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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (147 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jere Van Dyk Narrator: Jere Van Dyk Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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An American reporter's chilling account of being kidnapped and imprisoned by the Taliban, in the no-man's-land between Afghanistan and Pakistan Jere Van Dyk was on the wrong side of the border. He and three Afghan guides had crossed into the tribal areas of Pakistan, where no Westerner had ventured for years, hoping to reach the home of a local chieftain by nightfall. But then a dozen armed men in black turbans appeared over the crest of a hill. Captive is Van Dyk's searing account of his forty-five days in a Taliban prison, and it is gripping and terrifying in the tradition of the best prison literature. The main action takes place in a single room, cut off from the outside world, where Van Dyk feels he can trust nobody-not his jailers, not his guides (who he fears may have betrayed him), and certainly not the charismatic Taliban leader whose fleeting appearances carry the hope of redemption as well as the prospect of immediate, violent death. Van Dyk went to the tribal areas to investigate the challenges facing America there. His story is of a deeper, more personal challenge, an unforgettable tale of human endurance.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Wendy Hollister | 2/4/2014

    " Just went to Jere's book tour presentation in Vancouver, WA at the Red Cross building. It was captivating as is the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Khim | 2/2/2014

    " Opzich geen slecht boek, maar iets te vaag, dat vage wordt later uitgelegd, omdat Jere niet echt weet waarom hij nou is ontvoerd en wat nou de exacte toedracht is van het hele gebeuren. Na 40 dagen wordt hij dan ook samen met zijn medegevangenen vrijgelaten. Je voelt door heel het boek zijn angst en de dreiging. Het boek bestaat uit dagboek fragmenten. Beetje teleurgesteld, had er wat meer van verwacht. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Michael Simborg | 1/26/2014

    " The best part about reading this book is not only the insight of the author but all the peripheral media and interviews available post-read. I am once again humbled by the humanity and humility of a journalist as a living example of how off our politicians and military can be. Imagine if those people actually listened to people like this - people who really understand what's going on. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Steve | 1/19/2014

    " This was a very quick read, even for me. It was very interesting to read a true account of being held prisoner by the taliban. Even more interesting were the complexities of the situation and the seeming hipocrocy of everyone involved. Provides a revealing look into the world of the terrorists. "

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