By Will Scully Published by Headline ISBN 0 7472 2257 6 Every now and then a very special book comes along. It is May 1997, and Will Scully is an ex-SAS soldier working in Sierra Leone. The country is thrown into anarchy and chaos after a terrorist coup and foreign nationals are being evacuated. Scully finds himself in an American managed hotel called the Mammy Yoko in the capital, Freetown, where there are over one thousand refugees sheltering from the violence raging in the streets outside. But then the hotel is targeted by the terrorists. With the lives of over one thousand men, women and children at stake, Scully takes control of security, and with a general purpose machine gun taken from a Nigerian soldier, he single handedly takes on the terrorists. Time after time the terrorists attacked the hotel and time after time Scully fought them off, killing dozens of them while the refugees huddled together in the hotel awaited what many of them thought would be certain death. This is an extraordinary book of one man's courage under fire. And it isn't without its surprises. At the height of the battle, when Scully was being overwhelmed, the hotel phone rang and someone asked for him by name. Imagine his surprise when someone from an American Aircraft Carrier asked him if he needed any help. The Americans had a Harrier hovering high overhead and were watching developments. Scully explained to them where the terrorists seemed to be coordinating the attack on the hotel from and some time later a mysterious missile blew the building to pieces. He then led the refugees to the shore where they were later evacuated to the Carrier. There are some interesting undercurrents revealed in this book too, like the involvement of the International Red Cross with world terrorism. Those in the hotel who put their trust in the IRC (poor fools) probably wound up raped, robbed and dead after being led straight to the terrorists. Scully's heroic solo achievement was described later by the American Ambassador as 'the biggest emergency evacuation since Vietnam'. Every military library should be graced with this book.