The Kidnapping of Jessica Buchanan and Her Dramatic Rescue by SEAL Team Six
On Sale: May 14, 2013
Featuring: Erik; Jessica
Hardcover / e-Book
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In 2006, twenty-seven-year-old Jessica Buchanan stepped off
a plane in Nairobi, Kenya, with a teaching degree and
long-held dreams of helping to educate African children. By
2009, she had met and married a native Swede named Erik
Landemalm, who worked to coordinate humanitarian aid with
authorities in Africa. Together the two moved from Nairobi
to Somalia, and with hopes of starting a family, their
future couldn’t have been brighter. . . .
But on October 25, 2011, Jessica and a colleague were
kidnapped at gunpoint and held for ransom by a band of
Somali pirates. For the next three months, Jessica was
terrorized by more than two dozen gangsters, held outdoors
in filthy conditions, and kept on a starvation diet while
her health steadily deteriorated. Negotiations for ransom
dragged on, and as the ordeal stretched into its third
month, the captors grew increasingly impatient. Every
terrifying moment Jessica Buchanan spent suffering in
captivity was matched by that of her adoring husband working
behind the scenes to deal with her captors.
After ninety-three days of fruitless negotiations, and with
Jessica’s medical state becoming a life-or-death issue,
President Barack Obama ordered Navy SEAL Team Six to attempt
a rescue operation. On January 25, 2012, just before the
president delivered his State of the Union speech, the team
of twenty-four SEALs, under the cover of darkness, attacked
the heavily armed hostiles. They killed all nine with no
harm to the hostages, who were quickly airlifted out on a
military rescue helicopter.
In riveting detail, this book chronicles Jessica and Erik’s
mutual journey during those torturous months. Together they
relate the events prior to the kidnapping, the drama of
Jessica’s fight to stay alive, and Erik’s efforts to bolster
and support the hunt for her while he acted as liaison
between their two families, the FBI, professional hostage
negotiators, and the United States government. Both a
testament to two people’s courage and a nail-biting look at
a life-or-death struggle, this is a harrowing and deeply
personal story about their triumph over impossible odds.
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