A Year at Gunpoint with Somali Pirates
By Paul Chandler, By Rachel Chandler, By Sarah Edworthy


384 Pages, 5.3125 x 8.5

Formats: Trade Paper, PDF, EPUB, Mobipocket

Trade Paper, $15.95 (US $15.95) (CA $17.95)

ISBN 9781613744420

Rights: US, CA & MX

Chicago Review Press (Sep 2012)


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A terrifying true story of a couple who was taken prisoner by pirates and lived to tell the tale
On October 23, 2009, Paul and Rachel Chandler were kidnapped from their sailing boat in the Seychelles. Their yacht, Lynn Rival, was recovered by naval forces six days later, abandoned off the central Somali coast, almost a thousand miles away.            After the attack, the couple was taken first onto a hijacked merchant ship and then to Somalia, where they were held for over a year, enduring threats, intimidation, solitary confinement, and even whippings while their captors tried to extort millions of dollars from their middle-class family.                        In this remarkable book, the Chandlers recount their terrifying ordeal, day by day, revealing the inspiring and poignant story behind the dramatic headlines. At the heart of their survival was their unshakable belief in each other and their determination to survive. It is this that makes Hostage an unlikely love story—for Paul and Rachel, death at times seemed preferable to being separated.


"A noteworthy account of this century's version of crime on the high seas." —

"A brutal saga, of course, but also an uplifting one, a story of hope and determination in the face of a seemingly inevitable outcome." — Booklist Online

"Particularly well-written: taut, tense, [and] very gritty."  —Sailing Today

"Gripping . . . a deeply moving story of stoicism, pride, and resilience with a happy ending worthy of a Hollywood film."  —Jimmy Cornell, author of World Cruising Routes, Noonsite

"The narrative is gripping and an easy read in one sitting--truly a page-turner." — Ocean Navigator

"You won't be able to put this one down."  —Latitudes & Attitudes

"A tender account of [the Chandlers'] devotion to each other, and ultimately a triumphant story of overcoming the odds."  —BoatU.S.

"A miraculous adventure story . . . a fascinating, no-frills account. . . . This raw, cautionary tale [is] a page-turner."  —Cruising World

Author Biography

Paul Chandler is a Cambridge-educated civil engineer, and Rachel Chandler is a former government economist. Both have a passion for sailing and traveling and honed their seamanship skills over some thirty years in the waters around the UK and the Mediterranean. Sarah Edworthy is a journalist who has worked for the Daily Telegraph, Harpers & Queen, the London Daily News, and the Times. She has cowritten three other books.