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Hostage: A Year at Gunpoint with Somali Gangsters Paperback – 1 Sep 2011

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Mainstream Publishing (1 Sept. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184596795X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845967956
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.8 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 124,030 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The dramatic account of a British couple's kidnap by Somali pirates and their subsequent spell in captivity is revealed for the first time

About the Author

Paul Chandler is a Cambridge-educated civil engineer and Rachel Chandler is a former government economist. Both have a passion for sailing and travelling, and honed their seamanship skills over some 30 years in the waters around the UK and the Mediterranean. The couple have enjoyed a part-time sailing lifestyle since retiring in 2005 and now live in Dartmouth, Devon, where they are currently restoring Lynn Rival.

Sarah Edworthy is an experienced journalist who spent 16 years at the Daily Telegraph and currently writes for a variety of national publications and websites.


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Wow - what a TV film this would make! But what an horrendous experience for any couple to have to endure. Lynn Rival, Paul & Rachel's small sailing yacht is also their home, having sold their ground based property to buy her and enable them to spend their declining years (they're only in their 50's!) safely sailing wherever they wanted to, and funds would allow. Having left the Seychelles, and still being only 60 miles from the mainland (still in 'safe' waters), they were hijacked by Somalian pirates - and therein hangs the tale of their determination to survive and their faith that they would, sooner or later, be rescued. Not to be for over twelve months! This book is the story of what they had to endure, and the pirates/gangsters that they unwillingly had to share their lives with in Somalia. The word savages comes to mind with, as in probaly any culture, the odd 'good' one. I use this word sparingly!
Recorded in narration form with diary extracts, this is probably the most compelling and unsettling book I have ever read. No one should ever have to experience what this couple went through, never knowing whether the next day would mean either freedom - or their last.
Paul & Rachel, I take my hat off to you!
But only today (13/09/11,) Mr Tebbutt, a tourist in Kenya (near the border of Somalia) was shot and killed and his wife kidnapped and taken across the border. And so, for that poor, unfortunate lady, by reading this book, we probaly have some idea of what she will now be going through.
One can only hope for the same satisfactory conclusion.
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This is an absolutely engrossing account of what it must be like to be taken hostage and held captive for more than a year in the most horrifying conditions. The Chandlers were sailing in the middle of the Indian Ocean on the adventure of a lifetime when they were picked up by Somalia pirates hundreds of miles from land. They describe in frightening detail the moment when they were taken hostage and made to head towards the African coast. Desperate to portray themselves as just an ordinary British couple, their terror increases as the kidnappers realise the potential value of their 'catch.'

But this is more than just a story of being held hostage and surviving the harshest conditions. It's also the tender story of a devoted couple trying to deal with their ordeal and the hopes and fears of more than a year in captivity. They describe in terrifying detail how they were beaten and then separated fearing that they would both be killed. And, this is also a very modern kidanp too - their captors using the power of the media to try and exact a ransom from their families back home.

A great read that is completely unputdownable!
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I have to admit I was apprehensive at reading this book as I was uneasy about gaining enjoyment at the expense of Paul and Rachel Chandler's terrifying ordeal. Having said that from the very first page I was hooked and although I knew that there was a happy ending I still needed to read on to find out the true course of events. Their courage was incredible and I found myself wondering how I would have coped in a similar situation
An inspirational book
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A vividly written, utterly compelling story of courage and endurance. Packed with unique insights into the psychology of hostages and their captors, while celebrating the transcending power of love. It is an uplifting book from people pushed to the edge of insanity by circumstances thrust upon them. A compulsory read for everyone interested in the human condition.
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on the whole a good book. at times a little tedious but it gives a good insight to the conditions they had to put up with . i was pleased that their boat was salvaged and that they are enjoying their life again
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I felt rather mean giving it 3 stars and saying that it was boringly samey so I changed it to 4 stars because I am glad I read it. It did bring home to me that is what captivity must be like - the same thing day after day, discomfort, fear & anxiety, ill treatment and boredom with nothing to do. I am glad I read it but I was also glad when I finished it.
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What a terrifying experience this couple went through, they must have been scared witless most of the time, but their love for each other and pure guts and determination got them through the harrowing times. I can only wish them a healthy and happy life in the future. Thank you for sharing your story Paul and Rachel. All the best.
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An account of survival as kidnap victims of Somalian bandits, which kept me engrossed throughout.
I was constantly intrigued to discover how Paul and Rachel could find the mental strength to keep going under such duress. I felt such relief for them when they were eventually rescued.
This book gave me some understanding of the workings of Somalian criminals, and the depths they will descend to in order to get money, in a poverty stricken, largely lawless society. Not always pleasant reading but engrossing, educational and emotional.
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