Impossible Odds

Impossible Odds

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

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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.

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.

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 Oddsdetails 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.
Publisher: New York : Atria Books, c2013
Edition: 1st Atria Books hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781476725161
Branch Call Number: 364 .154 BUC
Characteristics: vii, 310 p., [8] p. of plates :,ill. (chiefly col.), maps, col. ports. ;,24 cm
Additional Contributors: Flacco, Anthony
Landemalm, Erik


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Jan 12, 2017

Excellent book. Compelling read.

Dec 05, 2014

This book is not as riveting a read as "House in the Sky". While some of the elements of the kidnappings are similar, Jessica, after being rescued wants, to focus on her own life and wants to put an end to "doing good in Africa" as she sees such efforts as a hopeless cause. I found the intervention by the SEALS informative.

kelleypoole Mar 11, 2014

This is an engaging read from the beginning, and you get a concrete sense of what this hostage lived through. The book switches around among portions by Jessica, by her husband, and by a third person. I skipped most of her husband's parts, as I found her recount of the kidnapping to be more of what I hoped for in the read. Some parts are a bit disjointed without a clarity or linear progression; but I suppose that is a product of editing.

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