(KINDLE) Hostage A Year at Gunpoint with Somali Gangsters By Paul Chandler

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characters Hostage A Year at Gunpoint with Somali Gangsters Paul Chandler Á 0 review review Hostage A Year at Gunpoint with Somali Gangsters 100 Ling the inspiring and poignant story behind the dramatic headlines At the heart of their survival was their unshakeable belief in each other and their determination to survive making Hostage an unlikely love story; for Paul and Rachel death at times seemed preferable to being separat. I remember this incident case occurance or whatever you want to call it back when it was originally happening I had a six degrees of Kevin Bacon esue connection to it and so paid a bit attention to it When I heard they were going to release a book about the experience I kept my eyes open for a second hand copy I ve had this sitting around a couple of years and have finally gotten around to reading itPaul and Rachel Chandler are a middle aged couple from the south of England who are very keen on sailing They d sold up lock stock and barrell to sail off on their beloved little yacht the Lynn Rival to see the world When sailing away from the Seychelles and heading for Tanzania they were hijacked by Somali pirates and due to some unbelieveable failings on the part of the Seychelles coastguard don t get rescued during the many days at sea Instead they make their slow way across the waves to Somalia and spend the following year being dragged from hut to house to thorn bush by their captors who are under the misguided impression that all British people have millions of pounds and Gordon Brown s going pay out sacks of money to get his citizens back The Chandlers initially plead poverty followed by later admitting to 130000 in the bank which they can t get at as the bank says they re under duress no kidding and won t release the funds It s then up to the family and later the ex pat Somali community who play a big role in helping to free the hostages to get them outThis is written very much as a personal account flicking from Paul to Rachel s experience throughout the book In diary format and rather long you get the full hostage experience and just what life was life Put those ideas of melodramatic blockbusters to one side Most of the time it is incredibly dull and at times the book does drag a bit They are in hot arid country which is very lawless and unstable you can t just escape and run to the local police station to be saved and a very back to basics lifestyle To keep their sanity they develope routines of washing clothes lingering over breakfast books the few they have and crosswords to keep going They get moved at a whim the gangsters having to avoid other criminals such as Al Shabaab getting in on the game The gangsters basically young illerate men who have no employment march about with their guns argue and talk loudly in Somali which the Chandlers don t speak threaten for money and generally intimidate their captives But they do also feed and water them the constant dinners of goats liver sound dull Some of them are a little human than others and there are moments when the bosses are away that some copy Paul s yoga stances or try to have mutual language exchange lessons For three months Paul and Rachel are seperated I suppose to try and manipulate them into giving up all this money they apparently have It s an understandably very trying time for the couple but they get through itNot to belittle what they went through but this isn t always the most exciting books Perhaps providing a reminder that whatever awfulness life throws at you bereavement kidnap illness life does go on The mundane routines of eating sleeping sitting around continue It may also have limited appeal to those interested in the stories behind real life events true crime Somalia and current events in particular The book has been co written by Sarah Edworthy whom I presume is a professional brought in to help the Chandlers put the thing together In her page of thanks at the end she does make a comment that this was put together under a tight deadline Parts are from Paul and Rachel s diaries but a lot is possibly written as a trio combined effort But I found the voice confusing sometimes as though there had been three captives It s written in the first person and just to pluck a really random example out of the bookp 298 Rachel walks out into the bush to escape from the camp whereas Paul likes to wash after dark on out patio having taken his lenses outOk so here it sounds like there s a Rachel a Paul and someone else because it s our patio There s a lot of similiar instances where they are both referred to as the third person and then it talks about we did this we thought that Nit picking I know but it did make it sound a bit odd at times

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characters Hostage A Year at Gunpoint with Somali Gangsters Paul Chandler Á 0 review review Hostage A Year at Gunpoint with Somali Gangsters 100 On 23 October 2009 British couple Paul and Rachel Chandler were kidnapped from their sailing boat in the archipelago of the SeychellesTheir yacht Lynn Rival was recovered six days later by naval forces abandoned off the central Somali coastAfter the attack Paul and Rachel were taken f. Having sailed the Indian Ocean a few years previously I remember thinking when the news broke of the Chandlers kidnap how stupid these people must have been to sail in Somalian waters However having read the book my heart goes out to them They did absolutely nothing wrong and were totally let down by the Seychelles government who were in complete denial about the pirate problem in their waters A friend of mine who worked for Sunsail in the Seychelles at the time told me it was common knowledge that Somalian pirates were targeting the area but nothing was said officially in case it hurt the tourism industry And when the inevitable happened the Seychelles SAR services even managed to botch the response to the EPIRB despite the Falmouth coastguard informing them twice of the Chandlers distress signal Unbelievable and unforgivable Stepping off my soapbox now and concentrating on the book as a read Yes a fascinating insight into the whole Somalian problem and the struggles and terrors of being held hostage by a criminal gang However despite being riveting in parts there was perhaps too much detail concerning the day to day boredom and depression of captivity which was probably highly cathartic to write but made for at times a laborious read I understand this wasn t written for wholly entertainment value but there was a lot of action going on behind the scenes which was suashed into a tiny chapter at the end as a summary I really wanted to know about the people involved in the Chandlers release and the mechanics of the negotiations which were admittedly complex and protracted yet logistically fascinating For instance how do you go about organising an illegal air drop of several hundred thousand pounds into a lawless country Perhaps we ll have a seuel from the players behind the scenes sometime in the future

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characters Hostage A Year at Gunpoint with Somali Gangsters Paul Chandler Á 0 review review Hostage A Year at Gunpoint with Somali Gangsters 100 Irst onto a previously hijacked merchant ship and then to Somalia where they were held for over a year enduring threats and intimidation while their captors tried to extort millions of dollars from their familyIn this remarkable book the Chandlers recount their terrifying ordeal revea. Overall a good read I don t remember much about this story as I was a little young but found the synopsis interesting I wasn t a massive fan of the different perspectives but I guess it s written from their diary entries so kinda makes sense The middle was a little slow going but I m glad I finished it Just wish there was a little on what happened behind the scenes to get them released and what happened to all the pirates A little bit editing better layout of chapters would have made this a better read I think there is a Netflix documentary on this story so might watch that next


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    characters Hostage A Year at Gunpoint with Somali Gangsters Paul Chandler Á 0 review (KINDLE) Hostage A Year at Gunpoint with Somali Gangsters By Paul Chandler Having sailed the Indian Ocean a few years previously I remember thinking when the news broke of the Chandlers kidnap how stupid these people must have been to sail in Somalian waters However having read the book my heart

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    characters Hostage A Year at Gunpoint with Somali Gangsters Paul Chandler Á 0 review Download ✓ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Á Paul Chandler The story of the harrowing ordeal faced by a couple kidnapped and extorted for money at the hand of chat chewing Somali pirates They describe their 388 days in captivity and the emotional rollercoaster as their belief in a rescue diminishes and the prospect of being made destitute by paying a ransom becomes appa

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    (KINDLE) Hostage A Year at Gunpoint with Somali Gangsters By Paul Chandler An interesting book about a true traumatic event This book could have benefited from some editing as it was at times difficult to know whether it was Paul or Rachel speaking I must admit towards the end I started to get a bit dragged down by the mundane details

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    Paul Chandler Á 0 review Download ✓ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Á Paul Chandler characters Hostage A Year at Gunpoint with Somali Gangsters In this remarkable book Paul and Rachel Chandler exclusively recount their ordeal revealing the entire breathtaking inspiring and poignant story behind the dramatic headlines At the heart of their survival was their unshakable belief in each other and their determination to survive against all the odds Although it was difficult to follow at

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    (KINDLE) Hostage A Year at Gunpoint with Somali Gangsters By Paul Chandler characters Hostage A Year at Gunpoint with Somali Gangsters Overall a good read I don’t remember much about this story as I was a little young but found the synopsis interesting I wasn’t a massive fan of the different perspectives but I guess it’s written from their diary entries so kinda makes sense The middle was a little slow going but I’m glad I finished it Just wish there was a little on what happened behind the scenes to get them released and what happened to all t

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    characters Hostage A Year at Gunpoint with Somali Gangsters Paul Chandler Á 0 review Download ✓ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Á Paul Chandler A traumatic story that demonstrates that love can overcome anything

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    (KINDLE) Hostage A Year at Gunpoint with Somali Gangsters By Paul Chandler I remember this incident case occurance or whatever you want to call it back when it was originally happening I had a six degrees of Kevin Bacon esue connection to it and so paid a bit attention to it When I heard they were going to

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    characters Hostage A Year at Gunpoint with Somali Gangsters (KINDLE) Hostage A Year at Gunpoint with Somali Gangsters By Paul Chandler I remember this story being on the news and thinking they would never come out alive because of the high demands of money that the pirates wanted but they did and they are both true survivors after what they went though This bookdiary of Rachel and Paul of there experience kept me gripped all the way through some of the things they went through was shocking makes me grateful that I live in a civilized country with laws and rules

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    (KINDLE) Hostage A Year at Gunpoint with Somali Gangsters By Paul Chandler To start with I feel sorry for Paul and Rachel to have lost one full year of their life because of this What they went through and how they handled themselves is no man feat On the book it's good overall It gives you a detailed view

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    (KINDLE) Hostage A Year at Gunpoint with Somali Gangsters By Paul Chandler A riveting read about a relatively recent situation of desperation cruelty and good humour along with British 'stiff upper lip' survival Was interesting to view the associated media videos that the hostage takers made and can be found on You Tube Writing style was perhaps not so sophisticated and the to and fro between Paul and Rachel's personal recollections was a bit irritating at times like watching a game of tennis at Wimbl

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  • Paperback
  • 384
  • Hostage A Year at Gunpoint with Somali Gangsters
  • Paul Chandler
  • English
  • 06 February 2019
  • 9781845967956