Do you ever wonder how well you would cope if you were kidnapped? This question burned in my mind, so I started digging, and my fascination with this dark world led me down a rabbit hole that has truly changed my life.
For the last five years, in preparation for writing The Freedom Broker series, I have interviewed kidnap negotiators, former hostages, reintegration experts, psychiatrists who specialize in the captive’s mindset, K&R insurance executives, and the special forces soldiers who deliver ransoms and execute rescues. This monumental journey has been both inspiring and heartbreaking. Captivity is a form of purgatory. Hostages are alive, but they aren’t really living, dependent on their kidnappers for everything, all freedoms snatched away the moment they are taken.
Worldwide, more than 40,000 people are kidnapped every year, and this staggering number only reflects the incidents that have been reported. The…
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