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Publisher's 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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Enthralling

Great story of an intriguing life. Perfectly read. I throughly enjoyed Harry’s reflections and attention to detail.

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Amazing story

An engaging story full of action, adventure, and a lot of violence with a great Scottish accent narrating it. Highly recommended.

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Ripping yarn

A very inspiring read A wonderful true story about perseverance and grit Well done Harry

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  • Mark B.
  • 20-03-2020

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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  • michael foyle
  • 14-07-2020

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-02-2020

A life fully lived!

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

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  • Paul Cantrill
  • 04-02-2020

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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  • Mark
  • 09-01-2020

Superb

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

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  • glen
  • 23-11-2020

An absolute must listen.

A simply superb book. It goes to show what can be achieved with sheer guts and determination.

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  • Darren Burney
  • 11-11-2020

Amazing man

Superb book. Enjoyed every minute. What an amazing man, with amazing stories. A must d

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  • Deborah McLeary/ James McLeary
  • 30-10-2020

the most exciting and bravest of lives

loved the book and couldnt put it down. A record of the bravest of lives

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  • 918mrt
  • 24-10-2020

Not the usual SAS type story

I found the start of the book a bit slow with usual background as a child, but then found it more of an enjoyable listen. This gives you a good insight into the South African special forces, the British SAS and then on too the troubles in Northern Island. Firstly as part of the SAS and then part of the RUC, and all the encounters at each stage of his career.

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  • Mark
  • 18-10-2020

Brilliant

Fantastic book, excellent story and very well read. I would certainly recommend it, especially if you li,e true stories around special forces.

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