Real name Colin Armstrong, Chris Ryan was born in 1961 in Rowlwnds Gill near Newcastle. He first came to attention after being the only member of the eight-man SAS mission Bravo Two Zero to escape during the Gulf War. While serving in the British army, he rose to the rank of sergeant and was awarded the Military Medal.
Chris Ryan writes fiction and non-fiction books for adults and children. During his last two years in the regiment, he selected and trained potential SAS recruits.