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Description - The 15:17 to Paris: In the Face of Fear Ordinary People Can Do the Extraordinary: Film Tie-In by Anthony Sadler

On 21 August 2015, Ayoub al-Khazzani boarded a train in Brussels bound for Paris. Khazzani's mission was clear- he had an AK-47, a pistol, a box cutter, and enough ammunition to obliterate the 554 passengers on the crowded train. But as he began to execute his plan, he encountered an unstoppable line of defence- three American friends.

The 15-17 to Paris is a gripping account of the foiled attack by the three men who lived it - Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos and Spencer Stone. It is also the story of what compelled three lifelong friends to run towards danger instead of from it - towards humanity, not away from terror.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781925603699
ISBN-10: 1925603695
Format: Paperback / softback
(199mm x 131mm x 17mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: The Text Publishing Company
Publisher: Text Publishing
Publish Date: 29-Jan-2018
Country of Publication: Australia

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Book Review: 15:17 to Paris: In the Face of Fear Ordinary People Can Do the Extraordinary: Film Tie-In by Anthony Sadler - Reviewed by (29 Mar 2018)

4 stars The 15:17 to Paris is a non-fiction book by Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos, Spencer Stone and Jeffrey E. Stern. On Friday, August 21st, 2015, in Brussels, an ISIS terrorist boarded the 15:17 to Paris, armed with an AK-47, a pistol, a box-cutter and a large amount of ammunition. There were 554 passengers on the train, but before he managed to enact his plan, three men charged and overpowered him. There were injuries, but no lives were lost.

As well as describing the events on the high-speed THALYS train that Friday afternoon, this book describes Ayoub El-Khazzani’s movements before and during this heinous intended act, as known from various sources. Also described are the youth, adolescence and early adulthood of the three brave American men, Anthony, Spencer and Alek, who took him on. Revealed are how they came to possess the skills that helped them disarm El-Khazzani, their mindset and the events that led them to be on that train.

The aftermath: a call from President Obama; the ceremony with the French President awarding them the Knight of the Legion of Honor; the emotional turmoil about further terrorist acts that occurred in Paris; the celebrity, interviews and media attention; the 9/11 parade in Sacramento; meeting President Obama; all are recounted. Sadler’s narrative conveys just how surreal it all seemed, and how long what they had done actually took to sink in. A riveting read.


Author Biography - Anthony Sadler

Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos and Spencer Stone grew up in California and became friends at school. Sadler is now a student at Sacramento State University; Skarlatos is an active duty member of the Oregon National Guard; and Stone is a Staff Sergeant in the US Air Force.

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