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Midnight Express tells the gut-wrenching true story of a young man's incarceration and escape from a Turkish prison. A classic story of survival and human endurance told with humor, honesty, and heart, it became the Academy Award-winning blockbuster film of the same name.

In 1970, Billy Hayes was an English major who left college in search of adventures to write about, like his hero Jack London. He had a rude awakening when he was arrested at the airport in Istanbul trying to board a plane while carrying four pounds of hashish, and given a life sentence. After five brutal years, relentless efforts by his family to gain his release, and endless escape-plotting, Hayes finally took matters into his own hands. On a dark night in a wailing storm, he began a desperate and daring escape to freedom.

This is the astounding journey, told in Billy Hayes' own words, of those five years of living hell and of the harrowing ordeal of his time on the run.  

©1977, 2013 Billy Hayes (P)2017 Billy Hayes

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  • David Abbott
  • 05-28-18

Everything about this is great.

From start to finish it is superb and clears up inexactitudes in the film with Brad Davis, albeit that film being brilliant, gripping and "unputdownable", it got me through a night when otherwise I would have just laid in bed with insomnia.

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  • steeledarren1973
  • 12-09-17

Interesting story !

A well told story of a chance risked.
Enjoyed it.
True Story.
Harsh time experience told.