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Bullet Magnet

Britain's Most Highly Decorated Frontline Soldier
Narrated by: Richard Mitchley
Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
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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

Critic reviews

"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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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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Brave bloke, extraordinary courage

A great story, well told, thank you Mick Flynn for your service, bravery and courage.

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Read this book

What a powerful book. A real insight in to what soldering is like for the person truly on the front line. Will recommend this to ever reader and listener I know. A truly humbling listen.

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blood and true guts as it is not "tidy"

quite a tale no "mucking about" a nutter you're going to want on your side and what today's society needs to drive the UK

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Great listen

Engaging and humorous account of a brave man. Highly recommended if you enjoy contemporary British military history told from the sharp end.

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Great Job by Narrator and a Truly Amazing Story

You can’t really fault the narrating of this story, his voice showed the true meaning and compassion throughout the book meant by the author. Flynn has done a really good job of telling a story of a soldier and his comrades and the battles he faced and friends he lost. It’s such a shame to hear of the difficult position he was placed in, however his truly heroic actions saved many lives. He shows his real personality and manages to throw some humour into the book. Would recommend to anybody who enjoys a modern day warfare true account. It’s a very good representation of the events he partook in.

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  • 06-12-19

Wow

I loved it brilliant narration and you really get a feel for how badly they was in the sh6t once it got hairy

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The best in its genre

What a fantastic book. Mick Flynn tells his story with humour, asides and wisdom. What a journey he takes you on. Thank you CofH Flynn for your service and your retelling of it.

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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.

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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.