I think the fact that this book is based on a true story was part of the allure for me. The book was difficult to put down because I was so into the story of Ashley Smith, a widow and recovering drug addict trying to start fresh to win back custody of her daughter. I remember watched the news and seeing this come on it. Another reason for me to read this book is that I love anything that is true.

The book did a great job of putting the reader into Ashley’s shoes and mind as she is abducted by Brian Nichols, an escaped prisoner on the run from authorities. Readers are privy to this young mother’s thoughts and prayers as she attempts to make a personal connection with her captor, all for the purpose of saving her life.

The Giveaway

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AUDIO BOOK BYTE  (Audio excerpt from the audiobook format of CAPTIVE (chapter 1), read by the author, Ashley Smith.)

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Captive: The Untold Story of the Atlanta Hostage Hero Book Cover Captive: The Untold Story of the Atlanta Hostage Hero
Ashley Smith (Author), Stacy Mattingly (Author)
William Morrow Paperbacks
Reprint edition (August 18, 2015)

Now a stirring movie from Paramount Pictures—starring Kate Mara (House of Cards andFantastic Four) and David Oyelowo (Selma)—this inspirational, news-making life story of the young female hostage who in 2005 single-handedly talked the infamous Atlanta courthouse killer, Brian Nichols, into surrendering peacefully by gaining his confidence through her prayers and personal faith and by reading passages to him from the Christian blockbuster A Purpose Driven Life.

In March 2005, Ashley Smith made headlines around the globe when she miraculously talked her way out of the hands of alleged courthouse killer Brian Nichols after he took her hostage for seven hours in her suburban Atlanta apartment. In this moving, inspirational account, Ashley shares the details of her traumatic ordeal and expands on how her faith and the bestselling book The Purpose-Driven Life helped her survive and bring the killer's murderous rampage to a peaceful end.

Like her captor, Smith too has faced darkness and despair. Seeking a new life, she moved to Atlanta, got a job, enrolled in a medical assistant training program, and was beginning to find her way to becoming the kind of mom she wanted her little girl to have. Then Brian Nichols took her hostage. Just hours earlier, he'd allegedly shot to death a judge, a court reporter, a deputy, and a federal agent and escaped in a stolen vehicle. Now she found herself face-to-face with Nichols, a desperate, heavily armed man with nothing left to lose.

Juxtaposing the minute-by-minute tale of her experience with the tragedies and triumphs of her own life, Captive is a riveting story that will leave no reader untouched.