13 Days of Terror: My 13 Days of Terror with the Abu Sayyaf Guerrillas: A True Story

13 Days of Terror: My 13 Days of Terror with the Abu Sayyaf Guerrillas: A True Story

by Greg Williams
     
 

When American missionary Greg Williams travels to the Philippines, he dreams of helping the starving children of the island nation. But his dreams turn into a nightmare when, within days of his arrival, he is taken hostage by an Islamic terrorist organization, Abu Sayyaf. Linked to Osama bin Laden’s Al Qaeda network, the terrorists put a high price on the

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When American missionary Greg Williams travels to the Philippines, he dreams of helping the starving children of the island nation. But his dreams turn into a nightmare when, within days of his arrival, he is taken hostage by an Islamic terrorist organization, Abu Sayyaf. Linked to Osama bin Laden’s Al Qaeda network, the terrorists put a high price on the missionary’s head.
Imprisoned t the jungle camp, Williams is brutally beaten and ordered to turn over the name of someone who will pay for his freedom. But Williams knows no one in the Philippines and has no name to give. Realizing that he is marked for death, Williams turns to his religious beliefs to sustain him through the darkness. His deep faith helps him endure days of torture and nights of despair. However, just at the moment when his death seems certain, Williams is saved by an utterly remarkable and surprising turn of events.

More than just an adventure story, 13 Days of Terror is a gripping account of one man’s struggle to win his freedom. It is an inspirational tale of faith and brotherhood ultimately triumphing over brutality and evil.

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Kidnapping for ransom is among the tactics used by the Philippine terrorist group Abu Sayyaf, which has been linked to al Qaida and has received millions of dollars for the release of Western and Asian hostages. As one of the group's first American hostages, in 1996, Williams initially had no understanding of why he was kidnapped. Williams skims over his life before his kidnapping by Abu Sayyaf rebels. Working in hospital and hotel management in Florida for 15 years, he traveled to Chile, Colombia, Honduras, Peru and other countries, training government employees. But in 1996, disabled and unemployed because of a back injury and sunk in despair, he had a vision of Jesus, and he volunteered for missionary work in the Philippines. Shortly after his arrival, he was taken hostage and led to a remote jungle camp, where he was taunted, intimidated, starved and subjected to sadistic beatings. After witnessing a gang rape and a beheading, his own death seemed imminent after a failed escape attempt. Then, incredibly, Joseph, one of his keepers, engineered his escape, influenced, he said, by the example of Williams's profound faith in God. Williams continued to live in the Philippines until 2000 and married a Filipino; they now reside in Rockford, Ill. Williams's pedestrian writing is punctuated with comic book-style sound effects ("THHUUUMP!") and cliches: "this living nightmare was reality. My heart sank as I apprehended the cruel truth of my situation and fear once again took hold of me." Only occasionally does the narrative manage to evoke, rather than describe, the fear and uncertainty of his captivity. Agent, Sedgeband Literary Associates. (July) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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ISBN-13:
9780882822297
Publisher:
New Horizon Press
Publication date:
06/01/2003
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.34(w) x 9.16(h) x 1.10(d)

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