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  • Published: 15 May 2010
  • ISBN: 9780753519844
  • Imprint: Virgin Books
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $32.99

Escape from Baghdad

First Time Was For the Money, This Time It's Personal




The true and gripping story of James Ashcroft’s audacious return to war-torn Iraq to save his friend - now in paperback

In Making a Killing, James Ashcroft was only able to escape death at the hands of Iraqi insurgents thanks to the bravery of his interpreter and friend, Sammy, a Sunni ex-Iraqi air force pilot. Now, a call for help means Ash must return to the chaos of war-torn Baghdad. Abandoned by the occupying Coalition Forces and at the mercy of the Shia-dominated Iraqi police, Sammy and his family face certain death unless Ash and his crack team can get in and quickly rescue them. This is the gripping account of real life and death on the ground in Iraq. From secretly acquiring weapons on the black market to dodging fearsome death squads and the suicide bombers that wreak havoc on a daily basis, this is the story of a vulnerable family adrift in the chaos of war, where the only thing that can be relied upon is the bond between former brothers-in-arms.

And this time, these guns-for-hire who come with a hefty price-tag aren’t even being paid. This time, it’s personal.

  • Pub date: 15 May 2010
  • ISBN: 9780753519844
  • Imprint: Virgin Books
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $32.99

About the Author

James Ashcroft

James Ashcroft is a former British Infantry Captain who served in West Belfast and the Former Republic of Yugoslavia, and trained with various elite US Army and Marine units. He served as a private security contractor in Iraq from September 2003 until spring 2005. He now resides and works in West Africa as a security consultant.

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Praise for Escape from Baghdad

“A genuinely terrifying insight into how execution squads now stalk Baghdad targeting people who helped the coalition forces ... An encounter with a suicide bomber is truly harrowing but Ashcroft somehow manages to blend stark realism with gallows humour ... Edge of the seat stuff.”

News of the World

“Readers who like big guns and adrenaline-buzzed adventure will love the second outing for Ashcroft and co-writer Clifford Thurlow ... Nuggets of political insight are woven through this page-turning adventure that is head and shoulders above the other military memoirs hitting the shelves”

London Lite


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