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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Monday Books (30 Jun. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906308209
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906308209
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 279,044 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By MissAnthrope on 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 By Ben Dessau on 30 July 2011
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mozza on 30 Oct. 2011
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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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By Mrs K. A. R. W. VINE VOICE on 24 April 2014
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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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If you like books about Africa and great stories, this book strikes the perfect balance between fact and narrative.

Expertly handled by the author, Freeman tells an honest story about a personal experience while blending in deeply-researched history about Somalia. The book is amusing and has plenty of pace, with Freeman humbly recounting what was a truly terrifying adduction. You'll fall in love (or at least sympathy) with his captors as he did, and be left will a rounded view of a country facing horrific challenges. If you're a writer, you'll admire Freeman's turn of phrase and the book's construction. You might even pick up some survival tips if you're facing likely kidnapping in the future.

Highly recommended and very enjoyable - I've already bought Freeman's other book on Iraq.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By patrick o'connor on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sean caine on 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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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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