Des Smith
Bideford - Devon - UK

I just got your book and I am really looking forward to reading it...
Badger
Honiton- Devon - UK

I lik the pikters and the wurds is it good...

Terry Farrow
Kent - UK

My next read, courtesy of my great friend Geoffrey

Alastair Stevely
Kilwinning - Scotland - UK

Received my signed copy of MBTB's and I am looking forward to reading it in between emergency calls
Rotem Yani

Karmi'el - Israel

I’m sitting in the forest just under the mount meiron, the highest mt; in the galil. There is no better place to read the book than to seat in the forest and listen to the birds... Just started it and its fascinating.

Laura Culley
Honiton- Devon - UK

I have only read the first chapter but already been laughing out loud and also feeling very sad for poor little schoolboy Geoffrey.

I am looking forward to reading more about your adventures and learning a lot more about birds.
Andy Thompkinson
Lytham St Annes Lancashire - UK

Enjoying “MBTB;s”. An excellent read. Highly recommended for anyone who likes birds, bullets or the anthropology of the British soldier.. he brought memories back and illuminated me on experiences I didn’t know he encountered.

Great for travellers and birders.

First book I completely finished in a very long time. For me it struck a nerve on the diversity and ever-present adventure with birding.

The 1st new sighting of any new bird is very thrilling to all watchers. Makes me want to travel more to see the birds I have been missing.

Arthur K. Stittleburg

Reviewed in the United States on June 3, 2020

A great read

The author definitely knows his stuff. Some great stories from a well-travelled man.

Barker

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 2 March 2020

Entertaining and informative

Geoffrey McMullan's book is the story of his many years in the British Army, and how he managed to combine his duties as a soldier with his passion for birds and the natural world. I learned a lot about life in the military, and, as a fellow "Twitcher", I enjoyed looking up all of the birds the author encountered along his way.

I also was impressed by McMullan's deep commitment to conservation, evidenced by his successful efforts to establish a bird reserve in Germany.

This book is well worth reading for the author's funny and sometimes hair-raising tales of birding around the world, his respect for the men with whom he served, and the love for birds that shines on every page. (Full disclosure: I am mentioned very briefly in the book.)

Rachel W Lawson

Reviewed in the United States on April 15, 2020

A Book for the Twitcher and the soldier

I thoroughly enjoyed this book on a number of levels; The author and I served together during his early service and although I was aware of his tendencies as a Twitcher, I did not realise just how serious he took it and therefore learned a whole new side of Geoff.

For someone who was not particularly interested in birds (feathered) was surprised to really enjoy this aspect of the book and left me wondering why I did not take more interest during my own service. I feel the book is therefore of interest to Twitchers and military readers alike.

Mr Dennis Norris

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 March 2020

The book says it all

In all the years I served with Geoff I had no clue he was into bird watching and his favourite bird was the woodpecker. But most of all Geoff has written a great book and was a joy to read 👍 well done Geoff.

Author Unknown

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 2 June 2020

Education right there.

I served with Geoff this book gave me a greater insight into this person . Just goes to show you don’t really know a person . Tremendous read very interesting & inspiring should become a best seller . Brilliant.

Richard (Lenny)

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 May 2020

Might better be titled - "Birds, Bullets, & Bulls**t"

Birders look for fresh and creative ways to relate the 'story of their passion'. Geoffrey McMullan has succeeded in intertwining the narrative of a young man in the UK military with his two great passions - service and birds.

First person tales run the risk of lacking solid depth, yet Mr. McMullan is unexpectedly thoughtful with issues of collegiality and conservation. His liberal injection of humor, and (apparently) a bit of creative license, leads this reviewer to suggest a more 'colorful' title for this fine chronicle.

Susan Carmody

Reviewed in the United States on April 17, 2020

More birds than bullets

It’s like sharing your own life, in that you are describing things that happened and there is humour; and in the way you go to things in your military passed which only ex force can relate to and see the funny side and also tips like camouflage backpacks not to be taken in some countries and there customs way of life; and little facts like the little Owl pushing back in its nest and digging in its claws to try and stay in the nest. Reading this book, I get so engrossed I don’t want to put it down.

Robert Osborne

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 23 March 2020

Great read

Geoffrey’s passion for all things birding especially woodpeckers shines through on every page of this book. I am from the same era and the army life stories also ring true; hilariously funny and true to form. Geoffrey has done some travelling to and quite rightly received recognition in the form of a BEM for his contribution to wildlife conservation in Germany. This is a great read.

Pablo

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 11 May 2020

Excellent

I really enjoyed reading this, a great book with lots of laughs, and plenty of birds too of course. It also brought back a few memories, such as the 30 second fruit in Belize! Hopefully, Mr McMullan, the author, will write a sequel. If so, I'll be first in line to buy a copy!

Craig Emms

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 February 2020

A very informative read.

More birds than bullets is a great read. I served with Geoff in Germany and in the Gulf. Bird watching was definitely a big passion for him. It’s great to see that his passion is now his career, proving most dissenters wrong. The book is informative and funny at the same time.

Darren Kent

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 April 2020

A Great Read

My partner read Geoff’s book having served with him in the army and thoroughly enjoyed it. I was open minded about reading it and thought perhaps it would be a ‘man’s only’ book. I could not have been more wrong. It brought a smile to my face as I remember the characters and places mentioned having been a military wife.


The book held my attention and I did not skim read as can be a habit of mine. From a female perspective it is easily accessible and although the title may suggest it would be a man’s read that would be a wrong assumption, Geoff takes you on a journey of his life experiences, his passion for birds and countries he has visited which, I found fascinating. I would recommend this as a good read for men and women.

Mrs Jacqueline hoods

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 April 2020 

A MUST-READ EXPERIENCE!!!!


When you see the title of this book you will probably wonder “what on earth is this about?" If you don’t read it, you will miss an enjoyable experience and a writing style that paints a picture and creates a feeling that is unique. The author has undoubtedly lived a life full of interest and varied experiences not always positive! By not concentrating on the negative feelings or emotions and intermingling information and explanation you learn such a lot about the person, but you actually learn something about yourself as well!


My knowledge about birds and animals has increased almost as a subplot to the story. It’s made me ' actually ' watch birds in a different way and appreciate the songs they sing giving more of an experience and enhancing the pleasure.


Geoffrey’s life has certainly been full of travelling and sharing it within this book has been a bit of an eye opener as to what is out there in the World. It is all too easy to miss the simple, miss the obvious and to underestimate what is around us. I can recommend this book as a relaxing read to immerse yourself in during quiet moments. I read it in sections while sitting in the garden surrounded by the sounds of blackbirds, sparrows, and hedgerow birds. It brought the book to life. To learn from such a well-travelled and accomplished individual from a style of writing unique to him, certainly has put ' more flesh on the bones' of the man I met all those years ago. Highly recommend this, when is the next one coming out?

Geoffrey Calvin Dunsmore

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 June 2020

Great read

I discovered this book by joining :Woodpeckers of the world on FB. I'm so happy that I did. Not only has it been an entertaining read, but I have been on virtual birding trips to places I have birded myself, & many places I will never go to. Although the author & I are like chalk cheese in reality, I feel a kinship through our shared interest in the natural world, & our navigation through it. Highly recommended.

Brian E Wales

Reviewed in Canada on 1 May 2020

A Book for the Twitcher and the soldier

I thoroughly enjoyed this book on a number of levels; The author and I served together during his early service and although I was aware of his tendencies as a Twitcher, did not realise just how serious he took it and therefore learned a whole new side of Geoff.

For someone who was not particularly interested in birds (feathered) was surprised to really enjoy this aspect of the book and left me wondering why I did not take more interest during my own service. I feel the book is therefore of interest to twitchers and military readers alike.

Mr Dennis Norris

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 March 2020

Great Raconteur

There are advantages and disadvantages to wearing a British Army uniform. The disadvantages are that the enemy shoots at it on sight; fortunately, there haven’t been too many wars recently. The advantages are that you get to travel to some far-flung, exotic places, all at Her Majesty’s Government’s expense. And this, if you are a birder, is very good news indeed.

More Birds Than Bullets is an account of the author’s life in the army, finishing up as a Staff Sergeant in the Royal Regiment. Woodpeckers , his favourite family of birds feature prominently and act as a thread running through the book, tying his different postings together. But it is the travel that grabs you most, with accounts of trips to Germany, The Falkland Islands, Canada, Hong Kong, and Iraq, among others.

It is easy to think that this is just another book listing places visited, and birds seen, but it is much more than that. The army often gets involved in community projects and there is a detailed section about establishing a new nature reserve in Germany, as well as the author participating in surveys and bird ringing projects, often in areas that are off limits to mere civilians.

The armed forces are renowned for their black humour, and it would be impossible to write a book like this without including a few anecdotes along the way, such as coming across a load of German hunters and ‘accidentally on purpose’ flushing all the wildlife for miles around. Or why the Falkland Islanders are referred to as ‘Bennies’ after the character in Crossroads many years ago. On being told that this was spoiling the relationship between the army and the islanders, the name got changed to ‘Stillies’ – still ******* Bennies. Getting the sex of your new commanding officer wrong though isn’t necessarily the ideal way to start a new posting.

Like most self-published books, this is a little rough around the edges, and could have benefited from being at least waved in front of a professional editor or sub-editor. But do you know what? It doesn’t matter. The anecdotes are fresh, and the author’s enthusiasm bubbles through on every page. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would happily read it again when I needed cheering up.

G R Hamlett

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 9 April 2020

Open and honestly written

A great read. Open and honest full of interest. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

Author Unknown

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 3 March 2020 

A great read

I enjoyed every page in Geoffrey's lovely book. I have been birding for many years and I still learnt so much from reading it. I had no idea that a Blackbird's alarm call varied according to the threat for example. I walk around my local fields daily but now I'll be looking for some "sit-spots". Thank you, Geoffrey, was sharing your life's experiences.

Bob Foskett

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 April 2020

You will love this book!

Loved every part of this book. Humorous sad and a real must for Birders. I, like another reader laughed at lots especially the 30 second plant. There is also lots to keep the military man happy and this well-travelled writer has a lot more in him and hopefully will be starting a new book soon. His knowledge of various breeds of birds is amazing. Thank you, Geoffrey,

Chronoman

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 April 2020

Everyone should buy this book

The balance between birding and army experiences synthesised really well together, neither aspect of Geoffrey's experience shadowed or eclipsed the other. Instead they augmented each other making the whole greater than the sum of its parts. This was not just another birding book or just another military book.

What it did leave me with was a thirst. A thirst to expand my birding experience for more than it currently is. To that extent I look forward to meeting Geoffrey at some point in the future to get to know the man behind the book.

Jamie McCready

Former Tracking Instructor - Educater and NLP Master Practitioner

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 5 June 2020

Camaraderie

Geoffrey’s experiences as a Gunner in the Royal Artillery combined with his love of birds and traveling are artfully interwoven in ‘MBTB’. As a true man of nature and as a Squaddie, it makes for a fascinating read, with stories told in a frank and humorous manner and without army jargon, making it a great read for everyone.

I recommend you join him in his many and varied journeys which will give an insight into life in the army and, the camaraderie within this unique institution and the wonderful bird species Geoffrey has had the pleasure of observing over the years.

J. Lapinskas RGN. RMN. Dip HE

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 April 2020

The Peaceful Warrior

I know the author personally and although I didn't have a particular interest in birds, I loved the title of the book and I also wanted to support my friend. What surprised me was how his passion for birding, in particular woodpeckers evoked something within me . I am noticing how I listen and pay more attention to the birds around me and see and hear their beauty. I also enjoyed the authors straightforward, authentic, interesting, and funny stories of his army life and the adventures he has had throughout his travels. I was very moved by his contribution to wildlife conservation . Thank you, 'Peaceful Warrior' for this great read!

Rita. M

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 May 2020

Riveting

I liked this book and recommend it as a very interesting read. Whether you are ex-military or not, this book brings a balance of humour, humanity, and nature together. Small man syndrome is a particular favourite of mine. What I have learnt from this book is that the author is built like a brick shit house door and he has a massive heart.

Buy It - Read it - Enjoy It. Its Riveting.

David

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 4 April 2020

A great read for birders and non-birders alike.

MBTB is a really interesting and educational read about the encounters of an avid birder in the military. The author shares in detail his passion, knowledge and experiences of birds and nature, balancing information with humour.

The book has a really lovely feel to it and also has some beautiful pictures and illustrations inside. I'd definitely recommend as it's sure to spark an interest in birds and a passion for nature.

Georgina

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 February 2020

Geoffrey loves birds and saw a lot.

Some other people didn’t always appreciate his level of passion.

Still working my way through the book as time allows but loving it. I have had the pleasure of hearing some of the stories from the horse's mouth round the camp fire over the years and the other stories in the book live up to the same standard.

If you are an avid birder, ex forces or just someone who enjoys a good recollection of experiences of a life well spent grabbing a chance to follow your passion as you work your way through life, this is money well spent.

Author Unknown

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 February 2020

Enjoyable read about an unusual man

Really enjoyed the book. It's amazing the range of experiences he has had in his life. Gave an insight into the life of a military man in a number of unusual postings. Enjoyed the hints about some of the "weirder" things he began to experience. Would like to hear about this stuff in more detail.

Barry C. Smale

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 February 2020

Birds People and Travel. A Rattling Good Read

 

I read it within a few days of receiving it. Thoroughly enjoyed the read. Well done, you gave an open honest assessment of your life and travels, whilst weaving your humour throughout and your passion for birds and the environment. A splendid read and have recommended the book to my friends and family.

Ken

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 February 2020

A superb interesting read,

Loved this book, a great read and even though I am not a Twitcher, it has opened my eyes to the feathered friends surrounding us. As a veteran myself, I loved the stories of his time in green, loved the book, heartily recommend it!

Tom Collins

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 25 March 2020