Coronet has landed Chris Ryan’s “gripping, no-holds-barred” The History of The SAS.
Publisher Mark Booth acquired UK and Commonwealth English language rights from Barbara Levy at Barbara Levy Literary Agency. The book will be published on 14th November.
Its synopsis explains: “Since it was revived in 1950 to combat Communist insurgents, the SAS has gone from strength to strength, fighting covert wars in Oman, Borneo, Northern Ireland, the Falklands, the Persian Gulf and beyond. In the process, it has become one of the most indispensable and, at times, controversial units in the British army. Drawing on sources in his network of contacts and his own experiences, Chris Ryan tells the story of the men on the ground from the earliest patrols in the Malayan jungle, through to the storming of the Iranian Embassy and up-to-minute missions to capture or kill notorious terrorists.”
Booth said: “Histories like these are often written by members of the officer class, but what makes this one unique is that it is written from the point of view of the men on the ground.”
Ryan released has just released his latest Danny Black thriller Black Ops (Hodder) and arrives in the UK next week for a major tour to promote the novel.
He said: “The story of the 22 SAS Regiment is a great British success story. From its humble beginnings, the Regiment is now a highly professional, well-oiled machine – one that the British Army cannot do without. It has succeeded, above all, because of the soldiers who have served and died in its ranks, fighting in the furthest-flung corners of the world. Whether it’s a long-range patrol in the desert, a counter-insurgency operation or a hostage rescue, the Regiment has got what it takes to get the job done.”