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A Brush With Madness [Kindle Edition]

Robin Plummer
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Book Description

"A Brush With Madness" by Robin Plummer is a harrowing true life account of six ordinary British men torn out of their lives and thrust into a world of terror.

At last, an eyewitness account of the Libyan Hostage Situation of 1984; a period of history hidden from public eye, now revealed through the demise of the Colonel Gaddafi's dictatorship.

Events commence with the murder of WPC Yvonne Fletcher on 17th April, 1984. Shots were fired from within the Libyan Embassy in London by the Libyan People's Bureau at demonstrators from the Libyan National Salvation Front, fatally wounding WPC Fletcher and injuring 11 others. Within the next few days the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London had broken off all diplomatic relations with Libya.

In direct response, six British men were kidnapped, assaulted, terrorised, cast into solitary confinement by one of Colonel Gaddafi's Libyan Revolutionary Committees. Caught in a battle to keep sane by any means these men found themselves treading a fine line between desperate attempts to provide the truth to the outside world and the strict diplomacy necessary to keep themselves alive.

What follows is the real life tale, told by former hostage Robin Plummer, of political intrigue involving special envoy Terry Waite, Kate Adie of the BBC, former Prime Minister Margaret, now Baroness, Thatcher, and of the British, Italian, Greek, Moroccan and Tanzanian governments' efforts to secure their release; and of the heroic efforts of wives and family to keep the plight of the hostages in the public eye.

"A Brush With Madness" is a nine month long roller coaster of terror, expectations, disappointments, triumphs and disasters - a book you won't be able to put down.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 849 KB
  • Print Length: 590 pages
  • Publisher: A Brush With Madness Ltd; 1 edition (20 Nov. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0062F6M7M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #740,696 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars hidden history 1 Nov. 2011
It starts slowly and awkwardly, but really picks up past the the prologue. could not put it down. It's horrific and terrible and a ride in seen through the eyes of the author as he is held hostage by Gaddafi's regime. A modern espionage story all the worse because its real life with real people who were caught up in something that was way beyond them. And they survived!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not a good read 28 Mar. 2014
By Eric
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book was described as "a very good read" in a published letter by John Murray about his continuing campaign to have the killer of Yvonne Fletcher brought to justice. I beg to differ. Of course, the ordeal of Robin Plummer, the other hostages and their families deserves to be recorded and recognised. However, this book contains an implausible amount of detail. But then, I've never been in such a situation and perhaps you can develop an extraordinary memory of every word in a conversation and a photographic memory of every place you go. For me, it became tedious and I found myself just scanning page after page to find the relatively few events of significance to the reader. If you've been through such an experience I imagine writing an account can be a healthy cathartic exercise. But if you have it published do have some sympathy for your readers. Sorry to be this negative but that's how it is.
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