JessicaBuchanan Erik Landemalm Anthony Flacco
- Title: Impossible Odds: The Kidnapping of Jessica Buchanan and Her Dramatic Rescue by SEAL Team Six
- Author: JessicaBuchanan Erik Landemalm Anthony Flacco
- ISBN: 9781442365612
- Page: 162
- Format: Audiobook
A harrowing and heartwrenching memoir of humanitarian aid worker 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.In 2006, twenty seven year old Jessica Buchanan arrived in Nairobi, Kenya, with a teaching degree and long held dreams of helping toA harrowing and heartwrenching memoir of humanitarian aid worker 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.In 2006, twenty seven year old Jessica Buchanan arrived in Nairobi, Kenya, with a teaching degree and long held dreams of helping to educate African children By 2009, she had met and married the man of her dreams, a native Swede named Erik Landemalm, who worked to coordinate humanitarian aid with local authorities in Africa With dreams of starting a family, they moved from Nairobi to Somalia, and their future couldn t have been brighter But on October 25, 2011, Jessica and a male colleague were kidnapped at gunpoint and held for ransom by an organized band of Somali land pirates For the next three months, Jessica was terrorized by than two dozen gangsters She was held outdoors in filthy conditions and kept on a starvation diet while her health steadily deteriorated Negotiations for ransom dragged on, and as the ordeal stretched into its third month, the captors grew increasingly impatient Every terrifying moment Jessica spent suffering in captivity was matched by that of her adoring husband working behind the scenes to deal with her captors Finally, on January 25, 2012, President Barack Obama ordered a rescue operation by a team of twenty four Navy SEALs The team killed all nine kidnappers, with no harm to the hostages, who were quickly airlifted out on a military rescue helicopter In riveting detail, Impossible Odds details Jessica and Erik s mutual journey during those torturous months Together they relate the events prior to the kidnapping, the drama of Jessica s fight to stay alive, and Erik s efforts to bolster and support the hunt for her while he acted as liaison between their two families, the FBI, professional hostage negotiators, and the United States government.
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SPOILER ALERT -- While this book had all of the components of a true, edge of your seat, can't stop reading story, the author did Jessica and Erik no favors. From the start, they're described in unlikable, self-important ways; the harrowing story of 3 months in captivity contains no details of the practical details of survival (like what did she eat, did her thyroid medicine run out, how did she spend hours every day - not just circling the tree, etc were there biting bugs, etc), just chapters a [...]
Somehow when I selected this book, I had not heard the story of Jessica Buchanan's kidnapping in Somalia in 2006, nor her rescue several months later. Curiosity perhaps led me to select this book from NetGalley.Jessica and Erik's story is harrowing, life-threatening and emotionally tumultuous. Their story is not always easy to read. Fortunately, the book's rapid-fire start with Jessica's kidnapping occurring within the first third of the book captivates the reader. Jessica and Erik are working i [...]
Jessica Buchanan and Erik Landemalm were humanitarian aid workers in Somalia. Jessica had a deep desire to help educate the African children. Erik worked to help coordinate humanitarian aid with authorities in Africa.On October 25, 2011, Jessica and a colleague were kidnapped at gunpoint and held for ransom by a band of Somali pirates. For the next three months, Jessica was held outdoors in filthy conditions and kept on a starvation diet while her health steadily deteriorated.After 93 days of ne [...]
Jessica Buchanan vividly describes her 93 day ordeal as a hostage in Somalia, and her ultimate rescue by SEAL Team Six. Jessica was working for an international nonprofit organization when she and a colleague were kidnapped by Somali "pirates" and held for ransom in October 2011. She was kept in deplorable conditions and was continually threatened by pirates wielding automatic weapons. As days turned into months, the situation became desperate. The book alternates between Jessica's account of he [...]
The bad guys are bad and the good guys are good. This reads like it has been edited with a government classified red pen. Check out one of the interviews instead.
Held hostage for ninety three days by drug addled Somali pirates Jessica Buchanan shares her story. I have no idea how this steel magnolia kept her wits about her but Jessica did. She remained calm, cool and collected while facing the most frightening experience of her life. Always thinking, trying to recall her training seminars regarding kidnapping she made the best of her situation while trying to remain as safe as possible given the circumstances. Not knowing from minute to minute if death w [...]
This is a harrowing story about the kidnapping of Jessica, an aide worker who worked in Somalia to make individuals aware of mines and especially to reach out to child soldiers. So, it was especially troubling that one of the kidnappers was a child soldier who wore a wristband from her aide agency. This is a story of family and a story of faith. It also provided a glimpse into how the US responds to these tragedies. While Jessica was treated horribly, she was spared from sexual assault and tortu [...]
This true story is a nail-biter. Jessica, an aid worker in Somalia, is kidnapped and held for ransom in primitive, insanitary conditions for over 3 months by a gang of khat-chewing, gun-toting, zonked out, irrational men and boys with a penchant for violence and rape. Luckily, at least for Jessica, a fellow aid worker - a Danish man called Poul, is kidnapped with her so at least she has someone to remind her of the saner world she has been dragged away from. Throughout the book Jessica presents [...]
Impossible Odds chronicles Buchanan's kidnapping that took place 2011-2012. She was held captive alongside her colleague Poul Hagen Thisted for 3 excruciating months by Somalian pirates. I was riveted by her harrowing experience and practically held my breath as I read about her rescue. The entire account was written very well. I did have some issues with the book though. I was turned off by Jess's sardonic outlook that she often took when reflecting on her ordeal. In addition, the author includ [...]
A remarkable story of personal strength and endurance, perseverance and conviction, and, ultimately, love and faith.
Good, though it seemed like there were gaps.
I received Impossible Odds: The Kidnapping of Jessica Buchanan and Her Dramatic Rescue by SEAL Team Six from NetGalley in exchange for a review. I remember hearing of Jessica’s kidnapping and following the story until finally she was brought home. I was thankful, relieved, and amazed that SEAL Team Six got in and got the job done. That was honestly the first time I had ever really heard of that group of our military men by that name that I can remember.I don’t know if I have a understandable [...]
Probably one of the most gripping books I've read. If the kidnapping of humanitarian aid worker Jessica Buchanan by Somali thugs for a three-month period wasn't a true story, you'd think it was Hollywood fiction. It's an unimaginable hell to imagine - travelling to Africa to improve the lives of children, only to be taken away at gunpoint and forced to exist in deplorable conditions, never knowing what will happen from one minute to the next, including whether you will live or die, or be raped o [...]
Impossible Odds: the Kidnapping of Jessica Buchanan and her Dramatic Rescue by SEALS Team 6, by Jessica Buchanan, Erik Landemalm, and Anthony Flacco, narrated by Anthony Flacco, Candace Thaxton, and George Newbern, Produced by Simon and Schuster Audio, Downloaded from audible.The memoir of humanitarian aid worker Jessica Buchanan's kidnapping by Somali land pirates, her three months in captivity, her rescue by the Navy SEALs, and her husband's efforts to help bring her home. In 2006, 27-year-old [...]
I read this a few days before listening to Diane Rhem interview the authors about this book.Book: The subtitle that referenced "Her Dramatic Rescue by SEAL Team Six" is accurate, however, this book is more about the kidnapping and less about the rescue. It is an good read, especially if you are considering overseas missions or humanitarian work. Which leads into what I learned from the interview.Interview: They were not willing to name the organization that put Jessica in danger, but she and her [...]
This book is quite well-written, better than other books I have read about Seal Team exploits. The voice of Jessica, especially, is vivid and fascinating. I would have liked to know more about how her captivity was researched and how the rescue was planned and carried out, but I gather that information is classified. I would have liked to know more about what Erik did, vs what he felt, but I guess that info is probably also classified. I would have liked to learn more from Poul Thisted's perspec [...]
Another non fiction of a kidnapping in Somalia. Jessica Buchanan was in that country doing humanitarian work and was kidnapped by Somalians for ransom and held 93 days before being rescued by the Navy Seals. There are many similarities here to the kidnapping of Canadian Amanda Lindhout who was held for more than 15 months and who wasn't rescued ; her family eventually hired negotiators to get her out and some ransom was paid although not the millions that had been asked for. They were both treat [...]
Great read. My only complaints were a slight frustration with the frequent mentioning of how the kidnappers' ignorance of modern technology made their decisions seem stupid (yes, I get that it was important, but give the reader a little credit for being able to absorb information without being repeatedly beaten over the head with it) and I wish there had been more narration of the details of the rescue. I really liked the style (cutting back and forth between Jessica, Erik, and the Seals) and th [...]
I am normally not a fan of nonfiction books, but Impossible odds has a great structure and story telling space. Jessica Buchanan conveys every emotion and thought that she felt while being held captive for over three months by Somali kidnappers. We also hear from her husband Eric and his guilt/turmoil while waiting for the US government to negotiate her release. Anthony Flacco really should get a lot of credit for interviewing and writing this captivating true story.
After recently reading A House in the Sky, about a Canadian and an Australian kidnapped and held captive for over a year in Somalia, I was curious about Jessica's story, an American in a similar predicament. Though each story had its own unique details (I.e. Jessica was advised by her NGO to make trip to this dangerous area and biggest being Jessica's health was failing- the main reason for rescue), it was amazing to read how the U.S. Government responded as quickly as they did.
Very much enjoyed the authors writing style. Love that the many ironies and peculiarities of her captivity and captors made it into the retelling. Quick read and interesting to see beyond the headlines into the detailed account.
I was impressed by the author who seemed to be able to put experiences into words that made these experiences so real. I also appreciated the details of the feelings of these two victims in such a way that you could feel the pit of your stomach sink just as theirs did in the constant fear, uncertainty, deprivation, cold and heat extremes and discomforts to which they were exposed.I was disappointed in the very sketchy details of the rescue. I realize that certain details are classified but the r [...]
Jessica Buchanan, an American aid worker, was kidnapped by Somali terrorists in 2011. She endured pure hell for three months in a barren desert and relives her nightmarish ordeal in the pages of this book. It is so well written and opens the doors to show not only her own suffering and her renewed spirituality but the tragic circumstances in this part of Africa that can lead people to inflict anguish on others in this way. Seal Team Six made me want to stand up and cheer! As the best books alway [...]
Beautifully written.d gripping. Seal Teams amaze me as I wouldn't make it past the first 15 minutes of Seal training. I wanted to get home from grocery shopping so I could continue reading, which is always a good sign.
Very powerfully written. A must read!!I saw Jessica in person at a conference and ordered the book the next morning. Very well written and I had alot of emotions reading it.
I was expecting to like Impossible Odds far more than I did. A kidnapping in one of the most lawless parts of the world, the constant threat of imminent death, and a rescue by the Navy SEALs should have been far more dramatic than presented here. Jessica Buchanan and her husband, Erik Landelmalm, were humanitarian aid workers in eastern Africa, primarily Somalia. In late 2011, Jessica and a colleague were kidnapped by a group of Somalis and held for ransom. Parts of the book are written in Jessi [...]
This book made me feel even more strongly that I love our U.S military, and am so grateful to live in such a brave, free country.
Excellent readI couldn't put this book down, what a strong woman Jessica was to ensure her survival. I am so proud of Seal Team 6.
This review and others are posted at Inspiring Insomnia.If you weren't aware of Seal Time Six before the successful operation that took out Bin Laden, you certainly are now. Another less well-known mission took place in Somalia in 2012 when the Seals rescued an American woman held captive by Somali pirates for three months. Jessica Buchanan's desire to help African children led her and her husband to Somalia, where she also instructed locals how to avoid landmines. On October 25, 2011, Jessica a [...]
Impossible Odds is written by Jessica Buchanan, Erik Landemalm, and Anthony Flacco. I listened to the audiobook version narrated by Anthony Flacco, Candace Thaxton, and George Newbern. This is the memoir of Jessica Buchanan that tells of her kidnapping by an organized band of Somali land pirates and held for ransom. She was held for three months before she was rescued by the Navy SEALS.In 2006 Jessica’s only dream was to teach African children and that’s her intention when she arrives in Nai [...]
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