Kidnapped in Yemen: One Woman's Amazing Escape from Captivity

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Globe Pequot, 2005 - History - 248 pages
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At the moment when Mary Quin ripped an AK-47 from the hands of a wounded kidnapper and made her escape in the Yemen desert, she knew her life could never be the same. She and fifteen fellow tourists had been used as human shields in a terrifying gun battle between the Aden-Abyan Islamic Army and Yemeni troops. When the shooting stopped, four hostages and three kidnappers were dead.

In Kidnapped in Yemen, author Mary Quin details her experiences as an avid traveler and women’s rights advocate, a fulfilling life filled with exotic adventures that led to a tour of Yemen, one of the most conservative Islamic countries in the world. But her exotic vacation quickly turned into a gripping account of ambush and captivity, violence and imminent death.
Lucky to be among those who survived the rescue unharmed, Quin returned to the United States. Amid a barrage of media attention, including an appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show, she attempted to resume her corporate career but found herself preoccupied with trying to understand why the kidnapping occurred.

Her fascinating personal journey through murky militant Islam and clandestine terrorist groups led her back to Yemen to try and piece together the puzzle--talking to then Yemen Prime Minister Abdel Karim al-Iryani, British embassy staff, the FBI, prisoners accused of terrorism, and others involved in the kidnapping and the disastrous aftermath of the rescue. Her inquiries also took her to London to meet Abu Hamza al-Masri, the cleric with a glass eye and two hooks for hands who is the stepfather and father to the two men whom the Aden-Abyan Islamic Army were trying to free by kidnapping Mary and her fellow tourists.

Kidnapped in Yemen is the unforgettable firsthand account of this remarkable woman’s unusual story of curiosity, survival, and healing.
  

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First part was interesting but than after she finished with the part of being freed she seems to trail off into her own things. Some people might find it really good but I found it kind of boring Read full review

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Contents

Tell Me Again Why You Went to Yemen?
1
Touring the Land of Sheba
11
Ambush on the Road to Aden
21
Surviving the Rescue
37
MASH in Mudiyah
57
Getting Out of Yemen
65
FalloutPersonal and Political
75
A Networking Opportunity
89
Fighting Back with Feminism
131
Pursuing the Promised Lands
143
The Mullah of Finsbury Park
149
Jihad Britannia
163
Controlling the Camps
175
Inside alMansoor Prison
183
Return to Abyan
201
North to the Future
215

I Only Gave Orders to Kill the Men
95
The British Boys
103
Arrow from Cupids Bow
111
Verdicts in Aden
117
Justice in Zinjibar
121
Becoming the Hunter
225
Afterword
237
Sources
241
Relevant Names
243
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About the author (2005)

Mary Quin holds a PhD in physics from Northwestern University and an MBA
from Harvard. After an eighteen-year career in corporate America, she is starting
a new company in Anchorage, Alaska.

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