Hostage: A Year at Gunpoint with Somali Gangsters Paperback – 1 Sep 2011
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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!
An inspirational book
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Well written, gripping story. Made me laugh and cry, thank you to Paul and Rachel for sharing their story. Such brave and courageous people.Published 6 months ago by Susiepoo
Wasn't as intriguing as I expected it to be and was very disappointing read. The first couple of chapters were interesting and then before I got half way through it I became... Read morePublished 23 months ago by MRS HELEN C THOMAS