personnel, Andy McNab has assembled a portrait of modern conflict like never before.
This is the full experience of British troops on the ground and in the air. The horrors, cruelties, drudgery, excitement and banter of these soldiers' lives combine to form a chronological narrative of all the major events in Helmand during the British Army's time there.
From their action-packed, dramatic, moving and often humorous testimonies in interviews, diaries, letters and emails written to family, friends and loved ones, merges a 360-degree picture of guerrilla warfare up close and extremely personal. It is as close to the real thing as you can get.
Modern-day heroes fighting modern-day wars.
Spoken from the Front recounts the courage and hardship of British servicemen and support staff as they have faced the unique difficulties posed by the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan. As bestselling author Andy McNab says himself, these are "modern-day heroes fighting modern-day wars."
Andy introduces and edits the book, but the interwoven stories are told by those serving on the front line, in their own words. Their action-packed, dramatic, moving and often humourous testimonies are told by way of interviews, diaries, letters and emails written to family, friends and loved ones.
Styled loosely on the Imperial War Museum's highly-successful Forgotten Voices series, Spoken from the Front focuses on a smaller number of central characters who turn up repeatedly throughout the narrative.
About the Author
ANDY McNAB joined the infantry as a boy soldier. In 1984 he was 'badged' as a member of 22 SAS Regiment and was involved in both covert and overt special operations worldwide. During the Gulf War he commanded Bravo Two Zero, a patrol that, in the words of his commanding officer, 'will remain in regimental history for ever'. Awarded both the Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM) and Military Medal (MM) during his military career, McNab was the British Army's most highly decorated serving soldier when he finally left the SAS in February 1993. He wrote about his experiences in three books: the phenomenal bestseller Bravo Two Zero, Immediate Action and Seven Troop. He is the author of the bestselling Nick Stone thrillers. Besides his writing work, he lectures to security and intelligence agencies in both the USA and UK.