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Kidnapped [Paperback]

Colin Freeman
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30 Jun 2011
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

''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

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Monday Books (30 Jun 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906308209
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906308209
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 271,810 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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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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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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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 Freeman's book to find out what being kidnapped in this wild, perilous country was really like. I wasn't disappointed. Freeman conveys both the uncertainty and the tedium of his experience in a light, highly readable style. By turns funny, poignant and serious in its treatment of how Somalia became such a basket case and how the complex links between the kidnappers and those in power play out, the book sheds light on a misunderstood part of Africa without ever taking its eye off the job of keeping the reader entertained. Highly recommended, and pacy enough to make an ideal holiday read.
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book 24 April 2014
By K. A. R. Wright 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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