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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

Critic reviews

“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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A Tramatic Dramatic Career...

This isn't an unusual story for a young lad with limited oppurtunities who ended up in the army in the 70's, although his career was probably more colourful than most.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book a few years ago and was looking forward to the the Audible event, especially when read by the authors brother.
Unfortunately the performance has not done this book any justice. Parts that I recall laughing outloud in the book passed me by in the monotone delivery, the mispronunciation of military terms and locations were a constant distraction and evidence of the narrators lack ok knowledge.
for example its CasEvac not Case-Vac, and a place so close to any Para' Lyneham not Lyn Ham.

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Needs a proper narrator

As the headline states, I think this audiobook needs a proper narrator. I only managed one 3rd of the audiobook before returning it, I couldn’t get into the story due to narrator. The story so far as I read was good enough just a shame I couldn’t listen to this. I’ll probably buy the ebook and just read it myself.

Edit : I actually re-purchased this audiobook to finish of the story and stick by what I said.....it needs a better narrator ! The story itself was good just..no, others may enjoy the narration by the authors brother but not me. Don’t be fooled by the positive reviews, trust me I did and regretted wasting a credit on this so much I returned it.

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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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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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Excellent book

From a brutal start Harry goes through many stages of his life. If you’re considering getting this then do so, you won’t regret it.

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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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interestung

what a life what a career , This listen too was great and anyone looking for inspiration to what can be achieved in life its self belief

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great but questions

Ultimately I loved it. great story, incredible experiences and tales of true human grit. narrator had only a couple funny mispronunciation mix ups, but a wonderful Scottish accent and I'll seek him out to listen to more. But the story left me with questions... your twin boys? never mentioned again after toddler times. the departure from SAS was completely abrupt and without fanfare, no farewell? No feelings?
And also, during the training exercise with an IED mishap... 'I'd been shot before...' I would have loved to hear about that.
but on the whole, great stories, I do recommend.

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  • J.Brock
  • 01-10-21

What a Life

Harry McCallion has lived a most amazing life in Special Forces. For all practical purposes he should never have made it out of his horrific childhood in tact. But in spite of unbelievable odds, he did and joined the army. From there on, it was non stop action and perilous missions. It gives the reader a true appreciation for what these men endure and are willing to sacrifice. David McCallion's narration gives it an extra edge.

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  • Eric W.
  • 03-08-21

Outstanding!

Amazing book! It was a pleasure listening to it! Thank you Harry for writing it and sharing it.

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  • Nick
  • 20-07-21

Quite the story of a real Action Man

The story of an incredible guy, he wasn't happy unless he had one of the worlds most dangerous jobs.

He went from paratrooper, to mercenary in Africa, back to the SAS then when that wasn't interesting enough joined the RUC, how he survived all he did is beyond me! most people would think they had lived on the edge if they had done just one.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-04-21

What a journey!!!

I really really had a great time listening to this book. Harry took me on an incredible journey spanning a stupendously eventful 20+ years. A must read for anyone interested in Spec Ops stories

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