Impossible Odds by Jessica Buchanan- Review

Impossible Odds

The Kidnapping of Jessica Buchanan and Her Dramatic Rescue by SEAL Team Six

By Jessica Buchanan

Expected Publication: May 2013

Length: 322 pages


Publisher: Atria Books

Source: ARC from Netgalley

Genre:Non fiction

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Synopsis from Goodreads A harrowing and heartwrenching memoir of humanitarian aid worker Jessica Buchanan’s kidnapping by Somali land pirates, her three months in captivity, her rescue by the Navy SEALs, and her husband’s extraordinary efforts to help bring her home.In 2006, twenty-seven-year-old Jessica Buchanan arrived in Nairobi, Kenya, with a teaching degree and long-held dreams of helping to educate African children. By 2009, she had met and married the man of her dreams, a native Swede named Erik Landemalm, who worked to coordinate humanitarian aid with local authorities in Africa. With dreams of starting a family, they moved from Nairobi to Somalia, and their future couldn’t have been brighter…

But on October 25, 2011, Jessica and a male colleague were kidnapped at gunpoint and held for ransom by an organized band of Somali land pirates. For the next three months, Jessica was terrorized by more than two dozen gangsters. She was 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 spent suffering in captivity was matched by that of her adoring husband working behind the scenes to deal with her captors. Finally, on January 25, 2012, President Barack Obama ordered a rescue operation by a team of twenty-four Navy SEALs. The team killed all nine kidnappers, with no harm to the hostages, who were quickly airlifted out on a military rescue helicopter.

In riveting detail, “Impossible Odds” details 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.

 My Review:


Wow this really blew my mind, This story was well written and you could honestly feel fear with everyone Involved.  Jessica Buchanan was an Aid worker living and working in Africa when she was kidnapped by Pirates, and held for three months.

We get knowledge of what is happening from different perspectives, which I believe is a great and unique way to present this story giving the reader an in-depth view of what is involved and what everyone is going through during the kidnapping, from Jessica to her husband Erik, The FBI, The Seal team six and even the President.

Jessica is a strong and heroic woman who managed to stay sane and survive through one of the worst situations and conditions  that you could ever Imagine.  I don’t believe that I could be as strong and brave as that If it was me that this was happening to.

It was also good to see how Erik coped with Jessica’s kidnapping, the guilt and helplessness that he felt while he didn’t know if his wife was dead or alive.

This is a truly harrowing tale, about what a human can stand and survive through, I highly recommend this book to everyone, Especially those who feel down on their luck, There are always other People worse off than us.




4 thoughts on “Impossible Odds by Jessica Buchanan- Review

  1. I really love how you closed this one out with the recommendation to read it and remember that someone out there is worse off than you are. Man, it’s so true. It’s like saying, “Could this day get worse?” YES it absolutely can, and will the second you say that. I couldn’t even imagine going through what she went through. I was watching the news coverage of it. I bet the story and in-depth details were interesting to learn more about but also pulled at your heart-strings. It’s a tough story for sure. Great review! Jaclyn @ JC’s Book Haven.

  2. Every time I pop in here you amaze me with all the different types of books that you read!! I’m not one to read memoirs, but after reading your review, I’m definitely intrigued! Awesome review!

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

    • Thanks I love Survival stories, I love reading about strong kick ass heroines, and what could be better than reading a true story about a brave woman that survives so much.

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