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Reviewed by Brenda Casto for Readers' Favorite
If I had to describe this book in one word it would be captivating! Once I started reading I couldn't put it down!
On 9-11-2013, a brazen terrorist attack took place at the Annenberg theater in Center City, PA. Though 290 people were taken hostage this story focuses on nine of the hostages who were separated from the other hostages and locked into a basement room where they were held for over eighteen hours until they were rescued by police. As we get to know each of the nine hostages, we feel their fear and frustration, but we also see faith and sacrifice. We learn each character's story, and ultimately see most of them grow and change as the story progresses. Some of the hostages survive but some don't, but one thing is for sure: each person who was held in that room will changed forever!
What a gripping read! "Captive" is such a realistically written story. From the voices of the hostages to the situation that they found themselves in, I couldn't help but think that this could actually happen! This fact alone kept me on the edge of my seat to see what would ultimately happen! Mr. Smith created characters that literally jump off the pages. It was easy to feel not only their fear, but the tension in the room was palpable at times, but the hope that flowed from several of the characters was just as strong! It takes a true wordsmith to create a story where you feel as if you are part of the story, but also outside of it as well. The character of Marla Cruz added another layer to the story, and gave it even more authenticity. The author begins his wrap up in a way that totally floored me and then provided a cliff hanger ending that left this reader hoping that there might be a sequel! Anyone who enjoys a well-written story, that touches on some tough subject such as religion, racism, sexual bias, terrorism, and relationship issues just to name a few, will certainly enjoy this story. Perhaps though you are just looking for an edge of your seat read with memorable characters, "Captive" certainly fits the bill. On a scale of one to five I would easily give "Captive" a six because it is a mind-grabbing, attention-holding read from beginning to end!