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22 December 2013

Hostage Three

Hostage Three by Nick Lake is story of a British family being captured by Somali pirates.

Amy is in her last days of high school when her father decides he is going to buy an yacht and sail around the world with his family.

Unfortunately, just as they are all settling into the voyage, the enter the Gulf of Aden - between Yemen and Somaliland - the yacht is captured by a crew of Somali pirates. What follows is captivity on the yacht while the pirates try to negotiate an agreeable price for the hostages.

Lake has written a book that, more than a pirate novel, is the story of a young woman coming to terms with the death of her mother while coming of age. She develops a friendship with one of the pirates and seems fairly unfazed by her captivity. The setting eventually gives her and her father a chance to get to know each other again.

Lake, Nick. (2013). Hostage Three. New York: Bloomsbury.

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