Unlikely Angel: The Untold Story of the Atlanta Hostage Hero
"He thought that I was an angel sent from God."—Ashley Smith
Featuring: Ashley Smith
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In March 2005, Ashley Smith made headlines around the globe
when she miraculously talked her way out of the hands of
alleged courthouse killer Brian Nichols after he took her
hostage for seven hours in her suburban Atlanta apartment.
In this moving, inspirational account, the 27-year-old
widowed mother of a six-year-old girl shares for the first
time the little-known details of her traumatic ordeal, and
expands on how her faith and the bestselling book The
Purpose-Driven® Life helped her survive and bring the
killer's murderous rampage to a peaceful end.
Like her captor, Smith too, has faced darkness and despair.
Yet even during the most desolate times of her life, she
yearned for something better. Seeking a new life, she moved
to Atlanta, got a job, enrolled in a medical assistant
training program, and was beginning to find her way to
becoming the kind of mom she wanted her little girl to
Then Brian Nichols took her hostage. Just hours earlier,
he’d allegedly shot to death a judge, a court reporter, a
deputy, and a federal agent, and escaped in a stolen
vehicle. Ashley had paid only passing attention to media
coverage of the unfolding manhunt. Now she found herself
face to face with Nichols, a desperate, heavily armed man
with nothing left to lose. Unlikely Angel is Ashley’s
gripping, powerful account of how this nightmare scenario
developed into a remarkable connection between a man wanted
for multiple murders and a single mother struggling to make
a fresh beginning from her troubled past. Juxtaposing the
minute-by-minute tale of her experience with the never-
before-told tragedies and triumphs of her own life,
Unlikely Angel is a story that will leave no reader
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