FORMER SAS man turned author Chris Ryan thrilled fans when he dropped in on a Sunderland bookstore.
The man behind The One That Got Away was at Waterstones, in The Bridges, to sign copies of his new novel.
Osama puts a fictional spin on the raid in which US Navy Seals shot dead the man responsible for the Twin Towers attack.
Chris, who was born in Rowlands Gill and is now based in France, made history with the longest escape and evasion by any soldier when he completed a 300-kilometre trek to the Syrian Border, after his Bravo Two Zero patrol came under attack in Iraq during the first Gulf War.
His latest novel looks at what might have happened if the Americans had actually captured Osama Bin Laden alive.
“The idea of the book was that they go in and take him alive, but say that they killed him,” he said.
“Instead, he’s being interrogated in North America.
“Where it is fiction in terms of the actual raid is I had an SAS team setting a perimeter around the compound.”
He added: “When one member returns to Afghanistan, there’s some shadowy types trying to bump him off and it becomes a sort of manhunt back in the UK.”