Impossible Odds

Author: Jessica Buchanan
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1476725187
Format: PDF
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An account of the aid worker co-author's dramatic January 2012 rescue from kidnappers in Somalia by members of a Navy SEAL Team Six unit offers insight into the effective use of targeted U.S. military missions.

Impossible Odds

Author: Jessica Buchanan
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1476725160
Format: PDF, Mobi
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An account of the aid worker co-author's dramatic January 2012 rescue from kidnappers in Somalia by members of a Navy SEAL Team Six unit offers insight into the effective use of targeted U.S. military missions.

Impossible Odds

Author: Jessica Buchanan
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1476725195
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A New York Times bestseller! In 2006, twenty-seven-year-old Jessica Buchanan stepped off a plane in Nairobi, Kenya, with a teaching degree and long-held dreams of helping to educate African children. By 2009, she had met and married a native Swede named Erik Landemalm, who worked to coordinate humanitarian aid with authorities in Africa. Together the two moved from Nairobi to Somalia, and with hopes of starting a family, their future couldn’t have been brighter. . . . But on October 25, 2011, Jessica and a colleague were kidnapped at gunpoint and held for ransom by a band of Somali pirates. For the next three months, Jessica was terrorized by more than two dozen gangsters, held outdoors in filthy conditions, and kept on a starvation diet while her health steadily deteriorated. Negotiations for ransom dragged on, and as the ordeal stretched into its third month, the captors grew increasingly impatient. Every terrifying moment Jessica Buchanan spent suffering in captivity was matched by that of her adoring husband working behind the scenes to deal with her captors. After ninety-three days of fruitless negotiations, and with Jessica’s medical state becoming a life-or-death issue, President Barack Obama ordered Navy SEAL Team Six to attempt a rescue operation. On January 25, 2012, just before the president delivered his State of the Union speech, the team of twenty-four SEALs, under the cover of darkness, attacked the heavily armed hostiles. They killed all nine with no harm to the hostages, who were quickly airlifted out on a military rescue helicopter. In riveting detail, this book chronicles 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. Both a testament to two people’s courage and a nail-biting look at a life-or-death struggle, this is a harrowing and deeply personal story about their triumph over impossible odds.

St Valery

Author: Bill Innes
Publisher: Birlinn
ISBN: 0857905198
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Examines the fateful chain of events in 1940, and reassesses some of the myths that arose in the intervening years. This book includes accounts that present the chaos and horror of war and the grim deprivation of the camps and forced marches which so many endured. It contains stories that resound with the spirit, humour and sense of comradeship.

The Bravest Guy

Author: Harry E. Wedewer
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781539098874
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As a U.S. Army infantryman in World War II, Don Wedewer was twice wounded in four days. On both occasions, he was left for dead. Now he was a double amputee and blind with seemingly no hope for the future. Yet through extraordinary determination and persistence, this highly decorated combat veteran overcame seemingly impossible odds to become a state and national leader in providing opportunities for those with visions loss. This is Don Wedewer's story. For more information visit www.bravestguy.com

Extravagant Graces

Author: Jeanette Chaffee
Publisher: WestBow Press
ISBN: 1490835989
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This collection of 23 thrilling stories includes the tale of Jeanette Chaffee’s incredible survival of a midair explosion on TWA Flight 840. You can also read about Don Richardson’s remarkable experiences with headhunters, go behind-the-scenes into the amazing life of Elisabeth Elliot, meet NFL player Donnie Dee, and find out what happened to the singer of the Happy Days theme song. What was it like being the daughter of evangelist Billy Graham? What were the last words of Dr. Francis Schaeffer? What troubled Shirley Dobson? Learn about the musical miracle that took fifty years to be revealed. Discover how a nine-year-old orphan helped reform a cannibal tribe, and much more. The book includes over 60 photos, many rare and unpublished. “...full of stories that will inspire and encourage.” Jim Daly—president of Focus on the Family “...a must-read.” Les Steckel—NFL Coach to two Super Bowls “Jeanette is simply another example that God uses ordinary people in extraordinary ways.” Richard Stearns—president of World Vision, U.S. “Exciting... inspirational. Praise the Lord for Jeanette’s life and testimony.” Pat Boone—actor and singer “Riveting!” “Couldn’t put it down.” “Wow! Gripping.” Various readers

Impossible Odds

Author: Dave Duncan
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0061828076
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Elite warrior swordsmen, they are unequalled in any time or realm . . . The King's Blades The King has decreed that new Blades must be sworn into the service of the Grand Duke Rubin, deposed by a foul usurper and currently on the run. But none of the rough youths being readied at Ironhall possess the seasoning to survive what better, more skilled Blades already have not. Still, two woefully unprepared candidates are approached with an offer of early bonding and probable death: deft but dense, rude Ranter, and eager, impetuous Ringwood . . . with a third, the inadequate swordsman but potentially able spy Bellman, enlisted into their threadbare ranks. Joining the Duke's entourage along with the courageous and prescient White Sister Trudy, the would-be champions must restore a rightful ruler to the throne or die in the process. But before them waits an army of the dead. And the Duke whom the Blades must protect to the last drop of their lifeblood is not the liege they imagined . . .

The Finch in My Brain

Author: Martino Sclavi
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
ISBN: 1473649730
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'Whenever I see Martino I am reminded of how little I know about life and death compared to him. How we don't know what is within us or what may lie on the other side. I hope it's as magical and beautiful as this book.' --Russell Brand When film producer Martino Sclavi began experiencing intense headaches, he attributed them to his frenetic lifestyle. As it turned out, he had grade 4 brain cancer and was given 18 months to live. After undergoing brain surgery - while awake - Martino found he had lost the ability to recognise words. His response was to close his eyes and begin to move his fingers across the keyboard to write this, an account of life before diagnosis and since. Defying all predictions Martino is still very much alive, words read out to him by the monotone of a computerised voice he calls Alex. But he must now live in a new way. This book - that he has written but cannot read - charts the effects of his experience: on his relationship with his young son, his marriage, his work and with himself. In the wake of his illness, everything must be reconfigured and Martino is made to question the habits, dreams and beliefs of his old life and confront the present. What he finds is strange and beautiful. Searching for the words between life and death, Sclavi shows that with determination and a subtle, persistent sense of humour, it is possible to change the story of our lives.

The Other Side of Impossible

Author: Susannah Meadows
Publisher:
ISBN: 081299647X
Format: PDF, Kindle
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"True stories about people who triumphed over seemingly impossible medical diagnoses using untraditional, inventive therapies and perseverance--and about what scientists are discovering on the psychology of healing and the mind-body connection--from the author of theNew York TimesMagazinearticle about her own son, "The Boy with the Thorn in his Joints," which led to this book about other families"--

Lost in the Pacific

Author: L. Douglas Keeney
Publisher: Fastpencil Incorporated
ISBN: 9781619331204
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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A must for fans of the bestselling Unbroken! Twenty-three captivating, previously unpublished reports by pilots and crewmen rescued from plane crashes in WWII's Pacific Theater tell of triumphant struggles to survive drowning, exposure, capture, and other perils.