Friday, October 24, 2014

#REVIEW: Kidnapped by the Taliban: A Story of Terror, Hope and Rescue by SEAL Team Six by Dilip Joseph

Title:  Kidnapped by the Taliban: A Story of Terror, Hope and Rescue by SEAL Team Six
Series: none
Author:  Dilip Joseph and James Lund
Published Date: October 14, 2014
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Format: ebook
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9780718011307
Genre: Recent Events
Add to: Goodreads
Purchase: Amazon
Rating: 4 stars

Synopsis: "Am I About to Die?"

December 5, 2012, American medical doctor Dilip Joseph and two colleagues are driving back to Kabul, Afghanistan, after serving villagers that morning at a rural clinic. Suddenly a man waving an AK-47 blocks their path. More armed men jump out of hiding. For Dilip, it is the beginning of a nightmare--he's being kidnapped by the Taliban.

Dilip and his friends endure a nine-hour march into the mountains, gruesome images of torture and death, and repeated threats of execution. Four days later Dilip is freed in a daring and deadly rescue that claims the life of a SEAL Team Six operator. Yet this is more than a story of desperation, survival, and loss. It is also a tale of surprising connection, compassion, and inspiration. As Dilip begins to view the Taliban not as monsters but as men, both he and his captors are challenged to reexamine everything that matters: courage, sacrifice, hope, and faith.

My Review: I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
As Americans we all have a set picture of what the Taliban are, due to media coverage. They are something akin to a real life boogeyman. We all have our own ideas about what the people in the Middle East look and act like. This book allows us an inside glimpse of a few of the members of the Taliban. In it, we see their humanity, their culture, and their individuality. We see just a tiny glimpse of why some of them would join the Taliban, and how the Taliban treat the people of the areas they control.
As terrifying an experience this must have been for him, Dilip Joseph provides as neutral a picture as possible. He does it with grace and with a very readable and understandable way. He brings out the humanity, and sometimes monstrosity, of his kidnappers, the heart of, and sometimes heartlessness of, them

Overall, this was an enjoyable book to read.

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