Monday, June 11, 2018

The 15:17 to Paris by Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos, Spencer Stone and Jeffrey E. Stern

The 15:17 to Paris by Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos, Spencer Stone and Jeffrey E. Stern
256 pages

"On August 21, 2015, Ayoub El-Khazzani boarded train #9364 in Brussels, bound for Paris. There could be no doubt about his mission: he had an AK-47, a pistol, a box cutter, and enough ammunition to obliterate every passenger on board. Slipping into the bathroom in secret, he armed his weapons. Another major ISIS attack was about to begin.

"Khazzani wasn't expecting Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos, and Spencer Stone. Stone was a martial arts enthusiast and airman first class in the US Air Force, Skarlatos was a member of the Oregon National Guard, and all three were fearless. But their decision--to charge the gunman, then overpower him even as he turned first his gun, then his knife, on Stone--depended on a lifetime of loyalty, support, and faith."   --from the publisher

Great story, but the writing doesn't do it justice.  It would have been improved by a straight chronological telling.  The writers weren't skilled enough to make it flow with all the flashbacks and background mixed into the story.

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