FOR years his identity has been shrouded in secrecy.
Former SAS man turned best-selling author Andy McNab joined the infantry as a boy soldier, later finding himself involved in covert and overt special operations worldwide.
During the first Gulf War he commanded Bravo Two Zero, a patrol that, in the words of his commanding officer ‘will remain in regimental history forever’ and which provided the inspiration for his first book of the same name.
After years of hiding, he finally appeared in person in 2006 when he spoke at the Hay Literature Festival.
And on Monday October 31 he will be at the town hall in Cleckheaton to launch the Kirklees Month of Crime Festival.
McNab, whose real name is still the subject of much debate, was the British Army’s most highly decorated serving soldier when he left the SAS in 1993, having been awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal and the Military Medal.
He wrote about his experiences in three books, Bravo Two Zero was followed by Immediate Action and Seven Troop, and is is the author of the bestselling Nick Stone thrillers as well as a number of other fiction and non-fiction books. He has sold more than 10 million books in the UK alone.
Besides his writing work, he lectures to security and intelligence agencies in the USA and UK. He is a patron of Help for Heroes and a Director of ForceSelect and the ForceSelect Foundation, the charity providing help to British ex servicemen and women.
During the day and evening of his visit, gaming fans will be able to hop on board a mobile game trailer in the form of an arctic truck in the car park next to the town hall.
Fans of Andy’s books will be able to have a go at, or buy the new game ‘Battlefield 3’, for which he wrote the story, either before or after the event. The game is only suitable for those aged 16 and over.
Tickets to the talk are £2, from town hall booking offices or online at www.kirklees.gov.uk/townhalls. It starts at 7.30pm and no photography is allowed for security reasons.