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Impossible Odds: The Kidnapping of Jessica Buchanan and Her Dramatic Rescue by Seal Team Six


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The andlt;Iandgt;New York Times andlt;/Iandgt;bestselling memoir of humanitarian aid worker Jessica Buchananand#8217;s kidnapping by Somali land pirates, praised as and#8220;spellbinding.and#8230;written with clarity and compassionand#8221; (andlt;Iandgt;The New York Journal of Booksandlt;/Iandgt;).andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;On October 25, 2011, thirty-two year-old Jessica Buchanan was working as a teacher for a humanitarian NGO in Somalia. But on that day she and a colleague were kidnapped at gunpoint and held for ransom by Somali pirates who had moved their operations from the sea onto the land. Finally, after ninety-three days of fruitless negotiations, and with Jessicaand#8217;s rapidly failing health raising her medical state to a life and death issue, President Barack Obama ordered Navy SEAL Team Six to raid the location. On January 25, 2012, nine heavily armed hostiles were killed with no harm to the hostages, who were quickly airlifted out on a military rescue helicopter.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Throughout the ordeal, every moment Jessica Buchanan spent suffering in captivity was matched by that of her adoring husband, Erik Landemalm. In riveting detail, andlt;Iandgt;Impossible Oddsandlt;/Iandgt; chronicles their mutual journey during those torturous months. Together they relate the events prior to the kidnapping, the drama of Jessicaand#8217;s fight to stay alive, and Erikand#8217;s efforts to bolster and support the hunt for her while he acted as a liaison between their two families, the FBI, professional hostage negotiators, and the United States government.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Both a testament to two peopleand#8217;s courage and a nail-biting look at a life-or-death struggle, this is a harrowing and deeply personal story about their triumph over impossible odds.

About the Author

andlt;bandgt;Jessica Buchanan andlt;/bandgt;worked in the humanitarian aid field in Somalia. She has recently relocated to the United States, where she and her husband, Erik Landemalm, lecture on their experiences while raising their son, August, born in October, 2012andlt;bandgt;.andnbsp;andnbsp; andlt;/bandgt;andlt;bandgt;Erik Landemalmandlt;/bandgt; worked in the humanitarian aid field in Somalia. He has recently relocated to the United States, where he and his wife, Jessica Buchanan, lecture on their experiences while raising their son, August, born in October, 2012andlt;bandgt;.andnbsp;andnbsp;andlt;/bandgt;andlt;bandgt;Anthony Flaccoandlt;/bandgt; is the author of numerous nonfiction books and novels. He holds an MFA in Screenwriting from the American Film Institute, where he was honored with the Paramount Studios Fellowship Award and a Disney Studios Fellowship. He serves as an editor, frequently gives seminars on writing, and is an editorial consultant to Martin Literary Management in Seattle.andnbsp;

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Buchanan, Jessica
Atria Books
Landemalm, Erik
Flacco, Anthony
somalian captive; rescue; africa; kidnapping; somalian pirate; captain phillips; navy seal rescue; navy seal; bestseller
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8-pg 4-C insert
212.725 x 139.7 mm

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Biography » General
Biography » Military
History and Social Science » Africa » Somalia
History and Social Science » Crime » True Crime
History and Social Science » World History » Africa

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