The Story of an SAS Hero
Osprey Publishing (UK), Paperback, 9781846039959, 391pp.
Publication Date: April 20, 2010
No publicity, no media. We move in silently, do our job, and melt away into the background. If you have the stamina, the willpower and the guts, we'll welcome you with open arms and you one of us. And if you haven't, then it's been very nice knowing you.
Eighteen years in the SAS saw Pete Winner, codenamed Soldier 'I', survive the savage battle of Mirbat, parachute into the icy depths of the South Atlantic at the height of the Falklands War, and storm the Iranian Embassy during the most famous hostage crisis in the modern world.
For the first time Pete also details his close-protection work around the world, from the lawless streets of Moscow to escorting aid convoys into war-torn Bosnia. He also unveils the problems of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder faced by many Special Forces veterans, and how he battled his own demons to continue his roller-coaster career. This is his story, written with a breathtaking take-no-prisoners attitude that brings each death-defying episode vividly to life.
Michael Kennedy has been the music critic for the Sunday Telegraph since 1989. He has written numerous musical biographies, particularly of British composers and conductors, including A Portrait of Elgar (1986). His most recent book is a highly acclaimed study of Richard Strauss (Cambridge, 1999).
Andy McNab is a former member of the British SAS, one of the world's elite special-forces commando units. When he left the regiment in 1993, he was the most decorated active soldier in the British Army. The author of three previous Nick Stone thrillers, "Firewall, Crisis Four, " and "Remote Control, " he has also written two nonfiction books about his SAS experiences. He is the only fiction writer whose books are so sensitive that they require vetting by the British Ministry of Defense. For security reasons, Andy McNab's location is classified.
"Pete’s journey through life is not always going forward, nor always going backward, but filled with the ups and downs we all go through. It is a good commentary on dealing with the system and the pitfalls of bucking that system." www.mataka.org, June 2010