Chris Ryan

Medal of Honor: The Book of the Game

A blog by ex-SAS Chris Ryan

22 Nov 2012

The British SAS and the American Tier 1 operators are cut from the same cloth. In Medal of Honor, the book of the game, I put an SAS guy alongside his American equivalents. The results were pretty explosive.

The Medal of Honor team had a lot of advice from American SF forces when they were making the game, and it shows. The game is very realistic, and I’ve tried to make the book just as authentic. You’ll get a taste of just what it’s like to be a member of a special forces team out on the ground in Afghanistan. It’s one of the harshest terrains on earth: incredibly hot in the summer, bitingly cold in the winter. There are scorching deserts and treacherous mountains, and if you venture into the lush ‘green zones’ around the rivers, you put your life in your hands – this is Taliban land, where the enemy rub shoulders with the ordinary Afghans you’re there, in part, to protect.

In terrains such as this, your equipment is your best friend. Just as in the game you’re given a full arsenal of formidable weaponry, in the book you’ll find out what kind of equipment these SF operatives have at their disposal: all terrain vehicles, firefly beacons, laser target designators, night-vision goggles. And then, of course, there’s the weapons. In Medal of Honor, the guys are armed with M4 carbines. Ordinarily these weapons fire standard 5.56 rounds, but guys like these are more likely to load their weapons with harder hitting ‘green-tip’ ammunition. These rounds fragment more on impact. They are far more deadly. It’s not bravado that makes them use this kind of ammo. The bottom line is that they get the job done better. Against an enemy as formidable as the Taliban, they can’t afford to mess around.

But all the equipment in the world is no good if you don’t have the skills common to both British and American special forces. These are some of the most highly trained, single-minded soldiers in the world. Their role is twofold. Sometimes they’ll be in country to gather information; other times they’ll be sent in to take out personnel or installations. In both scenarios, they are equally professional and clinical. If a target needs to be taken out, they’ll act with a clinical ruthlessness. But they won’t be afraid to let things go noisy if they have to. They’d rather use a scalpel to carry out their mission successfully, but they won’t hesitate to use the hammer if they need to. As an extra bonus, I’ve included the first chapter of my new book Osama with this download. It opens up with an SAS unit keeping watch as Seal Team 6 arrive to take out the world’s most wanted man. You’ll see both sides of the special forces’ role in the events that unfold...

So there you have it: a formidable fighting force pitting their wits, their skill and their weapons against a formidable enemy. Medal of Honor transports you right into that scenario. I hope the story that unfolds keeps you turning the pages. And in the same way that playing the Medal of Honor game makes you feel like you’re alongside these Tier 1 operatives, I hope the book gives you a sense of their exciting, brutal, dangerous lives.

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Medal of Honor

By Chris Ryan
In this new Chris Ryan adventure, the best soldiers in the world come together to fight Al-Qaeda. It is the early days of the war in Afghanistan. SAS hero, Jock, has never fought alongside America's select Tier 1 Operators before now, but when their mission goes pear-shaped, he will find out just what they are made of... Battling against overwhelming odds in unknown territory, and with the enemy well dug-in, even the most elite soldiers with the most advanced weaponry at their disposal are put to the ultimate test of skill and courage.Chris Ryan is as hard as nails.Nobody takes you to the action better than Ryan, because he's the real deal, and this muscle-and-bone thriller will have fans' blood pumping.This Newcastle-born former SAS sergeant is firmly established as one of our most popular action authors.Medal of Honor: Fight to Win brings together Britain's number one bestselling SAS thriller writer and one of the biggest video game brands in the world.EA Games sold over 1.5 million units worldwide of the most recent Medal of Honor game in its first week of sale alone.The Medal of Honor franchise has 1.5 million fans on Facebook.Medal of Honor Warfighter is launched on 26th October 2012 and EA Games will include details of the ebook in their newsletter and social media.
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Osama

By Chris Ryan

From the author of the bestselling Danny Black series and the hit TV show Strikeback.

Despatches from the secret world behind the headlines. Former SAS legend Chris Ryan brings you his seventeenth novel, filled with his trademark action, thrills and inside knowledge. Osama Bin Laden is dead.
The President of the United States knows it. The world knows it. And SAS hero Joe Mansfield knows it. He was on the ground in Pakistan when it happened. He saw Seal Team 6 go in, and he saw them extract with their grisly cargo. He was in the right place at the right time.

Or maybe, the wrong place at the wrong time.

Because now, somebody wants Joe dead, and they're willing to do anything to make it happen. His world is violently dismantled. His family is targeted, his reputation destroyed. And as a mysterious and ruthless enemy plans a devastating terror attack on both sides of the Atlantic, Joe knows this: his only chance of survival is to find out what happened in Bin Laden's compound the night the Americans went in.

But an unseen, menacing power has footprints it needs to cover. And it will stop at nothing to prevent him uncovering the sinister truth...

This Newcastle-born former SAS sergeant is firmly established as one of our most popular action authors.Chris Ryan is as hard as nails.A shockingly authentic tale to keep your adrenaline pumping as fast as the blood on the pages.The godfather of SAS and military thrillers and creator the hit TV show StrikebackChris Ryan is the real deal, he joined the SAS in 1984 and served in military hot zones across the world.His books are authentic and offer a fierce snapshot of life on the front lines and beyond.Chris Ryan created the military fiction genre. He is the leading name and a big brand author.Strike Back, the hit Sky 1 series based on Chris Ryan's bestselling novel of the same name has been commissioned for a third series in 2012.Chris Ryan has sold over 4 million books to date.
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The Kill Zone

By Chris Ryan, Rupert Degas

From the author of the bestselling Danny Black series and the hit TV show Strikeback.

The guys in the Regiment know they face their fiercest enemies when they fight the Taliban. No-one is tougher, more deadly - or more cunning. And if they enter the Taliban's kill zone, they know just what to expect...

When three deadly Stinger missiles go missing in Helmand Province, the Regiment is tasked to retrieve the weapons at all costs. SAS legend Jack Harker has a mission to lead an eight-man team into a suspected Taliban facility. He's suspicious about what the aims of the mission really are - and it's about to get noisy.

Meanwhile, in Belfast, Siobhan Byrne, a highly trained surveillance operative, is infiltrating the drug crew of a former IRA commander. But are her motives professional or personal? Even she doesn't know any more.

Neither Jack nor Siobhan can guess just how closely linked their operations are about to become, or just what's at stake. But as the President of the United States makes plans to visit the UK, a devastating plot unfolds.

A shockingly authentic tale to keep your adrenalin pumping as fast as the blood on the pages.Nobody takes you to the action better than Ryan, because he's the real deal, and this muscle-and-bone thriller will have fans' blood pumping.Chris Ryan is as hard as nails.The new white knuckle ride of a thriller from the godfather and authentic voice of the SAS and the military.Chris Ryan is the real deal, he joined the SAS in 1984 and served in military hot zones across the world.His books are authentic and offer a fierce snapshot of life on the front lines and beyond.Chris Ryan created the military fiction genre. He is the leading name and a big brand author.
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Killing for the Company

By Chris Ryan

From the author of the bestselling Danny Black series and hit TV show Strikeback.

Former SAS legend Chris Ryan brings you his sixteenth novel and it is full of all his trademark action, thrills and inside knowledge.

2003. Invalided out of the SAS Chet Freeman makes his living in high-end security, on a temporary contract for an American corporation called the Grosvenor Group. He catches a young woman, a peace campaigner, eavesdropping on a meeting the Group is holding with the British Prime Minister. The Group's interests include arms manufacture, and what Chet and the young woman overhear seems to imply that it is bribing the Prime Minister to take his country into an illegal war.

Could this possibly be true?

Somebody believes that this is a secret that needs covering up, because Chet and the girl are attacked. Hunted down, they go into hiding, and a deadly game of cat and mouse begins.Nearly ten years later tension is reaching breaking point in Jerusalem. The now ex-Prime Minister is working as a Middle East peace envoy. As the city descends into anarchy and rival armies are poised to turn it into a battlefield, Chet's best buddy, Luke, is part of a team tasked by the Regiment with extracting the ex-Prime Minister.

At the height of the battle Luke discovers a conspiracy far more devastating than any arms deal.

Chris Ryan is as hard as nails.When a book says Chris Ryan on the front, there's little doubt as to what's in store... expect lots of Afghan action but also intelligent, political thrills.The books are masterpieces of social realism. Chris Ryan has lived the virtual life he writes about - and that makes him the right kind of war novelist for this generation.The godfather of SAS and military thrillersChris Ryan is the real deal, he joined the SAS in 1984 and served in military hot zones across the world. His books are authentic and offer a fierce snapshot of life on the front lines and beyond.Chris Ryan created the military fiction genre. He is the leading name and a big brand author. He has written fifteen bestselling novels, three non-fiction books and a series of children's books. He has a new series Chris Ryan Extreme publishing in 2012 and has so far sold 3.75 million books.KILLING FOR THE COMPANY was a top three hit when it was published in hardback in 2011.