Hostage Three

Nick Lake

Hostage Three

It's a once-in-a-lifetime thing: a girl on a yacht with her super-rich banker father; a chance for the family to heal after a turbulent time; the peaceful sea, the warm sun ...But a nightmare is about to explode as a group of Somali pirates seizes the boat and its human cargo - and the family becomes a commodity in a highly sophisticated transaction. Hostage 1 is Dad - the most valuable. Amy is Hostage 3. As she builds a strange bond with one of her captors, it becomes brutally clear that the price of a life and its value 3.2 out of 5 based on 2 reviews
Hostage Three

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Classification Fiction
Genre General Fiction, Crime, Thrillers & Mystery, Children's & Teenage
Format Hardcover
Pages 400
RRP
Date of Publication January 2013
ISBN 978-1408828212
Publisher Bloomsbury Children
 

It's a once-in-a-lifetime thing: a girl on a yacht with her super-rich banker father; a chance for the family to heal after a turbulent time; the peaceful sea, the warm sun ...But a nightmare is about to explode as a group of Somali pirates seizes the boat and its human cargo - and the family becomes a commodity in a highly sophisticated transaction. Hostage 1 is Dad - the most valuable. Amy is Hostage 3. As she builds a strange bond with one of her captors, it becomes brutally clear that the price of a life and its value

Reviews

The Guardian

SF Said

Hostage Three begins by plunging us into the middle of an adrenaline-drenched drama ... It's hard to imagine a more arresting opening. This is very much what creative writing textbooks mean when they talk about starting a story in medias res. It's impossible not to be hooked. But there's a risk. Frontloading a narrative means that nothing else is likely to match the beginning for sheer intensity. And so it proves with Hostage Three - yet as it rewinds to show us the events leading up to that opening, Nick Lake's story develops not into the white-knuckle ride you might predict, but into something more complex, with unexpected political intelligence and emotional power.

07/02/2013

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The Times

Amanda Craig

The love aspects are the weakest in a novel that has pace and perception about workaholic fathers and estranged daughters. Lake is adept at unusual tales inspired by real events, though I suspect real-life Amys may be less impressed.

05/01/2013

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