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Hostage: A Year at Gunpoint with Somali Pirates

Cruising nightmare: abducted by pirates

On Oct. 23, 2009, Paul and Rachel Chandler were abducted at gunpoint from their 38-foot cruising sailboat off the Seychelles.

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In “Hostage: A Year at Gunpoint with Somali Pirates” (Chicago Review Press, $15.95 paperback, 384 pages), the Chandlers tell their harrowing tale, weaving diary entries with their detailed memories of the ordeal.

The British couple endured more than a year as hostages in harsh conditions and a life of threats, intimidation, solitary confinement and whippings. Though they suffered mental anguish, chronic fear and sinking faith, the Chandlers persevered and leaned on each other as a ransom was negotiated. They were released Nov. 14, 2010, after $800,000 was paid.

March 2013 issue