Hometown heroes ink book deal

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From left to right: Alek Skarlatos, Spencer Stone and Anthony Sadler at the Sacramento Hometown Heroes Parade Sept. 11, 2015. (Sacramento State/Jessica Vernone)

Sacramento’s trio of hometown heroes will have their story immortalized in print this summer.

The 15:17 to Paris is set for release exactly one year after Spencer Stone, Alek Skarlatos, and Sacramento State student Anthony Sadler thwarted a would-be terrorist attack on a train bound for Paris. The book will chronicle, among other things, the events on that train that read like a Hollywood movie script:

On Aug. 21, 2015, suspected Islamist militant Ayoub el-Khazzani boarded a Paris-bound, high-speed train and started shooting. Stone, a U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class, tackled Khazzani as the gunman slashed him with a box cutter before Skarlatos and Sadler helped disarm and subdue him.

The men’s actions saved the lives of countless passengers and propelled the trio into the international spotlight.

The three received a hero’s welcome in Sadler’s hometown of Sacramento, including a grand parade down Capitol Mall in September, and in August 2015, Sacramento State founded the Anthony Sadler Community Scholarship.

The retelling of the three friends’ story in The 15:17 to Paris will put into perspective, in their own words and those of co-author Jeffery E. Stern, those gripping moments aboard the train and their impact on a battered international consciousness in a year that saw so many lives lost to acts of terrorism. This summer for the first time, readers will be able to experience that heroic story for themselves.

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Author: John Blomster

John Blomster is a copywriter for the Office of Public Affairs & Advocacy at California State University, Sacramento. He is one of the main writers for the Made at Sac State campaign, a lifelong Sacramentan, and is passionate about all things Sacramento. John is also an avid musician who has been active in the local music scene for over a decade.

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