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4.0 out of 5 stars Buried Alive - intriguing insights into a harrowing experience, February 7, 2010
This review is from: Buried Alive: The True Story of Kidnapping, Captivity, and a Dramatic Rescue (NelsonFree) (Hardcover)
This book is Roy Hallums' account of his kidnapping at the hands of Iraqi insurgents and his 300 plus day psychological journey while in captivity. While his personal account is fascinating, he also includes accounts of his family members and outlines the trails and tribulations they faced while he was held hostage. Particularly poignant are the diary excerpts that are written by his daughter Carrie. These diary entries illustrate the numerous and onerous challenges the family faces in regards to dealing with government and media while attempting to cope with the unknown status of their father.

Written in a first person narrative, the text provides a grizzly account of life in captivity. The brutality and traumatizing conditions outlined by the author provides insight into the cruelty that can be found in Iraq. Further, throughout the book the author provides commentary on religious philosophy (particularly Islam) that is thought-provoking but presented at times in a way that some may be offensive to some. Overall, this book is recommended for those interested in a fascinating (and at times graphic) insight into one mans' struggle for survival in the most trying of conditions.

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."

Buried Alive: Kidnapped and Entombed in the Deserts of Iraq
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