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Soon to be a major motion picture from Warner Brothers directed by Clint Eastwood. An ISIS terrorist planned to kill more than 500 people. He would have succeeded except for three American friends who refused to give in to fear. 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- Soon to be a major motion picture from Warner Brothers directed by Clint Eastwood. An ISIS terrorist planned to kill more than 500 people. He would have succeeded except for three American friends who refused to give in to fear. 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. Their friendship was forged as they came of age together in California: going to church, playing paintball, teaching each other to swear, and sticking together when they got in trouble at school. Years later, that friendship would give all of them the courage to stand in the path of one of the world's deadliest terrorist organizations. The 15:17 to Paris is an amazing true story of friendship and bravery, of near tragedy averted by three young men who found the heroic unity and strength inside themselves at the moment when they, and 500 other innocent travelers, needed it most.


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Soon to be a major motion picture from Warner Brothers directed by Clint Eastwood. An ISIS terrorist planned to kill more than 500 people. He would have succeeded except for three American friends who refused to give in to fear. 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- Soon to be a major motion picture from Warner Brothers directed by Clint Eastwood. An ISIS terrorist planned to kill more than 500 people. He would have succeeded except for three American friends who refused to give in to fear. 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. Their friendship was forged as they came of age together in California: going to church, playing paintball, teaching each other to swear, and sticking together when they got in trouble at school. Years later, that friendship would give all of them the courage to stand in the path of one of the world's deadliest terrorist organizations. The 15:17 to Paris is an amazing true story of friendship and bravery, of near tragedy averted by three young men who found the heroic unity and strength inside themselves at the moment when they, and 500 other innocent travelers, needed it most.

30 review for The 15:17 to Paris: The True Story of a Terrorist, a Train, and Three American Heroes

  1. 5 out of 5

    Cheese

    This story could have been written on less than 10 pages.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    I really enjoy reading true stories, stories of bravery, stories of peoples lives, stories we can all relate to. So this was no different. Having heard about this situation I was interested to read the story though the eyes of those who were there, who were involved. The layout was good as it was divided into sections so that each of the three men, Spencer, Alex and Anthony, told their stories. This included some of their growing up years, working and holiday and how they came to be on that train I really enjoy reading true stories, stories of bravery, stories of peoples lives, stories we can all relate to. So this was no different. Having heard about this situation I was interested to read the story though the eyes of those who were there, who were involved. The layout was good as it was divided into sections so that each of the three men, Spencer, Alex and Anthony, told their stories. This included some of their growing up years, working and holiday and how they came to be on that train. It also included details about the terrorist and some of his life story. It was an interesting read and found all the boys had really different ways of looking at life and what happened. It is worth a read, is quite easy to read and fills in a few gaps which made this story real.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sarah - All The Book Blog Names Are Taken

    This is a tough one to rate, because if I were to give it a low rating it feels like I'm giving these heroes a low rating. That's not it at all. The writing style of Jeffrey Stern is very frustrating. At least I anticipate that he wrote this with the assistance of the three young men. The narration was so disjointed, it was kind of frustrating. I don't even know what else to say. Full review to come. Maybe. ++++++++++++++ Check out my full review at either blog location! http://allthebookblognamesa This is a tough one to rate, because if I were to give it a low rating it feels like I'm giving these heroes a low rating. That's not it at all. The writing style of Jeffrey Stern is very frustrating. At least I anticipate that he wrote this with the assistance of the three young men. The narration was so disjointed, it was kind of frustrating. I don't even know what else to say. Full review to come. Maybe. ++++++++++++++ Check out my full review at either blog location! http://allthebookblognamesaretaken.bl... www.facebook.com/AllTheBookBlogNamesA... www.twitter.com/SarahsBookNook

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lauri

    The book was interesting to read the story rather than see a 2 minute news clip. It was clear where things had been reported incorrectly in the beginning. I will say the book sounded like Jeffrey Stern rather than the three heroes. In the end, I would say I find the story of the 3 young Americans enthralling, but I found the book itself to be a little clunky.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Marianne

    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 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.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jim

    I really enjoyed this book, and I can't wait to see the movie. The backstory on the guys helps show you what kind of people these guys are, just normal kids who did an extraordinary thing under extraordinary circumstances.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Text Publishing

    ‘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.’ Barack Obama, President of the United States ‘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 insp ‘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.’ Barack Obama, President of the United States ‘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.’ François Hollande, President of France ‘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.’ Law Institute Journal

  8. 4 out of 5

    Diana

    It's such a shame that this very interesting story is so badly written, or it would have made an excellent book. Sadly, the story is mangled by unnecessary oscillating between different time periods, which makes for a confused story and much repetition. The author focuses on completely irrelevant details, such as a whole section on someone buying milk in bulk and freezing it (as if it were a completely unusual thing to do). Similarly the fixation with "extraordinary coincidences" and the painful It's such a shame that this very interesting story is so badly written, or it would have made an excellent book. Sadly, the story is mangled by unnecessary oscillating between different time periods, which makes for a confused story and much repetition. The author focuses on completely irrelevant details, such as a whole section on someone buying milk in bulk and freezing it (as if it were a completely unusual thing to do). Similarly the fixation with "extraordinary coincidences" and the painful explanation of this is just ridiculous. Many other laborious details. The story, though interesting, could have been told in 10 pages. 3 guys find themselves on a train with a terrorist while on a backpacking trip round Europe. Luckily they have all the right skills and are in the right place at the right time to save the passengers from the terrorist and survive despite some bad injuries. That's it. Don't bother reading the book unless you're an American who has no concept of Europe and requires slow and laborious explanation of simple everyday things, places and events.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    This wasn't for me. I picked it up because it looked interesting and pretty action packed. But the storytelling was off. we hear bits about the authors lives which was great to get a background into why they were friends and still were some years on and the struggles they'd faced. but at the end of every other chapter the story of the battle on the train is told and its just all over the place, we dont know who mark is until the despite being mentioned in start pages. i don't really get it. we a This wasn't for me. I picked it up because it looked interesting and pretty action packed. But the storytelling was off. we hear bits about the authors lives which was great to get a background into why they were friends and still were some years on and the struggles they'd faced. but at the end of every other chapter the story of the battle on the train is told and its just all over the place, we dont know who mark is until the despite being mentioned in start pages. i don't really get it. we already know what happens its not as if the details need to be obscured of what happens on the train is really necessary. its not it just makes things confusing. The sort of battle the bad guy and then become superheros and thats about it, theres not much substance to the story for me, or in the way its told it is not for me. and one of the guys despite the other two thanking each other, in his thanks sections praises god, his family the airforce and then paris consulate but neglects to thank the two other guys who made the story and the event even happen. what

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ken

    A fascinating account of three friends who tackled a terrorist on a train in August 2015. From their background in military training to the choices they make when visiting various cities whilst backpacking through Europe, this book was such a riveting read.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Darcy

    I thought this was a good way to tell this tale. With the past and present intermixed. I liked seeing the boys as kids, then how they grew up and even how the trip came about. So many things had to happen just right to put these men on the train to do what they did. I liked that they realized that in the aftermath and I hope they are able to keep their friendship going for the rest of their lives.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Pamela

    This was very interesting - to hear the details and the background of the three men who stopped a terrorist on a train bound for Paris. In the acknowledgments each man thanked God, but Spencer Stone's acknowledgment said it best, "I would first like to give all the credit to God. Without His wisdom, love, and strength I would not be where I am today." The book told about the incredible circumstances that put those three men on that train, in that train car, and that time. The book puts God's sov This was very interesting - to hear the details and the background of the three men who stopped a terrorist on a train bound for Paris. In the acknowledgments each man thanked God, but Spencer Stone's acknowledgment said it best, "I would first like to give all the credit to God. Without His wisdom, love, and strength I would not be where I am today." The book told about the incredible circumstances that put those three men on that train, in that train car, and that time. The book puts God's sovereignty (or being in control) as just one of the possibilities: "A feeling that their parents' prayers had tugged them right to just the right place at the right time and then protected them once they were there, so that an alert man would see the terrorist first and take the only bullet; prayers that had poisoned the primer on that next round so that the gun didn't go off and charging the weapon wouldn't help. So that none of the boys were killed, but also that one of them had to kill. The odds of that happening were so astoundingly low, so overwhelmingly against them that it must have taken the full of force of prayer, of God, of whatever it was that allowed you to confront a universe canted against you and prevail."(p.171) I believe it was God who orchestrated their lives "for such a time as this." And God never runs out of power, and never stops being in control. Their parents "prayers" didn't give them the strength - it was God who did it all. I thought I might put this in the high school library but I am not going to because these three men use bad language a lot, partied until they were drunk, and were not role models for teenagers, until that moment when they were face-to-face with a terrorist.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sonia Schoenfield

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This is one of those good-story-not-so-well-written books. But the story is great. Three boys who were friends in middle school meet up for a tour of Europe. Their train from Amsterdam to Paris harbors a terrorist whom the boys manage to subdue and save the passengers from a horrible death. Three new American heroes are born. The boys' story (and they really are just boys, barely twenty years old) is told in separate chapters for each one, interspersed with descriptions of the action on the train This is one of those good-story-not-so-well-written books. But the story is great. Three boys who were friends in middle school meet up for a tour of Europe. Their train from Amsterdam to Paris harbors a terrorist whom the boys manage to subdue and save the passengers from a horrible death. Three new American heroes are born. The boys' story (and they really are just boys, barely twenty years old) is told in separate chapters for each one, interspersed with descriptions of the action on the train. I a,so appreciated knowing the terrorist's back story. Several points stand out to me. First, we can't choose our heroes. Their main focus in traveling around Europe seemed to be to barhop, get as drunk as they could, and pick up girls. Not quite the all-American boys I'd like to think they were, but there you have it. They acted courageously and selflessly when the occasion arose so who am I to question their lifestyle choices? Second, these boys became overnight media sensations and were thrust into the spotlight with no guidance or help in making sense of what had happened. Because of a few minutes' instinctive action, their lives have been changed forever. Finally, and perhaps surprisingly, perhaps not, their reaction to subsequent successful terrorist acts left them feeling guilty and responsible, that they had been able to stop one terrorist but couldn't stop them all. This is the world we live in, where ordinary people may find themselves in extraordinary, unpredictable situations.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    I was so excited to read more about the heroic actions of 3 friends who stopped a terrorist attack on a Paris train, but this book was a big letdown. I should have heeded the other Goodreads reviews because it was very poorly written and very choppy. I also found a few obvious spelling errors that didn't get caught before publication. The book is divided into 3 sections - one for each man, telling his side of the story. I thought it was going to be more of the guys telling their version of the e I was so excited to read more about the heroic actions of 3 friends who stopped a terrorist attack on a Paris train, but this book was a big letdown. I should have heeded the other Goodreads reviews because it was very poorly written and very choppy. I also found a few obvious spelling errors that didn't get caught before publication. The book is divided into 3 sections - one for each man, telling his side of the story. I thought it was going to be more of the guys telling their version of the event because the book reiterates that each person experienced the event differently. Honestly, I think you could understand what happened better from watching the guys doing TV interviews, the book barely touches on the actual terrorist event and how they stopped it. I was hoping for more especially the guys together going over what happened and how they each reacted. Overall, it was disappointing.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kristen Cook - A Book Ninja

    I think for this book it is extremely important to distinguish between the true life event and the writing. The story (5 stars) of these three men is an unbelievable story of a multitude of circumstances that all had to fall in to place at just the right time. If one of these circumstances would have not occurred, we wouldn't have had this story. So the story in itself is amazing. What heroes. Now the actually story telling and writing (3 stars) left something to be desired. It wasn't that is ne I think for this book it is extremely important to distinguish between the true life event and the writing. The story (5 stars) of these three men is an unbelievable story of a multitude of circumstances that all had to fall in to place at just the right time. If one of these circumstances would have not occurred, we wouldn't have had this story. So the story in itself is amazing. What heroes. Now the actually story telling and writing (3 stars) left something to be desired. It wasn't that is necessarily poor. So much of the story was redundant. It felt like the publisher wanted to tell their story but it wasn't going to be a long enough book so they had to drag it out. The same details were told multiple times. Now, the actual three men wrote the book and I understand they are not authors. So I will grant them some leniency but their editor could have helped with this. I listened to this on audio and it was a good performance for a narrator.

  16. 5 out of 5

    John

    Brilliant! This book tells the complete story of these three men, how they grew up, how they met, and how their life experiences shaped them into the heroes they became. Yes, this does go over some events multiple times, but that is because the author is telling the same story from three different points of view. Well, four if you count the media and general public. The pace is just right to capture the feelings, the emotions, and the thoughts of these young men without rushing or dragging along Brilliant! This book tells the complete story of these three men, how they grew up, how they met, and how their life experiences shaped them into the heroes they became. Yes, this does go over some events multiple times, but that is because the author is telling the same story from three different points of view. Well, four if you count the media and general public. The pace is just right to capture the feelings, the emotions, and the thoughts of these young men without rushing or dragging along. By the end we will have felt like we were on that train that fateful day, and we will have learned what it's like to have fame thrust upon you in a matter of minutes. They way these three handled the spotlight was to me fascinating. This requires another read, especially if there is a movie in the works, which I certainly hope there is.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jordan Larsen

    On a long stretch of railroad track, a train filled with hundreds of passengers is bound for Paris. Unbeknownst to those onboard, there are four life-changing strangers seated amongst them: three American tourists: Anthony, Spencer and Alek touring Europe for the first time and a lone ISIS-inspired gunman named Ayoub El-Khazzani armed with an AK-47 rifle hell bent on slaughtering hundreds of innocent passengers. It is up to the courage and split-second actions of a U.S. Air Force Medic, Air Nati On a long stretch of railroad track, a train filled with hundreds of passengers is bound for Paris. Unbeknownst to those onboard, there are four life-changing strangers seated amongst them: three American tourists: Anthony, Spencer and Alek touring Europe for the first time and a lone ISIS-inspired gunman named Ayoub El-Khazzani armed with an AK-47 rifle hell bent on slaughtering hundreds of innocent passengers. It is up to the courage and split-second actions of a U.S. Air Force Medic, Air National Guard Soldier and martial arts guru to turn the tide and avert disaster. That’s the premise behind the book and movie “The 15:17 to Paris: The True Story of a Train, a Terrorist and Three American Heroes.” After seeing the Clint Eastwood film, I wanted to check out the audiobook. The book mirrors its theatrical portrayal perfectly, however, the only bonus is the insane media attention that besieged the heroic trio after the incident, meeting heads of state in France and scores more upon their return to the USA. In seconds, an extremely proud and grateful France and enthusiastic America discovers a new breed of heroes: ordinary men who were chosen by fate to perform an extraordinary feat of valor miles from home and help. The events of August 21st 2015 would pale in comparison to the horrific terror attacks in Paris a year later, leaving Anthony to wonder if more could have been done to stop an even bloodier attack. From being honored by President Obama, to appearing on Dancing with the Stars, The Tonight Show and Jimmy Kimmel; the lives of three ordinary best friends would never be the same. The audiobook is slow moving in some areas but the story picks up momentum with the attack and the sudden rush of fame that accompanies an incredible act of valor. If you haven’t seen the movie, the book makes for an insightful prequel. 3 out of 5 Stars for the audiobook but I’m giving the terrific trio of Anthony, Spencer and Alek a ten for going above and beyond the call of duty.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Forrest

    Fame comes generously to Heroes during peacetime. I certainly don't mean to diminish the incredible heroic acts accomplished by these guys, particularly Spencer. Sprinting unarmed directly at a heavily armed terrorist in his line of fire requires balls of steel most of us will never have. But there are a countless number comparable heroic acts achieved by our soldiers amidst battle or during an ambush, or after an IED that go without such fanfare. I've never read a book more oddly compiled as th Fame comes generously to Heroes during peacetime. I certainly don't mean to diminish the incredible heroic acts accomplished by these guys, particularly Spencer. Sprinting unarmed directly at a heavily armed terrorist in his line of fire requires balls of steel most of us will never have. But there are a countless number comparable heroic acts achieved by our soldiers amidst battle or during an ambush, or after an IED that go without such fanfare. I've never read a book more oddly compiled as this one. Maybe because the book was written by multiple authors, namely, the three friends who helped take down and subdue the terrorist. All three of these guys took part in writing this book so the narrative is rehashed three different times. The first half of the book is a biography of sorts of the three of them as well as a travelogue of their trip through Europe which I found interesting. The latter half of the book is the reminiscing and celebrating that followed. The actual train attack, which of course lasted a grand total of several minutes is mentioned sporadically throughout, like the slow-motion climax of a suspense novel. All the reminiscing and the media and celebrity Hoo-Ha during the second half of the book is where I completely lost interest an wished for things to quickly wrap up. I'm still confused as to what role Anthony had to play in taking down the terrorist, aside from being on scene during the whole event. The story makes it pretty clear that Spencer takes down and subdues the terrorist while Alec beats him into unconsciousness.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Betsy

    3.0-3.5 rating. A good book that offers some details about the three Americans that stopped a terrorist attack on a train outside Paris in 2015. I wanted to read it before I see the movie. It is broken down into three main sections, each of the three guys telling part of the ordeal. It goes back to their childhood days and how they all became friends. It also provides a glimpse into what is it like to become instant heros, the craziness that follows and the strain it can cause. In addition it gi 3.0-3.5 rating. A good book that offers some details about the three Americans that stopped a terrorist attack on a train outside Paris in 2015. I wanted to read it before I see the movie. It is broken down into three main sections, each of the three guys telling part of the ordeal. It goes back to their childhood days and how they all became friends. It also provides a glimpse into what is it like to become instant heros, the craziness that follows and the strain it can cause. In addition it gives a little history of the terrorist himself.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Kukwa

    I have no complaints about the story, the heroism, and the interesting people at the heart of this tale. I have many complaints about the clunky, awkward, disjointed manner in which this book is written. Why couldn't this have been a straightforward, chronological re-telling? Instead it is constructed with all sorts of digressions, flashbacks and time-jumps...and it transforms what should have been a smooth and easy read into a chore. It's been a while since I've seen style negatively impact sub I have no complaints about the story, the heroism, and the interesting people at the heart of this tale. I have many complaints about the clunky, awkward, disjointed manner in which this book is written. Why couldn't this have been a straightforward, chronological re-telling? Instead it is constructed with all sorts of digressions, flashbacks and time-jumps...and it transforms what should have been a smooth and easy read into a chore. It's been a while since I've seen style negatively impact substance this egregiously.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lindsey Gandhi

    This is a 3.5 star review for me. I'm rounding up because of the true heroes these boys are. Without a second thought or even a hesitation, they jumped into action and took down a terrorist. As the French President said, they stopped what could have been Paris's 9/11. The writing itself was more of a 3 star. And I really hate that, because their story is incredible, remarkable and inspirational. I think unfortunately they had the wrong author write their story.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    (3.5/5 stars) I liked reading about the young men’s upbringing, their firsthand accounts of what happened during the attack on the train, and even about the terrorist’s life (I don’t mean for that to sound nonchalant, I was quite surprised that they had that information and included it). There were some dull moments and I didn’t like how the author broke up the attack throughout the book, but overall it was an interesting read.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Gracelyn Buckner

    DNF at 20% Inspiring story, but too much language. One of the rare instances I can say the movie was better.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jentry A

    The 15:17 to Paris is a true story about a terrorist attack on a train headed to Paris. The book was pretty slow, and the action part of the book wasn't very long. The buildup to the action part was pretty boring, although the action part was interesting. This book could be interesting to those who are curious about the topic. This book was not very interesting to me because I am not a very patient reader. I would suggest this book to patient readers who want to learn more about the history of o The 15:17 to Paris is a true story about a terrorist attack on a train headed to Paris. The book was pretty slow, and the action part of the book wasn't very long. The buildup to the action part was pretty boring, although the action part was interesting. This book could be interesting to those who are curious about the topic. This book was not very interesting to me because I am not a very patient reader. I would suggest this book to patient readers who want to learn more about the history of our world and some different events that have taken place.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Christian Morrison

    Just way too much of the Western God for my liking. In fact, it seemed to answer questions for me about how a good God inspires people to act and how a bad God inspires people to act. Always violently in both cases. I appreciate that individuals acted bravely to save the passengers on the train, but realistically to we need to beaten over the head with a Rosary?

  26. 5 out of 5

    Isaac

    ***Goodreads Giveaway Win in exchange for an honest review*** I was kind of going into this book with an open mind. I had honestly never heard the story of the three heroes who saved 700 people on a train in Europe. The book follows Alek, Spencer and Anthony as they reunite in Europe for the trip of a lifetime...three friends that grew up in a small Oregon town. The neighborhood militia of sorts...always in fake war with other kids in the community. The boys love history and they will unknowingly ***Goodreads Giveaway Win in exchange for an honest review*** I was kind of going into this book with an open mind. I had honestly never heard the story of the three heroes who saved 700 people on a train in Europe. The book follows Alek, Spencer and Anthony as they reunite in Europe for the trip of a lifetime...three friends that grew up in a small Oregon town. The neighborhood militia of sorts...always in fake war with other kids in the community. The boys love history and they will unknowingly and against all advice from people they meet on the trip, become part of history.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Rose

    Since I mainly read non fiction, it generally reinforces my contempt for news outlets with their misinformation & lies. This book was no exception. I had heard that three marines had foiled a terrorist attempt on a train in Paris, even that scrap of information was erroneous. This was an excellent account of an incredible event once research had been done and facts were known. Since I mainly read non fiction, it generally reinforces my contempt for news outlets with their misinformation & lies. This book was no exception. I had heard that three marines had foiled a terrorist attempt on a train in Paris, even that scrap of information was erroneous. This was an excellent account of an incredible event once research had been done and facts were known.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ken Hammond

    I really enjoyed The 15:17 to Paris. Exciting and lucky and great bravery shown from 3 young men. But as we learn about their backgrounds it points to a destiny with this terrorist. Great story liked all the interesting silly stuff they all did growing up some highly relatable some not so much. Funny and interesting story. The situation was tense as hell. Good story.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Realini

    The 15:17 to Paris, based on the book by Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos, Spencer Stone and Jeffrey Stern To mention first the merits of this motion picture, it is noteworthy that the event that is celebrated here highlights that ordinary people can be capable of heroism, extraordinary bravery, spirit of self- sacrifice, perseverance, citizenship, humanity, transcendence. Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos and Spencer Stone are the protagonists of this feature and they play themselves in a film that wa The 15:17 to Paris, based on the book by Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos, Spencer Stone and Jeffrey Stern To mention first the merits of this motion picture, it is noteworthy that the event that is celebrated here highlights that ordinary people can be capable of heroism, extraordinary bravery, spirit of self- sacrifice, perseverance, citizenship, humanity, transcendence. Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos and Spencer Stone are the protagonists of this feature and they play themselves in a film that was not well received by the professional critics- it has a Metascore of only 45 out of 100- and the audiences have only rated it as 5 out of 10. This is in spite of the fact that we have the phenomenal, legendary author of Million Dollar Baby, Gran Torino, American Sniper, Unforgiven and so many other classics at the helm of this film inspired from actual events. Seeing this film is not the biggest mistake you can make, seeing as there is action-, real people- have actually experienced the terror, and the authenticity might be augmented by the presence of the real heroes on screen, retelling their own experiences. However, there are flaws and overall, there is a feeling that, apart from the climax on the train, the rest of the motion picture is, if not boring, not overwhelmingly exciting and rewarding. Perhaps it is because we have been there before; watching passages from the childhood of the protagonists is not the most thrilling, exhilarating time most of us have had in front of the big screen. Another possibility is that the men playing the heroes- although spectacular, glorious in what they did on the 15:17 to Paris- are not so gifted in making audiences enjoy themselves with the performances on the set of the first film they take part in. As children, the protagonists that would later demonstrate the qualities of Supermen have had issues in school, where a teacher calls the mothers of Alek and Spencer are called for a meeting where the schoolteacher shows her limitations when she reprimands the children without a good reason. One of them is watching out the window and his parent is right to retort that other students look out the window, it is preposterous to condemn that, but the teacher insists and recommends…medication. In her limited, distorted view, if the mothers do not do that now, the sons would later have to resort to medicating themselves and it would be much worse- the reality contradicts this distorted perspective, for these humans became role models in their attitude on the fatidic train. On the other hand, it could disconcerting, often hard to watch some of the children that are allowed currently to do –almost or is it all? - Whatever they want, when, where, at the volume, with the violence, the disregard for others that have not been the norm years ago. Is this liberty and a great outlook for the future? One could doubt that. A good segment of the motion picture seems unnecessary in retrospect, even if it prepares the filed for the major confrontation and the climax of the film on the train that would change the lives of the heroes, who, with their exceptional courage, have saved the lives of a multitude, as stated by the French president. The three friends talk about a trip to Europe, including Rome, where they visit the Coliseum, the question of including or skipping Paris, the encounter with an American woman who takes a picture for them and then they continue and have some drinks together. That passage is not so exciting and it may be in large part because it pales when compared with the outstanding, phenomenal climax, during the attack on the train, the fight, the shooting, stabbing and not least, the intervention of Spencer Stone, who probably has saved the life of the shot victim, with his knowledge of first aid. Indeed, the history of Spencer Stone and the special studies he has been through are relevant for his act of extreme dedication and selflessness, because we see in his history a pattern, the proof that what he did on the Thalys train was not an isolated incident, but part of his meaning in life. When in training for the military, Spencer Stone and his colleagues faced an alarm, a message is broadcast while they are in class and the teacher says that they should follow the drill, block the door and take cover under the desks. Only the outstanding Ubermensch Spencer Stone stands up and walks to the door, where he is waiting for the shooter that had been announced on the radio loud speakers, armed with a…pen, a fact that was mocked by the teacher who would be wondering what he will do with such a weapon, facing a man with a gun…well, he could take the John Cleese lesson from Monty Python, on what to do when a man armed with various things is attacking. That first stand prepares the way for the fight with the terrorist that has been stopped by the amazing intervention of Spencer first and then his friends that have managed to prevent dozens of deaths, received the medal of honor from Francois Hollande, the French president who lauded this heroism, the humanity and quoted the Supermen: “one has to act in such situations”. Forget Superman, Spiderman, Ironman and all the rest of the comic book characters…there are real people who act like Ubermensch in traumatic circumstances.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Ian Macadam

    Great book. Great story. This epitomizes the true meaning of the word "hero". Theses three men stood up to what was right when it counted and mattered the most. Unfortunately, the flow and narrative didn't compel the read as much as the story did.

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