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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (January 12, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595551700
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595551702
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 6 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #901,480 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Roy Hallums, a retired U.S Navy Commander worked as a civilian contractor in Iraq where his company provided food for the American army in Baghdad. He was taken captive in 2004 and was freed by coalition forces in 2005.

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Roy Hallums story is captivating.
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The book "Buried Alive" by Roy Hallums, is a shocking and accurate account of his kidnapping in Iraq and 311 days kept in captivity.
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(And let me just say, like the author, I too am one those people that always likes to have their socks on.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By M. L Lamendola VINE VOICE on February 14, 2010
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This is a well-written first-hand account of one man's experience as a kidnapping victim in Iraq. Starting from the actual kidnapping, we accompany Roy through various locations until his release after 311 grueling days of captivity. Beatings, starvation, injury, illness, filthy conditions, sleep deprivation, and extreme confinement--Roy endured all of this and more.

Editorially and journalistically, this book is a standout. The prose was sparkling and error-free. The composition was superb. Iraq-related books are nearly always politically proselytizing, and this one isn't. The author gave a factual account of the events. The book doesn't have any agenda apparent to me other than to tell what happened.

We do get a glimpse of Roy's religious background, but the book doesn't have a religious agenda. Roy does express his gratitude for his rescuers (and rightfully so), but he doesn't shill for the military. As a reader, I wanted to know what happened and I wanted to read that without having to endure political or religious preaching. This book did not betray my trust on that score.

Roy provides enough detail at each step so we can understand how and perhaps why this or that event happened. For example, how does someone inside a reasonably secure building protected by armed guards get kidnapped from that building? How can someone be hidden away for nearly a year, in a place crawling with military troops who are looking for the kidnapped?

This book raises many interesting questions, just in the telling of the story. As noted, it also answers many questions. One question people have asked Roy repeatedly is how he managed to hang on for so long. We see the answer as events unfold.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Patti Chadwick VINE VOICE on December 20, 2009
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This is a remarkable story of a potentially devastating experience that ends well. The author tells the story of his traumatic ten months that he was held captive by Iraqi insurgents and how his faith sustained him during these trying times. He also recounts the daring rescue by the U.S. Military that brought him home. It is a riveting tale that keeps you on the edge of your seat, mostly because it really happened. Just amazing.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nimal on July 19, 2010
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"Buried Alive: The True Story of Kidnapping, Captivity, and a Dramatic Rescue" is the story of Roy Hallums, an American civilian (albeit ex-military) contractor who was kidnapped while working in Iraq and spent almost two years in captivity. The very material that is covered means that you will be reading about a unique experience.

This book is well written and with a consistent narrative flow. The narrative is in first person and flows quite easily. Unfortunately, the same conditions that make Roy Hallums' experience horrific, make its retelling less interesting. It does feel at times that this conversational style of narrating events get in the way by becoming too wordy, but on the whole I felt that it makes the book better.

Overall, I felt the book was educational, but I wouldn't be likely to recommend it as a must read.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their [...] book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 [...] : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Meghan E. Tooker on February 17, 2010
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Buried Alive is a book about an American contractor who has his trust in others torn from him when a fellow colleague goes against the American Government and joins forces with a group of Iraqi Terrorists and kidnaps Roy Hallum, the contractor, and others. The book follows the trials and tribulations Roy and the others must go through while being held captive and what they had to go through in order to survive.

I was very excited about reading this book because I thought it was going to be an inside look into what really goes in with the Iraqi people when they kidnap and possibly a better look into what is really going on there. I was disappointed with this book. Although it is a quick read, I found it difficult to start and at times found myself dosing off mid-page. I've read other books about Americans being held captive, and I have found them very interesting. This book just did not do it for me. I found the writing to be a little bland and boring at times. Although it is a fascinating story, especially considering what this man went through, but the way in which it was presented fell flat with me.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By H. J. Rossi VINE VOICE on February 15, 2010
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In the 247 page book "Buried Alive", author Roy Hallums (with Audrey Hudson) relates his kidnapping, torture, incarceration, and finally his rescue by American Special Forces Operators, the only such rescue recorded in that conflict.

Hallums was formerly a Naval Commander, but in 2004, he signed on as a private contractor, helping to supply food for the American forces in Iraq.

One of the prime revenue-producing activities for terrorists was kidnapping and holding for ransom, citizens from the Allied countries with presence in Iraq. America (and others) has a no-pay policy dealing with kidnappers, and actually I was pleased to learn, is strictly enforced.

His employer offered a million dollars, but that was for both Hallums and another employee who was kidnapped at the same time. But....the terrorists refused the amount.

After shuffling around from several safe houses, he was finally settled at one location, in the basement of a farmhouse at Al-Mahmoudyah, about 15 miles southwest of Baghdad. He was blindfolded, and there were several periods when there were many others in the overcrowded, filthy basement. Finally, as the fighting got closer to them, the basement opening was completely concreted over with only a small pipe for breathing and ventilation. He was basically....buried alive. The guards would leave for up to 3 days, leaving the prisoners with no food or water.

As depressing as all this was for him, he need not have feared.....his family, the U.S. Military, his employer and his country had not forgotten him.....they just couldn't find him.

Through a series of events, his location was verified, and an operation was mounted which was successful in recovering Hallums, and 3 of the kidnappers were captured.
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