• Posted on 17 May 2018
  • 05 min read

The Searing True Story of Men Under Siege

By Major Adam Jowett

The heart-stopping story of a British company locked in battle with the Taliban in Afghanistan – outnumbered, outgunned and out of time.

‘Ferociously immersive. Truly heroic. The action is relentless and claustrophobic as, surrounded by death, Easy Company fought for each other. I challenge you to read a more brutally honest account of brotherhood, survival and belonging.’ Tom Marcus, author of Soldier Spy

No Way Out

In Helmand province in July 2006, Major Adam Jowett was given command of Easy Company, a hastily assembled and under-strength unit of Paras and Royal Irish rangers. Their mission was to hold the District Centre of Musa Qala at any cost. Easy Company found themselves in a ramshackle compound, cut off and heavily outnumbered by the Taliban in the town.

In No Way Out, Adam evokes the heat and chaos of battle as the Taliban hit Easy Company with wave after wave of brutal attack. He describes what it was like to have responsibility for the lives of his men as they fought back heroically over twenty-one days and nights of relentless, nerve-shredding combat. Finally, as they came down to their last rounds and death stared Easy Company in the face, the siege took an extraordinary turn.

Major Adam Jowett is a hugely experienced career soldier who joined the British Army in 1991, receiving a commission into the Grenadier Guards. He transferred to the elite Parachute Regiment in 1998 and has served in Bosnia, Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Liberia and two tours of Afghanistan. Adam has found himself in appointments ranging from company commander at war to defence attaché with the Foreign Office in Eastern Europe.

No Way Out by Major Adam Jowett is published on 17 May 2018 (Sidgwick & Jackson, £18.99) Hardback and Ebook

‘Soldierly, vivid and brilliantly written: a pulsating account of the battle for Musa Qala, the Rorke’s Drift of our times.’ Martin Bell, OBE

‘A superb account of the chaos and brutality of conflict which conveys the highs and lows of life on the front line with vivid accuracy. It us ultimately a fascinating story of modern soldiering and the bravery of Easy Company fighting a battle far from home.’  Levison Wood

‘A gritty, heart-pounding account of combat and courage that brings the siege of Musa Qala to life.’ Dan Jarvis MP

‘A brilliant first-hand account of men and war that crackles with action and brims with humanity.’ Patrick Bishop, author of 3 Para and Air Force Blue

‘Jowett’s book belongs on the shelves of anyone interested in modern conflict and the experience of soldering.’ Barney Campbell, author of Rain

‘Yes, we were running short of food, yes we were worried, but you know what? I came out of it alive, Adam Jowett got us out of there alive.’ SSGT Ian Wornham

For further information and to arrange an interview please contact Philippa McEwan on:

 0207 014 6179 or email

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