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Published: January 12, 2010 by Thomas Nelson (1st publish 2010)
Hard Cover - 256 pages
Discription: The True Story of Roy Hallums Kidnapping in Iraq, Captivity & Dramatic Rescue.
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My Thoughts On This Book:
Roy was working as a contractor in Iraq but he had told his family he was working in Saudi Arabia so that they wouldn't worry about him. He was kidnapped from his work place along with another co-worker Robert which would remain with Roy threw out his captivity up until the time that Robert's ransom was paid and Robert was released. Roy would then remain until rescued by Special Forces.
Roy spent 311 days in captivity going threw horrible beatings and unthinkable and unsanitary conditions. He was often moved at a drop of a hat being stuffed in the back of one trunk or another often on top or under his co-worker Robert until he reached the final place he was rescued from. He was often held with other hostages in a very cramped room in a basement type hole under a floor that would often get covered up for 3 days under concrete and a freezer moved on top of the door.
He was forced to wear a stocking cap over his head and face threw out the whole time he was held hostage and was told not to talk or he would be killed. Never having enough to eat and sometimes the kidnappers would forget to return and feed them after their 3 days of food supplies would run out. Roy had to learn how to ration out his Three cans of sardines and what little fruit and rotten vegetables they would leave them just in case they didn't return on the third day.
The day of his rescue he was getting ready to eat one of his sardines when he and the other hostage left with him at the time heard all the commotion. Not knowing if it was another trick by his kidnappers or if he was in fact being rescued after 311 days as a hostage. The fear that Roy had was he to be killed by his kidnappers now so his rescuers couldn't reach him is that what he is to expect or is it really his rescue.
I have to say I really enjoyed this book. I thought it would be really graphic detailed and that I might have a hard time not crying and getting threw this book. My dad is retired military and the story's you hear that will and can happen to hostages and what I have heard in the past on the news about how some hostages over there were beheaded a few years back almost kept me from making the decision to review this book. I am so glad I choose this book to review.
Roy wrote this book in a way where you get the details of the beating and the things going on but with out all the horror and the goer of the actual event. I loved the fact that you could feel and under stand what he was going threw as well as feeling what his family was going threw as well. His daughters diary's she kept gave a wonderful description of how his family was dealing with him being held hostage and what they were trying to go threw to get him freed.
Can you tell I really enjoyed reading this book, I can just keep going on forever. It was horrible what Roy went threw but Roy was the true hero of this book for how he had the will to keep going and surviving this horrendous ordeal.
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