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Martin and his family are enjoying a sun-filled vacation on a beautiful Caribbean island--until they are stopped at gunpoint, blindfolded, and bundled into a truck that heads for the dense forest of the island's interior. Pushed to their physical and emotional limits as they are forced deeper into the wild terrain, the hostages come to understand something of the harsh pol ...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published May 1st 2007 by Roaring Brook Press (first published August 3rd 2006)
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N Gray
Oct 02, 2014 N Gray rated it it was ok
The novel Captives, written by Tom Pow, tells the dull and uneventful adventure of two families who get taken and held captive. This story takes place on the Caribbean Islands in the middle of a Jungle. The major themes of the novel, were to never give up, and to be persistent. Although the theme was good the word choice was very dull and the plot wasn't attention grabbing. Although the characters faced many difficult challenges, there were too many people to keep track of. So many that the auth ...more
Ben Wilson
Nov 19, 2015 Ben Wilson rated it it was ok
Captives by Tom Pow is a suspenseful novel where the main character and his family are taken hostage on a Caribbean Island that has a large jungle on it. The book details the struggle of the captives and tells how horrible the treatment of them was and the book is a really good thriller and has some good points in it but it does struggle in the detail category and I felt it could have described the jungle and the camp that they were spending most of the time in. The book goes from being narrated ...more
Maryam
Jan 25, 2016 Maryam rated it it was ok
To be honest, I thought this book would be better than it actually is. I admit, it's probably the way that the book is written that makes me dislike this book. It was written in a form of a 'dairy' that was kept by a person in the story. I might even say it was kept by the main character.
After using the daily form of writing Mr. Pow for some reason decided to carry on writing the story in a 'chapter' form of writing and that made me a bit confused. Anyways, the plot was interesting though I oft
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Gwendolyn
Dec 07, 2008 Gwendolyn rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: NO ONE
Captives. Tom Pow. New Milford: Roaring Book Press, 2007. 192 pp.
Reviewed by: Gwendolyn

Tom Pow’s book Captives leads you through the journey of a group of captives held hostage by guerrillas seeking to raise awareness to the local government. Unfortunately, Captives lacks to grab the reader’s attention, apposes Biblical morals, the effectiveness of the gorilla’s plot is unrealistic, and it makes clear Pow’s ultimate need for a Savior.

Captives takes place in the remote jungles of the Caribbea
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Kaitlyn *I Will Never Let Go*
Captives had a promising story line and plot. After all, not many books are about vacations being ruined by the tourists being taken captive. But honestly, it didn't live up to my expectations. I was expecting and hoping for a survival story, but this just wasn't it. The captives were just allowed to do pretty much whatever they pleased, as long as the Geurillas could see them. As a matter of fact, they even played a card game with their captors! The plot was confusing, throwing in all sorts of ...more
Kahurangi
Jul 11, 2013 Kahurangi rated it it was amazing
Book Review on Captives by Tom Pow


Captives by Tom Pow was an interesting book and it had a lot of action parts in it. When Martin and his family go on a family trip to a beautiful Caribbean island, they suddenly get ambushed by a gang of freedom fighters. The gang are sick of tourist coming to their country and changing everything.
I enjoyed this book because there were many different things going on. I particularly enjoyed the parts when they were on the island trying to find ways to be rescued
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Kahurangi Morehu
Jul 13, 2013 Kahurangi Morehu rated it really liked it
Captives by Tom Pow was an interesting book and it had a lot of action parts in it. When Martin and his family go on a family trip to a beautiful Caribbean island, they suddenly get ambushed by a gang of freedom fighters. The gang are sick of tourist coming to their country and changing everything.

I enjoyed this book because there were many different things going on. I particularly enjoyed the parts when they were on the island trying to find ways to be rescued and also how they had to do everyt
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Kell
*REVIEWED FOR PUBLISHER*

Scottish author, Tom Pow, has attempted something unusual with Captives; using two different approaches within one novel (half the story is told in diary form, the rest as a normal novel) and really manages to pull it off quite well. This story of being caught up in the conflict of another country and seeing things from multiple perspectives is engaging and harrowingly realistic, and the portrayal of two families torn apart by tragedy expertly drawn. It’s a challenging no
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Amy
May 21, 2009 Amy rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2009
While this was an interesting book and the plot was exciting, it just didn't seem so real. My least favorite thing about it was the fact that half the story is told in Martin's father's point of view while the other half is told in Martin's, which made me feel like I was reading the story twice. The one thing that kept me going were the clues that Martin gave the reader that something drastic would happen. And it did with the scene on the lakeside. But otherwise I wasn't very into the book or th ...more
Goldie Marie
May 06, 2008 Goldie Marie rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: NO-ONE
Shelves: sucked, don-t-read
This book was to planned, the love affair between Louise and Eduardo was inconceivably wrong and did not help to make this book worth reading it just made it worse, the ONLY respectable and wonderfull character was Martin, that is the ONLY thing that I will Tom Pow some cred. for.
Chantal
Jan 02, 2009 Chantal rated it it was amazing
While this book won't be to everyone's taste, it explores important ethical themes. Is it ever justified to take someone captive? Pow gives both sides of the story--the Westerner's point of view and the oppressed Latin American's POV. Includes original poetry by Pow.
Jesse
Feb 15, 2011 Jesse rated it liked it
This book was pretty good i thought. I liked how the author told both the captors and captives point of view. The ending was decent but was totally given away. I'd read it again in the future and id recommend it to others to read.
Severa
Jul 24, 2008 Severa rated it liked it
This was a good book. Only thing I didn't like was the ending, I kind of thought the author sold out, but the way it was written from both the captors' and the captives' sides was cool.
Stephanie A.
Jul 21, 2012 Stephanie A. rated it it was ok
What a waste of potential. I definitely wanted it to be more interesting than it actually was. You were captured by guerrillas in the jungle, narrator dude! WHY SO DULL?
Tami
Sep 26, 2011 Tami rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011-read
i really enjoyed this book. it is not what i was expecting, but i could relate to so many of the characters. glad i read it. would be interested in reading more by the author.
Shane
Apr 06, 2013 Shane rated it did not like it
Right at the start you know who survives and who doesn't after that I just couldn't get into it just took any mystery out of the story in my opinion.
Wendy Lu
Jun 15, 2009 Wendy Lu rated it it was ok
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Corey
Jun 13, 2008 Corey rated it it was amazing
well i haven't read most of it(only 1 page) but it rocks. it tells a lot about the world but it also stays on topic
Joant
Mar 15, 2009 Joant rated it it was ok
Political kidnapping: author told too much.
Gabby
Mar 24, 2010 Gabby rated it it was ok
Not worth reading.
Hannah
Jul 04, 2010 Hannah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: best-ever-read
Active and mournful.
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Tom Pow was born in Edinburgh in 1950. Primarily a poet, several of his collections have won awards and three of his poetry collections have been short-listed for Scottish Book of the Year. Most recently, Dear Alice – Narratives of Madness (Salt Publishing) won the poetry category in the Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust’s Scottish Book Awards in 2009. He has also written young adult novels, pict ...more
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