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Chris Ryan is a former SAS corporal and was the only man to escape death or capture during the Bravo Two Zero operation in the 1991 Gulf War.
Chris Ryan turned to writing thrillers to tell the stories that the Official Secrets Act stops him putting into his non-fiction.
His novels have inspired the Sky One series Strike Back.
Born in Newcastle in 1961, Chris Ryan joined the SAS in 1984. During his ten years in the special forces, he was involved in overt and covert operations and was also sniper team commander of the anti-terrorist team. During the Gulf War, Chris Ryan was the only member of an eight-man unit to escape from Iraq, where three colleagues were killed and four captured. It was the longest escape and evasion in the history of the SAS. For this he was awarded the Military Medal. He wrote about his experiences in the bestseller The One That Got Away, which was adapted for screen, and since then has written three other works of non-fiction and over 20 bestselling novels.