Hamill's Book Released

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"Escape In Iraq: The Thomas Hamill Story'' goes on sale Monday. The book is the 286-page account of the former dairy farmer's 24 days as a hostage in Iraq.

On April 9, Hamill's fuel truck convoy was ambushed on the outskirts of Baghdad. The book charts Hamill's life before and after he became a hostage.

The first chapters focus on the attack on Hamill's convoy, an event that left five employees of the Houston-based Halliburton subsidiary KBR dead. Two men are still listed as missing.

Co-author Paul Brown of Brandon said he was first impressed by Hamill's "no fear'' attitude. Brown interviewed Hamill and his family over three weeks and conducted follow-up interviews over seven weeks to get the book out in time for Christmas.

Hamill is marking its publication with a book signing at Lemuria Books in Jackson. On Tuesday, Hamill will sign books in Macon and then head to Birmingham, Ala., for additional events.

In December, Hamill will appear as one of GQ magazine's "Men of the Year,'' which is honoring the men of Iraq.