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Summary

Summer 2006, Afghanistan: an apparently deserted village, and a rapidly ticking clock...

The relentless Taliban ambush that followed saw several British soldiers dead, two armoured vehicles destroyed - and Corporal of Horse Michael Flynn awarded an MC to go alongside his Conspicuous Gallantry Cross.

Mick Flynn has never backed away from a challenge. From his uncompromising South Wales childhood - within a whisker, at one point, of Cardiff Prison - to the streets of Belfast, where he first learned the bitter realities of armed conflict, he's had no difficulty finding and facing trouble. Whether on the storm blasted Falklands cliff tops, where he witnessed the Sir Galahad going down in flames, or in the searing deserts of Iraq, where he and his crew pinned down an entire division of enemy tanks, he has carried the attack with a coolness that has earned him the respect of princes, generals, and his fellow soldiers.

Mick Flynn has seen action in every major British war zone of the past 30 years and still serves with the legendary Blues & Royals today. Bullet Magnet is his story - the story of an extraordinary modern warrior who mixes warmth and humour, and at times heartbreaking poignancy, with truly breathtaking fighting skills.

©2010 Mike Flynn (P)2010 Orion Publishing Group Ltd

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"From the Falklands to Afghanistan, Mick Flynn has been looking for trouble for over thirty years - and finding it." (Andy McNab)

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Wow...

Simply wow, especially the last chapter. Funny, moving and inspirational.

I've got to put another ten words to submit this...

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Gripping tales of the realities of war

An honest account of Britain’s conflicts over the decades. Would highly recommend this audiobook. If only it was a bit longer!

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An incredible story

Brought to life as though I lived it. So many familiar places, terminology and humour. Thoroughly enjoyed it

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reminds me of my time in a Sabre CVRT....

I spent a while in the turret of a Sabre CVRT which is similar in appearance to the scimitar but made from a scorpion hull and a fox turret but whilst I was fortunate to never having been shot at brought back a lot of memories of being in my wagon. I wish it was a little longer as I'm sure he's got loads more stories about life in an armoured recce regiment particularly in the household cavalry, I'd be surprised if he never did a stint 'donkey walloping' as this would have filled another chapter easy but the book was very focused on his combat record which I felt could have been fleshed out a bit more. Still none of this is detrimental so I'd still give it 5★★★★★

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Brilliant

Brilliantly written and was narrated really well...didnt want it to finish!
Well worth listening to.

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Incredible story

Love this book. Great story but let down by a poor narrator in my opinion. He had no gravitas when needed.

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1975 soldier

As a 1975 Junior soldier I identified with his story and his manner of speech. The Welsh narrator is very good at putting across not only his Welsh accent but the different accents of his comrades.

My best bit was the term ‘went up quicker than a whore’s knickers after being paid’.

hahaha. Hurrah for the Calvary.

Love...A Sapper.

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Captivating

This book tells the boots on the ground side to war and army life. The great and sad times. As well as the good humour between soldiers that can’t be matched by any other body of people.

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Interesting but too short

Read my headline. Apparently I need to write fifteen words to satisfy the review bots.

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Fantastic

Engaging from the start and great ending, demonstration of great leadership throughout some of the British Armed forces overseas conflicts

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  • 15-10-15

Not all war stories

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I'd say about half this book covered the military action mentioned in the blurb: Northern Ireland, Falklands, Iraq, Afghanistan. The other half covered chasing women, bar fights, going AWOL, and running a civilian business.

I thought both parts of the story were interesting and moved along at a nice pace.

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  • Erik Gunneland Dahlbäck
  • 04-07-19

Brilliant and untold

A fascinating account of modern warfare from a perspective otherwise mostly untold and with an extended combat experience along the course of modern history, which I suppose that few soldiers can show.