Friday, March 12, 2010

Buried Alive - Book Review

It's time for another book review. This time I read "Buried Alive" by Roy Hallums.

This book had me from the first page. It tells the story of an American that was kidnapped, taken hostage for 311 days and then rescued. Hallums, an American, was a contractor working in Iraq for a food supplier when he was taken hostage. After being moved among several "safe houses" early in the ordeal, Hallums was eventually imprisoned in a cramped concrete-walled space underneath the floor of a house.

Throughout his captivity, Hallums endured unthinkable things that no human should endure. For instance, he suffered through suffocating heat, hunger, being blindfolded for the majority of his captivity, sand flea bites, handcuffs cutting into his wrists, and being crammed into the trunk of a car for hours at a time.

There are photos in the book also. The reader can see Hallums' cell and really get a feel for what he went through for almost 1 full year.

The book clearly depicts the cruelty of one human being to another. You will not be able to put the book down, as you see how Hallums learns how to survive day to day, and how he survives the drama of when or if he will he be rescued.

This book is recommended for all readers, especially those interested in the Iraq war. As you read Hallums' ordeal, you will find yourself praying for his rescue.

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