Law of the Jungle by John Otis
The Hunt for Colombian Guerrillas, American Hostages, and Buried Treasure

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Law of the Jungle by John Otis is a wild and riveting true story of kidnapping and drug trafficking in the jungles of South America. Written by a 20-year veteran reporter based in Colombia—the only reporter qualified to tell the tale—this incredible account of “The Hunt for Colombian Guerrillas, American Hostages, and Buried Treasure” tells the untold flip side of the story chronicled in the New York Times bestseller Out of Captivity. An amazing surreal-but-true adventure in the tradition of Mark Bowden’s Killing Pablo and Blackhawk Down, Law of the Jungle is, at once, heroic, tragic, and bizarre, placing the Colombian hostage story in its full and magnificently strange context.

 

About John Otis

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John Otis has worked as a reporter in Latin America for more than two decades, and served for eight years as South America Bureau Chief for the Houston Chronicle. He now reports from Colombia for Time magazine, GlobalPost, and the BBC/PRI radio program The World, and he lives in BogotÁ.
 
Published February 23, 2010 by HarperCollins e-books. 610 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, War, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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Otis, a journalist and Macalester grad, uses rich detail and colorful subplots in this well reported book about three Americans held captive for more than five years in Colombia.

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The Washington Post

Based on Otis's reporting for the Chronicle, the book tells of efforts to rescue the hostages -- not because the Colombians cared so much about the Americans but because, by then, the captive Yanks were in the same jungle location as two high-profile Colombian prisoners: the presidential candidat...

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My San Antonio

Perhaps the Israeli liberation of 100 Jewish hostages at Entebbe Airport in Uganda ranks as the other greatest intelligence coup and rescue mission.

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