Jessica Buchanan and Erik Landemalm “Impossible Odds”

May 30th, 2013

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Jessica Buchanan and Erik Landemalm

It was a story that captivated the nation in the fall of 2011. American aid worker Jessica Buchanan and a male Danish companion were kidnapped by heavily armed pirates in Somalia.

For the next three months, Jessica was terrorized by her captors – threatened daily with rape, torture, or death – and her health deteriorated as negotiations over a huge ransom dragged on.

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What Jessica was not aware of was how many people back home were trying to win her release – including her husband, Erik Landemalm.

Finally, after 93 days, President Obama ordered Navy SEAL Team Six to try a rescue. And in January 2012, two dozen SEALs attacked the kidnappers’ camp, took all of them out, and rescued Jessica and her companion.

Now Jessica and Erik tell their harrowing story in a book called “Impossible Odds.”

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Martha Grimes “Fadeaway Girl”

February 7th, 2011

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The problem when you’re an author renowned for an ongoing series of mysteries is that, as Martha Grimes puts it, everything you write is marketed as a mystery, even when there is nothing in a particular book to indicate a mystery.

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That may be why some readers seem uncertain of how to respond to Grimes’ novel “Fadeaway Girl.” It is not a mystery, she says, but simply a story told through the eyes of a 12-year-old girl named Emma.

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We last read about Emma in 2005’s “Belle Ruin” – this book directly follows that one, as Emma appoints herself to investigate a 20-year-od kidnapping case that may remind you of the Lindbergh case. Emma’s effort is propelled forward by the unexpected reappearance of a key figure in the case, but her inquisitiveness doesn’t always work in her favor.

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David Baldacci “First Family”

April 21st, 2009

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A birthday party at the presidential retreat Camp David ends in the daring kidnapping of the President’s young niece, in David Baldacci‘s thriller “First Family.”

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Soon after, there is a violent death, another abduction, and former Secret Service agents turned private eyes Sean King and Michelle Maxwell literally come under fire as they try to connect with a potential new client who turns out to be .. related to the First Lady. As King and Maxwell find out, the line between friend and foe is blurry, at best.

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Keith Donohue “Angels of Destruction”

March 14th, 2009

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A nine-year-old girl mysteriously appears at a widow’s door one snowy night in 1985, as Keith Donohue‘s novel “Angels of Destruction” opens. Margaret Quinn, for reasons of her own, takes the little girl in and “adopts” her, as the granddaughter she never had. Little Norah is no ordinary little girl, however, and as Donohue’s story unfolds many more questions emerge than answers.

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Meg Tilly “Gemma”

October 30th, 2006

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A little girl is the victim of unspeakable abuse at the hands of her mother’s boyfriend, in actress Meg Tilly‘s novel “Gemma.”

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In fact, very early in the story 12-year-old Gemma is kidnapped by a despicable friend of her abuser. What follows is brutal and heartbreaking, as we hope for a rescue and some justice.

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