Escape in Iraq: The Thomas Hamill Story chronicles the extraordinary experience of American civilian Thomas Hamill, a truck convoy commander delivering fuel to the U.S. Armed Forces in Iraq. Working overseas to support his country's fight for freedom and to earn money to save his struggling family farm, Hamill and his convoy were attacked near the Baghdad International Airport on April 9, 2004. Four associates were killed while Hamill was wounded and taken prisoner by masked gunmen who held him hostage for 24 days before he made a miraculous escape.
Hamill credits his survival and escape to an unrelenting faith in God. His insightful, inspirational story is one of danger, courage, faith, and family, making Escape in Iraq a must-read for every American.Community Description
The story of Thomas Hamill, an American civilian and truck convoy commander delivering fuel to the U.S. Armed Forces in Iraq. On April 9, 2004, his convoy was attacked near the Baghdad International Airport. Five of Hamill's associates were killed in the assault and he was wounded and taken prisoner by masked gunmen who held him for 24 days before he made his daring escape.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.6" Width: 5.7" Height: 1.2"
Weight: 1.1 lbs.
Release Date May 31, 2005
Publisher Broadman And Holman
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|Interesting easy read Sep 6, 2005|
|This was a fantastic story from a dairy farmer who went to Iraq as a contractor to make things better at home. The story is a heartwarming one--about his family, his wife, his love of God and his faith that carried him through the frightening attack from terrorists on the convoy that he was leading, through his capture and 24-day captivity in the hands of Iraqis. It was simply written so that just about anyone could grasp what he was going through; the visual imagery was just like some of the books I read in childhood; I felt I was there with him. I enjoyed his naming his captors, it made me chuckle--that although he could lose his life at any time, he was quietly taking note of things around him and amusing himself; something his captors could never take from him. They say freedom is an "inside job". Thomas Hamill has that freedom. This is a remarkable story of courage and faith. It also gave me an interesting perspective on the Iraqi people since he didn't stay in one place and met many of them. Some interesting conversations went on about Saddam and Bush and American culture versus Iraqi culture. I thought it was intriguing and well worth the time. As a matter of fact; I couldn't put it down.|
|An inspiring story of courage and faith in God Jun 19, 2005|
|This is a good book by a humble man. It is more than a story about a man captured by terrorists in Iraq. It is a story about how Thomas Hamill's unshaking faith in God probably saved his life. Most people in the same situation probably would have lost their composure and showed fear. But Hamill's ability to leave his fate in God's hands allowed him to maintain his presence of mind which enabled him to build a little trust with his captors and in the end, allowed his escape. It is an inspiring story.|
|Met the man...read his story...want YOU to read it! Mar 21, 2005|
|(A rewrite of review below due to mistake in stars rating)|
I met Tommy & Paul at a book signing in Mississippi. Thomas Hamill is a very humble man. Thanks Paul for writing a book that us "common folk" can enjoy...without having to wade through the "elites" vocabulary overkill. Like almost everyone, I knew the story...even it's ending...yet I didn't want to lay it down. I didn't tire of hearing the detailed accounts of Tommy's day to day (all 24 of them) events while captive because it caused me to feel like I was right there in the rooms and vehicles with him. His almost comical way of naming his captors based on their personalites made each charater involved more vivid. It is an inspiring story of faith in God and how "waiting" on God's "timing" is so vital...something we all need a lesson in. When I've watched other hostages aired on TV, pleading and crying as they begged for someone to rescue them, I felt so sad, because unlike Tommy, they had no peace...only torment and fear. Read how Tommy's faith in God not only carried him from day to day...but from minute to minute through what he referred to as..."the valley of the shadow of death".
|very disappointing Feb 16, 2005|
|I wonder if all the other people that wrote reviews actually read the same book as I did. While the whole thing was a scary and heroic experience I'm sure, it did not make for a great read.|
Like a soap opera, the middle 150 pages or so could have been removed and the reader would not have missed anything. I guess it was very much the same for Hamill, day in and day out, and if thats what he wanted to get across to the reader, he did a splendid job. Very disappointing and boring book. I am glad for Mr. Hamill that he was captured when he was and not at some later point when his fate would have been forever sealed. It seems to me that with the lack of being continually guarded that he could have escaped many times and a lot sooner and spared us the middle 150 pages.
|A CIVILIAN WAR STORY Feb 6, 2005|
|The experience of living through an encounter while many of your friends have been killed and then being captured by the enemy not knowing if your life is going to be spared is a terrible happening. This book details before, during, and after this episode in Iraq to a non-military participant working for the military as a truck driver. Spiritual faith is what kept Mr. Hamill going along with his concern of his family. Without any kind of instruction (except prayer) He was able to satisfy his jailers where they did not torture nor do away with him and was finally able to escape on his own. The writing was not superb, however, the story keeps you interested.|
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