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Not every match is made in the marriage mart...Some happen when you least expect it.


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Contemporary romance set in Seattle's Pioneer Square.


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Pursued by a dangerous terrorist, U.S. Deputy Marshal Casey Sloane, along with two other Marshals, put their lives on the line to deliver a federal witness to the FBI.



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Also by Micah Garen:

American Hostage, October 2005
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Also by Marie-Hélène Carleton:

American Hostage, October 2005
Hardcover

American Hostage
Micah Garen, Marie-Hélène Carleton

"In this chilling tale of Micah Garen's captivity and his loved ones' fight for his release lies a simple but eternal truth: love can--and will--push through all that hate just as surely as blades of grass through a sidewalk." Cogan

Memoir of a Journalist Kidnapped in Iraq and the Remarkable Battle to Win His Release
Simon and Schuster
October 2005
Featuring: Micah Garen; Marie-Hélène Carleton; Amir Doshi
288 pages
ISBN: 0743276604
Hardcover
$25.00
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Non-Fiction Memoir

A rare and powerful story of hope, love, survival,and the struggle to bring back alive a hostage in Iraq

Micah Garen and Marie-Hélène Carleton were journalists and filmmakers working in Iraq on a documentary about the looting of the country's legendary archaeological sites, with their Iraqi translator Amir Doshi. In the late summer of 2004, they began to wrap up their work, and Marie-Hélène returned home while Micah remained for a final two weeks of filming. As Micah and Amir were filming in a Nasiriyah market, something went horribly wrong: Micah, who wore a bushy mustache and was dressed in Iraqi clothing, was unmasked as a foreigner and kidnapped by militants in southern Iraq.

Home in New York, Marie-Hélène awoke to a gut-wrenching phone call from Micah's mother with word of his abduction. She promised Micah's mother the impossible--that together they would bring Micah back alive.

American Hostage is the remarkable memoir of Micah Garen's harrowing abduction and survival in captivity, as well as the heroic and successful struggle of Marie-Hélène; Micah's sister, Eva; along with family and friends to win Micah's and Amir's release from their captors. The world watched and waited as Micah's drama unfolded, but the authors, now safely home and engaged to be married, detail the dramatic untold story.

After learning of Micah's abduction, Marie-Hélène took a risky and unusual step: instead of relying on the authorities to rescue Micah, she used her recent experience in Iraq to construct a massive grassroots effort to reach out to Micah's captors and plead for his release. As fighting between Coalition forces and the Mahdi Army raged in Najaf, Micah and Amir became pawns in a terrible political game. The kidnappers released a video threatening to kill Micah unless the United States withdrew from Najaf within forty-eight hours. In response, Marie-Hélène's and Micah's families redoubled their efforts, eventually sending a representative to Nasiriyah to lobby for Micah.

While Marie-Hélène worked on his release, Micah, imprisoned alongside Amir under armed guard deep in the marshes of southern Iraq, lived the nightmare of a hostagehaunted by the alternating impulses of hope and despair, his desire for survival and plans of escape. His experience reveals a great deal about the lives and minds of militants in southern Iraq.

American Hostage is an engrossing and rare story of how hope, love, and communal effort can overcome war, distance, and cultural differences in Iraq.

Media Buzz

Larry King Live - July 3, 2008
Today - February 28, 2006
CBS Sunday Morning - January 22, 2006
Larry King Live - January 20, 2006
Today - October 15, 2005
Good Morning America - October 12, 2005

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