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Summary

Harry McCallion was a trained killer, fighting in the world’s trouble spots with ruthless professionalism.  

Born ‘a ragged-arsed kid from the backstreets of Glasgow’, McCallion joined the Paras to escape a miserable home life and find the family he longed for. After six tense tours in Ulster, McCallion gave up everything to move to South Africa in the hope of qualifying for the highly elite South African Special Forces.  

Having succeeded in joining the Recces, McCallion was involved in plots to assassinate Robert Mugabe and Joshua Nkomo. Back in Britain, McCallion once again put his body and mind through unimaginable pressure during SAS Selection and ended up back in Ulster for two tours with the SAS anti-terrorist team. Killing Zone is a story of exceptional endurance, told with grim humour and great psychological insight into the minds of those whose lives depend on killing others.   

©2015 Harry McCallion (P)2019 W. F. Howes Ltd

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“A stun grenade of a book!” (Sunday Express)

“An extraordinary insight into the psychology of a man who has survived despite choosing to live as dangerously as possible.” (The Times)

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BS doesn’t baffle brains.

I’m not saying this guy didn’t do the things he says he did. Nor am I questioning his bravery and remarkable achievements. To become what he is from his disadvantaged childhood is admirable. I liked this book a lot until about 4 hours in when he was talking about shooting a buffalo that came running at him at 45 mph ( they only run 30-35 tops) and how he had to shoot at the animals spine - an area of 2 inches- as this is the only way to stop one. This is clearly BS. And while I realise this just a little white lie it left me doubting the integrity of the author. And for me that was enough to put me off.

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awesome

absolutely loved this book, Harry, is there no end to what this man can achieve. from the gutters of Glasgow to barrister and a truly exciting time in between.

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A life fully lived!

An amazing account of a man I'd never heard of, but now unlikely to forget.

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One of the best books I’ve listened to

Great story from start to finish. A legend of a man. Gave me more understanding of the troubles in Northern Ireland.

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Superb

One of the best accounts I’ve ever listened to you wont be disappointed by buying this

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Brilliant book!

really enjoyed listening to this.... what an incredible man! look forward to listening to it again

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Gripping

Does what it says on the tin. A gripping story, well told, of the authors life and all the scrapes he has been through. At times brutal, at times sensitive.

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Gripping and honest

This is an intriguing, exceptionally honest autobiographical memoirs of an exceptional soldier. It will absorb you.

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what a life

I have read hundreds of military books and this one is by far in the top 3. What a life this man has lived, no bad fur a wee bairn fae a cooncil estate in Glesga.

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Best

I absolutely loved this book. What an incredible life I really hope Harry is doing well and doing what makes him happy.