Jul. 25, 2017

Oh, the humanity…

The ISIS Hostage: One Man’s True Story of Thirteen Months In Captivity by Puk Damsgård

My thanks go out to my contacts at Pegasus Books, Iris Blasi, Katie McGuire, and Maia Larson, for my advance copy of this book. You ladies rock!

To read this book is to enter a nightmare of hellish proportions! As you travel with Daniel Rye Ottosen along his journey of torture, starvation, and constantly changing prisons, you cannot help but feel the harsh emotions and helplessness wash over you. What this man has endured no human should ever have to face. Especially when one is not a prisoner of war, but a journalist just trying to get the truth out about how people in the War Zone manage to survive.

Daniel Rye was a Danish photojournalist who disappeared after only three days in Syria. He was 25 at the time. For the next thirteen months, Daniel was beaten and starved by his sadistic captors. A fellow hostage was shot dead and Daniel and other prisoners were forced to pose with his body in a hole in the sand.

His kidnappers demanded € 2,000,000 for Daniel’s safe release. In the meantime, he suffered every form of torture that his captors could dream up. He was forced to pose for pictures and videos while mouthing propaganda written for him by guards who held him a gunpoint.

Finally, enough money was raised, and Daniel was released. Shortly afterward, American James Foley was beheaded in a video released by ISIS. Daniel had memorized Foley’s messages to his family and was able to pass on his murdered friend’s final words to his loved ones.

The terror in this book is partly due to the discovery that some ISIS terrorists are from such places as Britain and America! The major guards that tortured and threatened Daniel and were directly responsible for the death of Foley were once British citizens…

Having read this book once, I don’t know if I can read it again. That should tell the amount of realism that the author was able to coax out of his prose. I give the book five stars…

Quoth the Raven…

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