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Hostage: Kidnapped on the High Seas

4.44  ·  Rating Details ·  18 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
"The true story of my captivity in Iran."

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I know it’s all going horribly wrong when I see two gunboats approaching at full speed. They are bristling with men wielding Kalashnikovs.
Before they've even slowed to a stop in a giant wash of salty waters, armed men leap onto our boat. They are shouting and screaming and gesticulating with their weapons. Anything co
Paperback, 167 pages
Published August 15th 2014 by Vigliano Books (first published August 10th 2014)
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Sep 02, 2014 Meghan rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review. No other consideration was offered, expected or received.

I received an email one day from Sage asking me if I liked memoirs and, after looking at the two she suggested to me, I gladly said yes to both. They could not be any more different (the other one was a sort-of romance that was insanely hilarious), but both very powerful.

This story is frightening and sad at the same time. I can't even imagine how she handled going through t
Aug 17, 2014 RYCJ rated it it was amazing
The Good. Linda's writing is appealing. She explains in a modest `page-turning' quality what I read in From Beirut to Jerusalem, in less than 200-pages. She doesn't fiddle or flourish around telling exactly what happened. This allowed a little more clarity in understanding the political schisms she encountered, and how something like this could easily happen. I appreciated that. Very well done.

The Mmeh Okay. There were those moments when I wanted to read the Skipper's, and Rupert's (Linda's husb
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Aug 22, 2014 Sage Adderley rated it really liked it
Wow, what a story! Linda Davies writes about the hostage situation she found herself in along with her husband, Rupert, and boat captain, Brad. While taking their boat, Sinbad, on a brief maiden voyage, they cross into dangerous waters and are taken hostage by Iranian militants.

The story started off a bit calmer than I expected, but swiftly grew intense as Linda, Rupert, and Brad began to endure repeated interrogations. I can only imagine how exhausting it was to go through the same questions an
Aug 27, 2014 Melissa rated it really liked it
Linda and her husband Rupert survive a harrowing experience of being kidnapped by Iranian military forces. Linda reminds us that despite suffering horrible tragedies that we can and must move on with our lives and learn from our experiences. This memoir is an inspiring and uplifting read. Read my full review here:
Jan 18, 2015 Katarina rated it it was amazing
shocking, gripping, surreal and yet terrifyingly real

Who thinks they are going to be taken hostage while out sailing for an afternoon, and enjoying some sun, wind and ocean? No one....and yet it happened. Great book by an incredibly strong woman, who survived an ordeal that is hard to imagine. But her writing makes it real enough for me.
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Apr 21, 2016 William McCormick rated it it was amazing
This is a gripping true story that I had to finish in one sitting. Hostage is easily the best book I've read in 2016. It is a terrible shame that Ms. Davies, her husband, and their boat captain had to go through such an ordeal, but the author has turned their experiences into an illuminating read, that is equal parts thriller, testimony to a married couple's inner strength and resourcefulness under adversity, and a glimpse into life in Iran and the inner-workings of competing factions within the ...more
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Rating: 3.5

This novel was a very dark and realistic take on being held hostage by a hostile foreign country.

Luckily the couple and their captain of their ship were privileged rich people who had connections to help them out of the hostile situation. I would hate to see what would happen if the captured hostages were regular people. Not to make light of their situation, it was horrible what happened to
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I am half Welsh, half Danish, or half Celt, half Viking. I love myths, legends of warriors and the sea.
I am a Politics, Philosophy and Economics graduate from Oxford University and an escaped investment banker. I spent seven years in finance in New York, London and Easter Europe, specializing in leveraged buyouts and highly leveraged securities before I ran off to write novels.
Inspired by my time
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