A FORMER SAS commander is coming to South Tyneside to share the story of his undercover career.
Chris Ryan shot into the spotlight when he released The One That Got Away, the best-selling true account of his SAS mission in Iraq in the First Gulf War.
Since then, the soldier has released a number of fictional books, inspired by his life on the front line.
The author is coming to the Customs House, in Mill Dam, South Shields, to talk about his new book, Hunter Killer.
He’ll be at the venue on Monday, September 15.
Hunter Killer tells the story of SAS hero Danny Black, who after a suicide bombing in central London, is recruited to be part of an assassination squad, directed by a joint MI5, MI6 and CIA committee, and tasked with hunting down and killing the terrorist cells believed to be planning further atrocities.
Chris said: “My books are inspired by my time in the SAS and current events, and this new one is related to what’s happening in Syria at the minute.
“It’s not about glorifying war though, it’s the total opposite, really.
“It’s about painting a picture of what it’s really like, and it does help my writing that I’ve been there and seen it myself.
“At the show at the Customs House, I’ll be doing a bit of a talk and a presentation and holding a question and answer session as well, so people can ask me anything they’d like to know.
“A lot of parents bring their young boys along to the show – I write books for them, too – and they’re always more direct with they’re questioning.
“They’re not scared to ask anything.
“I think people are so interested in the SAS because the way they work is so unusual.
“It’s well publicised that the SAS are looking for the killers of the journalist James Foley, and people know that when they catch them, they’re going to kill them.
“The SAS are judge, jury and executioner and that’s what fascinates people about them, but I never imagined when I first signed up that I’d end up being an author.”
Tickets for the 7.45pm show cost £16.
To book, go to www.customshouse.co.uk or call the box office on 454 1234.