Captive {Book Review & Giveaway}

Captive: The Untold Story of the Atlanta Hostage Hero

Genere: Non-fiction, True Crime, Bigography

Pages: 272

Author: Ashley Smith and Stacy Mattingly

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From the Back Cover:

In March 2005, Ashley Smith made headlines around the globe when she miraculously talked her way out of the hands of alleged courthouse killer Brian Nichols after he took her hostage for seven hours in her suburban Atlanta apartment. In this moving, inspirational account—now a motion picture from Paramount—Ashley shares the details of her traumatic ordeal and expands on how her faith and the bestselling book The Purpose Driven Life helped her survive and bring the killer’s murderous rampage to a peaceful end.

Like her captor, Smith too had faced darkness and despair. Seeking a new life, she moved to Atlanta, got a job, enrolled in a medical assistant training program, and was beginning to find her way to becoming the kind of mom she wanted her little girl to have. Then Brian Nichols took her hostage. Just hours earlier, he’d allegedly shot to death a judge, a court reporter, a deputy, and a federal agent and escaped in a stolen vehicle. Now she found herself face-to-face with Nichols, a desperate, heavily armed man with nothing left to lose.

Juxtaposing the minute-by-minute tale of her experience with the tragedies and triumphs of her own life, Captive is a riveting story that will leave no reader untouched.

My Thoughts:

I read this entire book on 1 plane flight, not a layover 1,  3 hour flight.  It’s well written and and an easy read. I found myself pulled in rather quickly, which is rare for me if its not a series I’m already invested in.

It read like fiction instead of a non-fiction, which I enjoyed for this style of book. The author made it an easy and quick read and It took you in right away as Ashley’s Dad tried to warn here about the ‘bad guy on the loose.’ Its started like a horror movie when you want to scream “DON’T GO IN THE BASEMENT!”

I was intrigued…what would I have done? Would I have had enough smarts to let it play out as it did or would I have done something to cause a hostage situation or a potentioaly deadly police chase? The whole story is amazing from the impact it had on Amanda to the fact that it somehow ended without any more fatalites.

I would love to see the new movie that is coming out based on the book. I can see by the trailer its only ‘based’ on it but it still seems like it will be great!

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Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

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