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Killing Zone

Narrated by: David McCallion
Length: 13 hrs and 7 mins
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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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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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A soldier’s journey of aggression to maturity. Superb autobiography

Through the author’s life phases from aggressive, short fused precise killer, to a person who has seen the world and realising all is not black and white.
I can relate to the events in the book, I remember them.
Wish more “special forces” writers had the life experience and depth that this author has developed; sadly those other authors are still knuckle draggers, exceptional only in as far as they past selection; but this author is mature, experienced and has served in many different ways, and grown and developed as his autobiography explains.
Knocks the spots off other SF autobiographies.

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exceptional listen

grips you from the very first word to the last. fast moving first hand account of his life in the army & RUC ... highly recommended

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The best book I've listened to on Audible !!!

This book is un put downable ( if there is such a word ) , the narration is fantastic as well. I couldn't stop listening. What a life this guy has had. It's well written, exciting, tense and humorous. There isn't one boring part in this book, it's also very thought provoking, and more than anything it shows how one mans desire and belief propelled him from abject poverty to succeed at anything he wanted to achieve. Harry comes across as a man who lives by his own principles , and wo be tide any one who tries to take Him off course. I would urge any one who wants a good true military story, with details of his escapades, training and determination then, look no further, Harry Mc Callion is the real deal. Thank you Harry!!!!

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Incredible

An incredible story that makes you proud to be British. One of the best reads I’ve had 🇬🇧

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Great bio

A great biography I really enjoyed it brought back some memories.
A remarkable story.
Excellent

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Adventure in life

What a life Harry has lived,. Some do nothing, and some do everything. Exceptional story.