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Buried Alive

Contact: Curt Harding, Thomas Nelson, 615-902-2246, charding@thomasnelson.com  

NASHVILLE, Feb. 5 /Christian Newswire/ -- On a November night in Baghdad, Iraq, 20 gunmen stormed the compound where contractor Roy Hallums and his co-workers were working. "I didn't know who these men were or why they were after me," says Hallums. "The man holding the Tariq pistol raised it to my head and ordered me to follow him downstairs." And so it began.

In Buried Alive: The True Story of Kidnapping, Captivity, and A Dramatic Rescue, (Thomas Nelson) Hallums recounts the darkest days of his terrifying ten months in captivity.

"I was sure I would be killed," writes Hallums. "If I lived even until the end of the week, I was certain that would be a miracle. But a week would be good for my family, I thought. At least that would give them time to find out what had happened to me; to mentally prepare for my eventual death."

While captive, Hallums spent most of his time in a concrete pit beneath a farmhouse, constantly bound and blindfolded. A small pipe in the ceiling provided the room's only oxygen and the only link to the outside world. "Hope is not a sound strategy, but it was all I had," he says; hope and faith. More than two months after his kidnapping, a videotape of Hallums was released by insurgents. He had a long beard and was seated with a gun pointed at his head. "I have been arrested by a resistance group in Iraq," Hallums said. "I am asking for help because my life is in danger."

Buried Alive grabs a hold of the reader--the confusion and terror of being kidnapped, the fear and
pain of the interrogation and beatings, the uncertainty of not knowing if or when it would end, and the
eventual heroic rescue. The book also recounts his family's tireless efforts to secure his freedom.

About The Author
Roy Hallums is a retired U.S. Navy Commander who was working as a civilian contractor in Baghdad. His company provided food for the American Army. He was kidnapped and held for 311 days before being rescued by coalition forces. Hallums lives in Memphis, Tennessee.


Contact: Curt Harding at 615.902.2246 or email charding@thomasnelson.com