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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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Great stories

wasn't sure about this book at first as I wasn't sure I could handle the Welsh accent but I stuck with it and I'm glad I did, thoroughly enjoyed this book and all the amazing stories from micks life. considering his the most decorated soldier I feel he is fairly humble as he doesn't go on to much about just how amazing the things he did were. would recommend.

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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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The best Military book I have heard!

The only disappointment is that it wasn't longer. Very funny at the right times and superbly written.

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Fascinating

It felt like I was right there with them at times. Shows how things can go wrong in war and how experience is undervalued.

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A great listen

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amazing

I loved this book from start to finish.....highly recommended. Brought a tear to my eye

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Superb book

Superb book, brilliantly read and rivetting from start to finish. Well worth a listen

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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.

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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.