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The 15:17 to Paris

The 15:17 to Paris: In the Face of Fear Ordinary People Can Do the Extraordinary

Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos, Spencer Stone and Jeffrey E. Stern

On 21 August 2015, Ayoub al-Khazzani boarded a train in Brussels bound for Paris. We now know that he was an ISIS terrorist. 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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About the Authors

Anthony Sadler isa student at Sacramento State University andco-author of The 15:17 to Paris with Alek Skarlatos and Spencer Stone.

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Alek Skarlatosis is an active duty member of the Oregon National Guard. Heco-authoredThe 15:17 to Pariswith Anthony Sadlerand Spencer Stone.

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Spencer Stoneisa Staff Sergeant in the US Air Force. Heco-authoredThe 15:17 to Pariswith Alek Skarlatos and Anthony Sadler.

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Jeffrey E. Stern is an author and a frequent contributor totheAtlanticandVanity Fair.

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29 January 2018
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Praise for Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos, Spencer Stone and Jeffrey E. Stern
andThe 15:17 to Paris

‘Because of their courage, because of their quick thinking, because of their teamwork…a lot of people were saved and a real calamity was averted. They represent the very best of America, American character and you know, it’s these kinds of young people who make me extraordinarily optimistic and hopeful about our future.’

‘In the name of France, I would like to thank you. The whole world admires your bravery. It should be an example to all of us and inspire us. You put your lives at risk in order to defend freedom. You gave us a lesson in courage, in will, and thus in hope. Faced with the evil called terrorism there is a good, that is humanity. You are the incarnation of that.’

‘The book is written with humanity and honesty. It is a story not about Hollywood action heroes, but about three ordinary young men who rose to an extraordinary challenge and saved their own lives and those of the passengers on the 15.17 to Paris.’

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