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Kidnapped [Kindle Edition]

Colin Freeman
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After his bodyguards double-cross him, journalist Colin Freeman finds himself captured by Somali pirates - beginning a nightmare 40 days in the hands of some of the most dangerous men in the world. It is a terrifying experience - the gang's hideout is attacked by rival pirates, Freeman is threatened with being handed over to Islamists who wish to execute him and he constantly fears death at the hands of his constantly drug-addled captors. But he survives - thinner, greyer and wiser - to tell the tale of an astonishing adventure in a surprisingly funny and fond way.

‘More than simply a terrific book on the scourge of Somali piracy, Freeman’s wry style and heartfelt candour raises Kidnapped to the highest rank’ – Tim Butcher, author Blood River

'He treats these grim experiences with a self-deprecating humour which makes one laugh out loud...' - The Daily Telegraph

'A hair-raising account of life as a prisoner of Somalia's 21st century buccaneers. Essential reading for anyone interested in the world's most broken state, and why it became that way' - Oliver Poole, London Evening Standard

'One finishes the book admiring the author's wit in adversity and enlightened on one of the least known parts of the world' - Simon Scott Plummer, The Daily Telegraph

About the author:

Colin Freeman is the chief foreign correspondent of the Sunday Telegraph. His first taste of foreign reporting came during the Iraq war in 2003, when he gave up his up job on the London Evening Standard and went to Baghdad to freelance. He lived there for two years, during which time he was shot and injured while covering a Shia militia demonstration in Basrah. Since joining the Sunday Telegraph full time in 2005, he has reported extensively across Africa, Europe, and the Middle East. He is aged 41 and lives in London. He is also the author of 'Curse of the Al Dulaimi Hotel and other half-truths from Baghdad.

About the Author

Colin Freeman is the chief foreign correspondent of the Sunday Telegraph. His first taste of foreign reporting came during the Iraq war in 2003, when he gave up his up job on the London Evening Standard and went to Baghdad to freelance. He lived there for two years, during which time he was shot and injured while covering a Shia militia demonstration in Basrah. Since joining the Sunday Telegraph full time in 2005, he has reported extensively across Africa, Europe, and the Middle East. He is aged 41 and lives in London. He is also the author of 'Curse of the Al Dulaimi Hotel and other half-truths from Baghdad.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 889 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Monday Books (23 May 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0052FW44I
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #17,430 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Being kidnapped has never been so funny... 30 July 2011
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"That must be a funny book, you can't stop laughing. What is it?"

"It's a true story about journalists kidnapped in Somalia."

"Pardon? That doesn't sound very funny....."

And I'm sure it wasn't for Colin Freeman and José Cendon. Being kidnapped anywhere can really mess your day up, let alone the lawless Puntland and its caves, which are a kidnap haven; not really much chance of rescue there. It's fairly safe to say it's a rather dreadful predicament to be in. However, this book is full of humour. Humour which, I can only imagine, is essential to get through such an ordeal.

Brilliantly written, Kidnapped is Mr Colin's account of his stay in the Bosaso Hilton. Also known as a godforsaken cave. It is also a very good insight into Somalia and the problems therein, the problems faced by journalists (and, well, any outsider not there to visit al-Shabaab training camps...) and the general Somali piracy issue. For anyone interested in Somalia and piracy or even being kidnapped, this is a fantastic read. It also makes you think. For someone with an interest in visiting dangerous and unusual countries, you do wonder how you would handle such a situation.

I read the book in just over a week. It would have been sooner but I was rather busy at the time. The sign of a good read, when it's laugh-out-loud funny and a breeze to get through. As bad as it may sound, I was enjoying the author's account of his experiences so much I was disappointed when he was finally released!

Would I recommend this book? Absolutely I would. I wonder if the captors will release their story: KIDNAPPING: A STORY OF HOLDING WESTERN JOURNALISTS FOR RANSOM IN THE WILDS OF SOMALIA.....

If you're here reading this, you must hold an interest in this kind of book, in which case, order it. Order it now. You'll not be disappointed. Until it ends, of course.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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What an excellent book. Not only the experience of being a genuine Somalia kidnap victim in a cave for a month, but also the background to why Somalia is like is.

Funny, informative, scary, and makes me glad I'm not in a cave in Somalia.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Superb 30 Oct 2011
By Mozza
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Colin Freeman's excellent account of his time as a hostage in Somalia is a gripping tale, cleverly interspersed with fragments of history and insight into a country about which comparatively little has been written and whose situation is poorly understood in the west. Accessible and reasonably short. Certainly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars review 16 Feb 2014
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A very enjoyable informative book. The authors style of writing is light and honest. I liked this one so much I bought his Baghdad book and that one is good too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping read 14 May 2014
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Great insight into Somali and its pirates. Just showing nowhere is safe.Paul and Rachael deserve to get their life back on track
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Colin Freeman is a highly talented writer. A journalist by trade, his two books are humorous and well written. This book tells the tale of his real life kidnapping, as well as giving an insight into Somalian piracy. What is great about his books is that they keep the reader interested and they don't come across as a lecture. A brilliant book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book 24 April 2014
By Mrs K. A. R. W. VINE VOICE
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I'd not really heard as much about Colin's kidnap & was curious to discover what had happened to him. He tells the story really well, providing just the right amount of detali and weaving a tale that keeps you in suspense to find out how his next day went. He relates many fearful incidents and in particular, how he feared he & his comrade might end up in a friendly fire incident or worse a botched rescue attempt.

It was quite interesting to hear that these pirates often tend to have their own code of conduct and don't take kindly to othes trying to muscle in or endanger the lives of their captives.

I also enjoyed reading the additional stories at the end of other similar incidents and how they had played out in various situations.

A hugely riveting read. Particularly glad they were happily rescued without any major injuries!!.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Modern Piracy and Failed States 9 Nov 2013
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A very good read. In my opinion good writing should educate or entertain, this book does both in spades. If you have an interest in reading about modern piracy, kidnapping or failed states this book is for you. Mr Freeman plays down the fear and terror of his own kidnap ordeal with the liberal use of one liners and nicknames, to give a very balanced picture of Somalia and Somalians over the past twenty years.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars An impelling read
Once I started reading I could not stop. It opened my eyes to what people go through in kidnap situations.
Published 2 months ago by lynne Walker
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Published 3 months ago by Heather Espeute
4.0 out of 5 stars Kidnapped
Can't say much as it's on my kindle and as yet I have not read it. The reviews in the papers were very good so I imagine it will be a good read
Published 12 months ago by Sasha
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read
This is a good read with an understanding of the real issues in the region. Doesnt say much about the negotiators and other middlemen who are driving this Industry.
Published 24 months ago by kandyman
5.0 out of 5 stars Turns what must have been a tedious and frightening experience into a...
Although it has eluded the gaze of many of the ships sailing down the coast of East Africa, Somali piracy has been on my radar screen for several years now, and I turned to Colin... Read more
Published on 28 Mar 2012 by Mark Weston
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
This is a very interesting informative book about a very serious modern problem which the world is facing. Read more
Published on 13 Feb 2012 by Nicolette
5.0 out of 5 stars What we feared most when we sailed down "pirate alley"
In February 2010 I led a convoy of 27 yachts through "pirate alley" from Salalah to Aden between the "safety corridor (IRTC) and the Yemen coast. Read more
Published on 8 Feb 2012 by tomsampson
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
A highly entertaining account of Colin and his colleague Jose's time as kidnappees, interspersed with some very readable sections on the history and current state of Somalia, one... Read more
Published on 29 Jan 2012 by paul jones
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