Six Minutes To Freedom

Six Minutes To Freedom

by Kurt Muse, John Gilstrap

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Dear President Bush,
My name is Kimberly Anne Muse. I am writing this letter not for me but for my father, Kurt Frederick Muse. As you should know by now, he is a political prisoner in Panama. . ..

Born in the United States and raised in Panama, Kurt Muse grew up with a deep love for his adopted country. But the crushing regime of General Manuel Noriega in the late 1980s threatened his, and a nation's, freedom. A nightmare of murder and unexplained disappearances compelled Kurt and a few trusted friends to begin a clandestine radio campaign, urging the people of Panama to rise up for their basic human rights.

Six Minutes to Freedom is the remarkable tale of Kurt Muse's arrest and harrowing months of imprisonment; his eyewitness accounts of torture; and the plight of his family as they fled for their lives. It is also the heart-pounding account of the only American civilian ever rescued by the elite Delta Force. Timelier than ever, this is a thrilling and highly personal narrative about one man's courage and dedication to his beliefs.

"A cliffhanger drama of survival against all odds." --Jeffery Deaver

"A dramatic portrayal of idealism, courage, integrity, and fortitude." --John Douglas and Mark Olshaker

"A must-read for anyone interested in how Delta Force operates." --John Weisman

"Harrowing, entertaining, inspiring, and very, very readable." --Col. Lee A. Van Arsdale, U.S. Army Special Forces (Ret)

"A thrilling chronicle that puts a human face on unspeakable actions." --Continental magazine

A Featured Alternate of the Military Book Club

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780806536057
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 06/01/2007
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 121,682
File size: 751 KB

About the Author

John Gilstrap is the New York Times bestselling author of the Jonathan Grave thriller series and other fiction and nonfiction. His novel Against All Enemies won the award for best paperback original of 2015 given by the International Thriller Writers. His books have been translated into more than twenty languages. An explosives safety expert and former firefighter, he holds a master’s degree from the University of Southern California and a bachelor’s degree from the College of William and Mary in Virginia. He lives in Fairfax, Virginia. Please visit him on Facebook or at

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Six Minutes to Freedom: How a Band of Heroes Defied a Dictator and Helped Free a Nation 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Inspiring story of courage - a must read!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Six Minutes to Freedom" is an amazing true story about Kurt Muse an American who was raised in Panama, he and his friends humiliated the dictator of Panama saying that,"We will soon be free of the fist of fools, take hope fellow countrymen and do not be afraid." Kurt Muse and his friends spoke in a coded language so the dictators police would not find or decode them. They spoke not by words but by a special code they invented themselves. After publicly humiliating the dictator Kurt Muse was betrayed by one of his friends, captured and sent to the worst prison in Panama. This is the story of how one man defied all odds and came out alive from the worst prison in Panama. I would highly suggest reading this book word for word, because it makes us care about our freedom more than usual. This book symbolizes the fight against dictatorship across the world. This book is very readable for young adults and is highly enjoyable.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
'six minutes to freedom' is the amazing true story of kurt muse who was born in america but raised in panama and he and his friends defied the dictator and were being chased by the secret police for broadcasting pro demomocracy airwaves to the panamanian people. the freedom fighters always had to hide the radios and talk in code so the secret police could not find them at the last minute kurt muse had one or 2 close calls and was captured in one of the prisons and was the american commandos rescued him and it was a very moving memoir that gave him alot of freedom for his neibors and friends and he really gave alot for himself and risked his life and it also showed what a special group the commandos were to rescue someone and this person kurt muse brought freedom to panama. he and his friends risked there lifes and prison to get freedom on the airwaves so the panamanan people could learn about democracy and freedom. this book really shows you what freedom is all about and makes you really apprieate it alittle deeper and our armed forces alittle more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Authors Muse and Gilstrap have made clear criticisms of the political and military failures of U.S. administrations and the CIA in Panama. That being said, the sins of previous leadership eventually have to be fixed, 1989 was as good a time as any! The story reads like a Clancy novel sans a volume of technical data. I couldn't set it down, selfishly burying myself in it for the better part of two days. Muse's story is inspiring in all the right places: spiritually, patriotically, and emotionally. The recent Military Channel special about this operation was interesting, but only as a 'Cliff's notes' version of the book. Stories of Central American politics seldom catch my interest, on recommendation of a friend I found the book quite enjoyable. REVIEW EVERY BOOK YOU READ, AUTHORS DESERVE AND GENERALLY APPRECIATE YOUR OPINIONS!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Six Minutes is an illustration of what Freedom is worth to individuals, of how the United States is supposed to act in the defense of liberty and how far it will go in saving one life to promote freedom. It is also an illustration of what good writing, and storytelling is all about. John Gilstrap and Kurt Muse tell a story that is timeless, and touching and as adrenaline pumping as any thriller. This is a story of why we should all be proud of who we are as a nation and how our leaders and the military can put the red tape aside and back up what we say with perfectly pitched, well-coordinated deeds. This is what herorism is all about at every level of this epic and true story. If this book doesn't make you proud to be an American, nothing will.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be the story of a simple man, like you and I, that toppled a government. This is the modern version of my favorite childhood book about the little train that could. No one must have told Kurt Muse that he could not overthrow a government. Kurt is my 'HERO'. Every parent should make this required reading in their home.