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We Have Your Husband: One Woman's Terrifying Story of a Kidnapping in Mexico (Berkley True Crime) Mass Market Paperback – May 3, 2011
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"A great read." --John Romano, YesButHowever.com
"While We Have Your Husband is obviously a true crime story, it is just as much a testimonial as to how we can reach inside ourselves during life's most troubled times and find the strength to pull us through - no matter the outcome...I absolutely loved this story, and took away several lessons that I've stowed away in the unfortunate case I need them...If you appreciate a good book on a Mexican kidnapping for ransom case and the life lessons learned from it, then We Have Your Husband is a book you'll want to put on your reading list." --Kim Cantrell, TrueCrimeBookReviews.com
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A TV interview with Jayne Garcia Valseca in which she discussed her book We Have Your Husband: One Woman's Terrifying Story of a Kidnapping in Mexico was enough on topic for me to put on my KINDLE.
I started reading the book with no expectations. Pleasantly surprised is an understatement. Within a few pages I found myself riveted to the story. If a page turning tale was not enough, Jayne Garcia Valseca began a flow of new information on the workings of the Mexican underworld and those who would try to counter them, she introduced me to some new Spanish vocabulary and to priceless Mexican idioms. The author provided good insight into the lives and behavior of Mexican Nationals as well as those of the expatriate community. The biggest surprise was Jayne Garcia Valseca's writing ability, I am impressed.
The story is more than an adventure; it is an example of tenacity prevailing in the face of hopelessness.
I give We Have Your Husband: One Woman's Terrifying Story of a Kidnapping in Mexico five stars plus with a recommendation to readers of Mexico topics, adventure stories, self-help and personal development books and fine literature.
The authors bring the reader into a warm and wonderful Mexican community and exposes the love that two people, an American woman and a Mexican man, share both for each other their Mexico. We are brought from details of children and family celebrated in explicit detail, to the conditions and treatment of a kidnapped father. The patience, power, rage and valiance of Mrs. Valseca is so tangible in the writing that the reader is transported beside her. The emotional waves are relayed in an exacting prose. The ghastly explanation of torture and brutality is not sensationalist, it is a genuine replay of specific tactics used in professional kidnapping rings; the negotiating techniques of both the victims and the kidnappers, the choices victims face in choosing the method that will save the loved one and the manipulations and mental devices used to manage the course through to the end.
I was left with a feeling of astonishment, that an ordeal of such proportions can be survived, and though certainly not a book to lift spirits offers a glimpse of the astounding power of commitment and hope.
Several friends have been to Mexico to areas reputed to be safe, e.g. Sayulita and San Miguel. For anyone considering a trip to Mexico, please think twice. As Jayne told me, abductions, crime and corruption run rampant and nowhere is safe. Often, the police fear for their lives and are afraid to help or else they are corrupt. I'm sure that is not the case in every situation. But, it only takes once.
I highly recommend reading this enlightening, yet terrifying, book. One reviewer expressed skepticism and that they are making a lot of "dough." I don't believe it for a second. Any dollars being made by the Valseca's as a result of sales of this book were hard earned and are, no doubt, helping to offset the cost of the ransom. That's not to mention the work they do to help other families touched by similar fate, and their efforts to ensure that both governments dedicate resources to alleviate the underlying problem.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent but sad story because while he came back to her and her children in the end, they lost everything except their love for each other and their children, her cancer returned... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Renee Swap
LOVED the story. I was sad to hear that Jayne did pass away. I watched and followed their story on television and saw what they went through. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Donna K.
A page-turner, for sure. I felt so involved in their survival and so impressed by a woman whose instincts for survival set her on fire! Loved it!Published 8 months ago by Susan Burnett
I read this book after seeing it on Dateline. Jayne is a good writer and it is a very suspenseful read. Read morePublished 9 months ago by readerrunnermom
Knew about this story from Dateline, the book was written well& the story gripping!Published 10 months ago by PAULA SPERDUTO
A must read. If really want to know how things work on the other side of the border.Published 17 months ago by Larry D. Hauser