Welcome BACK to my Sundays In Bed With… Meme! The meme that dares to ask what book has been in your bed this morning? Come share what book you’ve spent time curled up reading in bed, or which book you wish you had time to read today!
I know, I know, I switched to In Bed With a Book meme, but I’m switching back. I’m done trying to make this a blog hop, but still feel free to participate! Maybe someday I’ll try to make it happen as a blog hop again, but right now I feel like Gretchen trying to make ‘fetch’ happen.
This morning I’m reading:
The 15:17 to Paris by Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos, Spencer Stone, Jeffrey E. Stern
This is my latest Libro.fm listen. I just finished The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware and it was amazing! I was feeling in a thriller kind of mood, and The 15:17 to Paris is a real life thriller. Do you all remember the attack on the Paris train back in 2015 that was thwarted by 3 Americans? The terrorist had a box cutter and a AK-47 with plenty of ammo to kill everyone on board. Three American friends (two who were in the military) were traveling Europe and happened to be in the right place at the right time to help stop the attack. Later Alek even competed in Dancing With the Stars (he placed 3rd).
Spencer, Alek, and Anthony
What I find interesting is that the young men were just normal dudes. Alek and Spencer had been friends and next door neighbors from a young age, and both got in lots of trouble together, and then later with classmate Anthony. And then there’s how the 3 of them remember the attack and aftermath. Memory is a funny thing, and if you add stress to it… well, 100 people can witness the same event and see 100 different versions, and I’m glad they just present it as: Here’s what Alek remembers, and Spencer, and Anthony. Here’s what is known to be fact. And woven throughout the attack is how all the players ended up on that train.
The attacker, Ayoub El Khazzan, isn’t left to be some anonymous terrorist. The authors give his background and show how he was radicalized. He’s currently still awaiting trial.
It’s an intense read and reminds me how terrorist attacks have become a common occurrence in our world- heck, yesterday there was a bombing and a mall knifing here in America. But in this true story, no one dies. Lives were saved. People on board that train- American, British, French, worked together to stop a tragedy. We need more stories like this.
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What are you reading (or wish you had time to read) this morning? Are you reading the book you thought you’d be reading, or has today found you with a surprise?