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On Jan. 25, 2012, President Barack Obama announced the rescue of an American aid worker by the Navy’s elite SEAL Team Six. Ninety-three days earlier, Jessica Buchanan had been kidnapped at gunpoint by Somali gangsters demanding $45 million in ransom. At 32, she was working for a humanitarian non-governmental organization, raising awareness about land mines. Her husband, Erik Landemalm, was also a humanitarian worker. They describe the events leading up to her abduction, her time in captivity, his efforts to help bring her home and her dramatic rescue.
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Excerpt from "Impossible Odds: The Kidnapping of Jessica Buchanan and Her Dramatic Rescue by SEAL Team Six" by Jessica Buchanan, Erik Landemalm and Anthony Flacco. Copyright 2013 by Jessica Buchanan, Erik Landemalm and Anthony Flacco. Reprinted here by permission of Atria Books. All rights reserved.