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Hostage: Kidnapped on the high seas

Author Linda Davies

ISBN No 9780-9903319-26

Review date 28/10/2020

No of pages 209

Publisher Vigliano Books

Publisher URL http://www.linda davies.com

Year of publication 21/01/2014

Brief

As an example of how dangerous even idyll parts of the world can be, a first-person story describes a kidnapping by Iranians.

Our Review

As an example of how dangerous even idyll parts of the world can be, a first-person story describes a kidnapping by Iranians.

Former investment banker turned writer Linda Davies and her husband while living in Dubai sail to an island in the Persian Gulf, only to find too late that it’s occupied by the Iranian military. They are captured, and briefly think they’re going to be shot, only to be interrogated and flown to Iran; and interrogated more. While the story dates from 2005 it offers some insight into the regime in Iran, if you fall into its suspicious hands; and the hardships in mind and body of being held captive. The waiting and fear of the unknown; how hard it is to keep up morale; and how innocent acts can turn dangerous. She tells how when first captured she opened her camera to show film inside, exposing it, which the captors found highly suspicious. Even though their captivity was fairly short - two weeks - the effects of the ‘emotional maelstrom’ are evidently long-lasting.

Hostage: Kidnapped on the high seas. The true story of my captivity in Iran, by Linda Davies. Published 2014, by Vigliano Books, ISBN 9780-9903319-26. Visit www.lindadavies.com.