Chris Ryan was the only member to escape and evade capture from the ill-fated Bravo Two Zero SAS mission in the Gulf war in 1991, walking 300km to Syria after his eight-man patrol was compromised and scattered. He subsequently suffered post-traumatic stress and a blood disorder from drinking water contaminated with nuclear waste.
His 1995 account of this mission, The One That Got Away, led to more than 40 books with his name on them, including survival and fitness guides and gung-ho adventures for men and boys. He has also worked as a TV presenter and security consultant. As a high-profile representative of the armed forces, he makes a juicy target. And it turns out that it was a chilling threat to his only child that spurred him to write Safe, a guide to personal protection.