Impossible Odds

Impossible Odds

The Kidnapping of Jessica Buchanan and Her Dramatic Rescue by SEAL Team Six

Book - 2013
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A harrowing and heartwrenching memoir of humanitarian Jessica Buchanan's kidnapping by Somali land pirates, her three months in captivity, her rescue by the Navy SEALs, and her husband's extraordinary efforts to help bring her home. This book features the dramatic rescue of Jessica and her colleague by SEAL Team Six, the same group who killed Osama Bin Laden. She survived in captivity due to her training, her strong will, and her ease in dealing with her captors. Throughout the ordeal, every moment Jessica spent suffering in captivity was matched by that of her adoring husband Erik Landemalm, a humanitarian aid worker who carefully chronicled each and every day of the ordeal in letters he hoped to one day share with his wife. This book will detail their mutual journey during those torturous months.
Publisher: New York :, Atria Books,, 2013.
Copyright Date: c2013.
ISBN: 9781476725161
Characteristics: vii, 310 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates :,illustrations (chiefly colour), maps, colour portraits ;,24 cm.


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Jan 12, 2017

Excellent book. Compelling read.

Dec 05, 2014

This book is not as riveting a read as "House in the Sky". While some of the elements of the kidnappings are similar, Jessica, after being rescued wants, to focus on her own life and wants to put an end to "doing good in Africa" as she sees such efforts as a hopeless cause. I found the intervention by the SEALS informative.

kelleypoole Mar 11, 2014

This is an engaging read from the beginning, and you get a concrete sense of what this hostage lived through. The book switches around among portions by Jessica, by her husband, and by a third person. I skipped most of her husband's parts, as I found her recount of the kidnapping to be more of what I hoped for in the read. Some parts are a bit disjointed without a clarity or linear progression; but I suppose that is a product of editing.

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