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The Derailment of the Sunset Limited [Kindle Edition]

Neal Hallford
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Book Description

On October 9, 1995, Amtrak’s Sunset Limited derailed in southwestern Arizona. With their train sabotaged by a shadowy organization calling itself the Sons of the Gestapo, the passengers found themselves stranded in a remote, snake-infested desert. Passenger Neal Hallford provides a candid account of the night’s events, leading us from the moment of impact through his later discovery of the chilling messages left by the terrorists. Painting a portrait of both the incident and the ironic circumstances surrounding it, he gives us a deeply personal snapshot inside the most investigated act of domestic terrorism between the Oklahoma City bombing and the tragedy of September 11, 2001.


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  • File Size: 493 KB
  • Print Length: 22 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00704JP6Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #719,241 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read by a real person. January 21, 2012
By stroud6
Format:Kindle Edition
I got this book because to be honest I knew very little of this act of terrorism. It got very little news coverage where I am from. This book is very well written. Why should you buy this. It is a first hand account of what really happened and the effects of this act of terrorism. At times I felt like I was actually there. Even if you think you know what happened this book provides an insite that only a person that experienced this can have. I can not express how much I learned from reading this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "The Derailment of the Sunset Limited" February 3, 2012
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A quick and compelling read of one man's personal account of an act of domestic terrorism that I knew nothing about prior. Very informative... difficult to imagine having to deal with such events firsthand after being shaken up by what happened in OKC only a mere few months before. Moments of levity kept the story from being too heavy and yet didn't detract from the weight of the awful situation. As I read, I felt vulnerable right along with the author and can only imagine how his experience would continue to affect him to this day.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read January 29, 2012
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So, after being referred to the book on facebook, and knowing Neal's work from the game Betrayal of Krondor, I had to read it.

Just finished it and the spiral of emotions Neal makes you accompany him through was awesome. The best way to decribe it - it is the first - "first person shooter" book i have ever read. The humor hits at just the right points, with the incredible absurdity tossed in continually. Specifically, the contents of his backpack and the thoughts Improving on... well I don't want to give his story away... almost did.

Definitely worth recommending - now he just has to write the Templar novel... before I finish mine!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Mrs.G
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I bought this book to read, because it was recommended by a friend. What an amazing story! Living in Oklahoma, I have witnessed the effects of terrorism through the Oklahoma City Bombing. I saw the Murrah Building's devastation on the news, and saw it after some of the clean up occurred and before the memorial was built. I have visited the memorial and it is very humbling. However, this book is about a different event that didn't receive much publicity. It is a firsthand account of one man's experience on a train bound for California that is sabatoged by terrorists. What makes it chilling, is that it is a true story. This would make a great movie!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great true story. March 3, 2012
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A tightly written narrative of a very frightening time. Imagine standing alongside your freshly derailed train and finding a note telling you it was no accident. What would you do? Panic your fellow passengers? This was one of the things the author had to face in the worst waking nightmare of his life.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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People tend to forget that terrorism has been present in America in some form or fashion throughout its existence...it didn't start with 9/11 or even with the Oklahoma City bombing. The deliberate act of sabotage against the Sunset Limited and its passengers is truly terrifying because it could happen anywhere at any time, and the reasoning behind such acts is difficult for most of us to understand. Neal Hallford's personal account is an excellent read; he presents the unfolding of the incident in a very straightforward manner, in a way only someone who has lived through it could do.

"The Derailment of the Sunset Limited" is not just about tragedy, however. It is also about perseverance and hope, survival and courage. I read the book straight through and I recommend that you do the same.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting and entertaining January 31, 2012
By SL
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I really enjoyed reading The Derailment of the Sunset Limited. Also a filmmaker, author Neal Hallford uses great visual style, interesting detail, and bits of humor to describe first-hand a harrowing event in his life that left a lasting imprint. I felt like I was there on the train with the unknowing passengers on that fateful night, and appreciate the opportunity to read and review it. I would love to see this story made into a film, and look forward to more from this writer.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read, important information to know January 30, 2012
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Neal Hallford provides a compelling accounting of his experience as a survivor of an attempted terrorist attack on America's rail lines. It's a quick read, while also entertaining. While I find myself, at times, cursing the expansion of federal agencies and their attempts to keep us safe from terrorists, stories like these remind us that we have to have SOME kind of security in place because there are people out there who will hurt others in order to get their cause or point across.

This is a good read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars First-person account of a derailment!
Truth is always stranger (and better) than fiction. This is a quick, thought- provoking read, and very well worth your time!
Published 7 months ago by eliane
3.0 out of 5 stars Confusing and Filled with Conspiracy Theory
What happened that day? I have been on Amtrak equipment when someone tried to derail a train. Do I believe it is possible; you bet. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Howard Wiley
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
This is a 'can't put it down' read. To be in just the right place at just the right time must have been thrilling and terrifying for the Author! Read more
Published 18 months ago by Doubtnotreepicheep
2.0 out of 5 stars A very short story, not very good on details.
A very short story, writing was very basic, probably should have been a magazine article. I had a lot of problems downloading as well.
Published 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting first hand account
Well written first hand account of an act of domestic terrorism. I thoroughly enjoyed this read and felt the same rush that the author must have during the harrowing tale. Read more
Published 19 months ago by C. Wood
5.0 out of 5 stars I could not put it down.
After Neal mentioned the book on his Facebook, I was intrigued and had to read it. I bought it about an hour ago and could not put it down. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Michael Ledoux
5.0 out of 5 stars Really a great read.
Enjoyable and interesting story with doses of the offbeat way things happen in reality plus the impact on and reactions of real people. I can just see all of this happening... Read more
Published on May 25, 2012 by R. Williamson
2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Information but Poorly Written
I thought the information presented was interesting. I was very disappointed with the writing quality and the editing. The author seems to be writing to teenagers, not adults. Read more
Published on May 11, 2012 by Jeff Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars The Derailment of the Sunset Limited
Riveting first person narrative of an act of terrorism that has been largely forgotten. Neal Hallford quickly and succinctly pulls the reader into the story and takes them along... Read more
Published on April 5, 2012 by jmedens
5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating yet forgotten story...
I am very familiar with this terrorist event as I was living in Arizona at the time attending college. Read more
Published on April 4, 2012 by jayyea
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