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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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Product Details

  • Series: Berkley True Crime
  • Mass Market Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; 1st Printing edition (May 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425241785
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425241783
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #733,766 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Beautifully written." --Ann Curry, Today Show, NBC

"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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This is the best book for it's kind that I have ever read.
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This family shares their courage, love and faith through their unbelievable story of survival and determination.
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I could not put the book down and highly recommend it to anyone who wants an inspiring read.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Richard Malmed on June 11, 2011
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I am an American expatriate living in Mexico with a tendency towards the investigation of information relative to my situation.
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.
Great read.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Leslie I Sachs on May 7, 2011
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This is not a typical thriller or mystery that unfolds by an author's crafty construction. "We Have Your Husband" recounts the true journey of a family's dreadful experience with kidnapping. Mark Ebner recounts Jane Garcia Valseca's story with detail and poignant relevancy regarding the unfathomable details in kidnap negotiation, political truths, socioeconomic relationships in Mexico that invariably affect sub-political groups, and most importantly how this family participated in such life changing events.
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.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Velvet Staccato on June 25, 2011
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Jayne Garcia Valseca and Mark Ebner's frightening, yet mesmerizing tale of one couple's personal horror story is an absolute must-read, not just for those who visit Mexico regularly and/or casually as I once did when I lived in a U.S. border town, but for anyone who's unfamiliar with the commonplace practice of kidnap for ransom that occurs there on a daily basis. Mrs. Garcia Valseca's story, as told through the highly descriptive words of the no-nonsense, perpetually truth-seeking, true-crime author, Mark Ebner, readers are taken on a unpredictable journey into the the idyllically quiet life of Jayne and her husband, Eduardo and their children, then straight into a roller coaster ride that begins (almost) immediately with Eduardo's stalking, and eventual brutal, torturous capture. And while I'm not a fan of "love stories" in general, one can't help but be moved by the devotion and loyalty showed by Mrs. Garcia Valseca (and her extended family and countless others) for Eduardo throughout his entire ordeal, even during the most dire and bleakest of times. This is yet another great read with Ebner's stamp on it, and once again, I am impressed!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By WinniNH on July 28, 2011
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Last month, I read this book with rapt interest as I had had the good fortune to meet Jayne, Eduardo and their family in Maine last summer. Listening to them tell of their ordeal in person, while disconcerting, doesn't come close to the terrifying detail recounted in this book. But, as I read I could hear the emotion in both their voices. I also highly recommend that anyone reading this book view the video coverage on Dateline NBC ([...]) and on CNN ([...]). Go to those sites and search "Valseca."

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.

Bravo!
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